Polyrhythmics in Grass Valley!

Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, Polyrhythmics’ latest album, Caldera, showcases the instrumental eight-piece’s impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afrobeat. Calling to mind

everything from Antibalas and the Dap-Kings to The Meters and Fela Kuti, it’s without a doubt their strongest work to date, merging the infectious power of their live show with a sleek and nuanced studio sophistication.
Named for the smoldering crater left after a volcanic eruption, Caldera was written during a band retreat to rural Oregon, where Polyrhythmics embraced truly collaborative songwriting for the first time during a marathon session in the shadow of Mt. Hood (itself an active volcano). The resulting album is a blistering declaration from a band that’s progressed beyond the sum of its influences to come fully into its own. From the downtempo, Afrobeat trance of “Stargazer” to the triumphantly anthemic, high-octane pump-up funk of “Marshmallow Man,” Caldera is instrumental music at its best: emotional, evocative, mesmerizing. On “Cactus Blossoms,” Polyrhythmics craft an eerie, retro gem straight out of a 70’s film score, while the trippy effects and wah-wah guitar of “Goldie’s Road” suggest a psychedelic journey (or perhaps a bad trip), and the shuffling “Vodka For My Goat” draws on Stax soul while hinting at BB King’s merger of the blues and jazz. It’s an eclectic collection, tied together by the melding of eight distinct musical voices coming together as a cohesive whole.

▼ Show More Information

314 W Main St, 95945
Grass Valley
07 December , Thursday 20:00

More Events Nearby

 11 January , Thursday
 South Yuba River Citizen's League, Nevada City
 13 January , Saturday
 Nevada County Veterinary Disaster Response Team, Grass Valley
 28 December , Thursday
 Haven Underground, Nevada City
 23 December , Saturday
 Grass Valley, CA, United States, Grass Valley
 24 December , Sunday
 Twin Cities Church, Grass Valley
 17 December , Sunday
 Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building, Grass Valley
 31 December , Sunday
 The Colfax Theatre, Colfax
 06 January , Saturday
 Grass Valley Elks Lodge 538, Grass Valley
 20 December , Wednesday
 Haven Underground, Nevada City
 28 December , Thursday
 Twelve 28 Kitchen, Penn Valley
 17 December , Sunday
 Nevada City, CA, United States, Nevada City
 31 December , Sunday
 Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, Nevada City
 06 January , Saturday
 Off Center Stage, Grass Valley
 17 December , Sunday
 Inner Path, Nevada City
 31 December , Sunday
 Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, Nevada City
 16 December , Saturday
 InConcert Sierra, Nevada City
 05 January , Friday
 Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, Nevada City
 29 December , Friday
 Anderson's Step It Up, Nevada City
 13 January , Saturday
 Three Forks Bakery & Brewing Company, Nevada City
 29 December , Friday
 Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, Nevada City
 16 December , Saturday
 Blackberry Creek Farm Animal Sanctuary, Colfax
 22 December , Friday
 The Colfax Theatre, Colfax
 30 December , Saturday
 Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, Nevada City
 22 December , Friday
 Colfax High School (Colfax, California), Colfax
 23 December , Saturday
 Dew Drop Inn - HWY 49, Grass Valley
 21 December , Thursday
 Haven Underground, Nevada City
 16 December , Saturday
 Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, Nevada City
 21 December , Thursday
 Cult of Gemini, Grass Valley
 17 December , Sunday
 Dance Tribe Nevada City, Nevada City
 23 December , Saturday
 Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, Nevada City
 12 January , Friday
 Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Grass Valley, CA, Grass Valley
 12 January , Friday
 Dew Drop Inn - HWY 49, Grass Valley
 06 January , Saturday
 Crazy Horse Saloon & Grill, Nevada City
 07 January , Sunday
 Nevada City, CA, United States, Nevada City
 20 December , Wednesday
 Nevada City, CA, United States, Nevada City
 22 December , Friday
 The Book Seller, Grass Valley