2008 Artist Lineup

The Macpodz

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The Macpodz are an electrified jazz quintet from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the tradition of Miles Davis and Frank Zappa, this ensemble pushes the boundaries of rock, jazz and fusion music. Drummer Griffin Bastian and percussionist Nick Ayers drive the rhythm behind bassist Brennan Andes, keyboardist Jesse Clayton and trumpeter Ross Huff. The band coined the term “Disco Bebop” at their first gig in early 2006, after playing a four on the floor roller rink remix of the Charlie Parker tune, “Dewey Square.” The Macpodz self released their debut album, Genius Food for Super Heroes, on January 2, 2007. Described as lush, daring and incredibly solid, the music has been well received by jazz lovers and those who just love to dance. “The crowd dances, bobs and claps unfazed when the music veered into odd meter,” said James Manheim of the Ann Arbor Observer. Committed to “the preservation of the motion of hips,” the Macpodz will be rocking audiences throughout the midwest and east coast.

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