"Thank you for the funk!" George Clinton once sang, and for those of us who are just as appreciative, Chop Suey--together with some of the original Moe Funk crew (including the unrelenting soul purveyor Riz Rollins), plus such newer-school DJs as Suspence and ex-Dub Narcotic Sound System member Brian Weber--is throwing a party committed to funk, soul, and R&B to set your ass back on the good foot. If there's anyone out there who doesn't yearn to have soul or get funky, I'm taking you to a shrink, and your lady to dinner!

Rollins definitely knows how to get you dancing. Back in the mid-'90s, Moe's tavern hosted a successful old-school, funk, and hiphop night called Moe Funk that went on for a few years and eventually moved to the Showbox. "It literally got riotous," says Rollins of the night's evolution and eventual end. Over time, though, the party became "less and less celebratory," moving over to Re-bar where it was finally laid to rest. Since then, Rollins has continued to consistently represent for the Seattle dance community. He hosts Expansions, a weekly show on KEXP devoted to electronic music, and more recently, he returned as the Friday resident for Re-bar's Phatso Phridays, playing house, R&B, hiphop, and even a little drum 'n' bass for good measure. I recently caught one of his Friday sets and it was one of the more inspired, sincere house mixes I've caught by a local in quite a while.

Since it's now officially the holidays, it's time to be festive, drink lots of spiked eggnog, and most importantly, shake your shit on the dance floor to swingin', sexy music delivered by some of Seattle's finest. I'm sure that this party will give us the gift of classic funk and soul jams as well as the well-hidden gems that would make any Backdoor Santa proud. NICOLAE WHITE

Jinglin'-A Mo' Funky Christmas w/DJs Riz, Suspence, Brian Weber, and hosted by Natty Nat, Sat Dec 21 at Chop Suey, 1325 E Madison St, 324-8005, 8 pm-2 am, 21+, $10.

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