The Funky Knuckles, Skunk City, Calliope Musicals

Funk 'n Waffles Downtown Presents:

The Funky Knuckles

Skunk City

Calliope Musicals

Sun · October 29, 2017

Doors: 7:45 pm / Show: 8:45 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

$10

You DON'T wanna miss THIS Sunday Funkday! THE FUNKY KNUCKLES are joing your Sunday favorites SKUNK CITY w/s/g's CALLIOPE MUSICALS! $10 at the door and supa funky jams awwwwl night! Don't miss out on this fun filled night of FUNK.

The Funky Knuckles
The Funky Knuckles
The inevitable result of a talent-soaked soul and jazz community, The Funky Knuckles are taking the sound of Dallas to an entirely different level. They have been together six years and have held a weekly residency since the beginning. The band is comprised of sidemen from some of the most respected acts in the music industry (Beyonce, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, P. Diddy, The Polyphonic Spree, etc.), yet possesses a sound distinctly separate from any of their individual projects.

The Funky Knuckles move together musically as a school of fish, never complacent and always stretching the boundaries of improvisation and composition. Whether performing original music or standards, they draw from each member's musical experiences to create their unique genre-bending sound. After the release of their debut album on GroundUP Music, As of Lately, The Knuckles added a full-time horn section and began touring nationally.

Meta-Musica (also on GroundUP), climbed the iTunes Jazz Charts to become the #1 selling record in the United States the day it was released.
Skunk City
Skunk City
Calliope Musicals
Calliope Musicals
To label Calliope Musicals a band might be selling them short, because—while the six-piece group's primary medium is music—their live show is an auditory, visual and genuinely transportive experience.

The group's roots date back to 2009, when frontwoman Carrie Fussell and guitarist Matt Roth began playing head shops around town. Soon Fussell's boyfriend, now husband, Josh Bickley joined the band on drums (a choice they made hesitantly, for fear of "Fleetwood Mac drama"), and—with the addition of Craig Finkelstein, Andrew Vizzone and Chris Webb—the trio transformed into a six-person musical tribe.

While the band describes their style as psychedelic party folk, the actual sound—a harmonious blend of drums, guitar, bass, a hybrid instrument known as a xylosynth and Fussell's powerful voice—is hard to define and varies substantially by song. What is consistent, however, is the element of storytelling that courses through every track in the Calliope catalogue.

"Our music centers around a certain energy more than a certain style," the perpetually barefoot Fussell says. "We'll do rock, then dance-y disco, then some slow sit-down [songs]. At the end of the day, it feels like the music revolves around imagination and adventure more than it does a specific type of music."

But lyrics and sound aside, perhaps the most captivating aspect of the group's show is the integration of props. During most performances, beaming audience members can be found swaying with sparklers, bouncing with balloons, and singing along while waving cardboard signs hand-crafted from Shiner Bock boxes—all handed out by animal-costume-attired friends of the band. (Calliope has also been known to wield a confetti canon, to the chagrin of bar-backs everywhere.)

It's these extra touches that encourage more crowd interaction and involvement than you're likely to find almost anywhere else, making for a truly magical performance.

"The vibe we want to create is the feeling that the audience is part of the creative process and part of the performance," says Fussell. "I think we always just hope that people leave our show feeling empowered and inspired—like they can do anything."

- Sam Sumpter, TRIBEZA
Venue Information:
Funk 'n Waffles - Downtown
307 S. Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY, 13202
http://www.funknwaffles.com/wp/