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We’ve got the Funk

Laidback local at the heart of the Whistler music scene

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"The Funk is a highly-revved, fully-cocked musical machine with many dials on his radio. He is what good musicians are: influenced by the great genres and makers before him and appreciative of the new ones on the way. He’s a performer by nature and a musician by heart. He’s a pretty good guy too…"

— Downtown Jay Brown

They call him The Funk, but funk is but one musical arrow in his extensive quiver.

To say Whistler musician Rob Funk is versatile is an understatement. In the course of an hour he’ll throw down classic rock, hippie jams, the theme from the Littlest Hobo, Gershwin’s Summertime and an acoustic folk version of Iron Maiden’s Number of the Beast. The man can play everything.

A gifted multi-instrumentalist, the man can also play everywhere.

With guitar and keyboard he’s a fixture at Black’s Pub every Friday night and entertains the coffee crowd at the Second Cup on lazy weekend afternoons. He regularly tickles the ivories on the baby grand at the Mallard Lounge and jams out at the Crystal Lounge. Monday nights he’s pounding the skins for local reggae collective Kostaman and the Mighty Backhoes at Moe Joe’s. In the summertime, he’s on the patios with trusty wingman Gary Yoshida or with Glenn Mishaw and Raj Das as the Rutherford Creek Trio. The trio has roots in the Rutherford Creek Collective group that came together to record Watershed – a benefit CD for the widow and child of a victim of 2003’s Pemberton highway bridge washout tragedy.

As well as contributing as a musician, Funk recorded Watershed both in his home studio in Alpine and at a temporary studio space in Mount Currie. Recording is kind of a "hobby" of his, he says.

"The first time I played with Rob, he gave me a disc of tunes to learn and we diligently rehearsed in what key and tempo he wanted to perform them. We arrived at the venue and I had my trusty charts with me and as soon as we started to play Rob threw out the set list and played 40 songs I had never played or rehearsed with him ever before. Needless to say, Rob keeps my chops honed as he can throw you into left field when you’re used to first base."

— Gary Yoshida

Rob Funk is actually Rob Hebert. The stage name comes from a former blues/funk project called The Bob Funk Band. During the Bob Funk era he called himself Rob Funk for solo gigs, and the name stuck.

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