Sun, May 6 - 7:00 pm
Sophistafunk, Root Shock, and Skunk City join forces for a Salt City Shakedown! Don't miss this trifecta of NYS' best bands!
Fans across America are talking about Syracuse-based Sophistafunk, the product of three multi-talented musicians Adam Gold, Jack Brown, & Emanuel Washington who combine spoken-word artistry, old-school hip hop, & funky rhythms to create a unique live band experience.
The band met in 2007 and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act. Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. Sophistafunk is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and live instruments.
For six years, this road warrior band has been hitting the pavement and blowing minds across the United States. Theyve collaborated live with greats spanning Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Talking Heads) to Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce/Dumpstaphunk) and were featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives when Golds restaurant and music venue, Funk n Waffles, was featured on the show on December 25, 2012. Host, Guy Fieri, dug the band so hard, theyve since played his birthday party in Santa Rosa, CA and became the first band ever to play the International Home and Housewares Convention in Chicago, IL on March 3, 2013, by Fieris personal request.
Sophistafunk has played high-profile venues including The Blue Note Jazz Club (NYC), The Boom Boom Room (San Francisco), The Belly Up (Aspen), Brooklyn Bowl (NYC) and more and supported acts including Soulive, G. Love, Foreigner, Trombone Shorty, Ivan Nevilles Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, Marco Benevento and more. Theyve also gained attention from publications including New York Citys Village Voice and Beyond Race Magazine.
Root Shock formed in 2012 with regional veteran musicians whose love of reggae music flows deep. Their unique blend of reggae and heavy drum & bass combined with American roots and soul, and a focus on conscious lyrics result in positive dance music will make you want to move!
The band has been surprising and delighting crowds across the New York region and beyond, bringing their unique high-energy style spearheaded by the stunning soulful vocals and stage presence of Jessica Brown to a wide range of settings. The bands dedication to spreading music with a positive message has paid off in entertaining, elevating, and energizing music lovers of all walks of life! On the heels of their 2016 debut album, Root Shock is stepping up their game, hitting the road and bringing their renowned live show to clubs, festivals and concert halls far and wide. The
band is concentrating on spreading their uplifting message and vibes to the masses. Root Shocks genre-bending sound has proven to fit many musical settings yet always stand out!
Hailing from Syracuse, NY, Skunk City is CNY's premiere Funk/Rock experience! Our debut album "Sparked" is available now at our website and at all of our shows!