West End Blend, NEO Project

West End Blend

NEO Project

Sat · January 6, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$5.00 - $7.00

This event is 18 and over

Since their conception, CT-based Funk/Soul band West End Blend has been playing their version of Funk and Soul in venues all over the Northeast. Fronted by vocalist Erica T. Bryan, the band pays homage to classic throwback sounds while adding their own distinct vibe and flair. Behind her, the Blend packs two guitars, a two-piece horn section, bass, keyboards and drums onto stages every night. From humble beginnings in an epic sweaty funky  basement dance party, the Blend’s goal has always been to bring that same atmosphere to every show ever since.  

 

West End Blend
West End Blend
Since their conception, CT-based Funk/Soul band West End Blend has been playing their version of Funk and Soul in venues all over the Northeast. Fronted by vocalist Erica T. Bryan, the band pays homage to classic throwback sounds while adding their own distinct vibe and flair. Behind her, the Blend packs two guitars, a two-piece horn section, bass, keyboards and drums onto stages every night. From humble beginnings in an epic sweaty funky basement dance party, the Blend’s goal has always been to bring that same atmosphere to every show ever since.

The Blend released their debut full length record, “Rewind”, in the Fall of 2015. The album was recorded at Telefunken Studios with Grammy Award winning engineer, Brendan Morawski. Alongside their album release, West End Blend shared the stage with Charles Bradley, Turkuaz, members of Snarky Puppy and Lettuce, Break Science, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, The Nth Power, The Motet and countless others Jam/Funk staples. On September 28th, 2016 the Blend released their latest EP “Say Hey!” as they embarked on their Fall Tour across the Northeast. Throughout their Fall tour they shared the stage with Dopapod, The Nth Power, Turkuaz, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Deep Banana Blackout and more. After ringing in the New Year alongside Turkuaz and Kung Fu is Providence, RI, the Blend took off on their 2017 Winter Tour, which spanned from Vermont down to DC and from Massachusetts out to Ohio, as the band began to emerge out of the Northeast. Throughout 2017, the band has continued to push beyond the Northeast
NEO Project
NEO Project
Dwight Carroll, former music director for Shalamar, Papa John Creach, Betsy Pecanins & various Motown artists, invited 6 extremely talented musicians living in Ithaca, New York to collaborate in building a tantalizing & powerful musical energy, Neo Project. Drawing from R&B, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Rock & Reggae music, Neo Project offers an authentic fresh twist on new pockets of soulful grooves.

In NEO Project, John White unleashes his arsenal of keyboard proficiency with a measure of taste & vigor. His keyboard mastery encompasses countless genres of musical expression. Equally adept in jazz, classical, New Orleans & all forms of pop music, Professor White enriches the texture of NEO Project's multi-layered sound.

Franklin Henry Jr. feels the funk in his bones as he lays down the bottom groove on his electric bass. Franklin's ability to drive a strong funk pattern provides this group with the foundation it needs to stabilize it's energy; grounded at the core.

Tommielee Tallman can artfully ride a melody through all the twists & turns a song can offer. She creates her own soulful path of rhythm & blues & jazz tinged vocals, leading the band through a crescendo of chord progressions to its timely climax.

“Where words leave off, music begins.” Experience Neo Project for yourself!
Venue Information:
The Dock
415 Old Taughannock Boulevard
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://thedockithaca.com/