Dopapod is not so much a jam band as they are a band that improvises. They are an electronic band without computers. They are a metal band with groove and soul. They are a funk band that’s not afraid to get intricate. With no regard towards toward stylistic boundaries, the sound that emerges from the quartet both live and in the studio is as varied and diverse as the many influences that they adapt from. Their approach to complementing a distinct genre bending sound to top-notch musicianship is what has kept the quartet committed to evolving their unique brand. This progressive song writing leaves room for boundless improvisational exploration and has been the root of why more and more music lovers are steadily growing in numbers eagerly returning for more.
In the past three years, Dopapod has been tirelessly planting its seed in ears throughout the entire East Coast and into the Midwest with their infectious and sensory live performances. Covering all this ground has seen the young, yet seasoned group make appearances at numerous festivals including Camp Bisco, Mountain Jam, Gathering Of the Vibes, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, Catskill Chill, Bear Creek, The Big Up, Rootwire, and more. Their electric live showcase has been cultivating a fast growing, loyal fan base, and seen them share bills with artists such as Moe, Lotus, EOTO, Papadosio, Zach Deputy, Sam Kininger (Lettuce, Soulive), and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer).
Redivider is Dopapod’s third studio effort. Having been recorded and released less than a year after the band’s last record Drawn Onward came out, recording was done at Tyrone Farm, a scenic and completely solar powered farm in the small town of Pomfret, CT. Opting to take a different route than recording in a studio, the band brought their own to the barn of the farm and produced it by themselves. Redivider displays a drastic evolution in the band’s songwriting skills as well as marking the first time ever that the band has added vocals into songs. The added texture serves as yet another dimension in what allows the band to look in multiple directions at one time while remaining focused on a cohesive blend of sound.
Bubonik Funk is a four-piece band, from Charlotte, North Carolina formed in 2006, consisting of Stefan Kallander (guitar, vocals), Dylan Ellett (vocals, keys), Nick Mcowen (bass, synths), and Daniel Allison (drums, vocals). With their funky, guitar-driven soulful sound, Bubonik Funk's individualistic style draws from many sources and transcends any one music genre.
Bubonik Funk is held in high regard for their emphasis on independent management, full control of the creative process, and a vibrant, wild stage performance. In 2007, the band began playing shows in the Charlotte area, venues such as Tremont Music Hall, Neighborhood Theatre, and the Evening Muse. By 2014, Bubonik Funk has sold out shows in multiple NC. markets, and has toured from New Hampshire to Florida.
As of 2010, the band has released three E.P.s. “OTB” and “Wink at the Devil” and "Zabooki". all were self produced with a single production engineer, Dustin Hofsess. Creative control, album art and distribution fell in the hands of the band itself. June 6th, 2014 will see the release of the first studio album.
Bubonik Funk has played with respected musicians such as Jonny Lang, Soulive, Keller Williams, George Porter Jr. Laura Reed, Cyril Neville, and last July played Verizon Wireless prior to Phish. Guitarist Kallander was a member of the P-Funk ensemble at Berklee School of Music and has performed with George Clinton and Bernie Worrell. He is also a featured artist on The Big Ole Nasty Getdown with members of Fishbone, Mudvayne and Yo Mamma's Big Fat Booty Band.
The single "Ghost Child" off the forthcoming recored was released in January of 2014.
With Alvetta Newby-Jones on vocals, Bryan “Slappy” Goodman on guitar, Matt Jennings on keyboard, Solomon Wright on bass and Richard Jones on drums, Cherry Royale is a sonic blend of various musical backgrounds, tied together by a mutual, life-long love of music. In addition to years of cultivating their passion and craft, each member of the group brings to the table previous experience with widely respected, groundbreaking indie groups. With that experience also comes the courage to create boldly, as they forge through new ground in a musical landscape that hasn’t gotten enough shine of late; knowing without a doubt that as a team, Cherry Royale is dedicated to the same goal: to craft an experience through their music. “Funk is about the chemistry between not only the people playing the music, but the people listening as well,” points out Slappy. “Once you feel that chemistry, it’s absolutely undeniable. You can’t react against it.”
Originally one of a three-part collective studio brainchild called The Axis, Cherry Royale emerged from those early sessions as the vessel through which this new psychedelic funk & soul music would be brought forth. With the final addition of MJ on keys in early 2011, CR began to tour heavily across the U.S., releasing early studio bootlegs and receiving critical acclaim for their high-energy live shows.
After spending about a year bringing their brand new brand of funk to the masses, and finding more than willing participants in their unique chemistry experiment at every turn, Cherry Royale took some time off from the road in late 2012 to give their growing fan base a way to bring the experience home. The group is currently putting the finishing touches on their debut EP “Say What?!,” due out on Dirty Bomb Records in February 2013. The EP was recorded both in Atlanta, GA and Oakland, CA over a six month period from April to November 2012 at Dirty Bomb Studios (East & West Labs). The group took this time to refine and expand upon songs that had been brought forth from the previous year and a half of touring, as well as new material that various members had been working on collectively or solo.
"It’s funk music..."
Saturn Valley is a band hailing from Athens, Georgia. Formed in 2013, the band seeks to explore the far reaches of the universe with music.
Members from a few Athens Georgia based bands combined talents to create the unique funk/indie pop sound of Partial Cinema in the summer of 2013. Each member brings something completely unique to the table: Jeff Porter with his background in classical guitar and sitar; Dane Walsh with training in jazz trombone and piano; Thomas Bailey and his experience in rock bass, electronic music, and sound design; and Adriana Thomas with gospel and classical voice training and a funky drumming style. Talkingto draws heavily from influences as diverse as The Meters, Howlin Wolf, and Tinariwen (desert blues) but manages to create a unified and chic sound that is unmistakably their own.