With a fiery-hot, funky beat that echoes with the nostalgia of Funk and just enough Soul to keep you hip thrustin’ and toe tappin’, AZTEC SUN’s (AZS) is D.C.’s finest Funk ensemble.
From its inception in 2013, AZTEC SUN has grown into a 7-piece that blends the sounds of decades passed with a distinct new school feel. Their voltaic performances are the result of the band’s infectious melodies and the rare dynamism of the musicians creating them. The band’s culturally diverse background, the timelessness of the band’s musical influences – combined with lyrics lathered up in just enough heartbreak and weekend-anthem passion – means that whether you want some downtempo R&B seduction, uptown Funky grooves, or a pop-alicious hit, there’s something for everyone.
The AZS FUNKtrain has made many stops throughout DC, MD, VA, PA and NY. In every performance, and for every spectator, AZTEC SUN unleashes the full palette of its creative juices to connect with its audience and push the AZS mantra – “WHATEVER MAKES YOU DANCE”.
AZTEC SUN is:
Stephane “Steph” D. – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Ryan “Catch” Sarafolean – Keys, backing vocals
Ryan Schleeter – Saxophone
Michael Dranove – Trombone
Shane Weckesser – Bass guitar
Ray Lamb – Lead guitar
John Heinze – Drums
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