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It was 1998 when two brothers in funk collided and decided it was time to bring funk classics to the Israeli stage. Elran Dekel and Guri Alfi got together a band of four and before the year was up Funk'n'Stein The Band was on stage playing the music of James Brown, George Clinton, Sly and The Family Stone and all of their favorite funk artists. They found that the people didn?t need to know the music in order to enjoy it. From the moment the show started it seemed everybody forgot the world outside and all that existed was that dancing, groovy vibe. They got the early Friday slot every two weeks in a Tel Aviv club and watched their crowd grow with every show.
Then, as must happen in funk bands, a horn section came along. This brought their performances to a whole new level - for the band and the crowd. Funk'n'Stein The Band began to bring that true funk groove - and the people responded. They outgrew the early show and made the alarming decision that funk night would be every other Monday at midnight. But, even this would not keep the people away! So, within a year of their first performance and with an already loyal following, Funk'n'Stein The Band began playing every other Friday night - the main slot.
In the year 2000, Elran Dekel (actually 6'5" but with the afro 6'9") became the front man of the 8-member band when Guri Alfi resigned in order to pursue his television career. In the summer they introduced their new look at the tremendously successful 70?s Night Live party in Tel Aviv and didn't miss a beat. More...
In his teens, standing in front of the mirror, discovering his giant afro abilities, He dreamt of a world class super funk band that will save the planet. Dekel has been standing on stages and singing his heart out since kinder garden, knowing he is preparing for something greater.
A crack in the boring mainstream landscape, in the center of one of the more Media covered countries in the Middle East and the world in general, Gives birth to one of the more unique bands that have evolved in the world funk scene. The afro haired boy rose up to be a 2 meter long, energy bursting, soulful giant And a lead singer in Funk'n'stein The Band. An 8 piece super group made out of hand picked, Top of the line, nationally known and respected musicians. In the back, stands a killer tight rhythm section that can make mountains move, A mean brass section that shines on every beat and in the front, A pure entertainer, who takes the audience on a journey with his velvet sound voice and mega charismatic appearance.
Bringing fresh and edgy sound that relies on the sources of funk bands from the past Funk'n'stein The Band are using their uncompromising groove to raise a shout and make change. From day one Funk'n'stein The Band was a phenomena, packing up clubs and developing a strong fan base that is growing every day. There hasn't been one crowd that Funk'n'stein The Band haven't been able To sweep into the twirling soul and groove hurricane they bring to the stage.
Funk'n'stein The Band achieved national impact, Following numerous TV appearances including performances on Israel's no. 1 commercial TV channel, popular late night shows, EMMY award ceremony equivalent in Israel, headlining the MTV equivalent in Israel and performing in all the major festivals in the country and in the International Red Sea Jazz festival. After releasing their double debut album in 2006, getting radio coverage in North America, Mexico and Europe, Funk'n'stein The Band has started touring Internationally in clubs and festivals around Europe and Australia, planning tours in the U.S and where ever people need the groove. Their 2nd album is supposed to see light in 2009.
You have the power to bring the funk all the way to you! Demand us where you live, If enough of you do so, we will perform in your town.... So click the Demand It link below and we are on our way....
|Alon Freeman -|
|Amit Sagie -|
|Elran Dekel -|
|Sefi Ziezling -|
|Shlomi Alon -|
|Tal Tamari -|
|Yair Slutzki -|
|Yossi (E-shine) Mizrahi -|