Get Your Funk Fix at SYLVA's Debut Show This Saturday at Boulder's Shine

By: Jura Daubenspeck

As they say, a little funk never hurt nobody. And I’d even go further as to say that putting on those dancing shoes and wiggling around to some groovy beats is bound to make your life a little bit better.

This Saturday, February 18th, Boulder’s “stealth funk” jammers SYLVA are making their debut performance at Shine, along with fellow funk rockers Breaking Spaces.



Founded in 2008 by bassist/producer Tony Dickinson and vocalist Travis Moberg, SYLVA evolved and shifted until 2015, when longtime friend and jazz drummer Pat Lewis, and guitarist Peter Lacis joined the gang. Since then, the band has played with the sounds of progressive rock/fusion, incorporating catchy hooks, tight grooves, and plenty of tasty bass. Lacis’ guitar solos are spicy enough to make even the most stoic folk cry, and there’s enough synth in their songs to make your hair follicles tingle. But don’t take my word for it. See it for yourself in SYLVA’s live recording of “Brix of Funk.”

Breaking Spaces.

Breaking Spaces.

Joining SYLVA on stage is the Boulder-grown group Breaking Spaces, who keep it fun, fresh, and synthy at all times, especially at Red Rocks’ Bus to Show parking lot parties. Comprised of Neal Behrendt (keys/guitar), Kyle Bergen (drums), Mike Bruin (saxophone), and Robin Powers (bass/synth), the band has a sound and vibe that bursts with energy and soul.

Saturday’s performance is not one to miss for all you funkadelic hooligans out there. In addition to the sweetest music being played, artist Mick Tresemer will be live painting during the show for a total full-sensory experience.

But wait, there’s more! In honor of the new music SYLVA has been working on these past few months, the band will be giving away an exclusive copy of their four-song EP to one lucky attendee.

So grab your tickets now and get yourself to Shine on Saturday, February 18th to catch these cool cats making insane noises with their instruments. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Peep the official event page here!


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