BURLINGTON, Vt. — The New England-based funk and soul band West End Blend make their triumphant return to Burlington this Saturday, December 2 (Nectar’s – 9pm, $5 for 21+) as the band gets ready to make the next step with a new album, national tour, and their always-present passion, high level of musicianship, and funky, soulful energy.
West End Blend vocalist and trumpeter, Mike Bafundo, describes the band’s sound simply:
“Funk soul band — first and foremost, we’re a funk soul band. It’s about trying to make sure everything we do has funk, have a backbeat, have people grooving, dancing and having a good time. If everyone’s dancing, everyone is happy.”
West End Blend has a big, balanced sound boosted by their two guitars, bass, keyboards, and a two-piece horn section at that provides the heavier brass sound that balances and compliments the soulful and powerful voice of vocalist Erica T. Bryan.
In the past two years, West End Blend have gotten increasingly more people dancing and grooving as they’ve been sharing the stage with heavy hitter funk/jam/soul bands