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Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles bring Organ-ic music to Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! fest / Brooklyn Paper

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A Brooklyn native will bring the good news of the funky tunes to Prospect Park next week. Cory Henry and his band the Funk Apostles will open for Tank and the Bangas at the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival on June 20, with Henry singing and playing a church-style organ. The musician said he got his start tickling the keys when he was just a toddler, listening in on his mother's choir rehearsal at Unity Temple in Bedford-Stuyvesant. "I happened to mimic some of the notes that the choir was singing on the piano. I started playing when I was three and began playing in the church when I was four," Henry said.

The organ virtuoso previously played with the Brooklyn band Snarky Puppy, an instrumental jazz-pop orchestra that won a pair of Grammys in 2017. He broke with the group in 2018 to form Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, and he has since discovered a whole new role and set of responsibilities, he said. "I am doing so many things that I wasn't doing in Snarky Puppy. Number one being I am the singer and front man for the Funk Apostles now," Henry said. "Being a front man has been a huge learning experience."

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