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Japan’s hottest funk outfit Osaka Monaurail have announced the special guests that will join them on their Australian tour which kicks off next week.

Rare groove jazz funk ensemble Kerbside Collection are special guests at their Brisbane show on the 15th of November. In a night that’s turning out to be a pure funk celebration the music won’t stop with special guests DJ’s Chikashi and Ravi spinning rare funk sides and party starters between and after. In Sydney DJ’s Owen Penglis & Tim Partridge will be on hand for choice selections and in Melbourne PBS FM’s Pierre Baroni will spin at the Night Cat, while fellow PBS FM selector Miss Goldie will hold it all down at the Prince.

With 7 studio albums, 2 live albums and an every-growing reputation as a must-see live act, Osaka Monaurail are Japan’s premiere funk orchestra, and, as the late Marva Whitney once described them, “one of the hottest funk bands on the planet.” They have been recording and touring together for more than 25 years and have thrilled audiences across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia with their dynamic show in over a decade of international touring. They have played the biggest festivals in the world and the tightest clubs on the planet and brought the dance-floor to volcanic like eruptions everywhere they go!

They’ve toured Australia twice – 2013 and 2014 – thrilling club goers as well as knocking out larger crowds at the Sydney Festival, WOMADelaide and Meredith Music Festival.

Formed out of Osaka University’s jazz society in 1992, Osaka Monaurail took James Brown’s funk template as ‘the gold standard’ for a rhythm combo and named themselves after the 1975 Funk classic “J.B.’s Monaurail”. They appropriated even the miss-spelling and set out to be the ‘new ministers of super heavy funk’ for future generations.

Now, having toured with funk icons and James Brown associates Marva Whitney, Fred Wesley and Martha High, as well as producing and backing solo albums for Whitney and High, they are on a mission to capture the energy, sound and excitement of funk’s heyday and beyond, a sound that is as free as it is organised and disciplined. Expect to see a high energy nine-piece band with sharp suits, organised steps, trumpets twirling in formation and the dynamic showmanship of charismatic singer and director Ryo Nakata. And expect to hear world-class, authentic, heavy funk.


‘25th ANNIVERSARY SINGLES COLLECTION’ on Public Opinion Music will be available at all shows and in-store November 15.
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Thursday November 15th The Triffid, Brisbane with special guests Kerbside Collection and DJ’s Chikashi and Ravi
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Friday November 16th & Saturday 17th November
Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby
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Sunday November 18th The Factory, Sydney
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Tuesday November 20th Caravan Club, Melbourne
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Wednesday November 21st Prince of Wales, St Kilda
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Thursday November 22nd The Nightcat, Fitzroy
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Friday & Saturday November 23rd & 24th Queenscliff Music Festival
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Sunday November 25th The Gov, Adelaide
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