Sophistafunk

Sophistafunk

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SOPHISTAFUNK is an analog soul trio from Syracuse, NY that’s making heads bob and hula-hoops twirl one city at a time. This fierce group blends a deep pocket, powerful lyrics and devastatingly funky vintage-key licks to create a massive high-energy sound.

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Biography

SOPHISTAFUNK IS: Adam Gold (keys), Jack Brown (lyricist), Emanuel Washington (drums)

Ana-a-log: Adj. relating to or using signals of information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity such as spatial position or voltage.
Soul: n. the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being or animal, regarded as immortal. A person’s moral or emotional nature or sense of identity.

SOPHISTAFUNK is an analog soul trio from Syracuse, NY that’s making heads bob and hula-hoops twirl one city at a time. This fierce group blends a deep pocket, powerful lyrics and devastatingly funky vintage-key licks to create a massive, high-energy sound.

For six years, this road warrior band has been hitting the pavement and blowing minds across the United States. They’ve 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 Gold’s restaurant and music venue, Funk n’ Waffles, was featured on the show on December 25, 2012. Host, Guy Fieri, dug the band so hard, they’ve 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 Fieri’s personal request.

SOPHISTAFUNK will cross the pond in August 2013, when they slay the UK with the internationally acclaimed Syracuse native, Joe Driscoll, and their new album, Freedom Is, will be dropping and dominating iPods within weeks.

What people are saying:

"Combining the vibes of funk music with the intensity of hip hop and spoken-word poetry, Syracuse-based group SOPHISTAFUNK specializes in cross-genre music. The three-man band features vocals from Jack Brown, drums by Emanuel Washington, and keyboard, bass, & backup vocals by Adam Gold." - Evan Johnson, The Ithacan

"Syracuse’s SOPHISTAFUNK, who blended hip-hop, funk and rock flawlessly to create a sound very much their own, moved seamlessly between improvised jams on the keys, soul-filled choruses and blistering rapping... A remarkably proficient band of top notch musicians... a fantastic hip hop jazz band." - TJ Olsen, Beyond Race Magazine (New York City)

"SOPHISTAFUNK has a genre-destroying range of musical ability and mix of socially-conscious lyrics. Much of the trio’s set was spent rifling through thick instrumental funk, fluid vocals, soul crooning, metal, reggae and intricate interplay between Adam Gold’s four-keyboard setup and Emanuel Washington’s drums -- an infectious journey that left the full crowd gasping for air." - Dan Rys, The Daily Free Press (Boston)

"Syracuse's SOPHISTAFUNK, like the name implies, prefers its hip hop covered in a dripping later of funk. ...Between putting out an album, winning the 2009 Syracuse Big Break Contest, and opening for superstars like Fergie, it seems like the band is off to a great start." - Rob Sickelco, City News (Rochester)

"SOPHISTAFUNK has proved that they have the staying power to make an impact on our scene. Their full summer schedule includes a number of club shows and an alarming amount of festival performances. Be sure to catch them on the road this summer, you will not be disappointed... Who knew that merging the new school with the old school could be this much fun?" - Selena Hodom, The Groovelink Magazine

For booking, contact:
In The Pocket Artists
booking@sophistafunkband.com
For publicity, contact:
Jessica Novak
jessrocknroad@gmail.com

~RESUME~

support act for Northeast tour with EOTO, also:
SOULIVE, TALIB KWELI, KRS-ONE, FERGIE, SEAN KINGSTON, RON CARTER TRIO, JERRY GARCIA BAND, BREAK SCIENCE & CHALI 2NA, LETTUCE, TROMBONE SHORTY, IVAN NEVILLE'S DUMPSTAPHUNK, MARCO BENEVENTO, GARY BURTON, DJ LOGIC

-national touring schedule includes frequent Midwest runs in Colorado; also MI, IL, MN, NE, IA, IN, OH, WV, VA, MD, PA, NY, NJ, CT, RI, MA, VT, ME. Some notable venues:

-The Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY)
-Cervantes, Quixotes (Denver, CO)
-Brooklyn Bowl (NYC)
-The Fox Theater (Boulder, CO)
-El Rey Theater (Albuquerque, NM)
-The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA)
-Port City Music Hall (Portland, ME)
-Pearl Street (Northampton, MA)
-Middle East (Boston, MA)
-The Blue Note (NYC)
-Turning Stone Resort (Verona, NY)
-Hudson Valley Resort (Catskills, NY)
-Nectar's, The Higher Ground (Burlington, VT)

-FESTIVALS include New York State Fair, Rock the Resort 1 & 2 (NY), RhinoFest (VT), Stable Studios (IN), Moustachio Bashio (Albuquerque, NM), Bella Terra (NY), Rock 'n Roll Resort, Sterling Stage and many more.

Lyrics

Colors

Written By: Jack Brown

I was born seeing all colors,
Different hair,
Different eyes,
Different skin--
all brothers...

Sons & daughters
of the same mother,
Friends & lovers,
in each of us
so much to be discovered

You were born seeing all colors,
But the people all around you
try to keep your eyes covered.
They put you in a box,
locked the doors and the shudders...

Afraid of what would happen if we loved one another!

Discography

"Twentyeleven" - c2011

1. Listen Up
2. Wil' Out
3. Tell My Baby
4. Gimme Some Space
5. Intimate Affair
6. Lyrical Guide
7. Feels So Good
8. Take the Planet Back
9. The Get Down
10. Colors v2
11. Same Mistakes
12. Curtains

**LISTEN FOR FREE @ www.sophistafunkband.com**

"The Sophistafunk EP" - c2009

1. Colors
2. Livin' to Rock
3. Lyla's Tune
4. Burn Just to Breathe
5. Big Bad Boots
6. Same Mistakes (Live)

Videos:
“Gotta Walk” http://vimeo.com/56265810
“Lyrical Guide” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHyptH_2Ass
“Gimme Some Space” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLBTa560NRU

Set List

Adam Gold - keys / bass / vocals
Jack Brown - vocals / lyrics
Emanuel Washington - drums / backup vocals