The Afrobeatniks draw their inspiration from West African, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, and Latin Jazz music. Imagine lots of world rhythms morphing into this dance-inducing groove with funk, jazz, reggae, acoustic drumming and rock and roll to round out the experience. They just released their new album - Wontanara!
Family and community are the roots of Elder Grown. A band of five locals from Durango, Colorado, imagine Motown meeting the Red Hot Chili Peppers, then adding some Pink Floyd, Maceo Parker, and finishing with some Rage Against the Machine. Funk meets Pop, Rock meets Hip Hop, Jazz meets Reggae. Elder Grown uses the freedom of improvisational jams as their foundation to create their captivating, soul-inspired sound.
Garrett T. Capps is a San Antonio-based country musician unafraid to let other influences creep into his tunes. His last full-length release, "Y Los Lonely Hipsters", has garnered a cult following and even landed one of it's songs (Born in San Antone) a prime spot in the Season 3 opening scene of Showtime's hit series "Billions" (premiered March 25th, 2018). His ambitious new "space country" solo LP, "In the Shadows (again)" was released on May 5th on the newly established Shotgun House Records. There is a lot on the horizon for GTC as he continues to play prime gigs in Austin/San Antonio and take his progressive country influence out in to the big 'ol world.
From afrobeat to reggae and rock, always with that characteristic funky Diggin Dirt soul, this band is influenced by funk heavy hitters such as James Brown, Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins and Sly and the Family Stone as well as reggae bands like Steel Pulse and modern funk like Orgone. You can also see them performing at the Joshua Tree Music Festival in May, and the High Sierra Music Festival in July.