MarchFourth Marching Band at The VAC!

on Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at 8:30PM.
Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door.
Advance tickets will be available at The Record Exchange, The Egyptian Theatre box office, and on Saturday, July 20th at 11:00 a.m. Call the Egyptian Theatre box office at 208-387-1273, Tuesday thru Saturday from 11a – 6p, to charge by phone.

The MarchFourth Marching Band has evolved into a high-energy, eclectic and mobile unit of good times, taking a Fellini-esque mix of Mardi Gras mayhem, afro beat, Mexican hustle, sultry samba, big band, and gypsy folk to the streets and parks, and the club and festival scene–anywhere people seek liberation through booty-shaking beats, driving bass, and high-flying horn arrangements. Accompanied by their surrealist troupe of stilt-dancers, fire-spinners, and costumed beauties, they are a new love-party paradigm.

According to bassist, and one of the group’s founding members, John Averill, MarchFourth is “something entirely different. Musically, we’re not influenced by marching bands at all. I really think of us more as an alternative big band that happens to be able to march.”

MarchFourth Marching Band got its name from the date of their first show: March 4, 2003. It began when a handful of artists and musicians in Portland, Oregon decided to put together a marching band for a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party on March 4th, originally performing a 7-song set of tunes that included covers of Rebirth Brass Band, Fela Kuti, and Fleetwood Mac. The night was a smashing success and encouraged the group to book more shows. Opening for the Youngblood Brass Band and playing with Pink Martini cemented the group that first year: they played a total of 34 shows in their first ten months. By 2007 the band was becoming better known in Portland and beyond. They expanded their 4th anniversary party to include a family matinee and an adult evening show at the Crystal Ballroom and sold out both shows. It was time to take the show on the road. They bought a 1984 MCI coach on eBay, then converted it to fit about 28 people comfortably with convertible bunk-beds, wi-fi, kitchen and roof rack. Members of the band did all the bus customization. They haven’t stopped touring since.

“Wild, fun and excitable, this is the music I want playing at my wake, the band I want preceding
the hearse to my grave.” –

“The band’s sexy funk keeps me looking for James Bond. Horns pop people like kernels from the floor.” – Ashland Armory

“Throw up your batons! Toss about that pocket-stored confetti! Let the high steppin’, flair totin’ cyclone of happiness begin!”- Caitlin Donohue, San Francisco Bay Guardian



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