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New Paltz, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016

New Paltz, New York, United States
Established on Jan, 2016
Band R&B Funk





"What? is the band bringing packed houses and funky tunes to New Paltz. Playing sets ranging from original songs to covers of Phish and Stevie Wonder, What? is sure to make you want to dance." - The Teller

"The Deep End: What? The Band"

"The band emphasizes spontaneity and staying boundless. They don’t let limits define their music, and they let their love of music guide their progress and performance. They always hope to get the crowd dancing, and some of the best moments for them are looking out into the audience and seeing people really going wild. They hope their music can help people have a good time and forget about their day for a little while." - The Oracle

"What? The Band Making Waves in New Paltz and Beyond"

As to the objective of What?’s music, it’s fairly simple: they want people to have a good time. The group agrees that getting people to dance and catch good vibes is the number one priority. - The Oracle



Debut Live Demo EP "G-Biv" by What?
All song written by What? 
Produced by Roy Thompson and What?
Recorded live by Roy Thompson at Shepard Hall 115, New Paltz, NY
Mixed and Mastered by Roy Thompson

Track Listing:

1. Family Reunion
2. Garfunkel
3. Laundry Day
4. Crispy Scrapin's
5. Drink Your Milk



What? Oh, you haven't heard? 

After meeting in the fall of 2016 during their freshman year studying music at SUNY New Paltz, Ryan Perrone and Dan Steen founded What?. Three years and multiple lineup changes later, they solidified their group and their sound. Heavily influenced by funk and R&B, What?’s music draws inspiration across multiple genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ska, pop, and more. The group consists of Ryan Perrone on lead vocals, keys, trombone and trumpet, Dan Steen on guitar, Jeremiah Mahoney on bass, Alex Endres on drums, Russell Hartman on tenor saxophone, Owen Moore on baritone saxophone, Jared Nelson on percussion, synthesizer and guitar, and Dani Gardner on Trumpet. 

With a growing following in The Hudson Valley, What? is known to bring high-energy every time they hit the stage with their four-piece horn section. From their improvisational jams to soulful R&B grooves, What?’s complex arrangements will keep you on your feet and dancing throughout the entire set. With a heavy catalogue of originals and choice covers under their belt, What?’s horn-driven tunes will make any audience excited, energized, and hungry for an encore.

Band Members