Sophistafunk

Funk 'n Waffles - Downtown Presents:

Sophistafunk

Elise Testone

Sat · March 25, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$10-$15

This event is 18 and over

Homegrown Syracuse Funk!

$10/$15 - $5 surcharge if under 21

Sophistafunk
Sophistafunk
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.
Elise Testone
Elise Testone
Exposed to music that ranged from Motown and the Beatles to Queen, Elise Testone began studying privately at the age of 5 and performed at local coffeehouses throughout her teenage years. Testone graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Vocal Performance degree, and continued to hone her skills performing live and teaching music in Charleston. At the age of 27, Testone was approached by a talent scout from American Idol and became a top 6 finalist on the hit show in 2012.

In the wake of her appearance on American Idol, Testone has toured extensively performing original music with her own band as well as participating in a number of successful collaborations, including the James Brown Dance Party and Thankful For Amy Winehouse. Testone has also appeared on such popular TV programs as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, and Good Morning America. Testone's original music has drawn comparisons to legends including Ella Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Lauryn Hill.
Venue Information:
Funk 'n Waffles - Downtown
307 S. Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY, 13202
http://www.funknwaffles.com/wp/