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Euforquestra / Press

“Bottom line: A funkier album from Colorado’s masters of good vibes, with a little bit of reggae, a little bit of rock, and a whole lotta soul.”

John Powell - Angelica Music

“Don’t be intimidated by the eye-catching name of Colorado band Euforquestra: it’s pronounced as a beautiful mash-up of the words “euphoria” and “orchestra,” which when you think about it, makes a whole lot of sense. Their new record Fire is all jam-pop-funk goodness with a dynamite horn section and some real “play-that-funky-music-white-boy” vocals going on. Soulful singing and crazy organ probably make for a blast of a live show. Songs like “Road Funk,” “Take Me Dancing,” and the title track “Fire” all showcase the cool, relaxed mojo of this group in all their glory: fun, fired up and ready to get asses shaking.”

“Euforquestra is known for their ability to combine world music elements into their music, but Wednesday night they showed that they can pretty much handle any type of music they want. The performance started with "Medicine Bow Run", a funk-rock song with a polyrythmic afrobeat base that immediately got the lively Fox Theatre crowd dancing like mad for the entire 10+ minute duration of the song. Going to a Euforquestra show is not just about going out to hear some good music, it is about immersing yourself into an entire crazy experience. Euforquestra plays with incredible skill and energy that crowds pick up on immediately, and Euforquestra does a commendable job at mixing in a wide variety of musical influences into one coherent concert event. If you are a fan of afrobeat, jazz, funk, rock 'n' roll, reggae, dub, ska, and/or other types of world music, you need to experience the euphoria of a Euforquestra show. ”

“If there’s any band out there that will make you go out on a school night and shake it, its Fort Collins based Euforquestra. With Euforquestra you get a diverse range of dance-inducing world music. They serve up a mixture of funk, reggae, afrobeat, rock n roll, dub and traditional sounds from all around the world, and never seem to have an idle fan anywhere on the dance floor. The horns, meshed with a plethora of percussion, tight rhythms and the guitar and keyboard meanderings of Mike Tallman and Matt Wright simply explode from the get go and the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best, overdoing it, even.”

“This euphoric orchestra’s 16 song set filled the dance floor with a blend of Afrobeat, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Funk, and Dub. Once on the dance floor, the crowd was attacked from all sides. While “Ogun” stretched well over ten minutes long, the dancers never wavered. In fact, the energy of both Euforquestra and the audience seemed to feed off each other and grow in intensity. It was the perfect way to hook us and we didn’t want to be released. A young woman in a raspberry beret (anyone else hearing Prince lyrics here?) started to dance with such wild abandon that, despite her obvious sex appeal, no one felt comfortable interrupting her joyful movement. That, I soon found out, was the power of Euforquestra’s “Soup.” I highly recommend you give it a taste too.”

“It’s not often you find a band that incorporates more genres in one show than you can count on a hand. But a band out of Colorado—by way of Iowa—is doing just that, and at a very high level. Euforquestra’s self-described brand of “Afro-Caribbean-Barnyard-Funk” might sound difficult to comprehend but all you have to do is hear them perform live to instantly understand their mission. No matter what the influence or origin, Euforquestra will make you dance ‘til you sweat. Euforquestra once again impressed me and showed me a diversity of sound that few bands manage to create. Their ability to melt many genres together into one cohesive until of musical dance fuel is simply amazing. Every July they hold their own festival called Camp Euforia in Iowa and after seeing them blossom before my eyes, I’ve made the steps of already marking my calendar to ensure I don’t miss their summer bash. Euforquestra is most definitely an emerging force in the jam festival scene.”

“Thursday night’s opener, Fort Collins’ Euforquestra, set a solid tone for the TK sound, with guitarist Mike Tallman’s adventurous, risk-taking jams anchoring a swinging groove that had the whole house hopping before the headliners were even in the house.”

“Euforquestra absolutely rules. I think this band might be one of the best bands in America that nobody knows about. Their sound is tight and engineered to a fine, funky precision. It's the kind of sound I think anybody with a functioning set of ears could enjoy. There are just so many angles to what they do, so many wrinkles of musical energy.”

“Soup’s upbeat energy proves irresistible, effortlessly blending diverse styles of music that were destined to live under one harmonic roof. From the first track to the last, the album drips rhythm that’ll seep under your fingernails and creep into your brain. You won’t be able to stop moving, be it tapping fingers or toes or jumping on the nearest table and shakin’ it.”