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“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 (Matt Butler with members of moe., The Bridge, 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).

The band 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 group’s melodic creativity and a preview of what the band had to offer. With this EP under their belt, 2017 saw the band taking their music to new markets and audiences with the same passion for spreading feel-good music. In early 2018, AZTEC SUN will be traveling to IronWax Studios in Erving, Massachusetts to record their first full length album with Soulive’s Alan Evans. As the band marks its 5th anniversary, this will be an opportunity to show the meaning of their “Funk with Soul” brand.

Reed Appleseed

What is Alternative-Nightmare Country, you ask? It is a dumb way for them to catch peoples' ever diminishing attention when asked what genre of music they play. They write music that tends to have a country feel to it, but its no where close to the realm of pop country (that's where the alternative part comes in). The subject material of the music is generally of a dark topic, while looking at it through a funny lense (where the nightmare part comes in).

Plugging away, plugging away, plugging away. Reed Appleseed has had their nose to the ground and finger on the pulse of Washington D.C. since spring of 2015. They had been bunkered away for the summer and fall of 2017 writing, recording and producing their first EP, which they self-released in December of 2017. Now they have come out of Nick's basement bleary-eyed and pale-skinned, to share with you what they've created. You can find their EP on Bandcamp, Spotify, Youtube, Google Play, Itunes, Amazon and probably some more places.



Nikhil Venkat - D.C. Music Reviewer on "Boxes and Boxes" from EP:

"Caught them playing at Boundary Stone for their EP release and was blown away by the vocal melodies of Reed and obtuse song structures themselves. As far as this song goes... it reminds me of so many nostalgic eras of my life from obsessing over John Lennon and Bob Dylan when I first got into playing guitar, but also later years like discovering Foxygen and seeing the beauty in complex song structures while still being accessible..."

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