Saturday, May 19th, 2018
$15 / ALL AGES / BALLROOM
Wesley Bright & the Honeytones
Wesley Bright & The Honeytones are a soul band from the funky rust belt town of Akron, OH. Although he’s only been on the scene for several years, Wesley has grown to be a regional favorite amongst true soul-lovers, and vinyl collectors.
As a vocalist, Wesley is quoted to be a “honey-voiced frontman who’s got the pipes and the moves to keep the crowd going all night.” He has held his own while sharing a stage with legendary acts like War, Tower of Power, Otis Clay, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, and Sly and The Family Stone. Tower of Power band leader, Emilio Castillo, was so impressed with Wesley’s performance, he offered Wesley an audition with Tower of Power immediately following their show together at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 2011, Wesley began completely mesmerizing crowds with his timeless sound and stunning dance moves as the front man of Northern Soul band, Wesley Bright and the Hi-Lites. Now, backed by the Honeytones, Wesley is stepping out on his own to create a new soul sound that bridges the gap between classic soul and the modern sound. Being compared to greats like Al Green and Otis Redding, there is something really show stopping about him. His way of engaging an audience and getting the whole crowd to sing and dance together has earned him the reputation of “A true dynamo on stage.”
In 2018, the band will be releasing some hot new soul stompers on a series of 45's through Colemine records. Stay tuned for more info!
— 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 Washington DC-based ensemble produces an upbeat and retro groove steeped in 70's Funk and Soul with overtones of Jazz, Afrobeat and Motown-era pop.
What started at DC’s One World Studios as a Funk-Rock 4-piece outfit assembled after a Craigslist ad quickly became a go-to band for live events, house parties and bars throughout the city. Over time, band member departures and new arrivals saw AZTEC SUN evolve into a larger group modeled in the Funk and Soul traditions — with horns, group singing, coordinated outfits and synchronized dance moves. Today, AZTEC SUN performs with a collective mindset, drawing a parallel between the communal nature of music and the community that has grown around the band. Thus, while the performers may vary from show to show, at its core stands a diverse and tightly-knit ensemble with a shared affinity for groove music.
AZTEC SUN’s infectious songwriting, rhythmic versatility and energetic performances have yielded rewards for the group, most notably being named Best Local Original Band by the Washington City Paper in 2016 and 2017 (runner-up). These accolades, along with the group’s reputation as a well-oiled machine, have made AZTEC SUN an ideal local act to pair with internationally touring artists passing through the DMV. To name a few: Everyone Orchestra (conducted by Matt Butler and featuring members of moe., The Bridge, The Disco Biscuits, Soulive, Furthur, TAB, Snarky Puppy, The Revivalists, Marco Benevento) Lee Fields & The Expressions, Shaun Martin of Snarky Puppy, Burning Spear, The Suffers, The Pimps of Joytime, Naughty Professor, Alanna Royale and Super Doppler (formerly Major and the Monbacks).
AZTEC SUN marked the end of 2016 with the release of their debut studio EP, Set You Free. The self-produced project is both an example of the band’s melodic creativity and a preview of what the band has to offer. With this EP under their belt, an ever-growing fan base and a passion for spreading feel-good music, AZTEC SUN will continue seeking new audiences to entertain and opportunities to push their brand of “Funk with Soul” beyond the city they call home.