Bringing the funk 

Papa Josh teams up with former bandmate Ryan Krieger for an experimental collaborative show July 30


What: The Rye & Koke Experiment

When: Friday, July 30, 9:30 p.m.

Where: GLC

Cost: $10

Papa Josh (aka Josh Suhrheinrich) throws one hell of a dance party. Check out an installment of the notorious Funk 'n' Groove project - if Josh is doing his job right, you'll be a sweaty mess by the end of the night.

After all, the "ultimate mission is to bring people together, use music to broaden life's horizons and create unforgettable experiences."

Originally from a small university town in Indiana with a vibrant music scene, Josh's instincts were nurtured at an early age by parents who appreciated good music.

"I used to sit around with my dad, especially, but both my parents were music lovers, and we'd just sit around with their record collection and pick out things to listen to. I was just really, really absorbing the music," he recalled. "The whole thing fascinated me."

Josh picked up his first guitar at nine years old and immediately started writing music and learning straight-up rock 'n' roll. Seven years later, he was leading his own band and playing in local clubs. Then, he discovered the more sophisticated sounds of jazz greats like John Coltrane and the funky grooves of James Brown. He was hooked.

"At that point, I just played - I didn't practice, exactly," he said. "...And jazz is definitely music you have to study, to some degree. You have to put your time in and it demands that you're very solid on your instrument and that you're very solid on your chords and changes."

While studying at Indiana University, Josh dabbled in a range of original projects, funk bands, jazz groups and blues bands. Eventually he went on to pursue a master's degree in jazz with world-renowned guitarist Fareed Haque, of Garaj Mahal while performing with a range of groups. Finally, after finishing school, Josh joined the San Francisco-based funk/jazz/jam band, the Global Funk Council, touring throughout North America for almost two years. That tour brought him to Whistler, where he finally set down roots.

"When I was ready to leave that project I decided, 'wow, what an amazing place it is up here!'"

Today, he marries funk, blues, jazz, and many more elements in his live show, playing the drums, bass, guitar, percussion and vocals and looping all of his shows, live.

"The way I normally do it is I pick up something that's going to be my first layer, so I make sure I get a nice groove going and at some point, hit the record button... I keep playing that until I get four to eight measures or so, and hit the same button, and immediately, that keeps playing."

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