Denver Music: “Sophistafunk” is exactly what it sounds like.

Via David McConaghay
on Dec 14, 2011
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The Mountain Sun hosts free live music every Sunday. Did you know that?

This I learned last Sunday when my friend-in-the-know suggested we go see some band named Sophistafunk. It took no great deal of intuition to know this was a band I needed to see.


This is a trio from Syracuse, New York.

Emanuel Washington holds it down on his hip-hop tuned drum kit which really kicks. He also proved he can pick it up, as he did seamlessly when Master of Ceremonies Jack Brown dropped the second verse of “Juicy”.

On the whole, Brown delivers conscious lyrics that provide occasion for both self-reflection and putting one’s hands up in the air and waving them as if one cared very little.

Adam Gold sits behind a collection of keyboards with limitless potential for funky squawks, wacky chords and face-twisting fills. He plays the bass with his left hand and the melody with his right. For me, it is Gold’s musicianship that is the wind in the sails of this outfit. His licks range from spaced-out to in-the-pocket, RATM-style rock-ish to funky disco through to smoothin’ groovin’ jazz.

Mountain Sun was packed with dancing souls until closing time. I am very much looking forward to seeing them perform in a proper venue with some decent room to dance.

Sophistafunk will be at Quixote’s True Blue in Denver this coming Saturday night, the 17th of December.

Tickets are $10. In this economy, can you afford not to go? Right, so, see you there.

The rest of their tour dates are as follows:

Dec 19
First Avenue- 7th Street Entry
Minneapolis, MN
Dec 20
Upfront & Company
Marquette, MI
Dec 21
Pyramid Scheme
Grand Rapids, MI
Dec 22
Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
Kalamazoo, MI
Dec 23
Waterhole #3
Saranac Lake, NY
Dec 30
Empire Brewery
Syracuse, NY
Dec 31
Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub
Syracuse, NY
Feb 03
Sullivan Hall
New York, NY
Mar 03
The Rock Shop
Brooklyn, NY

For your listening pleasure, please peep this informational videos.

This first one is from way back in the day (2008 is almost 4 years ago now…)

“I do it to make people dance”

A pretty good promo video:

Okay, let’s funk it up…
“Same Old Mistakes”
“Big Bad Boots”
“So Fresh, So Clean”


About David McConaghay

David McConaghay is an Ayurvedic practitioner and Vedic Astrologer based in Boulder, Colorado. A former Division 1 athlete, David discovered yoga as a means to bring ease to an overburdened body. Now certified to practice Ayurveda and Jyotish, the cutting edge of David's enthusiasm is to explore and teach the overlaps between ancient Vedic ideas and the futuristic models of physics and biology proposed by pioneers like Nassim Haramein and Dr. Bruce Lipton. In addition to extensive training (RYT-500) in the Sivananda tradition, David has a B.A. in English and Creative Writing from the George Washington University. He brings his expansive knowledge, playful spirit and precise language to conversations with students, clients and peers alike. More info is available at


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