The Crocodile Presents
Polyrhythmics & Picoso
2200 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA, 98121
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Original hard-driving, modern afro-beat and syncopated, horn-driven funk. That is the recipe that Polyrhythmics have crafted and delivered to packed clubs, and festival crowds up and down the west coast in the past 3 years. The 8 members of this dynamic world-beat orchestra, weave a clever web of deep, hypnotic grooves, creative, yet melodic interplay, clever horn-hooks, and searing solos that ignite every dance-floor that has laid before them
Founded in late 2010, Polyrhythmics was formed by Ben Bloom and Grant Schroff, who quickly gathered some of the most talented and highly sought-after performers in the North West to record an EP. Using primitive gear, and a "live, all in one -room", low-budget recording technique, the band captured magic, the very 1st time the record button was pushed. The resulting 6 song EP became a cult classic and quickly sold out at shows. Highlights such as "Pink Wasabi", and "Klompton" have since been re-released on 7 inch 45 by Electric Cowbell Records and Kept Records and are also sold-out.
In June of 2011, using crowd-sourced funds, the band released their first full length "Labrador", and enjoyed immediate attention by such domestic tastemakers as DJ Prestige, Dusty Groove America and Fat Beats Records, and Internationally by Juno Records in the UK, Paris DJ's in France and Jet Set Records in Japan. The 1st run of Cd's quickly sold-out at shows, and the 1st single "The Imposter" was picked up and released by Kept Records on 7 inch in November of 2011 and enjoyed immediate success on radio stations far and wide, including KEXP. Shortly after the release, Polyrhythmics was named best band in Seattle, by Seattle Magazine in late Nov of 2011.
In Dec of 2011, Polyrhythmics signed with the prestigious booking agency, In The Pocket Artists Inc. and began touring the West Coast in early 2012 with a fever and a vigor not usually seen with a band this size. From the very 1st tour, the buzz about the band started to spread, and funk fans looking to get down Hard showed up in droves throughout the winter and early spring. Their non-stop, "leave it all on the stage", 3+ hrs shows, slamming arrangements, top-notch musicianship and absolute command of their ethos, earned the band coveted spots at String Cheese Incident's "Horning's" Festival, the 2012 Summer Meltdown, The Eugene Celebration, NW Folk life Festival, The Black Sheep Families, "Furthermore" party, and the Hangtown Halloween Ball.
As 2013 begins, Polyrhythmics are ready to unleash their music to the world. With live repertoire of over 60 Original compositions, a new 7inch dropping on Kept records in Feb, and a full-length album to follow in the spring, the band is firing on all cylinders. Taking the experiences of a 3-year brotherhood, the Polyrhythmics are just hitting their stride, writing and arranging some of the best material yet and setting their sites on the world stage.
Members of the Polyrhythmics have performed with: Allen Stone, Blackalicious, String Cheese Incident, Karl Densen's Tiny Universe, The Motet, Sam Bush, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormans, Railroad Earth, Monophonics, Orgone, Choklate, Pickwick, Fishbone and more.
Since its establishment in 2004, Picoso has evolved from a trio playing on the streets of Seattle into a smoking seven piece band that regularly lights up venues around the northwest and beyond. Grounded in the Afro- Latino sounds of the Caribbean, Picoso’s 100% original music spans a dynamic spectrum from traditional Cuban son and cha cha to dubbed out cumbia and reggaeton, and of course their mainstay, salsa. Picoso makes any event a party, and whether in clubs, festivals, or private functions Picoso brings a fire that is sure to get things moving.
Integrating a fully capable horn section with hard hitting rhythms, the dance floor is blazing from the first note. The lyrical delivery, led by Puerto Rican cantante (singer) Alfonso Gonzalez and backed up by 7-part harmonies is both passionate and playful, drawing in audiences like a warm hearth in winter. Time and again Picoso proves their ability to control the stage with facility and to send their audience home full of joy and asking for more.