Funk, sweat and fire – Rompre Stomp does it again

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by Mark Burgess on July 27, 2010

The Rompre Trio - from left: Chris, Louis and Shawn – put on yet another village booty-shaker. Mark Burgess photo

The Rompre Trio - from left: Chris, Louis and Shawn – put on yet another village booty-shaker. Mark Burgess photo

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Wakefield’s favourite birthday party didn’t disappoint.

The eighth edition of  the Rompre Stomp provided hour upon hour of exceptional sound, dancing, lights and art, with five musical acts and two DJ’s propelling the party forward from its subdues start on the Black Sheep Inn patio at 7 p.m. to its slovenly, beer-soaked  end on a sweaty dance floor nine hours later.

Lindsay Ferguson and Michelle Willis got things started before Louis Rompre – the first of the three local birthday boys – and his River Bend Trio moved the party onto the main stage. Chris Rompre’s Mystery Stain Project had the hundreds in attendance bouncing along hysterically before Funktagon, as they’re wont to do, brought the house down.

It was all disc jockeys Beat Science and Dynaflex could do to corral the scattered bodies.

Throughout the night, there was body-and-face-painting as well as a tickle-trunk where participants could dig through costumes before posing for portraits. There was also a Rompre Stomp community canvas, accepting etchings on a quilt-like canvas.

The party spilled out onto the street, where one could view the party as projected onto the Sheep’s exterior, and onto the raft where bonfires burned and watery splashes echoed across the bay. Fire-spinners provided their own show between sets.

It was a mid-summer classic in the true Wakefield spirit – all the bands performed pro bono.

As one anonymous posting from the July 26 Wakefield News put it: “Carmel California only has Clint Eastwood, we have Louis Rompre.”