with Scott Hannay Plays Video Games
Friday, September 20, 2019
21+ $8 ADV // $10 DOS
SOPHISTAFUNK 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 overcrowds 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. Catch ONE show, and you will be hooked!
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 will cross the pond in August 2013, when they slay the UK with the internationally acclaimed Syracuse native, Joe Driscoll, and their new album, Freedom Is, will be dropping and dominating iPods within weeks.
The band 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.
Scott Hannay Plays Video Games
From the cold frozen tundra of upstate New York comes a musical hero unlike any other. Scott Hannay (Mister F, Capital Zen) presents Scott Hannay Plays Video Games, a one-man musical interpretation of 8-bit madness and video game soundtracks. Scott’s Multiplayer Edition sets feature a rotating cast of video game-loving musically-inclined masters all trying to level up.
As a young boy, Hannay cut his teeth on his family’s piano by gingerly plunking out notes to his favorite video game tunes. By his teen years, he was obsessed with MIDI files he downloaded via dial-up, bought some cheap software and began transcribing video game soundtracks like Mega Man 1, 2, 3, Contra, Mario, and Zelda. Transcription gave way to recording, and recording ultimately led Hannay to learn guitar, bass and keys. All of which gave way to Hannay becoming a working musician.
Hannay’s skills behind the keys has led to sit-ins with a laundry list of artists, including Umphrey’s McGee, Twiddle, Dopapod, Aqueous, Turkuaz, Pink Talking Fish, The Werks, Mihali/Gubbulidis solo/duo projects, Particle, Kung Fu, and dozens more.
…and your parents told you playing video games wouldn’t lead to anything…