Sophistaphunk at the Java Barn, St. Lawrence University, February 23rd

words, video and photos by Ryan Woodard

Sophistafunk, a three piece band from Syracuse, played at the Java Barn in Canton. Java is located on the campus of St. Lawrence University, where during the school semesters there are great bands at least once every week. Java is not overly large but definitely fills up no matter who plays there. Sopistafunk consist of Adam Gold on keys, Emanuel Washington on drums and percussion and Jack Brown on vocals. They were like no other band I have ever seen, their funk style rap  reminded me most definitely of artists like Afrika Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, Bell Biv Devoe and Booker T and the M.G.’s from the late 80’s early 90’s. Based in Syracuse, the band is on tour in surrounding areas to New York and has made it out west for shows. Check out the photos from the show below, and more at their website, Reverb Nation and on Facebook.