Since their conception, ten piece Funk/Soul band West End Blend has been playing their version of Funk and Soul in venues all over the Northeast. Fronted by vocalist Erica Bryan, the band pays homage to classic throwback sounds while adding their own distinct vibe and flair. Behind her, the Blend packs a four-piece horn section, two guitars, bass, keyboards and drums onto stages every night. From humble beginnings in an epic sweaty funky basement dance party, the Blend’s goal has always been to bring that same atmosphere to every show ever since.
The Blend released their debut full length record, “Rewind”, in the Fall of 2015. The album was recorded at Telefunken Studios with Grammy Award winning engineer, Brendan Morawski. Alongside their album release, West End Blend shared the stage with Turkuaz, Break Science, Kung Fu, Twiddle, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds, The Nth Power, The Motet and countless others Jam/Funk staples throughout 2015-2016. On September 28th, 2016 the Blend released their latest EP “Say Hey!” as they embarked on their current Fall Tour across the Northeast. Throughout their Fall tour they will share the stage with Dopapod, The Nth Power, Turkuaz, Hayley Jane & The Primates, Deep Banana Blackout and more.
LIVE FOR LIVE MUSIC
“10-piece soul/funk ensemble West End Blend continues to impress in the live setting, throwing it back with a retro vibe while keeping things fresh with an unrelenting energy.” - Dave Melamed
WNPR (WHERE WE ARE)
“They're a well-oiled machine with top music pedigrees and a pretty serious commitment to their hometown, and to getting the crowd going.” - John Dankosky
“When you’re right in front of West End Blend, it’s hard to not be physically blown away by their powerful sound and deep grooves.” - John Dankosky
NEW HAVEN INDEPENDENT
“...the highlight of Thursday’s show was Erica Bryan’s resonant vocal effort. She might have the clearest, strongest voice in the state, belting out choruses with ease.” - Alessandro Powell
“West End Blend sounds like the funk giants mentioned earlier (George Clinton, Earth Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang), but it's closer in spirit to the more recent acid jazz: the Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, Digable Planets and others, who pull together various strains of funk, soul, hip-hop and jazz.” - Mike Hamad