Eufórquestra is the host band at Camp Euforia. They have been helping to organize and play the event since it's inception in 2004. Eufórquestra is an act at Camp that needs almost no introduction. Each year they play both Friday and Saturday night and consistently feature a range of special guests that helps to highlight the true depth of music that the band can create. Through this Eufórquestra has been instrumental in shaping the tradition and community that is Camp Euforia.
For the 14th year in a row Camp Euforia is proud to present...
Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M. Slawecki; AllAboutJazz.com).
Eufórquestra’s fifth full-length record, FIRE, was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) and captures the passion and musical maturing of these road warriors. Over the course of 14 tracks, the band takes you on an hour-long adventure that will touch your heart and mind, and keep your fingers and toes tapping. A handful of special guests, including Elliot Martin (John Brown’s Body), Gabriel Mervine and Kim Dawson (The Motet) and Mr. Hollingsworth himself, put their own touches on the band’s already cohesive sound that is “tight and engineered to a fine, funky precision.” (Jeremy Frazier; Chicago Jam Scene) The result is a record that is distinctly modern, maintaining one foot in the future and firmly planting in the musical roots traditions of the past.
With almost 1,000 shows under their belt, Eufórquestra shows no sign of stopping. A perpetually heavy tour schedule keeps the band and fans happy, as performing live in front of an audience has always been the band’s top priority. As noted in a live show review by Grateful Web, “...the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best...”
Celebrating its tenth anniversary with its tenth studio release, the Bay Area’s wildly innovative performance dynamo Beats Antique emerges from the studio with a brand new album and stage show to mark the milestone. With legendary sets at some of the most iconic venues and festivals around the world and collaborations with superstars from Les Claypool to Bassnectar, the next chapter in the trio’s story takes them back to a mysterious world.
When multi-instrumentalists David Satori and Tommy Cappel and choreographer Zoe Jakes dove into development of the new Beats Antique era, the concept of Shadowbox emerged. Driven by the infinite wonders of the deceptively simple design, the narrative of shadows and light, of darkness and contrast, of reality and surreality propelled the music and vision into new territory.
Capturing the heart of the Beats Antique sound means skirting that divide between the electric and the acoustic. Balkan melodies strung over crashing cymbals and marching band horn lines run smack into contemporary electronic grooves. It might be the drums and brass or the sweeping psychedelic strings that will take you for a ride down the rails of a steampunk circus. It’s chaos and cacophony on a very tight leash.
All three members shared production duties to harness the sound they first stumbled upon a decade ago: far east meets wild west. Bringing in sarod master Alam Khan (son of Ali Akbar Khan) Jakes was able to take her study of Indian classical dance from the stage to the studio. Russian singer Tatiana Kalmykova resurrected an ancient folk language to evoke a haunting fairy tale that feels at home in the shadows. Beats Antique also recruited rising stars of brass house TOO MANY ZOOZ for the horn-fueled funk and punk central to their sound.
As always, Tommy Cappel focused his efforts on the beats and bass production, while David Satori assembled an armory of stringed, plucked, and bowed instruments from far-flung lands to adorn the low-end foundation. All samples were created live in the studio—a hallmark of the lush warmth of a Beats Antique record.
The Shadowbox stage show will be teased at Red Rocks and Electric Forest before its full unveiling this fall. Taking the theme of shadow play and expanding the concept forward and backward in time, the core members dove deep, influenced by ancient practices of Indonesian shadow puppetry, falling into the world of wayang kulit, the eons long tradition of storytelling where epic tales unfold into the wee hours of the morning.
Enormous lanterns adorn the stage, casting light upon a maze of curtains where playful new characters dance and fight and rejoice and mourn. Beats Antique is breaking the boundaries of conventional wisdom. Why can’t an electronic music performance encompass a range of emotion?
This isn’t a nuclear-powered laser light show from the ever-intensifying optical arms race of the EDM industry. This is one of the earliest methods of storytelling brought from the past into the present. “The digital is there to enhance the analog,” notes Jakes. “We’re here to tell a story,” Satori adds.
