LHS grad, funk-soul band will play Freeport


FREEPORT — The New York Funk Exchange, an eight-piece, funk-soul band from Brooklyn, including a 2002 Lewiston High School graduate, will play Saturday, May 15, at the Venue Music Bar & Bistro.

Serena Fortier, a vocalist in the band, often sang the national anthem at various community and sporting events in Lewiston. She went on from LHS to graduate in 2006 from Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in professional music with a concentration in vocal performance, songwriting and music business.

After college, she moved to New York and was hired by Avatar Recording Studio in Manhattan. In 2007, she connected with fellow Berklee graduates and they formed the New York Funk Exchange, which combines the roots of funk, soul, R&B and jazz with its own arrangements and rhythms.

In July 2009, the New York Funk Exchange recorded its debut album, “The Funkonomics Stimulus Plan,” featuring world-renowned base player Christian McBride. The band’s music and a recorded interview broadcast may be heard at www.avatarpodcast.net.

Other members of the band, which has been performing its original music throughout the Northeast, are Ray Holman on drums and vocals; Matt Fox, bass guitar; Jamey Zebrack, keys and vocals; Matty G, guitar; Mozard Pierre-Jacques, trombone; Mike Farrell, saxophone; and Nick Martino, trumpet.

The show will begin at 8:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online at www.venuemusicbar.com. The Venue Music Bar & Bistro is at 5 Depot St.