Funk in the Forest Is Back!

Corvallis’ biannual outdoor music festival, Funk in the Forest, is back on Saturday, May 20 at Avery Park. The fun for all ages starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. at the Thompson Shelter.

Brandon Johnson, Justin Schepige, and Tommy Brownson first started Funk back in 2013, where it met huge success. It’s now in its seventh production, having sold out at least the past two events, at a permitted capacity of 500 people.

Shirts and buttons from previous years, including ones with the new 2017 logo, will be sold. Last year, 2 Towns Ciderhouse became a sponsor, helping with alcohol permits in exchange for promotion, according to Johnson.

The lineup is ever-changing with the exception of one band, Despite the Whiteness (DTW), an 8- to 10-piece funk group that has been with the festival since its salad days. New this year is support from Plutons, a funk and soul trio out of Portland. They’ll kick off the music around 6, with DTW taking the stage at 8 p.m.

Bombs Away Cafe has joined to host the first ever after-party this year. Beginning at 11 p.m., entry is first come, first served. Admission is free with a Funk in the Forest wristband, but if you’re going à la carte, expect a $10 cover.

Johnson said, “We’re happy in the park for now. It would be great to expand, so the after-party is a big step.”

Tickets for Funk in the Forest can be purchased through Tommy Brownson on Facebook, or through the mobile payment app, Venmo @Tommy-brownson. Tickets can also be purchased in person at Cloud & Kelly’s Public House during normal business hours. Pre-sale tickets are priced at $7; $10 at the door.

Funk in the Forest will be held on Saturday, May 20 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Avery Park’s Thompson Shelter, 1200 SW Avery Park Drive, Corvallis.

By Regina Pieracci