Vintage Gold: Rufus Thomas at Wattstax – “Funky Chicken”

This has to be one of the best old school festival videos ever.

1. It’s Rufus Thomas! This man had such a distinct voice for blues, R&B, soul and endless funk goodies attracting fans both black and white in the good ole 60s and 70s.

2. It’s Wattstax! A huge music festival back in 1972 at the LA Coliseum in Watts. How badass is that for you? I say they bring them goods back.

3. Look at the fan energy, interaction and movement. When do you ever see fans rush a stage area like that and just start boogie-ing down? You don’t see that kind of stuff at Coachella or Bonnaroo, that’s for certain.

4. Check out his getup! Who else can pull off a salmon shorts-suite … with a cape .. and white boots?!

5. It’s all about the locking. Who doesn’t love a good “funky chicken”?


You gotta check out this video of Rufus Thomas at Wattstax performing the “Funky Chicken”.

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