Bringing an album from the shadows of the studio to the brightly lit stage is what Beats Antique does best. These are storytellers for a digital age—equipped with the newest technology and ancient traditions. This is where the Beats meet the Antique.
BoomBox, the electronic work of songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Zion Rock Godchaux, kicks off 2017 with “Laid Back and Loaded”, their first new music since the departure of long time collaborator Russ Randolph. The new track is a further exploration of the band’s signature sound; an electronic blend of soulful Rock and Blues based dance music incorporating Backbeat, Psychedelia and Funky House sounds, which Godchaux refers to as “Dirty Disco Blues.”
The Way Down Wanderers
The Way Down Wanderers
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” - free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s debut album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is available now, wherever music is sold.
Mr. Baber's Neighbors: The Solar String Band
Mr. Baber's Neighbors: The Solar String Band
Mr. Baber’s Neighbors: The Solar String Band has been bringing the sounds of both traditional American folk music along with their own brand of original music to Iowa and the Midwest for more than a decade, and have gained a loyal fan base known affectionately as 'The Baberhood'. Influences range from the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass' founding fathers, to traditional country, to contemporary folk and, at times, even from some of today's most popular artists. These influences meld with the generation gap closing songsmithery of MBN:TSSB and they love nothing more than sharing their passion for timeless music with audiences all over the Midwest. The current lineup offers Dobro, Banjo, Guitar, and Bass Fiddle, along with harmonic singing reminiscent of classic ‘Brother Duets’ of days gone by.
Public Property started in 2003 by the Hawaii born and bred frontman Dave Bess, the band seamlessly jumps from roots reggae to gospel reggae, ska to hip-hop infused funk, to rock and back to reggae, all the while keepin' the dance floor hot and the booties shakin'.
Flash In A Pan
Flash In A Pan
A collective of Iowa City musicians have teamed up to ramble every where from street corners to red carpet events. Founded in 2012, named on the assumption that the band would play two shows and dissolve; the band is currently in their fifth year of playing all over the Midwest. These pickers and grinners bring a fun mix of folk music of many shades. With warm humor and fiery content, this band will have you dancing and laughing, singing and stomping, and cherishing the moments we drink to remember! Noted for their shining harmonies, provocative compositions, and heart-felt performances, Flash in a Pan dishes out a sound that is all at once familiar and refreshingly different.
The Denver-based power trio, Cycles, comprised of Patrick Harvey (guitar), Michael Wood (drums), and Tucker McClung (bass/vocals) are on a musical mission to melt your mind. Self-described as “psychedelic rock fusion”, Cycles effortlessly blends rock, jazz, hip-hop, soul, and much more creating a versatile soundscape that makes each live show different than the last.
Striving for variety in each set, Cycles carefully construct a show designed to thrill. Each member brings a special set of skills and influences to the table. Living in the same house together and practicing hours upon hours each day has created a profound chemistry between the band members that truly shines through in the live setting. Tucker McClung is a powerful commander of the bass who never shies away from applying the melodic nature of the instrument all the while leading the show with powerfull vocals. Michael Wood, with his tight and jazzy drum beats, works tirelessly to keep the band on track through intricate tempo changes and wide-open space. Patrick Harvey’s dominating guitar shred is what completes the band’s sound and often drives them to take the jams into outer space. The songs are written by all members of the band which adds yet another element of diversity to the end product. With humorous, relatable, and illustrative lyrics, Cycles reaches out and touches their audience in a way that produces a feeling of harmony and community.
The youthful PHO has been proving their funky prowess to the national music scene with a powerful live show that leaves crowds in awe. They’ve achieved this stature alongside big names in the business, including The Motet, Dopapod, Dumpstaphunk and many more.
PHO has been acquiring new fans with each appearance, but in the winter of 2016 they attracted a truly unexpected fan when Prince caught a live performance from their YouTube page, which prompted an invite to open for Larry Graham (Graham Central Station) at the iconic Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN. That performance triggered another Prince Tweet: “Come back anytime. Just Holla.” Having the blessing of “The Purple One” before his untimely death has pushed PHO to continue cultivating the Minneapolis sound’s legacy, and with the release of two, PHO promises to bring a new and exciting brand of funk to the world."
