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Band/Artist Name: AZTEC SUN
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Story behind your band/artist name:
--The name " AZTEC SUN '' is the result of a group of musicians bringing together different words, thoughts, musical influences and ethnic backgrounds to form a band.
--Stephane " Steph'' (band leader/ lead vocals, rhythm guitar); Ryan ''Catch'' (keys, backing vocals); Ray (lead guitar); John ''Jaahn'' (Drums, percussion); Shane ''Shaner'' (bass); Adam ''AK'' (Trumpet); Michael ''Mike'' (Trombone), Dave ''DK'' (alto/bari sax); Sara (backing vocals)
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC :
--For the most part AZTEC SUN's members live in NW DC, but some also live in NE and in Maryland (Bethesda/Gaithersburg).
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area:
-- We once played a gig in front of the Capitol Building and Bernie Sanders photobombed a picture of our drummer.
-- Our 9-piece band has provided live funk/soul background music for 2 yoga classes and a yoga festival (shoutout to WithLoveDC).
-- Our live performances are so energetic and sweaty that we generally each have at least 2-3 outfits with us at a show (at times including a change of underwear).
Anything else we should know, or you want to share:
--Our music is a retro blend of 70's funk and soul with heavy undertones of jazz, blues and afrofunk. In 2016, the Washington City Paper named AZTEC SUN the Best Local Original Band. We've had the pleasure of opening for national touring acts such as Burning Spear, the Suffers, Pimps of Joytime, Naughty Professor, Alanna Royale, The Main Squeeze, and Major and the Monbacks.
Come check us out live!
Official Website URL: www.aztecsunband.com
Facebook URL: facebook.com/aztecsunband
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6OnaUDYJy5FVQ8zVDI41vY
Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/AZTECSUNBAND
Other Links: https://www.instagram.com/aztecsunband/
Main Genre: Funk
Other Genres: Soul, Jazz, World, Afrobeat