Tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship — that’s the quick description of what the Polyrhythmics will bring to Missoula when they headline the Top Hat on Friday, November 8, 2019.
Polyrhythmics’ 2017 release, Caldera, Showcases the tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship of the instrumental eight-piece. The album name stems from their time songwriting during a band retreat near Oregon’s Mt. Hood, a potentially active volcano.
Caldera’s sound ranges from downtempo Afrobeat to explosive funk to psychedelic rock, exhibiting the band’s diverse musical taste. Joe Gatto, of All About Jazz, gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars saying, “Caldera is one of my favorite records of 2017 because of its genre-bending jams, and refusal to conform to easy classification.”
The Stranger dubbed Polyrhythmics a group to watch, hailing their “sophisticated slinkiness and expressive brassiness,” while WNCW praised their “modern afro-psycho-beat blend,” and the Seattle Times dubbed them “funk maestros.” The band was invited to perform live on influential Seattle NPR station KEXP, shared bills with everyone from Snarky Puppy to Booker T, and played massive festival stages including Bumbershoot, High Sierra, and Vancouver International Jazz Fest. Polyrhythmics have drawn influences from artists like Fela Kuti, James Brown, Budos Band, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, and Talking Heads.
Tickets are on sale now at The Top Hat, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. All tickets are general admission standing room only with limited bench seating available on a first come first served basis. All ages are welcome. Additional ticketing and venue information can be found here.