HunkaFunk was formed in 1998 by Tim and Michele Franklin. We were formed in Friday Harbor, mainly with Michele and Tim and local Friday Harbor musicians. In the Summer of 1998 HunkaFunk played at "Herb's Tavern" for the cast and crew of the movie "Practical Magic". In the audience were; Nicole Kidman, Sandra Bullock, Aidan Quinn, Stockard Channing, Goran Visnjic, Matthew MacCaunaghy, to name just a few. After the gig, HunkaFunk was asked to play the "wrap" party but had to decline because they were already booked on that date at the China Pearl across the street and have been playing steady gigs there for years!
Thanks Charles Thomas and Tori Patterson! HunkaFunk played regular gigs for nine years at: The China Pearl, Herbs Tavern, The Legion hall, Electric Company, Lopez Islander resort, And a 6 year stint at Roche Harbor Resort (Madrona room). In 2002 we recorded our first EP (Don't Hide it, Divide it) at Paradise Sound Recording in Index, Washington (Thanks Pat Sample!), and Duck Soup Studios in Friday Harbor.
(Produced/mixed/mastered by David RedBuffalo).
And, Thank you! from the bottom of our Hearts-George Hiss (wherever you are, we Love you!).
In 2003 Kent Kiefer (Owner of Grammercy Records)joined the Band as our Guitar player. We played as a contestant in KISM Bellingham's "Bandslam 2003" and received Radio play of (4) of our songs. One of the highlights of that Summer was travelling to a gig on Lopez Island, aboard Kent Kiefer's Yacht "The Norwester", which was owned by John Wayne at one time, and had signatures in the Captains Log of: Bette Davis, Orson welles, etc. What an incredible Weekend we had. It was at that moment in time that we most felt like "Rock Stars".
In 2003 Michele was diagnosed with breast cancer, and required chemotherapy, and radiation, so Tim and Michele moved to Kirkland Washington. We have been recording rough cuts of over (50) original tunes, and travelling to the San Juans to do select gigs.
Michele recovered from her breast cancer (and lost a breast), and afterward, was diagnosed with a Thymoma, and has had several thorasic surgeries to be cancer free, during her last surgery, she lost the use of one lung, and one vocal chord. Since then, Michele has been hospitalized over (60) times for Chronic Vomiting Syndrome, probably the result of her last surgery.
Michele sings only backup, for now, but is working hard to Strengthen her Lungs, and Voice, and bustin' her ass, to become a drummer. Michele's drumming is featured in all of our live shows!
In 2007, HunkaFunk entered a song in the "2007 Write a Bleepin' Song" contest. The contest was promoted by 102.5 KZOK (Seattle's Classic Rock Station) on the Bob Rivers Show. The song "Never Lose Your Thunder" made it through the screening of 600+ songs, and was played on the Show as one of the first round contestants. HunkaFunk is available for gigs in the Seattle area and beyond if necessary.
We extend our Love to the following revolving members of HunkaFunk we've had the pleasure to work with: Peter McCarthy-Sax, Guitar, Vox/ Caleb Stifel-Drums/ Teddy Deane-Sax, Flute/ Michael Hughes-Drums-Rest in Peace our Brother!/ Chris Guinn-percussion (and Jammin' w/ his Bro.)/ David RedBuffalo-Rippin guitar and production/ Andy Liedke-Drums, background vox/ Tony Carpenter-Bass (when Tim plays guitar gigs)/, And lest we forget, our beloved Conga player Gary "The Greek" Antzoulatos (A.K.A. "Turtle Man"), and a host of others we've jammed with. Love & Infinite Peace
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HunkaFunk playing their tune "it could happen to you-2003:
Proletarian protest song in solidarity with Occupy Wall street
Move and Shake
Danceable Funk Groove
12/1/2012 6:35:33 PM
Move And Shake! Hella Funky!
2/8/2012 7:48:18 AM
May joy, peace, positive change and justice prevail for the proletarian in this time of awakening. And, may all of us stay true to our muse in this year of the dragon.
God bless, and inspire all.
Love and infinite Peace,
Tim (T.J.) Franklin
Betchawanna Boogie Band
12/31/2009 10:04:56 AM
Happy New Year Tim!
All the best for 2010!
10/27/2009 12:45:03 PM
Thanks for dropping by. Happy to hear you liked my protest song. I have listened to a few of your songs and will be back for more good listening!
10/13/2009 8:32:14 AM
let it Ride. I'm with ya, sure, we all go bonkers sometimes but dont let this unreal fake anoners and too much time on their hands get to you and their comebacks
dont be pulled down to their level....stick with music...it aint worth it
10/5/2009 11:48:16 AM
Hey Tim, thanks for the swing by, my comment on your blog...well done All in Love brother..that was not a judgment call in my response, but rather a way for us to look at ourselves and perhaps think twice before we even throw our two bits out there,.but saying that, I have done the same thing. But where the truth is, well,, your music says it all, so be there and stay happy with all that you do and congrats on the new job, hope it goes well
8/11/2009 8:14:34 PM
Tim, glad to see all your uploads here. good stuff, and kudo's go out to ya too for adding a couple more of your songs to the competition.and I see Michele's tune is in the country entries. nice.....has my vote, along with my other fav Cheryl Casselman's I beleive in Angles, (just a plug for one of my former clients) voodoohead.ca bryon
8/9/2009 11:10:11 PM
Ewe guys funk me up!!!
8/2/2009 7:21:42 PM
Good tunes! I liked you guys' vocals and your guitar work. :)
7/30/2009 1:05:08 AM
I enjoyed listening to your songs! Nice to meet you, deb
7/16/2009 1:21:43 AM
Thanks for the compliment I
7/16/2009 1:20:48 AM
Thanks for the compliment i will check your tunes out next week!
12/19/2008 10:19:51 PM
Tim, a personal message for you from me and an offering of prayers and hope for a speedy recovery of Michele. I cant fully appreciate the pain or suffering you are going through at this time and it appears as if you are struggling deeply and have been dealing with this for some time, especially for someone who you care so much about. Perhaps you can discuss how you feel, with a family member, your family doctor or in prayer, which I have found a way to find some peace , understanding and relief. But in the meantime, go to your music, to your place of solace and write a song about this time of struggle and trial. I look forward to what you will come up with. Take care and be strong.
peace, love and all the best to you and your family
12/19/2008 9:22:23 PM
We are close to you in this hard moment.
We pray for Michelle and we hope to see you soon happy with your wife at home.
We wish you all the best... and we hope 2009 will give you happiness and success.
Take care our friend!
SolMusic Management Inc. Canada
Tiziana Hurd, CEO
4/12/2008 11:36:53 AM
Wow - quite a long playlist you have! I somewhat randomly clicked on "It Could Happen To You" - cool tune, and rockin' lead - I can see I'll have to return for some more listens - hope things are going well and you're enjoying the place - glad to see you on the blogs...rock on!
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