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Kashmere Stage Band / The Cactus Channel

The Garden Party presents

Kashmere Stage Band / The Cactus Channel

2:00pm, Sun 27 January, 2013

Event Details

An afternoon and evening of essential funk and soul with the one, the only, the legendary Kashmere Stage Band.


Kashmere High School is located in a black neighborhood in Houston, Texas. In 1967, music teacher Conrad O. Johnson formed a band with his students at Kashmere High School that combined the passion of soul and the energy of funk with the dexterous arrangements of big band jazz. So began the 45-year legacy of the legendary Kashmere Stage Band, with inspirational teaching, racial pride and instrumental prowess conjuring up orchestral funk. 

The band's recordings have been collected by crate-diggers, feted (and sampled) by luminaries like DJ Shadow, and reissued by respected label Stones Throw. This program combines the heart-warming, foot-stomping tribute of award-winning Kashmere Stage Band documentary Thunder Soul, narrated by Jamie Foxx, with a rare live performance by members of the reunited band.

By arrangement with Funkdafied.

"If you've never heard of the  Kashmere Stage Band, by the end of Thunder Soul you will wonder why"  - New York Times


The Cactus Channel are a ten-piece funk orchestra straight out of Princess Hill High School in inner-city Melbourne. Turning heads with their raw, loose and nasty funk, the band are hot on the trails of the release of their first full length LP in 2012, Haptics.

Joining the Party will be DJ JC Funkafied and DJ OBLIVEUS.

Click here for more information on the Kashmere Stage Band Tour


2.00pm > DJ Obliveus
4.00pm > DJ JC Funkafied
4.30pm > The Cactus Channel
6.00pm > DJ JC Funkafied
6.30pm > Kashmere Stage Band


This summer, a vacant lot in Southbank becomes your backyard - that is, if your backyard is home to some of the biggest names in Australian and international indie, electro and soul music. Astroturf and street art, deckchairs and DJs, flowers and funk. This is the place to spend warm summer evenings.

The Garden Party is the outdoor music festival with a difference. Join us in the Garden for drinks, great food and the simple pleasure of hearing and seeing your great acts on stage. It happens on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 25 January to 17 February.

Where is The Garden Party?  On Sturt Street, right next to Melbourne Recital Centre.


  • Advance Ticket Sales via Moshtix (Online / Phone): $35 + booking fees
  • Advance Ticket Sales via Melbourne Recital Centre Box Office (in person only): $40
  • Day of event Ticket Sales are only available at the Door: $45

This is an all ages event, however those aged under 18 must be accompanied by a person aged over 18.