City Funk Orchestra

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Last Show: Saturday 18 th January 2020

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

City Funk Orchestra is comprised of some of the finest soul singers and musicians in the UK and delivers a night of “guaranteed dance-til-you-drop authentic soul and funk!" playing the funkiest dance-floor classics from the golden era of funk & soul - from pumping soul music favourites to the most romantic of Diana & Marvin soul ballads. Expect the very best of Chaka Khan, Luther Vandross, Sister Sledge, Barry White, O’Jays, Michael Jackson, SOS Band, Maze, Shalamar, Gap Band, The Emotions and more … True Funk! 

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“Best dance band in town and with two of Britain's best soul singers"

Blues and Soul Magazine

City Funk Orchestra began life in 2010 with a 6 month residency at City Of London’s exclusive Club Ten before taking their finely-polished, authentic brand of 70’s/80’s dance/funk to the South London venues that remain the heartland of true Brit soul fandom and where the bonding with soul music aficionados was instant.  

Nine years on and the band continues its campaign to ensure CFO audiences get down and dance, appearing alongside Average White Band at Hampton Pools Summer Concerts, and headlining the Brissago Funk & Soul On The Lake Festival in Switzerland. This Holborn outing puts together two outstanding British soul voices with the peerless Imaani (Incognito, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor) alongside the force of nature that is Mary Pearce (Prince, Primal Scream, Calvin Harris, Culture Club). Their natural vocal chemistry promising another CFO trademark dance-all-night live performance.

Featuring the great songs of Luther Vandross, Chaka Khan and Michael Jackson via Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye, Sister Sledge, Alexander O’Neal, Gap Band, O’Jays, SOS Band, Shalamar, Barry White and more, all performed with the spirit that springs from a special love amongst all these great musicians for an enduring golden era of music. From pumping dance-floor specialities to the smoothest of romantic soul ballads delivered so authentically. It’s what sets CFO apart as the funkiest dance band in town.

Imaani (vocals)

Mary Pearce (vocals) 

Geoff Dunn (drums)

Carl Hudson (keyboards)

Matt Pegg (bass)

Nial Tompkins (guitar)