Mandrill Legend Neftail “Funkadrill” Santiago Farewell event, “The Road To Love”

August 18 – 19, 2023 | 8pm

Neftali will take the stage to perform Mandrill music for the last time!

Neftali joined Mandrill in 1972 and is featured on many Mandrill albums and hits. Together Mandrill’s multi genre sound has not been matched by any other band to date. Mandrill headlined the Spectrum many times as well breaking a RFK stadium attendance record of 85,000. Neftali has racked up four platinum albums as well as six gold albums collaborating with artists like Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Wyclef Jean, Kanye West and many more.

The Band. “Funkadrill’s Mandrill Experience” are hand picked musicians to recreate the Mandrill sound. Neftali called on Joe Keyes and The Late Bloomer Band from Maryland to get that Mandrill horn sound, Tony Camm, Zack #9, and Jacqui Camm from Virginia and North Carolina to handle the vocals. On lead guitar Spacey T and Stanley Davis on bass from Sound Barrier. On second guitar he has brought in Marc Rey from Mandrill. The 70s was a special time for music and Mandrill was at the top of headline acts paving the way for a lot of bands.

“The Road To Love” is a musical presentation of his journey from a local hometown drummer from Willingboro, New Jersey to becoming a member of Mandrill. The show will end in present day with F.M.E. performing songs from Funkadrill’s debut album,“Release The Funk” not yet released. Neftali decided to end his Mandrill journey where it all began. He chose the Bristol Riverside Theater for its beauty as well as it being 11 minutes from his 22 Somerset drive family home. Neftali titled his first solo album “22 Somerset Drive”, the place he started his music career.

The Night will feature “Joe Keyes and The Late Bloomer Band” opening, followed by a Mandrill set performing many of your favorite Mandrill hits. The night will end with new music from Funkadrill’s unreleased album, “Release The Funk”. VIP (premium ticket) holders will receive this collector’s CD with their ticket purchase. Only 300 copies were made up for this event, a real treasure indeed. Funkadrill will be taking this opportunity to film both nights for his documentary film of the same name, “The Road To Love”.

Tickets start at $50
All premium tickets include a collector’s CD.


Important Event Information:

  • Masks Optional.

  • Concessions available for purchase, including beer and wine.

  • The event will take place indoors at Bristol Riverside Theatre at 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA.


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