The Funk Ark
The Funk Ark "A strong frontrunner in the resurgence of the Afrobeat genre." - OkayPlayer

This DC-based band has toured nationally over the past year, sharing bills with Grammy winners Rebirth Brass Band and Grupo Fantasma, as well as Thievery Corporation, Trombone Shorty, Chuck Brown, Keller Williams, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, STS9, Santigold, Gogol Bordello, Orgone, Michael Franti & Sperhead, and more. The Funk Ark reached #1 at college radio in markets on both coasts and enjoyed significant success at CMJ 200 and CMJ World, in addition to strong showings at KCRW, KALX, and NPR, plus coverage from Relix, Billboard, and major-market media coast to coast.

"Nothing like following up an auspicious debut with a new set that defies sophomore slump. Mixing up a rocket fuel of Afrobeat and funk, this is a killer, uncut dose of pure bomb." - Midwest Record

"Bringing it and taking listeners on a global funk journey that will have you melting into the dancefloor." - Giant Step

"Funky swagger and soul that is as unforgettable as it is unique." - Inside World Music

In under a year, The Funk Ark made their debut with ESL Music ("From the Rooftops," produced by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation), toured both coasts, then cranked out an even tighter follow up album for ESL ("High Noon," produced Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma). This world funk ensemble has established itself as a force both in the studio and through their high-octane live performances, garnering a reputation as purveyors of gritty, soulful Afrobeat and big band funk.

The DC-based band has toured nationally over the past year, sharing bills with Grammy winners Rebirth Brass Band and Grupo Fantasma, as well as Thievery Corporation, Trombone Shorty, Chuck Brown, Keller Williams, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, STS9, Santigold, and more. The Funk Ark reached #1 at college radio in markets on both coasts and enjoyed significant success at CMJ 200 and CMJ World, in addition to strong showings at KCRW, KALX, and NPR, plus coverage from Relix, Billboard, and major-market media coast to coast.

Bandleader Will Rast is responsible for keyboard parts on the most recent Thievery Corporation release ("Culture of Fear"), and has performed with Mya, GZA, Ocote Soul Sounds, Federico Aubele, Brownout, and more.

The Funk Ark is on tour now.