Formula 5, Michael Mwenso & the Shakes at Funk 'n Waffles - Downtown
Nestled between the Capital District and Adirondack State Park, Formula 5 brews up organic, funk filled grooves that have caused quite a stir across New York state and throughout much of the northeast. Rooted in the styling of their jam band idols, Formula 5 brings an honest, classic approach to the genre. With thought-provoking and soulful lyrics, soaring melodies and an emphasis on tight instrumentation and improvisation, this band brings a familiar freshness to the term “jam band”. Whether they are throwing down opening sets for heavy hitters like Twiddle, Dopapod, Spiritual Rez, and The Heavy Pets, or gracing the stages of Northeast festivals such as Catskill Chill, Disc Jam, The Big Up, Strange Creek, and Buffalove, Formula 5 has continued to grow rapidly, winning over new fans all across the Northeast. With their roots in jam, jazz, funk, blues, bluegrass, electronica and many others, this group is sure to satisfy whatever your taste in music while making it truly their own.
Michael Mwenso & The Shakes:
Whether fulfilling the role of vocalist, emcee, showman, or impresario, Michael Mwenso conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and the music’s folkloric roots with impeccable craft, creativity, and communicative flair.