The soulful funk outfit Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles have had an exciting year worth celebrating, and will close out 2018 on a strong note later this month with a New Year’s Eve performance at Cervantes’ Other Side in Denver, CO.Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles Share In-The-Round Live Video Of “Trade It All” [Pro-Shot]The seven-piece ensemble, including church-reared Hammond organ virtuoso Cory Henry, Nicholas Semrad (synthesizer), Adam Agati (guitar), Taron Locket (drums), Sharay Reed (bass), Denise Stoudmire (vocals), and Tiffany Stevenson (vocals), are no strangers to the road, having toured together throughout the U.S. and internationally, hitting festivals such as Brooklyn Comes Alive, Indy Jazz Festival, SF Jazz, Montreux Jazz Festival, Okeechobee, Electric Forest, North Sea Jazz, Love Supreme Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and more.Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles Bring Their Soulful Revelry To NPR’s Tiny Desk [Watch]Earlier this year, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles released their first full-length EP Art Of Love. Recorded in Henry’s hometown of Brooklyn, NY, Art Of Love was tracked live to capture the incomparable energy of The Funk Apostles’ live shows and to channel the warm analog vibes of the 1970s. Henry’s unparalleled artistic design shines brightly on Art Of Love, as the musical Jedi both composed and produced the album’s intricate arrangements. That’s not to say that the album is lacking a live aesthetic, as The Funk Apostles worked with minimal rehearsal and several tracks are first-take recordings.Regarding his recent recording process, Cory Henry expressed,The human voice is so powerful. When I’m singing, it’s like this extra way of connecting and communicating with people beyond what I can do just playing the organ. I’m able to convey these messages that are really important and meaningful to me through my words. Being front and center like this every night, it’s a challenge, but I’m up for it.Check out the recently released pro-shot video of Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles’ in-the-round arrangement of “Trade It All”, from Art of Love, at Hollywood, California’s Sayers Club back in early October for a glimpse into the group’s infectious energy.Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles – “Trade It All” – Live From Sayers Club[Video: Cory Henry]Also in October, Henry and his Apostles released the video for their three-song performance at NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, which featured “Love Will Find A Way”; the opening track from their 2018 EP, Art of Love; and the EP’s closing track, “Send Me A Sign”. The entire performance, like any Cory Henry performance, feels spiritually invigorating.Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles – NPR Tiny Desk Concert[Video: NPR Music]Do not miss this chance to see Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles live on New Year’s Eve in Colorado. For ticketing and more information on Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles’ upcoming Cervantes’ New Year’s Eve show, head to the event page here.For a chance to win two tickets to Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles’ upcoming NYE show, enter the contest below:
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ontario Lakers. Nice ring to it, no confusion with the L.A. Lakers; no mistaking the level of play.But will it ever come to pass, or be a slam dunk?At the moment, the potential Ontario Lakers are playing as the L.A. D-Fenders of the NBA Developmental League. They are one of 18 teams in the minor league circuit, 17 of whom have an affiliation with an NBA team. For openers, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo seats less 400. Of course, the venue also is the practice home for the Lakers, who own the D-Fenders. Actually, the Buss Family Trusts are listed as the owners and we all know who owns the Lakers.The Toyota Center is the smallest facility in the league, which ranges from the 16,000-seat arena in Des Moines to El Segundo. The Bakersfield Jam isn’t that far ahead of the D-Fenders, playing in the 500-seat Dignity Health Event Center.It’s a far cry from what players experienced in college. Of the current players on the D-Fenders roster, guard Andre Ingram played in the smallest college venue, American University’s 4,600-seat Bender Arena. Eloy Vargas played at Kentucky’s 23,000-seat Rupp Arena, which probably has 400 ushers.There is a quiet effort to attract the D-Fenders to Ontario’s 9,000-seat state-of-the-art venue. Currently, it’s the arena holding some discussions with the team’s organization to gauge if there is indeed any interest. If the move is to become a reality, Ontario city leaders are going to have to support the effort.It makes sense. As usual, the biggest hurdle is one that has stymied many such moves: finances.By playing in El Segundo, the D-Fenders are under the close scrutiny of the Lakers’ coaching staff. Players live within walking distance of the gym and it’s a short trip to LAX for plane flights to such cities as Hidalgo and Frisco, Tex.; Grand Rapids, Mich., Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Sioux, South Dakota and White Plains, N.Y.The Ontario Lakers could easily find nearby housing for players and flights, but would have to move the front office 70 miles east and find a practice site. However, given this areas history of accepting minor league play, the increased attendance could offset some of those financial issues.That’s what drew Rich Barrett from his Glendora home to Ontario Wednesday night. Sons Justin (17) and Jason (15) are big basketball fans and were treated to front row seats by dad to watch the D-Fenders.“We’re big Lakers fans, but I can’t afford Laker tickets, much less the front row,” said Barrett. “We come here all the time, it’s a great place. If (the D-Fenders) play here, I’ll buy season tickets.”That’s the loyalty many fans have toward the arena.In addition to watching the players, it would be great to see the Laker Girls preform. Yes, the Laker Girls, the same ones that dance at Staples Center. Of the 22 on the squad, the rotation is a dozen at D-Fenders games and 18 for the Lakers.If the scenario is to become a reality, negotiations will have to get seriously quickly. The D-League (there’s got to be a better name) usually starts in November and the arena would have to construct a schedule that would include hockey, soccer, Disney shows, EnduroCross and various musical acts. The road to reality would be perhaps a half-season in Ontario for 2015-16 and a permanent move in 2016-17.It can work. The Ontario Lakers can certainly be a reality. So, you might ask, where’s the tie to Ontario?The D-Fenders played a game during the 2013-14 season in Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. The team returned last Wednesday night, the first of three dates this season at the arena. In both games, the crowd at the local arena was at least three times bigger than any previous D-Fenders home game.That trend is expected to continue when the D-Fenders play the Westchester Knicks on Feb. 25 and the Texas Legends on March 7. Without much promotion, basketball fans in the area have turned out to watch an offensive-oriented brand of ball. Those who attend soon realize the D does not translate into defense.Imagine how many might show given the effort the Reign and Fury, both of whom call CBBA home, have put forth. Those minor league teams rank among the attendance leaders in their respective leagues.So, why are the crowds at CBBA bigger than the D-Fenders’ regular home venue?