The Workshy, is an eclectic six-piece funk group based out of the Denver area, that provides an incredibly energetic live show by pulling influences from jazz, blues, funk and more to create an infectious blend of music. With members from L.A, Washington, New York, Iowa, and South Korea; The Workshy is able to create a sound that is unique as their roots. The Workshy's constantly evolving sound is stronger than ever allowing them to open for such acts as Jazz is Dead, Euforquestra, Great American Taxi, Fruition, Radio Moscow, and Juno What?! Playing such festivals as Wakarusa, Camp Euphoria, The Bella Festival Series, and 80/35, The Workshy is captivating crowds and building a strong following around the national music scene. As Mary Buck of the Des Moines Music Coalition put it "Don’t be surprised if you find yourself smiling unwittingly. It just sounds fun."
Rude Punch is a reggae/rock band from Iowa. Brady(guitar and lead vocals), Adam(back up vocals and drums), Colton(guitar and back up vocals) and Jack(back up vocals and bass) form the nucleus of Rude Punch, all good friends and lovers of music. They have toured extensively, spreading their feel good vibes to all they come across. The band has been together for around 10 years in various forms as players have come and gone but Brady and Adam are the founding members, hooking up with Jack a couple of years ago and Colton last year.
Rude Punch has produced two full length records and most recently, an 8 song EP called Lover’s Rock. The band is looking forward to continuing their quest to play as many shows as they can and expose as many people as possible to their unique fusion of reggae, rock, ska and dub music.
The Grosso Family Band
The Grosso Family Band
The Grosso Family Band have been a staple at Camp Euforia for many years, typically firing up your sensors on Saturday morning for "Coffee Hour" on Saturday and getting you pumped up for a full day of music. Catch them once again at CE14 at Jerry's Bar!
After a solo tour in Europe this February of 2017, Elizabeth Moen is back in the Midwest and ready for touring with her bandmates Justin, Blake, and Dan. Elizabeth was raised in Vinton, Iowa and recently graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She began playing guitar as a teenager, though it was thanks to the writing community of Iowa City that she was inspired to write her own music. Her sound and songs are inspired by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, and modern acts like Angel Olson, Esmé Patterson, Alabama Shakes, and Shakey Graves.
After writing her first eight songs released on her first EP in January 2016, she now has a repertoire of forty-plus songs. She recently finished recording many of these songs with her band members in fall and early winter of 2016. They have completed their first full-length record set to be released May 13th, 2017 on William Elliott Whitmore and Luke Tweedy's (of Flat Black Studios) Long Play Records. This album is a mixture of old and new with various inspirations from old jazz, to modern indie-rock. Featured on the album are collaborations including contributions from twelve very talented Iowa musicians.
Matt Grundstad of Funkma$ter will be performing a rare and special DJ set at CE14!
FUNKMA$TER is a multi-instrumentalist. With drums, bass, keyboards, guitar, dobro, vocals, and a looping device called an Electrix Repeater, he is able to put songs together one instrument at a time. Essentially bringing a recording studio to the stage. He is well versed in many different genres. But at his live shows, he primarily plays Reggae, Hip-Hop, Funk, and Soul music.
Since his 1st looping performance in the Spring of 2003, he has shared the stage with groups like Digital Underground, Beenie Man, Hieroglyphics, The Pharcyde, The Pimps Of Joytime, Lotus, Mad Professor, Blackalicious, Juno What?!, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Easy Star All-Stars, Eek-A-Mouse, B*Side Players, Mike Love, John Popper, That 1 Guy, Zach Deputy, Bernie Worrell and the Woo Warriors, Paa Kow, and Heatbox.
He currently plays percussion and sings back up vocals for DUBSKIN (www.dubskinmusic.com), and was a founding, but now part-time member of the Fort Collins, CO based Funk/Reggae/Afrobeat band EUFORQUESTRA (www.euforquestra.com).
Hailed as "the best currently active rock band in Iowa" by the Iowa Informer, indie rock outfit Halfloves offers a variety of songs on their self-titled debut album made with renowned producer Brandon Darner (Imagine Dragons, The Envy Corps). Halfloves mixes pop sensibilities with heady textures and space to create an emotionally charged sound.
