Opening Set by: AZTEC SUN
"Funk with Soul" band AZTEC SUN has hypnotized the ears and feet of live music lovers since late 2012. No matter the scale of the venue, this DC-based ensemble produces an upbeat and retro groove steeped in seventies funk and soul with overtones of jazz, afrobeat, and Motown-era pop. AZTEC SUN's infectious songwriting, rhythmic versatility, and energetic performances have earned recognition for the group, notably being named Best Local Original Band by the Washington City Paper in 2016 and 2017 (runner-up).
These accolades, along with the band's sizeable following in the D.C. area, have allowed AZTEC SUN to share bills with a variety of well-known funk, soul, and jam bands including Galactic, Everyone Orchestra (Matt Butler with members of moe., The Bridge, Marco Benevento, Furthur, Soulive, and The Disco Biscuits), Lee Fields & The Expressions, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Shaun Martin of Snarky Puppy, Burning Spear, The Suffers, The Pimps of Joytime, and Naughty Professor.
Following up on the 2016 EP Set You Free, November 2018 will mark the release of AZTEC SUN's debut full-length album, a crowning achievement of the band's work thus far recorded and mixed by Alan Evans of Soulive.
Rebirth Brass Band
Simply put, The Rebirth Brass Band is an institution. Formed in 1983, the band has long since graduated from the streets of New Orleans to theaters and festivals all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has placed them among the world’s top brass bands and they are the hands-down favorite among the younger generation. In reference to the sometimes-stringent competition amongst brass bands, Offbeat magazine remarked, “…it’s clear that Rebirth, which boasts 10 albums and has traveled the world, is the band to beat (July 2001).