May the funk be with you! The weather is warm and beautiful, and Funk n Waffles has another month of talented artists to help you celebrate Spring. NYS Music is proud to present this month’s line-up.
FRIDAY May 5 – Solar Garlic
Solar Garlic, formed in the Fall of 2012, is a Phish tribute band based in Central NY. Their music is inspired by the improvisational thrills and diverse influences that make the live experience of Phish so unique. Mixing a devotion to musical composition and exploratory jams, the band draws from all eras of Phish’s repertoire to construct original and well-balanced sets of music. Their shows not only pay tribute to a great band, but also cultivate their own unique forms of musical communication and expression. The only Phish cover band in the Syracuse area, they have played a festivals like “Phallfest” and a variety of venues in the Central New York area including The Westcott Theater, The Montage Music Hall, Funk ‘n Waffles Downtown, Dinosaur BBQ, Prison City Pub and the Blarney Stone Pub.
We would write songs about getting out of the swamp and moving to the mountains because that’s what we wanted to do. We sang songs about the mountains and clean air and that made us feel better about being in the swamp.”
Andy Frasco, the 27-year old Los Angeles, CA native singer / songwriter / band maestro / entrepreneur / party starter / everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies “The U.N.” have been cited frequently as “Party Blues,” but the band’s musical inspirations and influences run much deeper incorporating elements of Soul, Funk, and Rock as well as tones of Roots, and Americana, creating a much more diverse sound and style that is distinctly Andy Frasco & the U.N.
Frasco’s shows have been described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out.
Check out Boots n’ Shorts and you’ll find them instantly recognizable while simultaneously difficult to describe. The Syracuse based 5 piece pulls from a wide array of original material, spanning over their 10+ years of bandhood. A sound that can be as much toasty jamband groove, as it is outlaw bluegrass. Their latest album Just Another Day is available on bootsnshorts.com.
Vermont-based quartet with a distinctly unique sound. Their music consists of quick, high-energy bluegrass tempos, thumping bass lines, and soaring vocal harmonies, punchy drum driven beats, effects-driven guitar solos, banjo rolls, and even the occasional sitar interlude. The band delivers a live show which encompasses all of these aspects, as well as improvisatory jams, seamless flow, and effective crowd interaction. A rebellious response to typical jam grass, Jatoba has something that listeners of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.
All shows start at 9pm each night. Visit Funk n Waffles for more info.