Mind Funk Music
They weren't originally called "Mind Funk." You can use your imagination to subtract and add the necessary letters to turn the word "Funk" into something inappropriate. The band was forced to change their name to the much less offensive "Mind Funk," and later "Mindfunk," by their original label Epic Records.
This heavy metal funk band from the 1990's was sort of a super group, at least a second-tier super group. It featured singer Patrick Dubar, formerly of the hardcore punk band Uniform Choice; guitarist Louis J. Svitek and bassist John Monte both former members of M.O.D. (Method of Destruction); guitarist Jason Everman who had played with Nirvana and Soundgarden; and drummer Reed St. Mark who was a past member of the Swiss heavy metal band, Celtic Frost. Both Svitek and Monte went on to perform with the industrial metal band, Ministry.
After the turn of the century, the term "Mind Funk" took on a completely different meaning. Instead of being associated with members of Uniform Choice, M.O.D., and Celtic Front, Mind Funk became associated with DJ Shawnodese, Djane Ada, Djane Back 2 Mars, and DJ Merry.
Want to know how the mind processes music? And of course, you can't escape the funk.
Born out of a series of raging parties held in Amsterdam, Holland between 2001 and 2002, Mind Funk became the name of a record label specializing in psytrance music, which was definitely not a major record label. Mind Funk operated on the assumption that the term "psychedelic" was being used incorrectly and way too frequently in the world of dance music.
Whether Mind Funk is used as the title of a heavy metal funk band, a psytrance record label, or a type of music, the term conjures up an unique style of music possessing out-of-the-mainstream sounds, integrity, vitality, and relevancy. Whether you're an ardent follower or an enthusiastic neophyte to the Mind Funk concept, it's clear that the term speaks to both the imagination and the intellect.
Mind Blowing Music
Music has the power to "blow one's mind."
We've all had a friend text us the name of a brand new band that we MUST listen to because their sound is so "mind blowing." Of course most of these ebullient recommendations fail to blow one's mind, most even fail to blow one's nose, and most just blow. But that's another story.
There is a way artists can blow one's mind without strumming a single chord or singing a single note. Artists can be mind blowing by selling a bazillion albums or oodles of concert tickets. Or they can blow one's mind by being part of unmitigated flops and historic failures. For example, the Beatles have sold more than 237 million albums worldwide, Jay-Z has more number one albums (11) than Elvis (10), and Bob Dylan has never had a number one single. And music is as diverse as Cher to Kid Rock, Madonna or Andrea Bocelli or funky Justin Timberlake, there's music for everyone out there.
Is your mind blown yet? Maybe it will be after you check out the seven great artists listed below and their mind blowing success (and in one case, their mind blowing failure).
Top Music Tours Of 2013
Lady Gaga is coming back to North Amerca for another round of jaw-dropping concerts on her Born This Way Ball Tour:. Gaga will be hitting all th major venues in many cities. In Canada, you can expect to see her perform in Vancouver at Rogers Arena, Toronto at the Air Canada Centre and Montreal at Centre Bell to name a few. And in the U.S. little monsters will be able to catch Gaga in Chicago at the United Center, in Boston at the TD Garden, in Dallas at the American Airlaines Arena and Kansas City at the Sprint Center. Of course, there are tons more shows scheduled on Lady Gaga's full tour itinerary. Or check out Green Day at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
One Direction – North American Leg of “Up All Night Tour”
The British boy band One Direction is so popular that they announced dates for a 2013 North American tour long before they had even played their first show of 2012.
Top Music Tours Of 2013
There are so many great bands touring in 2013 that it just might blow your mind. If it doesn’t, it will at least make you say “wow.” Every part of the United States, as well as Canada, should be on alert for great music coming to town. Of course, there are some tours that seem to favor one region over another. Below, the Mind Funk staff breaks down the major concerts tours of 2013 by geography from the Pacific Northwest to Canada to the Deep South. Now, don’t just read the section pertaining to your specific locale as most of the artists mentioned below will be traveling to all corners of North America.
The Pacific Northwest
There’s really only one major city in the Pacific Northwest and that’s Seattle, Washington. The Emerald City is the disembarkation point for the “Fallin’” singer’s “Set the World on Fire Tour.” Alicia Keys tickets will be collected in Seattle on March 7. After crisscrossing the U.S., Keys ends her North American leg on April 20 in the Bahamas.
Clear on the other side of the state, in George, Washington, the Gorge Amphitheatre is set to host performances by Dave Matthews Band on Aug. 30, Aug. 31, and Sept. 1. A few months earlier, that same venue welcomes The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons to the Sasquatch Music Festival along with about a hundred other artists.
In late March, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet band visit Tacoma, Washington and Portland, Oregon as part of their 2013 North American tour. Phish hasn’t announced any dates for 2013 (yet) but the Trey Anastasio Band will be in Seattle at the Moore Theatre on April 16 and then Portland at the Crystal Ballroom on April 17.
Oh to be young and to be in Los Angeles. In 2013, that wish will come true for pop music’s reigning prince and princess, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. Justin Bieber’s massive world tour has routed two concerts at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “Beliebers” need to circle June 24 and June 25 on their calendars. Taylor Swift has four shows plotted for the venue and all are part of her enormous “Red Tour 2013.” Swift delights L.A. on Aug. 19, Aug. 20, Aug. 23, and Aug. 24.
Using her exciting Super Bowl halftime performance as momentum, Beyoncé is undertaking an epic world odyssey in 2013. After showing Europe that she’s “Crazy in Love,” the buxom beauty activates her North American leg at Staples Center on June 28. After a June 29 show in Las Vegas, Beyoncé returns to La La Land on July 1 for another show at Staples Center. Speaking of Sin City, in July of 2013 Rod Stewart continues his residency show at Caesars Place on the Las Vegas Strip. Then in October, Rod the Mod launches his “Live the Life Tour” however he has no dates scheduled for the southwest.
