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Phony Ppl in Concert

A five-member band bred and based in Brooklyn, Phony Ppl couldn't be more real when it comes to defying categories and conventions. Songs that may start as old-school R&B and funk grooves are just as likely to transform into trippy psych-soul fantasias as they are to heat up into trap-influenced hip-hop bangers. Whether they're conducting these explorations in the studio or live on stage, using acoustic instrumentation or delving into digital abstractions, Phony Ppl strive to ensure there's nothing predictable about where they're going or how they get there.

Phony Ppl's journeys began when its members met in New York's music schools, camps, and programs, where they studied hard to meet the expectations of their arts-focused families. They also had some notable musician parents to impress – drummer Matt "Maffyuu" Byas is the son of DJ Jazzy Jay, the legendary turntablism pioneer who was an early member of Afrika Bambaataa's Zulu Nation. Once schooling was done, this pool of players and friends coalesced into Phony PPL in the late 2000s, with the original nine-piece group eventually becoming the current five-strong lineup of Byas, vocalist Elbee Thrie, guitarist Elijah Rawk, keyboardist Aja Grant, and bassist Bari Bass.

After a series of mind-bending online-only releases, and an after-midnight residency at Manhattan's iconic Blue Note club, Phony Ppl made a wider impact with ‘Yesterday's Tomorrow,' a 2016 long-player that Rolling Stone's David Fricke described as "a matured fusion of modern-pop songcraft, live-band hip-hop drive, classic-R&B singing and instrumental Steely Dan poise." That kind of versatility and flexibility certainly comes in handy for a band that's performed with and opened for artists as diverse as Erykah Badu, the Roots, Pusha T, and Miguel. They also backed up Fetty Wap when he performed "Trap Queen" on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live.' The members' extracurricular activities include a stint in Princess Nokia's band by Elijah Rawk and Aja Grant's keyboard contributions to Mac Miller's ‘Swimming.'

Now Phony Ppl are eager to expand more minds with the release of mō'zā-ik, their most ambitious musical statement to date. The hazy psychedelic neo-soul of first single "Way Too Far" and this fall's slate of opening dates with Pusha T are a preview of wild new directions to come. 


Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 19 reviews
  • Rating: 4 out of 5

    Medium Space Big Acoustics

    by DaySani on 9/12/23The Loft - Atlanta

    The size of the space made it great for viewing pleasure but also would require you to bring ear plugs. Ears were ringing heavy afterwards. Have the correct mic ready when the main headliners go on.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Real music lives

    by Lady Morena on 9/11/23The Loft - Atlanta

    This show was so much fun and the music was phenomenal! Very pleased I didn't miss out on this experience.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    High Energy Performance!

    by AngieCQ on 9/11/23The Loft - Atlanta

    If you are looking for a band full of life, you've come to the right artists! The opener could have been better (given the nature of the band's music), but once the band got up, we were rocking ever since. There was fun/funny choreography, smooth, soulful, and funky sounds, and a top-notch performance level. I would recommend seeing this band at least twice in your life.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Best Band Ever!

    by Jade on 9/9/23The Loft - Atlanta

    Phony Ppl puts on one hell of a show. I will continue to see them again and again.

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Great group, great venue

    by Benj on 6/11/23Paradise Rock Club presented by Citizens - Boston

    Amazing! What a stage presence; they have so much energy. Fit the venue perfectly. 5 star!!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5


    by naturefeels on 4/27/23Constellation Room - Santa Ana

    I love this venue!! it's so intimate!! Great bar full bar service for decent price for a concert venue. and THIS BAND!! PHONY PPL I LOVE YOU! suchhh an amazing show! great vocals and stage presence. & great energy from the audience, everyone was so into it. it was awesome!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Life changing

    by Keeyanah on 4/27/23Constellation Room - Santa Ana

    They are so much better in person than on their recording which I didn’t even know was possible. Super sweet down to earth artists! I will definitely be seeing them again

  • Rating: 5 out of 5

    Pure Talent

    by CB on 4/27/23Constellation Room - Santa Ana

    Amazingly talented and super live band. Their music and energy radiated the room. Will be going to more shows, no question!

  • Rating: 5 out of 5


    by Bonnie Snorit on 11/27/21Irving Plaza - New York

    Music is beautiful! No skip songs on their albums and never disappointed with their live shows!!

  • Rating: 3 out of 5

    Good Venue, Okay Experience

    by Artemis Brooke on 11/27/21Irving Plaza - New York

    I enjoyed the venue, there were two bars both upon entering and in the area where the concert was preformed. The lights during the performance created a really intimate setting and I loved the headliner. She was a new performer that was announcing her tour, Alex Maii. The main show started with a bang and the singer and bassist who also plays the drums were the most charismatic. However, the whole band seemed really unique and wholesome even incorporating Nickelodeon cartoons and other celebrity hits in their set. My only complaint is as a 5'3 female the show was only half seen since there is only standing room.