Soule Monde at Burlington Discover Jazz Festival 2013

Soule Monde Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski make up Soule Monde, a Afro beat and funk band that started playing seriously in 2008. The two met in the Trey Anastasio Band back in 2001, and have been collaborating ever since. “We would show up with just a few songs, and grooves that we improved on that turned into songs. Between hearing live recordings and the crowd response it inspired us to play more shows,” said Russ. The band experiments with a fusion of jazz, funk, and many other genres-“we like to see people moving when we’re playing,” said Russ.

Soule Monde recently found management and a booking agent, so they’re planning an upcoming tour and new album. They are both very excited to play Jazz Fest, and will be performing on City Hall Stage from 2:30-4:00 pm on Sunday, June 2.  “ Jazz Fest is always a great time, winter is finally over and you get to play music outside. You get to meet new people who may not hear you in a club.”

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