By Kaeleigh Phillips
CALGARY — I caught up with Dr. Space after the first ever Galactic Funk event at Café Koi, a funk-filled victory dance party on March 15th.
“The feel is just love, unity, community, acceptance, and non-judgement,” says Dr. Space. “This is the kind of music people need to hear. It empowers, and it’s really positive, uplifting music. This first Galactic funk was beyond deep space, spiralling off between sector nine and the outer regions of Uranus.”
Dr. Space, also known as Ben Pearson, has embarked on a journey to begin a monthly event that embraces the sounds of funk, soul and afrobeat. He describes that his deep love of the music drew him towards beginning an event to offer people a chance to listen to music they hadn’t heard before.
Walking into the event, I was impressed by the crowd for the first Galactic Funk. It was packed and people were wasting no time getting down to boogie on the dancefloor. Café Koi was easily packed the entire evening and Dr. Space was bringing down the house with jams including “One Nation under the Groove” by Funkadelic and an array of Parliament tracks.
Dr. Space was also DJing with fellow funk and soul DJs, James Vanilladisco Nason and Wacey Buffalo Child Crier. “My taste was well-paired with James and Wacey, they had a similar kind of collection and it meshed quite well,” he said.
The event also included a soul train, which Dr. Space would like to see become a permanent addition to the night of funk-loving festivities. Each Galactic Funk will also feature an artist in Calgary, with Ben Woodloft contributing as the first artist for the event. Dr. Space is an avid supporter of art in the city and believes in including it in the music community.
“I felt it was important to bring the art in as well for artists to have an opportunity to show their work,” Dr. Space said. “With that much foot traffic going through, it is great exposure to have their work seen and the opportunity to network more.”
In future Galactic Funk nights, Dr. Space will play with a different DJs yet he will always stick to funk and soul while embracing various styles of music and performance of other guest musicians. He is also excited to offer musicians and fans an opportunity to express their love of funk and soul in a new and fresh setting.
“It is an opportunity for community building and what is actually possible in the city,” said Dr. Space. “I think sometimes people get pigeon-holed towards certain sounds and don’t know if people will be receptive or accepting towards new genres or themes for a night.”
The second official Galactic Funk will occur on April 8th at Café Koi and is set to be a success. If you want to get your funk on and have a great night out, get on down there and shake your booty.AB, Alberta, Cafe Koi, Dr. Space, Galactic Funk