Sharkey's hosted the first SophistaFEST on Sunday with a line up of eight phenomenal local bands.


Sophistafunk headlined an all day event including Major Player, Strange to Look At, Barroom Philosophers, The Spring Street Family, Skunk City, Root Shock and The Black River.

Yegor Mikushkin  brought in a huge mural for stage side live painting. The mural proved to be a great photo op as well as an interactive piece with others adding their own creative touches.

Emanuel Washington, drummer for Skunk City and Sophistafunk, also joined Root Shock for this event. Jocko, Root Shock member, played with The Black River and Sophistafunk adding some unique percussion. It’s no surprise to see collaborations between bands. There was a real community feel. This line up was full of mutually respected peers and friends in the Syracuse music scene. It was cool to see bands hanging out watching each other’s sets. The high energy performances provided reason to dance and warm up on a cool September evening.

VIP packages included seats in Sharkey’s boat and a Sophitafunk CD. The outdoor bar and patio were open as well as the restaurant; providing options for food, drinks and places to hang throughout the event. You could even check in on your favorite team’s score. Sharkey’s is perfect for active people with a few inside games, outdoor sporting courts as well as multiple performance areas. The possibilities are almost endless for events.

“We’ve always dreamed of throwing our own music festival. For our first one, we designed an exciting one-day event, but we hope to build momentum from there and possibly grow into a weekend festival. The key is picking the right bands that flow with each other. At this year’s Sophistafest, we brought together a collection of some of our favorite Syracuse bands, who represent a wide variety of the musical styles that are popular in Central New York. However, we’ve been playing with many of these musicians for years, which is why combining musical styles and collaborating onstage at the end of the night is always a personal highlight. In the end, this was an opportunity to strengthen the local music community by bringing fans, friends, and musicians together who share a common mindset of peace, love, and harmony. Also, I want to give a big shout out to our host Sharkey’s, our sponsors Funk ‘n Waffles, Subcat Studios, and Rebel Radio, as well as the incredible mural painting by Yegor Mikushkin and friends. Thanks to everyone who was part of the first ever SophistaFest! Looking forward to the future!” – Jack Brown, Sophistafunk lead singer

You can catch Sophistafunk at their 90s Hip Hop Halloween Party on 10/26 at Funk ‘n Waffles. Mark your calendars and get those costume ideas rolling.


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