This region of the United States is the recipient of three Andrea Bocelli concerts. The operatic crooner will be in Denver at the Pepsi Center on June 5. Then it’s off to Hollywood and a show at the famous Hollywood Bowl (June 8) followed by a performance at the not-nearly-as-famous Honda Center in Anaheim (June 9). Bocelli is supporting his latest album, Passione.
One can’t talk about concerts tours visiting the Midwest without mentioning the “Midwest Rock ‘N Roll Express Tour.” So we’re mentioning it! This 20-date jaunt of North America stars Styx, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent. As Styx’s J.Y. Young said it’s “going to be *$&#@*&@# awesome.” This is the second consecutive year these rockers have teamed for a trek. This year they’re visiting cities they missed in 2012 with the exception of St. Louis. The tour begins April 18 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Kid Rock also embodies the ethos of the region. His “Rebel Soul Tour” ends April 6 in Saginaw, Michigan (he also plays there April 5). Another year means another mammoth Kenny Chesney tour. In 2013, he’ll be playing all over the United States including stops in Grand Rapids, Michigan (April 25); Peoria, Illinois (April 26); and Des Moines, Iowa (April 27). Tim McGraw sold tickets with Chesney last year but in 2013 he’s on his own via the “Two Lanes of Freedom Tour.” Look for McGraw in Detroit on May 19, St. Louis on May 23, and Chicago on May 24. The Midwest gets treated to yet another country music superstar, Carrie Underwood, in 2013. Her “Blown Away Tour” visits Lansing, Michigan on April 13 and Fort Wayne, Indiana on April 14.
Also in 2013, Sting is launching the third incarnation of his “Back to Bass Tour.” This is where he stands behind a bass guitar instead of in front of an orchestra. It begins May 30 in Kelowna, British Columbia and ends June 26 in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Sting takes a break from his jaunt to play at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He’ll take the stage on June 7 and June 8.
Music fans in the Great White North will be treated to concerts by most of the artists mentioned in this article. Some of the big names rocking Canada in 2013 include Bon Jovi, Muse, Yes, and fun.
Bon Jovi tickets will be collected in Alberta on April 2, Edmonton on April 3, and Winnipeg on April 5. The dates are part of their “Because We Can – The Tour.” Muse, who is becoming one of the premiere live bands in the world, has two concerts scheduled for Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (April 9 & 10). The rock band Yes has a performance slated at the city’s Massey Hall on April 11—it’s the penultimate stop of their North American leg. Also taking place in Toronto, fun. begins their sojourn of the continent with a gig at Downsview Park (July 6). Their opening act, for that show as well as the rest of their tour, will be Tegan and Sara.
The first North American stop for Mumford and Sons’ traveling two-day music festival, “Gentlemen of the Road Stopover,” is in Canada–Simcoe, Ontario to be precise on Aug. 23 and Aug. 24. One of Canada’s favorite sons, Leonard Cohen, is touring all throughout the month of March. Canadian cities on his itinerary include Victoria, Regina, and Winnipeg.
On April 12 and April 13, in New York City, music fans will descend on Madison Square Garden for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013. The event, with a lineup featuring Jeff Beck, Allman Brothers Band, and John Mayer, is the last stop of Eric Clapton’s 2013 tour of North America. Just a few days before Clapton’s guitar jam, Madison Square Garden will collect tickets to a Fleetwood Mac concert. The British-American band has a busy agenda planned for 2013.
One of the most underrated divas of the century, Pink, comes to Madison Square Garden on March 22. Her highly anticipated “The Truth About Love Tour” visits the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on March 17; the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey on March 23; and TD Garden in Boston on March 28 (the last date on her U.S. calendar).
A couple of major treks begin in the Northeast in 2013. On March 8, Rihanna commences her “Diamonds World Tour” in Buffalo, New York at the First Niagara Center. On May 28, NKOTB, or the New Kids on the Block, show off their “Package Tour” at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut (it’s the first of three shows at that venue). The trek is called “The Package” because it also features 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men.
One Direction announced their 2013 World Tour about a decade ago. Okay, it wasn’t that long ago but it sure feels like it. Their North American leg initiates June 13 when One Direction tickets will be scanned at the Bank Atlantic Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Grandparents of 1D fans are getting exciting about Crosby, Stills & Nash. The 1960s icons are touring in May and despite a performance in New York City, CSN are the exclusive property of the south—they have eight gigs designed for Florida alone.
Maroon 5 is on the road in 2013 with Neon Trees and Owl City. Their docket includes stops in Houston on March 19, Dallas on March 21, and Atlanta on March 27. The band with the “Moves Like Jagger” will also appear at the New Orleans Jazz Festival on May 3. By the way, just two days later, The Black Keys rock the exact same festival. It’s one of the duo’s few dates on their 2013 program. Unlike The Black Keys, Rascal Flatts has a bunch of dates on the books for 2013 including several in the south. They’ll be in Atlanta on June 6, Tampa on June 7, and West Palm Beach on June 8.
Speaking of festival, Sir Paul McCartney is headlining the 2013 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Also on the marquee are ZZ Top, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco, and the Wu-Tang Clan.
The Twilight Zone
The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, KISS, and Bob Dylan haven’t announced plans for a full fledge tour in 2013 but conventional wisdom says it’s only a matter of time. The Rolling Stones did little to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2012. Bowie and JT are releasing albums in the spring. KISS and Dylan always tour. There has been no official word (so far) but expect the five aforementioned acts to hit the road in 2013.