about the band
“The charisma of the vocals, confident guitars, and a taut instrumentation unite to make for an effort that will tattoo its melodies deep into the minds and hearts of listeners.”
- James McQuinstan, NeuFuture Magazine
One night in Toronto, when conversations of their favourite live bands led to dreams of being their own favourite live band, Zuffalo was born. The members of the band are students of music, teachers of music, and continue to learn from their own songwriting every day. They started as a back-up band for local blues musicians and started to have long improvised jams in rehearsal rooms in downtown Toronto. Soon, songs were formed, and their unique funky psychedelic rock sound was established.
Zuffalo’s music is guitar-driven, uplifting psychedelic rock with folk- and pop-based melodies and harmonies. With funky beats and monstrous riffs that can enter realms of blues and hard rock, their songs consist of instrumental sections where the musicians communicate with each other to create unique stories in sound. Soaked in rich harmonies, the lyrics are about love but are also laced with quirky metaphors, and often touch on subjects of science fiction and nature. Since the musicians are always reacting to the vibe in the room, this makes the Zuffalonian audience essential, and Zuffalo always aims to keep their audience groovin’ down.
Some highlights on the road include Kaslo Jazz Fest in BC with Mavis Staples, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Shakey Graves, Grateful Fest in Nelson Ledges in Ohio, and Evolve Festival in Moncton, New Brunswick with Rising Appalachia. The band released their debut album on June 15th, 2018, recorded live off the floor in a barn. They released their EP "Space" in Spring 2020, and are keeping busy during the pandemic by creating isolated, remote music videos which you can find on their YouTube Page. The band got together in August 2020 to record their second full-length album titled 'BIRDBRAIN' which features a freshness in their musical exploring, a deep low-end, and performances that involved restraint from the band to truly soak up the sound of the wood of the barn converted studio up in Baden, ON. BIRDBRAIN was released May, 18, 2021, and is available on streaming services and Bandcamp.
Kim Manning - Vocals, Keys
Mikey Vukovich - Vocals, Bass
Matt Berman - Vocals, Guitar
Eric Vanier - Drums
Zuffalo w/ Golden Feather
On this night, Zuffalo will be opening for Hamilton band Golden Feather. Check out their music here: https://goldenfeather.bandcamp.com/album/light-on-water
Fri Jan 14 2022 8:00 PM Doors The Garrison 1197 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6J 1X3 $18.47 Ages 19+
General Admission (19+) $18.47 ($14.99 + $3.48 Fees )
Big Rock Music Festival
Hello to all of our festival friends and family. We are very excited to be announcing the lineup for our ten year anniversary at our new venue just outside Brantford Ontario!! I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Rumpke Mountain Boys from Cincinnati Ohio will be headlining BRMF 10 on the Saturday night!! We are so honoured to be hosting RMB’s first Canadian show!! The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitive improvisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just the right music to precise moments in time. Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke Mountain Boys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well-- they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources... being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.” We will be welcoming back The Human Rights to headline on Friday night!! They put on such an amazing performance at BRMF8 that we are looking forward to having them back again this year. The ten-piece modern-roots-Reggae band, The Human Rights, headlined festival stages, soft seat theatres, and club dates across Ontario in 2019 and have just finished mixing and mastering their third, soon-to-be-released studio album. The band features the DJ stylings of Juno nominee Friendlyness (formerly of Big Sugar & Culture Shock) and the soulful voice of Juno nominee Tréson on lead vocals, a 3-piece blazing horn section, and the legendary Bernie Pitters (Toots and the Maytals, Sly & Robbie, Leroy Brown) on keyboards. Over the past 12 years it has become clear that no matter what stage, The Human Rights are a guaranteed knockout and one of Canada's premier touring reggae acts. Big Rock favorites The Unseen Strangers are back!! The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor. Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For their newest album, Stranger Places (April 1st, 2016), the band challenged the limits of what they are capable of, exploring the gamut of what can be done with strings. The result is a collection of fun, stunning songs featuring inimitable instrumental performances. “Bluegrass Band Competition Winners 2013” ~ Delfest – MD, USA “They have music that engages all the senses and leaves listeners longing for more.” ~ Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine There will be a lot of other amazing bands and artists for your listening/visual pleasure!! BRMF 10 is not to be missed!!!!! I would like to thank Kyle Haight for all the work he put into the poster and Facebook banner!! As usual you have outdone yourself again! Kyle will be painting his live art all weekend again this year, so make sure you all buy a ticket so you have a chance to win some of his amazing artwork! So book your weekend off and get ready for an unforgettable ten year anniversary at Big Rock Music Festival!!! We have fun activities for the entire family: Horseshoe Tournament Art Table, Fishing Frisbee Hacky Sack Badminton Croquet Face Painting Workshops: Yoga Organic Groove Drum Jam Tie Dye Here is the Band Schedule: Friday, August 12th 5:45 - 6:45 -Poncho Boy 7:00 - 8:00 -Zuffalo 8:15 - 9:15 -Must Stash Hat 9:30 - 10:30 -Whose Cat Is Dead 11:00 - 1:00 -The Human Rights Saturday, August 13th 11:15 - 12:00 -Adam Scott 12:15 - 1:00 -Jess Jones 1:15 - 2:00 -Dang Lantern 2:15 - 3:15 -The Unseen Strangers 3:30 - 4:30 -W.S Dupree 4:45 - 5:45 -Cherry Garcia Band 6:00 - 7:00 -The Blurry Pickers 7:15 - 8:15 -Tell It To Sweeney 8:30 - 9:30 -Fat Cats 10:00 - 11:15 -Rumpke Mountain Boys 11:15 - 11:45-Fire Show by Captivating Creatures 11:45 - 1:00-Rumpke Mountain Boys