Bubonik Funk returns to Boone

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jan. 30 | Modified: Feb. 1
Bubonik Funk returns to Boone

Bubonik Funk, featuring Stefan Kallander, Dylan Ellett, Nick Owen and Daniel Allison, return to Boone for a Jan. 31 show at Murphy’s.

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Almost a decade after forming a band as high school sophomores, Bubonik Funk still has the energy and flow that make its live performances so engaging and memorable.

While sporting a heightened sense of professionalism, the band has retained a fun-loving image that resonates well with Boone audiences.

From Murphy’s and Legends to Boone Saloon and almost every other watering hole in between, Bubonik Funk has found a welcoming home for its soul-driven melodies and quips.

“It’s definitely a show and not just a concert,” vocalist Stefan Kallander said. “They (audience members) come to experience good music, and it transcends music for us. It gets in our body language and the way we move on stage.”

Bubonik Funk began as a four-piece group in Charlotte that prided itself on a funky and guitar-driven style with a dirty and demented sound, according to the band’s Facebook page. Kallander and Dylan Ellett provide vocals, Nick Owen plays bass, and drums come courtesy of Daniel Allison.

The band returns to Murphy’s on Friday, Jan. 31, before hitting other major North Carolina markets.

“Murphy’s is a little different from a traditional music venue in that it’s a bar, which can be fun with the right attitude,” Kallander said. “It’s a place we can stretch out and try things we normally wouldn’t do. We use Boone as a guinea pig audience, because we have such good fans and can try some of our newer songs. That always provides a fun element for us.”

While the band was able to stick together throughout its nine-year history, there were some trying moments, considering academic commitments kept the band scattered across the Eastern seaboard.
Kallander went to school in Boston, while other members gravitated toward Greenville and other destinations.

“We weren’t broken up in that sense, but we were separated and only played together once a month,” said Kallander. “We were fortunate in the sense that we kept it going. People kept digging what we were doing and the music we were writing. We made the commitment to keep playing as much as we could.”

By the end of 2012, the entire band had been reunited in Charlotte, and the time had come to flesh out new material. “We were chomping at the bit,” Kallander said.

Bubonik Funk is currently gearing up for an April album release.

“It’s definitely growing,” Kallander said. “We’ve always felt like nothing else than what we gave. It has grown more that what we thought possible.”

Bubonik Funk performs at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, at Murphy’s, located at 747 W. King St. in downtown Boone. Cover costs $5. For more information, visit http://www.bubonikfunk.com.

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