The Pimps of Joytime & MarchFouth Marching Band

Idaho Live presents two Tour De Fat headliners, MarchFourth Marching Band and The Pimps of Joytime, with special guest Diego’s Umbrella, crossing paths in Boise while on separate tours for one amazing high-energy co-headlining circus show on Wednesday, Jan. 18th, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at The Egyptian Theatre, located at 700 W. Main St in downtown Boise. $1 from every ticket sold, plus proceeds from a raffle and bar sales, will be donated to Boise Bicycle Project. Tickets are $22 advance, $25 day of show. Advance tickets will be available at The Record Exchange, The Boise Co-op, The Egyptian Theatre box office, and on Saturday, Nov 12th at 10:00 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.

ABOUT THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME: Over the course of the past four years, the Pimps of Joytime have evolved into a road tested and audience approved groove machine. The have excited crowds at over 100 club dates and festivals in 2010 and this year’s ongoing “All The Way Live” tour far exceeds the volume of previous years. Amazingly, their stage performance improves each night as the electricity between the band members rises to new heights. This fluidity is not something you can manufacture, it is an authentic and exciting collaboration that is the Pimps of Joytime. With the “All The Way Live” tour, The Pimps are offering their fans and music lovers alike a chance to experience the electrifying rhythms that lace up the most recent album, Janxta Funk, (June 21 – Wonderwheel Recordings).

Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, The Pimps of Joyitme are paving their own unique path in the world. WHat do you do when there isn’t a phrase to describe your sound? You coin a new one of course! JANXTA FUNK, as Brian J describes it, “is a style that’s part gangsta, part janky.” JAnxta Funk ranges from LAtin inspired rythms to deep funky grooves and hot dance beats laced with soulful melody and harmonies. Those who have experienced a Pimps show agree that you have to see the band live to truly understand their unique combination of musical elements, including afrobeat, rock, hip-hop, and electronica.

“The Pimps can’t be pigeonholed into a genre — it’s all soulful, but one song might segue from an Afrobeat groove to an electronic club beat with sitar. It’s all pretty damn funky, and it’s impossible to hear it and sit still.” – Charleston City Paper (Stratton Lawrence)

“The funkiest band at Outside Lands was easily the Pimps of Joytime.”- Guitar World

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

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