Sophistafunk: Night 1 of 2
w/ The Lynguistic CIvilians
Friday, April 1, 2016
21+ $10 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.
The Lynguistic Civilians
Hailing from the green hills of Burlington Vermont, the Lynguistic Civilians have been making music together since 2010 being voted “Vermont’s Best Hip Hop” by Seven Days VT four years running. Since their initial debut in 2009 Walshie Steeze, Mike Fulton, LC and Mr. Burns have performed over 300 shows all over New England. They are a focused group of individuals with a passion for Hip Hop and expressing it through their music wherever they can.
With all in house production and lyrics The Civilians have an approach on making music that allows everyones individual talents to flourish. A family of MC’s and DJ’s they have captivated crowds of all ages while having the honor of sharing the stage with some of hip hop’s greats. They have three releases, 2011’s A Hard Act To Follow e.p. 2013 full length album Better Late Than Never and 2014’s collaboration with The Mangroves, Urban Priorities.
Bringing all four personalities together, The Lynguistic Civilians bring a upbeat and engaging live show.
“Vermont-based hip hop doesn’t get more vibrant than this. If you don’t feel good after leaving their set it’s your fault, not theirs.” – Brent Hallenbeck / Burlington Free Press