Originally formed in Brooklyn, NY by Dave Lowenthal simply to create an album, Phantom Pop has gone on to tour the east coast, southern, and Midwest U.S. Often compared stylistically to bands like Snarky Puppy, Kneebody, and Weather Report, Phantom Pop is driven by neo-soul influenced synth lines, horn melodies, and aggressive rhythm section interplay. Their first self-titled album was selected by WNCW Radio as one of the Top 100 Releases of 2015.
Members: Dave Lowenthal – Bass; Josh Schusterman – Drums; Noah MacNeil – Keyboards; Atsushi Ouchi – Saxophone; Michael Pressley- Trumpet; Songyi Jeon – Voice; Theo Moore – Percussion; JSWISS – MC
“Surely “Hometown” (from the 2016 release BETA) is among the very highest accomplishments of what might be dubbed “accessible jazz-fusion”, combining an ear-endearing melody, and sweeping harmonics with progressive chord voicing’s, rich dynamic horns, and impossibly bubbly drum rhythms and rolls, all tied together with gut-thumping bass lines.” – Jamsphere.com
Formed in 2014 in Boone, NC, Metaphonia is the Prog-Funk brainchild of bassist/vocalist Alex Golden and keyboardist Mike Runyon. What started as a trio between Golden, Runyon, and drummer Jason Burch, swiftly turned into a head-spinning chamber orchestra of math-dance-madness. With a current lineup also featuring Blake Bostain (trumpet), John Portela (saxophone), Jeremiah Brown (keys), and Erik Brandt (guitar), Metaphonia boasts some of the finest and most diverse talents in the high country. So, if funky, complex, and seldom-apologetic, satirical lyrical content sound up your crooked alley, Metaphonia is just the nonsense for you!
Currently out of Asheville, NC, Supatight delivers a high energy live performance that is funk driven and appeals to a wide variety of audiences. While specializing in hard-hitting funk, their music incorporates elements of reggae, soul, jazz, and comedic country. Supatight blends intricately timed grooves with improvisational components resulting in an authentic, full sound, drawing diverse styles from every member of the band.