The Great Funkin' II:  Mutron Warriors, Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People, The English Project, and DJ Ha-MEEN

Sticky C Key Presents

The Great Funkin' II: Mutron Warriors, Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People, The English Project, and DJ Ha-MEEN

Fri · October 26, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Haunt

Ithaca, NY

$20 at the door

Tickets at the Door

The Mutron Warriors, Ithaca’s hometown ambassadors of funk, love Halloween, but it just won’t be the same unless we can summon The Great Funkin’! So they have called on Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People, fresh off there European tour, and The English Project from Rochester, NY to make sure the Funk is appropriately distributed. DJ Ha-MEEN will help fill in the gaps to ensure a smooth coating of funk is applied. The Funkin’ Loves costumes, and it would probably be in your best interest to suit up for this one.

Mutron Warriors
Mutron Warriors
Since the band’s beginnings, the Mutron Warriors have been dedicated to heavy, raw, adrenaline-fueled funk and sweat-dripping soul. Formed in 2006 as a trio the band has steadily expanded its roster and evolving its sound deeply rooted in funk, soul, and afrobeat. Over the past several years the Mutron Warriors has become a staple in regional festivals and clubs, and has built a reputation of being the go to band for those seeking music delivered with the punch and fiery that this band delivers night in and night out.

The Mutron Warriors cut its teeth playing it’s own takes on cuts from the likes of The Meters, P-Funk, James Brown, and many more. Originally built around the vocal styles of Ithaca DJ Brian Mlodzinski, aka djGourd, the group explored genres and drew inspiration from the road already paved by the rich history of the 60’s and 70’s funk and soul movement. Now, with the soulful and powerful vocals of Stephanie Agurkis, the band has tirelessly crafted its sound to be the live juggernaut that can do it all. Weaving seamlessly between old soul, funk, and afrobeat, creating a dynamic sound and experience that has continuously left audiences wanting more, and coming back time and time again to share in the experience of a Mutron show.

Now with ten members to round out their sound, the Mutron Warriors perform regularly in the Ithaca-area to rave reviews. This fresh Afro-Funk has fans begging for more.
Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People
Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People
When Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People hit the stage things get torqued up quickly like a tent revival during tornado season. Named Top Ten Bands to watch by CityPaper, and winner of the 2015 and 2016 Roc Awards, "Best Band", Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People transcend musical genres with a blast of deep, powerful groove and soul. The band is the groove while Ponder’s pipes keep it rooted in soul. And according to Ponder, soul is more than a sound.

“Soul music is something you feel,” she says. “It gives you goose bumps.”

This Rochester, NY Native has spent the past years rendering goose bumps by perfecting her style and charismatic performance. She sings, you listen, you melt. The result of her focus and dedication is a tone that is both enchanting and seductive along with a riveting, honest stage presence. It is this voice that has helped her secure gigs opening up for powerhouses such as George Clinton, Ledisi and The Roots. The band has also completed two successful European tours. Boyd Kletter of Bourbon Street Blues Club in Amsterdam said "Danielle shines bright both on and off the stage. She's truly is a star!"

In 2016 the singer released her debut EP Blow Out The Sun. Soultracks.com said “Ponder’s vocals combine the spirit of the church with the speak-truth- to-power assertiveness of a movement leader. “ Jeff Speak of the Democrat & Chronicle wrote "Ponder’s tough-sounding vocals on “Three Word Revolution (I Love Myself)” is a defiant call to self worth. That title track feels custom built as a room-shaking anthem for women in the audience.” In 2016 the band would also enter the AfroPunk Battle of the Bands contest, where they surpassed hundreds of bands and made it to the final four.

To Ponder, the audience is integral to the performance. They are, in a sense, part of the band. We are all tomorrow people.

"When I get on stage I want the audience to be just as important as the musicians. I want to hear them, feel them, and see them dancing and moving.”

And the crowd does just that. This daughter of a preacher take the audience to church, as she dances across stage and belts out her notes, it is clear that her gospel roots have had a strong influence. This sensational singer also lists powerful influences that lit her fuse like Nina Simone, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, and Lauryn Hill. Ponder opens her mouth to sing and it’s readily apparent; there’s another name that belongs in that pantheon as well. Danielle Ponder, and her time is now.
The English Project
The English Project
Based out of Western NY, the English Project has solidified itself in the North Eastern U.S. as a collective that pushes the envelope of groove and improvisation. Comprised of core members Chris English on drums and vocals, Paul McArdle on guitar, Andres Rivera on bass and Dave Solazzo on piano, the English Project seamlessly fuses funk and soul with elements of modern jazz. They’ve also opened for artists such as Bobby Brown, Arrested Development, Jazz is Phsh, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Sophistafunk, Thunderbody, John Kadlecik Band, and many others. Their debut EP, “The English Project, Vol.1” is scheduled to release this year.
Venue Information:
The Haunt
702 Willow Ave
Ithaca, NY, 14850
http://thehaunt.com/