With uplifting lyrics and a sound rooted in old-school funk, hip-hop and rock, three-piece band Sophistafunk's irresistible, electronic dance grooves will move your feet and lift your spirits. The trio, which consists of MC Jack Brown, drummer Emanuel Washington, and bassist/keyboardist Adam Gold, met in 2007 in Syracuse, N.Y., and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act that combines spoken-word artistry with funk-inspired beats to create tight grooves that move your body and your soul. Their high-energy, genre-crossing live shows have been compared to acts like Rage Against the Machine with an infectious sound to match.
Sophistafunk has collaborated with artists like Bernie Worell (Parliament/Talking Heads) and Nikki Glaspie (Beyoncé/Dumpstaphunk) and played for audiences across the nation at venues ranging from The Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, to The Boom Boom Room in San Francisco, the Belly Up in Aspen, Colo., and a performance this summer at Levitt AMP Utica (7/9). They gained a fan in Guy Fieri after bassist/keyboardist Adam Gold’s restaurant, Funk n’ Waffles, was featured on Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. At Fieri's request, they've since performed at his birthday and became the first band invited to play the International Home and Housewares Convention in Chicago.
High Up at 6pm
High Up writes powerful soul music with elements of indie and punk, combing Christine Fink’s show-stopping voice with the songwriting prowess of her sister Orenda Fink of Azure Ray. The band is rounded out by Orenda’s husband Todd Fink of The Faint, Matt Focht of Bright Eyes and Head of Femur, and Josh Soto, who together create music that straddles the line between soul and rock n’ roll. Based in Omaha, Neb., the group has opened for artists such as Conor Oberst and played at high-profile festivals such as SXSW. They were named Audio Femme’s January 2018 “Band of the Month” and released their debut album, You Are Here, in February 2018.