Soule Monde is avant funk erupting from the syncopated minds of power drummer Russ Lawton + B3 wizard Ray Paczkowski. An ideal union of swagger and raw talent, the duo is cemented into an indestructible pocket, where bold improvisational leaps by either player are met by a near-telepathic response from the other. This is fluid funk, crafted for the dance floor but supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation.
Russ Lawton has been a staple of the Vermont music scene for years. He’s collaborated with a vast array of VT acts, including Mike Gordon, The Grippo Funk Band, and Strangefolk, and has been touring and recording with T.A.B. since 1998. He’s credited with co-writing the Grammy-nominated song “First Tube” which appeared on Phish’s 2000 album, Farmhouse.
Ray Paczkowski has been involved with a number of lauded acts over the years, first gaining recognition in the mid 90’s as a member of the legendary Vermont act, Viperhouse, and later on with his power trio, Vorcza. He toured and recorded with Dave Matthews & Friends for 3 years, and has been the keyboardist for T.A.B. since 2001.
This event will have a special “Yappy Hour” presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka featuring a custom menu of cocktails that will raise funds for the Humane Society. Select Yappy Hour events at Highlight will invite dog-experts and other special guests (human and non-human) to educate and celebrate with us all.
We anticipate this event to hit capacity, so if you really want to be there, please arrive early! Enjoy a full day of events at ECHO:
- 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Girls Rock VT Variety Show
- 6:00pm – 12:30am: The Illuminated Waterfront
- 7:00pm – 12:30am: The Funky Town DJs
- 8:30pm – 10:00pm: Soule Monde
- 10:00pm – 12:30am: Higher Love
Per city ordinance, after 11pm, you need to be 21+ to enter. After 9pm, if you’re under 21, there is no re-entry.