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Funktional Flow

Who?: Jeff Kuebler, guitar and vocals; Ben Whelan, bass and vocals; Jim Edgar, drums; and Jason Staniszewski, guitar and vocals.

What?: A hybrid of rock, reggae, blues, folk and various permutations of each.

Why?: Over the past few years, Funktional Flow has grown into its collective skin, emerging as a genuine force on the still-burgeoning Western New York jam band scene. Already presiding over a sizable and loyal Buffalo-area following, the band has made significant steps toward creating a presence throughout the Northeast through tour stops across upstate New York, southern Massachusetts and, most recently, New York City. There is a welcoming, easygoing veneer to the band's music, but don't be misled -- beneath the surface is a depth of astute musicianship and a highly developed sense of musical interplay.

What's next?: The band shares a killer bill at 10 tonight inside Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.) with Peanut Brittle Satellite, the Hydration Concept and the MKGs.

Check Out: funktionalflow.com; facebook.com/funktionalflowmusic

-- Jeff Miers