Euforquestra

Nitefall On The River Presents:

Euforquestra

The Maytags, Mr Baber's Neighbors

Sat, June 3, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Simon Estes Amphitheater

Des Moines, IA

$15.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Euforquestra
Euforquestra
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..."
The Maytags
The Maytags
“GREW UP ON THE SOUTH SIDE / MADE FRIENDS WITH THE EAST SIDE / MADE LOVE ON THE NORTH SIDE,” DUSTIN SMITH COOS AS LOVE LINES, THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM HIS BAND THE MAYTAGS, GATHERS FORCE LIKE A SUMMER THUNDERSTORM.
These phrases are specific to the cultural geography of the singer, guitarist, and songwriter’s Des Moines, Iowa hometown, a music and arts community with a rising national profile highlighted by praise from the Talking Heads’ David Byrne and glowing explorations from Politico and The Atlantic. But Smith’s words also help evoke the Maytags’ journey to this sultry nine-song set, one that also runs through Smith’s time in New York — where studied jazz as a drummer — and the band’s recording sessions in Tennessee. Other band members have roots in St. Louis; all studied jazz, mainly in central and northern Iowa. If there can be a New South, then there can be a sound that’s Midwest Nouveau.



Love Lines smolders with the intensity of a relationship that just ended — “both the good and the bad,” Smith says. Recorded at Nashville’s the Bomb Shelter with Andrija Tokic, who has also recorded Benjamin Booker and Alabama Shakes, the album sees Smith achieving a bit of the latter band’s gut-busting, almost-preternatural howling on cathartic opener “Pushing Up Rivers.” A three-part “Suite for Green Eyes,” written as a whole by Smith and Tim Sanders (sax), inhabits the aftermath of a breakup: bittersweet acceptance, tempestuous reflection, and the lustful confusion of running into an ex once it’s all over: “Fourth of July we’ll be holding hands,” Smith belts out on “Street Clothes,” knowing full well he’ll likely be watching the fireworks with somebody else.



As much as Love Lines is born out of a breakup, it’s also an artifact of a seven-piece band that has been honing its chops on the road. “Musically we worked our asses off on this,” Smith says. “Me and Tim got together for the initial writing sessions and really tried to draw a lot of inspiration from the Daptone crew, Stax, Al Green. Just to name a few.” The songs were then taken to the band and arranged as a unit, with each member having creative input on each song. The Maytags then tracked the whole album to 2 inch tape in less than 30 hours.” That follows December 2014’s Nova EP, recorded at the same studio and tracked to 2 inch tape in 19 hours.



As Love Lines ends, with the rhythmically and emotionally tricky “Problems,” Smith’s weary purr fades away: “Someone call the doctor, the doctor, the doc-doc-doc...” The cure is already there, in a balmy sound that must’ve blown in from some fantastical Iowa coast: a flyover that flew away and returned wiser for the voyage.



The Maytags are: Sam Mogerman, Nick Leo, Tim Sanders, Dustin Smith, Daniel Kreipke, Ben Chappel, Andy Poppen
Venue Information:
Simon Estes Amphitheater
75 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA, 50309
http://www.dmgov.org/Departments/Parks/Pages/SimonEstes.aspx