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What the Funk Thursdays – a jam session led by Paul Smith

February 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on every last Thursday of the month for an inspiring jam session with Long Beach funk musicians. You never know who’s going to show up and hop in for a couple of tunes. The Wicked Wolf is offering a free drink (maximum $15) to all musicians who jump in to play.

A flyer for What the Funk Thursdays. On a purple background, there is an image of Paul Smith and his drummer, playing together on stage. the text reads: IMPROVISED FUNK Duo NIco VASQUEZ + PAUL SMITH (LAST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH) Free drink for all musicians who come sit in. Since 2015, Paul Smith has been a freelance guitarist in the Orange County and Los Angeles area, performing in venues such as The Carpenter Performing Arts Center, The Wray Theatre, The Fox Performing Arts Center, The Newport Film Festival, Grand Annex Theatre and more. He graduated in 2019 from California State University, Long Beach with two Bachelor of Music degrees in Jazz Guitar Studies and Music Composition. Since then, he has successfully released two albums of his own music. Currently he regularly plays jazz and solo guitar for Disneyland.

Paul’s music reaches beyond the Los Angeles area—in 2017, his arrangement of 10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman was premiered by Malburn High School’s orchestra in Darjeeling, India. In 2019 he co-founded and wrote for a jazz combo called The New Gnus. The same year they toured California and were featured artists in the 2019 San Joaquin Valley Jazz Festival. He also partnered with WorldPride NYC to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by editing the music for QUILT, A Musical Celebration. In 2023, he toured with Colorado-based folk artist, Buudrow.

No cover, 21+ only.


February 29
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Wicked Wolf Long Beach
(562) 542-2992
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The Wicked Wolf Long Beach
2332 Pacific Ave,
Long Beach, CA, CA 90806 United States
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