Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Funktional Flow is a multi-genre quintet heavily rooted in rock and reggae, with a funk foundation. Over the past six years, the band has released three albums and played hundreds of shows throughout the Northeast and beyond. With the release of the newest album “Time Will Tell” on March 5th 2016, Flow is poised to take it to the next level and branch out nationally. Flow is heavily influenced by Sublime, Umphreys McGee, Moe, and Blind Melon but maintains a fresh, high energy sound that results in a diverse catalog of music.
Role: Guitar & Vocals
Jeffrey Kuebler’s musical career started behind a drum kit at the age of 10. While Jeffrey continued to pursue drumming well into his late teens, he also worked to strengthen his talents as a vocalist. After years of drumming, Jeffrey decided to give the guitar a shot. Now, with over a decade of guitar under his belt, his repertoire has also grown to include bass guitar and percussion. A severe music enthusiast, Jeffrey cites classic rock as an early influence of his musical style, which eventually lead him to discover modern jam band music, reggae, and progressive rock. Specifically Jeffrey names Umphrey’s McGee, Moe., and Sublime as his top three musical influences.
Ben Whelan has been a connoisseur of music from a very young age. After absorbing influence from his experiences attending concerts and music festivals, he decided to be a part of the action. At the age of 17, he took up the bass guitar. Ben quickly took to the instrument, melding his experiences and skills into what would form his now signature style. As an original member of Funktional Flow, he has been a catalyst in shaping the bands sound. Heavily rooted in funk, one can say he puts the “funk” in Funktional Flow. Since 2007, he has taken gargantuan steps in sharpening his craft and writing capabilities. Phish and Moe are identified as predominant influences in his playing.
Role: Guitar & Vocals
Joey Lewis is what you would use to describe the phrase, musical prodigy. At the age of ten years old, he strapped on a guitar. From there on out it was nothing short of an ascent into instrumental diversity for Joey. He not only conquered the guitar, but also delved into piano, drumming, and other stringed instrumentation including mandolin, banjo and ukulele. Playing with different style outfits and several musicians has given Joey a well-rounded feel; he can just about handle any genre or live situation handed to him. In addition to playing music, Joey fills the role as chief sound tech to Funktional Flow and also engineers and records his own compositions. Early on, the blues dominated Joey’s attention, later his influence grew include such genres as progressive rock and jazz, among others. Joey lists these genres and specifically The Beatles and Led Zeppelin as the origins of his style.
Ryan James Acanfora
Ryan James “Rj” Acanfora took on his drumming adventure in 2003. Since then he has blossomed into one of the most all encompassing drummers in the diverse Buffalo music scene and beyond. Ryan developed and honed an inherent ability to listen analytically and became inspired by all genres of music, but sites The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Frank Zappa as early influences. Remaining self and peer-taught for 10 years, in 2013 Ryan applied and was accepted into one of the worlds most prestigious music institutions, Berklee College of Music. Set to graduate in 2017, there he has furthered his education and expertise in the fields of performance and music business while gaining unparalleled experience from world-class teachers and peers. Ryan has solidified himself as a driving force in any musical context due to his tireless work ethic and the utmost dedication to his craft.
Role: Keys, Sax & Vocals
Matthew Lester is a talented multi instrumentalist most often found laying it down on the keys and saxophone for Funktional Flow. Behind the scenes he can also be found composing on guitar. Not to be limited to instrumentation, Lester also takes on a major vocal role for the band. With backgrounds in such genres as Jam, Reggae, Jazz, Classic Rock, Funk, Soul and Classical he certainly draws from a wide variety of influences. Matthew Lester has a true ear for music, instinctively adding dimension to the already diverse soundscape of Funktional Flow.