Mike Madriaga 9:30 a.m., May 25
Peter Vaillancourt: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Mark Dycaico: Vocals | David Lott: Drums | Mei "Ting" Vaillancourt: Vocals | Fred Kokaska: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Ryan "Darq Dog" McCann: Keyboards | Barb Kokaska: Vocals
Sound description: Rooted in the popular dance music of the 60s and 70s, with funky hits from the '80s and 90's as well. As long as it's danceable, it's fair game.
RIYL: Average White Band, Tower Of Power, George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, Parliment Funkadelic, Rick James
Inception: San Diego, 2000
Current Status: Playing around Southern California.
Influences: Earth Wind And Fire, Average White Band, Tower Of Power, Donna Summer, Andrea True Connection, Gloria Gaynor, Parliment Funkadelic, Rick James
"Three of us in this seven-piece funk, soul, and R&B band are biotech research scientists, including one PhD," says Funky Pox singer/guitarist Fred Kokaska. "The name originated from a lyric in the 1973 Tower of Power song 'Soul Vaccination.' We promote our band as having infectious grooves, and not just because the bassist, keyboardist, and guitarist spend our daytime hours researching viruses and enzymes."