2009 Artist Lineup

Euforquestra

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Euforquestra is a cutting-edge, worldbeat ensemble from Fort Collins, CO, with influences spanning a wide array of traditional music and culture from all over the globe. The band has made it a mission to preserve cultural traditions, while at the same time innovating by fusing different worldly styles and original ideas. The self-proclaimed “Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk” brings an explosive sound, moving crowds all over the nation, while touching on such genres as Afrobeat, Afro-Cuban, Samba, Soca, Funk, Reggae, Salsa, Calypso, and Bluegrass. As percussionist and lead vocalist, Matt Grundstad, puts it, “Euforquestra just wants to make people dance.” Although the band is most commonly grouped among the jamband community, Euforquestra’s music appeals to anyone and everyone with an “inclusive ‘everyone get in here’ sense of humor” (Jim Musser – renowned Iowa City music critic). Despite the relatively young 4-year existence of Euforquestra, their music is on the radio in many states across the country. They have performed everywhere from Ohio to Washington and at festivals such as moe. Summer Camp, Spookstock (Schwagstock), Euphio Campout, Wakarusa, Feel Good Fest (Amherst, WI), Mountain Fair ( Carbondale, CO), Sweet Pea Fest (Bozeman, MT), and Nedfest (Nederland, CO). In 2006, “Ochun,” a song from Euforquestra’s latest album, Explorations In Afrobeat, was selected to be a part of Global Rhythm Magazine’s compilation disc. What makes Euforquestra special is that they always bring something new and unique to the stage as new projects drive the band into further musical studies. As in Explorations In Afrobeat, Euforquestra fuses west African and Cuban musics rooted in Yoruba tradition. Having had two members study in Cuba, the band dives deep into a rich tradition of Cuban rhythm and song evolved from the Yoruba tribe which was brought to Cuba, as well as other countries, years ago during the slave trade. Here Euforquestra connects essentially two branches from the same tree. In early 2008, Euforquestra had the opportunity to collaborate with an all-star lineup including Page McConnell (Phish), Russell Batiste (Funky Meters), Reed Mathis (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) and Papa Mali at the Big Easy Blowout, a three day tour of shows across Colorado’s front range with all proceeds going to benefit the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and the Tipitina’s Foundation. The band’s recent success has spawned the company Euforquestra Productions, specializing in booking, publicity, and design, in an effort to strengthen the regional music community and to give up-and-coming bands more opportunities to perform. Euforquestra Productions is also the main organizer and producer of Camp Euforia, an annual weekend celebration of music and culture located just outside of Iowa City, at which 2007 saw nearly 1500 of the area’s fans and musicians gathered to enjoy more than 20 top regional and local acts. Check out Euforquestra; you’ll hear something new, you’ll dance, and you’ll be sure to have a good time.

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