Dan Smalls Presents : Sophistafunk @ The Dock, in Ithaca NY, wsg/Subsoil opening up the night!
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. 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 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 Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, EOTO, Marco Benevento and more. They’ve also gained attention from publications including New York City’s Village Voice and Beyond Race Magazine.
Subsoil is lyric-driven Hip-Hop Fusion. Known for high-energy live shows, Subsoil's performance wields a keen-edge of razor-sharp
lyricism, with equal emphasis on tight grooves and furious improvisations.
Subsoil is a cadre of genre-less musicians who embrace musical diversity, using an expansive spectrum of styles. The band laces beats for frontmen Emcees, Moonroc & Laz Green, creating a rare live hip-hop experience. Subsoil’s debut full-length release entitled “Worm’s Eye View” (2009) was well received in the NYS regional music scene, and the recent EP "Dirt Worship" (2012) reinvented their style that continues to evolve.
After a several month hiatus, Subsoil has kicked off their spring/summer tour schedule and will be performing live all over New York State and beyond. The band is performing a slew of brand new tunes at shows building support for a LP release in 2015 titled “Decompositions.” Subsoil’s roster has grown with the addition of guitarist Wil McKenna of future rock band Roots Collider, and tour drummer Shawn Drogan of livetronica dance sensation Manhattan Project.
Subsoil has had the honor to play with such outstanding acts as; Kill The Noise, Blues Traveler, John Brown's Body, Rubblebucket, Badfish, Easy Star All-stars, Kung-Fu, Dopapod, Consider The Source, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, and hip-hop acts such as; Chali 2na, Afroman, Jean Grae, Louis Logic, Action Bronson, and Sophistafunk among many others.