AZTEC SUN celebrates their 5 Year Anniversary at Gypsy Sally’s

AZTEC SUN performs at their 5 Year Anniversary Show
AZTEC SUN 5 Year Anniversary Poster

Five years ago in a simple twist of fate, five musicians, having responded to the same Craigslist ad looking for musicians, met and formed a band. This group then became AZTEC SUN. Since that night, this band has found their voice, their sound, and their fans. The band has since grown in size, and while some of the members have come and gone, one thing remains constant -  an enthusiastic and passionate commitment to “Funk with Soul”.

Today, the band is comprised of: Stephane Detchou (vocals, rhythm guitar), Sara Ghebremichael (vocals), Ryan 'Catch' Sarafolean (keyboards), Ray Lamb (lead guitar), Shane Weckesser (bass), Graham Robertson (baritone saxaphone), Adam Kent (trumpet), Joe Goltz (trombone), and John Heinze (drums).

AZTEC SUN has progressed through the ranks of the DC area's music scene, building one success upon another, evolving their sounds and their stage presence.

Still basking in the afterglow from their earlier performance, opening for Everyone Orchestra and giving one of their most memorable performances to date, Aztec Sun took to the stage at Gypsy Sally's on December 28 as confident, road-warrior veterans. One could not help but notice how the band exuded a strong stage presence, filled with showmanship, enthusiasm, and a passion for their craft. The evening  kicked off with legendary DC musician Ron Holloway and The Ron Holloway Band. As Aztec Sun took the stage, concert goers filled the dance floor to move to the music, as the band interacted with the audience.  

To help mark the band’s fifth year anniversary, past band member Sam Hall and other musical friends, Sol Roots, Noah Bein, and Parabellum Raps performed with Aztec Sun.

Sprinkled throughout the performance, Stephane Detchou, ever the showman with stylish flair, interacted with and energized the audience. During the drum switch by Heinz and Hall, Detchou announced that “we are going to do a little switch-a-roo and keep the flavor going!” In a wind up to a particularly energetic and danceable song, Detchou invited the audience closer to the stage, saying “We got more room for good ju-ju and dancing up here.”  The evening ended with AZTEC SUN's energetic, powerful, and soaring “Love, Call On Me”. This moving song leaves those in attendance out of their seats, only wanting more.  

DC Music Review congratulates AZTEC SUN on a wonderful five years and wishes them much success in the year to come. 

AZTEC SUN would like to thank the following past band members, who have helped get the band to where they are today:   Sam Hall, Galen Pardee, Art Cold, Ryan Schleeter, David Klein, Michael Dranove, Seth Wooten, Gabe Maser, and Lee Anderson.

Click here to see the setlist for AZTEC SUN's performance at Gypsy Sally's on December 28, 2017

Enjoy photos by our photographer Jason Herman of Jason Herman Photography and Mark Raker of Mark Raker Photography.

We hope you enjoy these videos that captured this great performance below from our videographer Sandi Redman.

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Live At Gypsy Sally's Promotional Video  - Courtesy of AZTEC SUN

Love, Call On Me - Courtesy of AZTEC SUN

About the author

Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.