Euforquestra comes to Steamboat with its world-influenced sound
November 20, 2009
If you go
What: Euforquestra, jam
and world music
When: 10 p.m. today and Saturday
Where: The Tugboat Grill & Pub, 1860 Ski Time Square Drive
Cost: $5 at the door
Steamboat Springs — The Fort Collins-based jam band Euforquestra started out its decade-long life as a four-piece, mostly rock-styled band called Euphoria.
When the four original members moved to Iowa City, Iowa, for college, they met three more players and fleshed the band out to include the horn section and stage-filling instrumentation it features today.
It makes sense, then, that one of the band members looked at the stage one night after a sound check and said the setup looked like an orchestra.
"We combined euphoria and orchestra and announced that was the new name for the band," Euforquestra guitar player Mike Tallman said. "We've had people over the years say that we should change our name to something that's easier to pronounce or uses real words and all this stuff."
That's probably not going to happen, as Euforquestra makes its mark across Colorado since moving to Fort Collins in 2008 with a brand of jam rock that relies heavily on world rhythms from the Caribbean and West Africa.
The band plays at 10 p.m. today and Saturday at The Tugboat Grill & Pub in Ski Time Square. Admission is $5 at the door.
Euforquestra's big sound comes from its large numbers. Its danceable quality comes from the band members' record collections, Tallman said.
"I think it was really just a product of having a large group to work with of open-minded musicians," Tallman said.
When someone in the group comes across a style of music he likes, everyone takes an academic approach, researching the background and social aspects of that style as the band gets more and more involved in it.
"I think a lot of it has to do with a lot of the music that we're into has rich histories behind it," Tallman said. Euforquestra went through a deep fascination with Afrobeat rhythms starting in 2006. More recently, the band has been delving into roots, reggae and dub beats — the new direction is one of many sonic ideas on "Soup," the band's third studio recording.
Euforquestra also has a few new members and has started including funk tunes in its bar set. The band recently added its first James Brown cover, Tallman said. To learn more about Euforquestra, go to euforqquestra.com. The new album, "Soup," is available for free download on the band's Web site.