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Cascadia '10 / Press

“Everyone who was present for Cascadia ‘10’s Northwest Afrobeat was having more fun than most of the packed crowds the night before. Pretty much every human being in attendance was dancing, even the little toddlers were whirling around in circles smiling. This is the magic of a tight-ass rhythm section, something Cascadia ’10 can proudly claim. Unlike many contemporary Afrobeat groups who descend into corniness quicker than you can say “Fela,” Cascadia ’10 keep it very classy. The drummer and African percussionist lock in tight with the incredible horn section. ”

“I had no idea what to expect when I set off to check out Cascadia ’10 at the Tunein Stage. When I got done shooting and had a chance to listen, I was instantly impressed. It had a soul flavor, a very “Isaac Hayes” sense of funk, but with the Afrobeat feel upon which they hang they’re collective hats. These guys swing, and I instantly fell for them. The moment the horns burst in, I was hooked. I absolutely love soul-funk. It as a way of creating a certain type of groove that is incredibly cool and laid back, but with a sense of badassery that is sometimes missing from contemporary groove music. There is also a primal feel to the existing smoothness. Add that to a fresh horn section and you have the formula for “Things Andrew Loves.” These guys clearly made the list, and I can’t wait to see them play again. ”

"The nine musicians in Seattle's Cascadia '10—including TRUST percussionist Jayson Powell and Afrocop drummer Andy Sells—have mastered that unmistakable pell-mell shuffle of Afrobeat, as pioneered by Fela Kuti. Bold horn flourishes, chiming guitar punctuation, fluidly funky percussion, and hypnotic bass lines predominate in Cascadia '10's epic tracks. A member of Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme told me that Cascadia '10 are fantastic live, and I hear no reason to doubt him."

“Monday is always a tough one for the full-ticket Bumbershoot attendee. It’s difficult to get up and get going after two solid days of festing. The organizers know this, and so they’ve scheduled two different acts to start the blood flowing. From the entrance, head to the TuneIn Stage just north of the Fisher Pavilion for the Pac Northwest Afro-beat ensemble Cascadia ’10. If their horns don’t get your heart pumping, you might be dead. ”

“* Cascadia '10, "Apophistry" (out now, self-released, cascadia10.bandcamp.com): This single from the Afrobeat ensemble is a team effort. The rhythm section rides out jazz-funk grooves, then gets out of the way to let the horns show off their soloing chops. It's engaging, danceable, and—critical for an instrumental track—never boring.”

"Well-versed in the music of western Africa, Cascadia ’10′s modern take on Afrobeat keeps the African tradition alive in the Pacific Northwest. Comprised of 8 musicians well-versed in the works of Fela, Femi, and Seun Kuti (among other Afrobeat titans), the band’s large and experienced lineup creates a compelling, incredibly danceable version of the music Fela pioneered in Nigeria in the ’70s. (The band’s name is a reference to his backing band, Africa ’70.) The group released their first set of original studio recordings this past March, a self-titled EP containing three songs, including “The Secret Is Out”. The EP’s opening track, stabbing horns and bustling percussion ignite the track as a rock-solid rhythm section holds down the beat. Each section of the song highlights different musicians, as the octet takes turns soloing and building the groove, giving reason to believe that in a group like this, there’s strength in numbers."

“Cascadia '10 are a Northwestern gaggle of nine who make a rough approximation of Fela Kuti's Afrobeat. They're great—don't hate just because Cascadia is about as far from West Africa as you can get without being in the Pacific Ocean.”

"Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Pharaohs of Elysium” by Cascadia ’10 from their 2011 self-released Live EP.... Crazy as it sounds, Cascadia ’10 is old school original Afrobeat from the Pacific Northwest. Resonating sounds from Nigeria to the Emerald City, this small army of experienced musicians bring hypnotically funky music to the hips and feet."

“Get a listen below to some fresh afrobeat from the pacific northwest. The group is made up of 9 brilliant musicians working everything from tenor sax to guitar who collectively are inspired by the great legends of afrobeat.”

“What is the sound of Afrobeat when transplanted from the heat and dust of Lagos to the moss and moisture of Seattle? The new group Cascadia '10 has the answer. I'm looking forward to hearing more from them...”

“A few years back, Afrobeat emerged from niche-underground status into mainstream music circles. (See Jay-Z’s involvement in Fela! the musical, a proliferation of Afrobeat bands around the U.S., etc.) Now Seattle has its own ambassadors of the thunderous, sinuous style of horn-driven dance music: Cascadia ’10. Riffing on the names of Afrobeat originator Fela Kuti’s backing bands (Africa ’70, Egypt ’80), Cascadia ’10 is a nine-piece group that puts a jazzy spin on the style, with eloquent soloists on horns and guitar.”

“Another large local unit, Cascadia '10 carry Fela Kuti's unfuckwithable Afrobeat torch with bravado, transporting you to Lagos circa 1975 with roiling funk beats, snaky bass lines, and celebratory horn charts.”

"Cascadia '10 are faithful Northwestern disciples of Fela Kuti's irrepressible Afrobeat shuffle and horn armada–fied strut."

"The spicy Afrobeat from this Seattle nine-piece sounds like it could have fallen right off a Budos Band album—but hey, Budos Band's albums are fun to listen to."