Welcome to ChosenByTheFunk.com, an arts and culture website based in Minneapolis. It is also the online home of Bobby Kahn. You will find information here on all of my creative pursuits, including original writing for this website (by myself and others) on the blog, a cable access show And Now It's, events I am putting on, a radio show called Blame It On The Boogie Radio, past videos and writing I have done, and more! I used to be shy and afraid to dance, but I was Chosen By The Funk 15 years ago to serve as one of its ambassadors. Everything you see on this site would not exist if that hadn't happened.
Thank you for visiting and may the funk be with you, always!
A collection of Detroit electronic funk, featuring Moodymann, Robert Hood, Carl Craig, Delano Smith, X-101, Jeff Mills, and Blake Baxter.
New label Nicewon Recordings has put out their debut release, Mpls Connection EP, featuring tracks by label heads Christian James and Jeff Swiff.
The Klituation dance party returns to First Avenue's Main Room on Friday, December 30. Read up on the history of the event.
A conversation with Frankie Bones, who plays First Avenue on December 9, 2016.
Minneapolis funk band ZULUZULUU caps their month-long residency at Icehouse with The Cover Up Mixtape.
Chosen By The Funk's Second Phase Commences
A word with Support Squad member Noel on Perc's set at Even Furthur 2016.
"I knew that the whole Drop Bass sound was quite hard, fast and acidic, so I wanted to touch on that whilst still representing what I do myself as a producer and a DJ and also to showcase what the Perc Trax label stands for."
A new prankster describes his Even Furthur 2016 experience.
Guest writer Tonya Smith on being rejuvenated by reconnecting with old friends and old feelings.
Lindsey and Kurt Eckes of Drop Bass Network discuss what it really takes to do an old school festival in 2016 and his maturing perspective on throwing parties.
A recounting of the Monday morning victory lap at Even Furthur 2016.
A discussion with Steve Centrific about the 10th season of his Communion party series and the future of Communion.
A discussion with Steve Centrific about Even Furthur - Past and Present.
Episode two of Blame It On The Boogie Radio. The theme is Make Minneapolis Funky Again and the songs are strictly Minneapolis funk from front to back. Starting in the late 60s, the show is mostly chronological and extends to songs released in the past 5 years.
The first installment of the Blame It On The Boogie Radio. 14 songs worth of funk, house, jazz, and R+B!
Some tips and tricks for anyone heading to Detroit for Movement
The bond between the country's two funkiest cities is explored in this piece.
An interview with Pete Johnson, First Avenue employee and Funk Warrior
An interview with Nancy Altman, who worked for Prince's first manager Owen Husney when Prince was signing to Warner Brothers. Prince asked her out on a date many times and wrote her a song called "Hello, My Love".
An interview with Bryan Black aka Black Asteroid about his experience working for Prince at Paisley Park in the 90s and DJing at one of the all-night dance parties at First Avenue
Bobby recalls his history with Prince.
First Avenue Talent Buyer Eli Flasher talks about what it was like inside First Avenue when Prince died, how the all night dance parties took shape, and the last show Prince attended at the club.