Third Annual Funkateers Ball Weekend kicks off with a special tribute to legendary singer Betty Davisknown as the “Queen of Funk!"
Evening begins with screening of an acclaimed new one hour documentary “They Say I’m Different” about the life and music of Betty Davis including first interview with the reclusive singer in decades. After the screening, Betty Davis' band Funk House performs their first live concert in the DC area in 40 years featuring original band members and talented new singers.
In the 1970’s, Betty Davis exploded on the scene with three celebrated funk albums, “Betty Davis”, “They Say I’m Different” and “Nasty Gal." She immediately took on the title of “Queen of Funk” and was one of the most influential performers of the funk era. Beginning with her debut single “If I’m in Luck, I Just Might Get Picked Up”, Betty Davis became known for her boldly sexual persona in her music, on album covers and at her spectacular live performances with her band Funk House.
Because of her open sexual attitude, Davis was controversial for her time so some of her shows were boycotted and her songs were not often played on radio due to pressure by religious groups and the NAACP. Betty Davis was ahead of her time but is now more appreciated with the release of this new documentary but funk fans everywhere have always appreciated her!