836 N. Russell St. / Portland, OR, 97227
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
8 p.m.Free21 and over
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Formed by Singer/Saxophonist, Chelsea Luker, in collaboration with Rick Bouvette on bass, Eric Hickey on guitar, Keith Abbott on drums, and Gil Assayas on keys, JoyTribe is a passionate fusion of Pretenders inspired vocals meets Prince and Pink Floyd's psychedelic funk child.
Chelsea initiated JoyTribe with the goal of making unique fusion in a democratic writing situation. After 5 years with Mars Retrieval Unit, and a little break in Thailand, she took time searching for the right fit of musicians, but once she reacquainted with former MRU bassist Rick B., everything fell into place. Initially imagining a mix of electronic, prog and funk, the music made up it's own mind to veer towards world inspired funk. Songs lean heavily on reggae, latin and african elements, paired with vintage rock vibes. This is due to Eric's study of latin percussion and flamenco, Rick's love of Reggae, and Keith's strong connection to classic bands like Pink Floyd. With the recent addition of Electro Looping guru, Gil Assayas of Glasys, the vibe can go anywhere during a show.
The mood of the band is intense and sometimes shy, a little silliness bursts through, but there is a very strong sense of passion, focus and love during live performances.
JoyTribe has been performing around the NW for over two years now, opening for international touring acts such as Balkan Beat Box, Dumpstaphunk and Kung FU. They recently released their first EP featuring original songs and one adapted cover.
New Portland-based groove jazz and experimental instrumental group. Originally formed as "The Sextet" under the direction of Robert Castillo, the group received critical acclaim in just under a year of performance with the release of their debut record "In a Natural State"(2016). After Robert relocated to Kansas City, the group of young musicians and composers continued to rehearse original material, re-forming as Cloud Six. A true collective of songwriters and soloists, Cloud Six features compositions by most of the band members, resulting in a diverse set of influences from Bebop and Cool Jazz to Hip-Hop and EDM.
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