If you go
What: EntropyFunk, funk
When: 10 p.m. today
Where: Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave.
Steamboat Springs It was the late 1990s, and drummer Rob Robinson wasn't living in the funkiest of places.
"Honestly, me and the guitar player started the band as an instrumental band a long time ago," Robinson said about his group EntropyFunk, whose stated mission is to "remedy the depletion of pure funk on the planet." The band plays tonight at Old Town Pub.
"It was because I was tired of going and seeing what was being billed as funk and having it be watered down with rock or jam stuff, or really anything," he said. Being based in Atlanta, EntropyFunk dips regularly into hip-hop and rap energy to fill out its sound. But at the core, Entropy wants to provide the kind of pure, uncut funk distilled by Parliament, Funkadelic, Parliament Funkadelic, James Brown and Prince.
"That's the kind of groove I want to put out for people. The funkier it is, you don't even have to think about it," Robinson said. Each band member brings his own taste to the stage: Robinson looks to classic James Brown band drummers for his beats. Lead singer and keyboardist Rod Williams listens to Prince to hone his all-out vocals.
The band's recordings sound like un-discovered Parliament cuts, with a younger singer replacing George Clinton. In the seven years the group has been touring, EntropyFunk has opened for George Clinton and P-Funk, won acclaim from Creative Loafing Atlanta as best R&B/soul/funk act, and has five records, including one live EP.
Today's show in Steamboat Springs will be part of the group's first trip to Colorado, a touring move EntropyFunk had hoped to make for a while now, Robinson said. The group comes to the Pub as a six-piece act, with a singer, a four-part rhythm section and a deejay. No matter what the format, EntropyFunk stays true to its name, he said.
"We have some rap stuff, we have some hip-hop stuff, but as far as watering down the funk, we don't really do that," he said.