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West End Blend Brings the Party; Local Professor Monitors Ukrainian Elections In Person

Chion Wolf
"West End Blend" is a 14-piece group that started in Hartford.

When you’re right in front of West End Blend, it’s hard to not be physically blown away by their powerful sound and deep grooves. The band is about to put out an EP that they hope will capture at least some of the live energy of their stage performances. We hear a special concert and conversation with West End Blend recorded at the TELEFUNKEN factory and studio in South Windsor.

We also talk to a local professor, just days before he leaves for Ukraine to be an elections monitor in their upcoming, very controversial vote.


West End Blend:

  • Tangsauce - Vocals
  • Erica Bryan- Vocals
  • Sam Horan - Drums
  • Alex Heaton - Percussion
  • Andrew Cusanelli- Percussion
  • Tom Sullivan - Bass
  • Paulie Philippone - Keys
  • Jesse Combs - Guitar
  • Mike Dipanfilo - Guitar
  • John Mundy - Trombone
  • Zack Bartolomei - Alto Sax
  • Mike Oehmen - Tenor Sax
  • Vicky Medieros - Bari Sax
  • Mike Bufando - Trumpet
  • Matthew Schmidt - Assistant professor of national security and political science at the University of New Haven. He will be a monitor for the national election in Ukraine later this month

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.
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