Previously known under the name The Olympics, Halfloves have shared the stage with the likes of Manchester Orchestra, Foxygen, Misterwives, Tokyo Police Club, and Rubblebucket.
Goose Town is a high energy band bringing a dynamic change to all your favorite tunes. The band is lead by a killin' horn section and fronted by Emily Snyder on vocals. GT's mission is to get your booty shakin' and they do this with music from Erykah Badu, Vulfpeck, Stevie Wonder, Hiatus Kaiyote, Michael Jackson and many more. Check them out on FB or instagram @goosetown5000.
Nolan Schroeder (tenor sax)
Brian Crew (Trombone)
Ryan Garmoe (Trumpet/Flugel)
Blake Shaw (Bass/Vocals)
Christopher Jensen (Drums)
Elvis Phillips (Guitar)
Emily Snyder (Lead Vocals)
Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, Maximilian Eubank writes a cross genre of Acoustic music, blending sounds with a sense of Folk, Folk Rock, Anti-Folk, Acoustic Rock and Acoustic Alternative sensibility. With a commitment to melodies that are interesting and infectious, Maximilian embarked upon his musical passions at the tender age of fourteen. He ignited an Acoustic guitar band, Triple Vision, writing and creating the majority of the music and lyrics that comprised the trio's sound. In a few years Triple Vision turned into a larger band, Euforia, of which he was the lead singer and rhythm guitar. These experiences led Maximilian to eventually moving to Colorado and defining his voice as a singer/songwriter on the music circuit. Maximilian's lyrics and records tend to reflect an introspective point of view regarding lost and found love, systematic injustice, faith and the everyday hardships that effect life.
In 2008, Maximilian compiled his years of experience into independently recording his debut LP, 10:00 in the Afternoon. The album spawned the success of quite a few standout singles. In 2009 Maximilian put out an EP, Standby, as a stepping stone to his 2012 album, Burping out with Blasphemy. Standby was a continuation of his acoustic background turning out introspective ballads and poetry set to guitar. Burping out with Blasphemy showed the depth of Maximilian’s song writing when he collaborated with several different Iowa musicians for a fuller sound with a full band. Here in 2017 Maximilian is again working in the studio and putting together another EP set to release in the Fall.
DJ Buddha is a Veteran to the electronic underground scene. With over 20 years behind the decks. From producing, DJing, Drumming, and Mixing bands, DJ Buddha has music coming out of his pours. Buddha has been involved with CE for a number of years with Rexroat sound, and the FOH engineer for the last 3 years. But for this he will step out from the big mixer, and get behind the DJ mixer for a House and Techno set to get you drinking and dancing. "I never plan a set, I walk in blind, and just live in that moment”
6 Odd Rats
6 Odd Rats
Six Odd Rats was born from a basement bar in Iowa City, organizing around open mic and jam sessions at the Yacht Club. Beginning as an improvisational jam band, the group quickly grew to become more organized in their compositions, with with roots and influences in blues, funk, and rock music. One thing led to another, and before the rats could say 'cheese' they quickly became a popular show in the Iowa City area. Their unique sound has propelled their talents across the Midwest to cities in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Six Odd Rats now has 5 live recordings available for listening and download on both Bandcamp and Soundcloud, and much more is well on its way!
The Ultraviolet Sextet
The Ultraviolet Sextet
Forged from the fires of molten lava from the heart of the Earth, tempered by the universal gods to defeat the forces of oblivion, the Ultraviolet Sextet boldly challenges the musical status quo with orgasmic sounds captured to save the souls of the living from the forces of mediocracy and contempt. On bass Rich Wagor proudly lays down the southing groves to sedate the masses. On guitar, Shuazzy, Zen master of the funk, weaving the harmonic tones of intergalactic solace thru the waves of time. On drums, Mark Arnold pulsating the heartbeat of the cosmos, and on rhythm guitar and vocals, Rob Levy with a siren song of mercy for all ages on their progress toward ultimate peace. We are the Ultraviolet Sextet, coming to a music hall near you soon.