Posts Tagged ‘Sophistafunk’

Get the Funk Outta My Face

Sunday, June 5th, 2016
Jack Brown and Adam Gold: Sophistafunk at The Taste of Syracuse.

Jack Brown and Adam Gold: Sophistafunk are crowd favoites at The Taste of Syracuse.

Welcome Committee

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015



Beats & Rhymes from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

The President has a theme song; Syracuse Football has a fight song,but we think this would be a great welcome to summer song for our city. In fact, maybe Sophistafunk and the 315 Elks Pride Drumline could play the next Hancock Airport musical showcase or open up the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival.

Bring that Beat Back

Saturday, June 6th, 2015
Jack and Maxwell Brown: Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage, Taste of Syracuse (Friday)

Jack and Maxwell Brown: Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage, Taste of Syracuse (Friday)

We thought it was generous and down right classy for Sophistafunk to yield some of their Taste of Syracuse: Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage performance to the 315 Elks Pride Drumline last night.

The brief musical collaboration caused a pleasant ruckus.

The Beat of 315: Taste of Syracuse: Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage

The Beat of 315: Taste of Syracuse: Express Mart Erie Blvd Stage

Week in Review: Fungiere

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Gregory Collins

Gregory Collins: The Mr. Please, Please, Please of the local Funk Scene

We wish you knew what it was like to experience something this funky. We’re not talking uptown, but strictly some downtown, alleyway, outside of Armory Square, dumpster funk. Emanuel “never miss a beat” Washington organized “Doin It to Death,” a tribute to James Brown and the show had people nearly climbing the walls inside Funk-n-Waffles (downtown) on Thursday. We don’t know if the band (including a killer horn section) rehearsed or had a previous gig, but on this night the force (of funk) was with them indeed. The only thing that would have made this a better outing is if they had been scheduled during the NCAA Regional Finals weekend.

Making short cameo appearances during the two-hour plus show were Washington’s band mates from Sophistafunk, Adam Gold and Jack Brown.

Mike Spadaro: All about the bass

Mike Spadaro: All about the bass

Eman Washington, drummer and now concert producer

E. Washington, drummer, and a crowd jammin’ on the one.

The multi-generational crowd also roared when Washington announced that he would be putting together a Beastie Boys Tribute in June.

This was a first show at the new Funk-n-Waffles location and the place definitely has the potential to make some noise on the Downtown music scene.

The horn section for the show, featuring trombonist Melissa Gardiner (right) was tight.

The tight horn section was a Fields sandwich (Dan on trumpet and Nick on tenor sax) punctuated by the  book ends of  Melissa Gardiner (trombone) and 17-year old Dunham Hall (alto sax).

Black v. Brown

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014
Jack Brown

Jack Brown, keeping it real (cool)

Hollywood has Jack Black; Syracuse has Jack Brown (of Sophistafunk). Black is known for his fluffy comedic persona; meanwhile Brown is known as a vigorous MC who dons stylish pork pie hats on stage. Last weekend, Brown mixed up his fashion ensemble by rocking a pair of classic NIKE dunks (in Syracuse Orange, of course).

Jack Brown

Jack Brown defines of freedom of expression

Extension: Jazz Fest, Day 2

Saturday, July 6th, 2013
Napoleon Murphy Brock of the Grandmothers of Invention and Festival Producer Frank Malfitano hug it out during a lengthy rain delay.

Napoleon Murphy Brock of the Grandmothers of Invention and Festival Producer Frank Malfitano hug it out during a lengthy rain delay.

At Day Two of the Syracuse Jazz Festival the weather almost trumped the music. After lightning flashes, a near monsoon, and baseball-length rain delay, however the music continued and the GrandMothers of Invention (formed in 2002 from Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention) gave those remaining a high-impact show.

Earlier in the day, Sophistafunk and the Yellowjackets, as well as Giacomo Gates, were on stage.

William Kennedy, Drummer, Yellowjackets

William Kennedy, Drummer, Yellowjackets

Adam Gold, Keyboardist, Sophistafunk

Adam Gold, Keyboardist, Sophistafunk

Don Preston, who started with Frank Zappa in 1967, is showing no signs of slowing down on this "One Size Fits All" US Tour. He came to the Syracuse show from Chapel Hill, NC. Tommorrow the GrandMothers of Invention play Annapolis, then NYC, before heading back Upstate to Rocheter on July 10.

Don Preston, who started with Frank Zappa in 1967, is showing no signs of slowing down on this “One Size Fits All” US Tour. He came to the Syracuse show from Chapel Hill, NC. Tomorrow the GrandMothers of Invention play Annapolis, then NYC, before heading back Upstate to Rochester on July 10.

WAEF FM 88's GM Joe Lee brings on the Yellowjackets.

WAEF FM 88’s GM Joe Lee brings on the Yellowjackets.

Sophista-Fan

Sophista-Fan

Piano Tuner Kenny Williams has been working festivals and concerts in Syracuse for more than a half century.

Piano tuner Kenny Williams has been working festivals and concerts in Syracuse for more than a half century.

Napoleon Murphy Brock (red) from the Mothers of Invention shows off his Suavenicity during an opening number.

Napoleon Murphy Brock (left),who started with Zappa in 1974 and now is the lead vocalist for the GrandMothers of Invention, shows off his Suavenicity during an opening number.

Appetizer

Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Illumination of the Goonies: Singing in the Rain

Illumination of the Goonies: Rhyming in the Rain

Here are some of the musical acts who performed for Day 1 of the Taste of Syracuse.

Sophistafunk's Adam Gold on the Keys

Goin’ Way Out: Sophistafunk’s Adam Gold on the Keys

Doug Gray, lead for the Marshall Tucker Band

Doug Gray, lead vocalist for the Marshall Tucker Band

Searching for Soul: Israel Hagan, bassist for Stroke

Searching for Soul: Israel Hagan, bassist for Stroke