Known for their huge sound and tight musicianship, the band SOPHISTAFUNK is an unstoppable funk hip-hop dance party. Their presence is powerful, their lyrics are cutting edge, and their live shows are packed with passion and energy. Comprised of funkmaster Adam Gold, who sings, beatboxes, and plays up to four keyboards at the same time; soulful drummer / vocalist Emanuel Washington; and captivating front-man Jack Brown; the band recently welcomed their newest member: saxophonist Tommy Weeks of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band.Read More
In 2017, SOPHISTAFUNK was featured as the house band on five episodes of the Food Network show Guy’s Grocery Games. During the show, host Guy Fieri called them his “favorite band,” which has been covered by new outlets such as The Village Voice (NYC) and BuzzFeed. They’ve also played four of his birthday parties and frequently entertain a wide array of celebrities. The band has released four studio albums, including their most recent double-LP “Real Vibration” (2017). This past October, a song from that record entitled “No More War” gained notoriety when its music video was premiered by Live for Live Music. This nationally renowned website also referred to them as “the hip hop band for the jam fan.”
From their home base in Syracuse NY, SOPHISTAFUNK has become a mainstay with national audiences spanning from electronic to jazz, reggae, and jam bands. Their coast-to-coast schedule includes frequent stops in New York City, Boston, New Orleans, Denver, San Francisco, & Seattle, among others Their festival resume includes Camp Bisco 2017, GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance (five years running), as well as Horning’s Hideout in Oregon and Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Florida. The band has also toured the UK multiple times, performing to 50,000+ at the giant international festivals BoomTown and Shambala. As a result, they were featured in a 2015 Relix Magazine article entitled “Five Bands You Should Know.”
Every show features vintage tones, live improvisation, and surprise guests. The band loves collaborating with different musicians, from the late great Bernie Worrell to drummers Tommy Lee of Motley Crue and Nikki Glaspie of Nth Power/Beyonce. In 2016, SOPHISTAFUNK recorded a live show featuring five members of Snarky Puppy (2x Grammy winner). Their versatility allows them to support a wide variety of national bands, such as Snarky Puppy, Rebelution, SOJA, Bass Nectar, Disco Biscuits, Lettuce, & Soulive (to name a few), as well as classic acts such as Aretha Franklin, Parliament Funkadelic, Foreigner, Rakim, & KRS One. They have also toured extensively with The Motet, Orgone, Fishbone, Turkuaz, Kung Fu, & Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. In 2016, SOPHISTAFUNK rocked a full house at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas, playing after Zac Brown Band. The guys still maintain a close personal connection with Guy Fieri, frequently playing private parties for him and his friends across the country. They first met in 2013 while performing on his show Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives at the restaurant/music venue Funk ‘n Waffles, which is owned by keyboardist Adam Gold.