Magic Hat #9 Presents: A Halloween Afro-beat/Funk extravaganza with
Polyrhythmics, Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
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.
Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme
ELDRIDGE GRAVY & THE COURT SUPREME is a funk juggernaut. Backed by the hot, gritty orchestration of the 12 member Court Supreme, front man Eldridge Gravy easily works dance floors to a fever pitch with his full-bore performance and smooth rapport with the audience.
The band, like so many of its members, is the product of a wonderful accident. Early in 2006, in what was supposed to be a one-off event, an instrumental band teamed up with a guest singer to learn some James Brown and Parliament covers for a moving-out party. The next morning, the house was torn up; shattered glass lay about, tables were broken, and the landlord was on his way for the final walk-through. In the wake of this carnage, ELDRIDGE GRAVY & THE COURT SUPREME was born.
The group quickly picked up horns, keys, backup singers, and was soon 12 men and women strong. The originals that soon replaced covers were a viscous blend of the songs they cut their teeth on. Sly & the Family Stone, Funkadelic, and James Brown are certainly touchstones, for their sound, but Eldridge Gravy has a distinct sound and persona that's unmistakably their own. While ELDRIDGE GRAVY & THE COURT SUPREME fit in with the recent soul revival heralded by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, they have also played alongside hip hop crews, balkan brass groups, and scuzzy bar rock bands. Their high energy, tight arrangements, and massive stage presence have the power to convince any crowd that funk ain't dead.
In May 2009, the band released its first album, US IS WHAT TIME IT IS to a sold-out Tractor Tavern. Recorded at Avast! Studios and mastered by Mell Dettmer, the album is a taut collection of hook-filled psychedelic soul and funk that calls to mind Sly’s “Stand!” and The Temptations, circa 1969. In 2010, the band released its first vinyl single, Exceptional—within months it began to enjoy regular play among the DJs of Seattle’s celebrated Emerald City Soul Club, who rarely play anything released after 1976. In summer 2010, the band took its yellow short bus to San Francisco and back for its first tour, and also played Bumbershoot and several other festivals throughout the NW.
ELDRIDGE GRAVY & THE COURT SUPREME released its second full-length album, PARTY HARD, on June 24, 2011, at The Crocodile. PARTY HARD finds the Seattle ensemble delving further into the raw soul and funk sounds they explored on their debut album. The group traverses a wide range of styles, from up-tempo Northern soul stompers (“Into the Sun” and “Grow”) to New Orleans funk (“Bafftub Jim”) to slow-burning psychedelia (“Throat Dry”). The album was recorded and mastered with Mell Dettmer at the esteemed Avast! and Aleph Studios, and will be available on CD and vinyl.