06/14 - March Fourth Marching Band with guests Moon Hooch

at The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company

M4-11_groupshot_MerrickChasecrop

Doors: 07:00 PM Starts: 09:00 PM - $12/$15 cover

Buy Tickets Now | Artist Website

With a rallying cry of “JOY NOW!” MarchFourth Marching Band (known as M4 by its growing legion of fans) throws itself and the audience into a swirling volcano of high-energy music and spectacle. What began as a Fat Tuesday party on March 4, 2003 in Portland, Oregon has over the last 8 years become one of the nation’s best live touring acts. The band will have spent over 180 days and 50,000 miles on the road by the end of 2011 alone, and thanks to word-of-mouth will soon be graduating from “best kept secret” to a band on the brink of exploding in popularity. Whether at a family matinee in a small town in Colorado or a sweaty nightclub in New York City or a festival mainstage in Louisiana, MarchFourth wins over audiences of all ages at every occasion, and has consistently been named a “festival favorite.”

Aside from the band’s marching band themed costumes, percussion corps and brass, M4 is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense (though the band has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). M4 is anchored by funky electric bass, and has been evolving into a more guitar- and vocal-driven musical experience. In one 90-minute set the band will take you on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe to the African jungle by way of Brazil, along the way stopping to sample the deepest grooves of the best of American funk, rock, jazz and boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and sexy dancers. This genre-busting approach is usually the territory of DJs, but this band is real people making music and art in real time—and every show is different.

At the core of the band is its DIY ethic. The band has been writing and arranging all of its own material, designing and fabricating its own costumes and merchandise, developing its own choreography and managing itself from Day One. With the addition of their booking agency (Skyline Music) in 2010, M4 has been touring relentlessly. MarchFourth is akin to a team sport with a roster of nearly 30 performers to choose from, though the band tours with approximately 8 horns, 5 drummers, bass, guitar, and 5 dancers/stiltwalkers.

The first two studio albums released by MarchFourth were recorded, produced and mastered entirely “in-house.” Their new release, Magnificent Beast (out 10/25/11) was produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) and features a wide array of genre-mashing groove-based material that incorporates more vocals and guitar than previous albums. Following their 2009 release, Rise Up (a tribute to post-Katrina New Orleans), Magnificent Beast has now evolved into a full-blown big-stage brass-rock-funk assault peppered with moments of swing, jazz, bollywood, ska and metal.

With so many members and writers, M4′s influences are all over the map, but fans of Sgt Pepper, Duke Ellington, Gogol Bordello, Ozomatli, and Cirque Du Soleil would likely feel at home in the audience. MarchFourth has shared the stage with a wide variety of acts, including Pink Martini, Budos Band, Balkan Beat Box, Trombone Shorty, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Beats Antique, Bassnectar, Antibalas, Melvin Seals and JGB, The Motet, Hot Buttered Rum, and Yard Dogs Road Show. The band has also been climbing the festival roster, with return appearances at Wakarusa, Bumbershoot, Voodoo Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, High Sierra, Wanderlust, Lotus World Music Festival, and Strawberry Music Festival, as well as recently appearing on ESPN’s Espy Awards (Los Angeles) and WGN-TV (Chicago).

MarchFourth inspires dancing… when the audience can tear its eyes from the kaleidoscope of visual energy (and maybe even a crowd-surfing stilter) pouring from the stage. “Part New Orleans brass ensemble, part groove-heavy rock group, and part vaudevillian circus, this group unleashes such a technicolor experience that using the word ‘concert’ to describe their performance falls flat” (5820 Magazine). M4 provides the opportunity to come together in joyous union with a band whose mission is to seize the moment, bring communities together, and leave everyone feeling as if the world is a better place.

More Upcoming Shows

H&C 1 Tickets

07/10/2015 - Hank and Cupcakes

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 8PM | Show Starts: 9PM - $5 advance/ $8 day of show cover

Featuring guests Timmy & The Creeping Thyme. Flush with simmering sexuality and irresistible dance pulse, Hank & Cupcakes are everything [more]

TTT

07/11/2015 - Aaron Daniel Gaul (ADG) – FREE SHOW

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 08:00 PM | Show Starts: 09:00 PM - No cover

Aaron Daniel Gaul Aaron Daniel Gaul, known to many as ADG, is an accomplished songwriter, musician and performer, writing music [more]

revpeyton Tickets

07/17/2015 - Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 8PM | Show Starts: 9PM - $15 advance/ $18 day of show cover

Roaring out of the southern Indiana foothills comes Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band playing a brand of Americana and Blues [more]

cbr

07/24/2015 - Mystery Fyre and Citizens Band Radio

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 08:00 PM | Show Starts: 09:00 PM - $7 cover

Mystery Fyre Mystery Fyre roars with a high-energy eclectric explosion of rock n’ roll, the kind that leaves the soul [more]

Hard To Watch pic Tickets

07/25/2015 - Jubilee Riots (formerly Enter the Haggis)

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 8PM | Show Starts: 9PM - $10 in advance/$15 at the door cover

“We’re so grateful for the ones we rely on // who lean back upon us yet seem so strong.”   [more]

colebrookroad Tickets

07/31/2015 - Colebrook Road

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 08:00 PM | Show Starts: 09:00 PM - $5 advance/ $7 day of show cover

Drive through central Pennsylvania’s countryside and you’re bound to end up crossing one of the many thoroughfares called Colebrook Road. [more]

MissTessTalkbacks Tickets

08/07/2015 - Miss Tess and the Talkbacks

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 8PM | Show Starts: 9PM - $7 in advance/$10 at the door cover

Featuring special guests The Banditos. Miss Tess & The Talkbacks is a grooving rock ‘n’ roll band rooted in swinging [more]

George

08/08/2015 - George Wesley

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 8PM | Show Starts: 9PM - $5 cover

George Wesley has written and performed his own infectious music for over four decades creating many memorable songs influenced by [more]

jsf

09/04/2015 - Jonathan Scales Fourchestra

The Abbey Bar at Appalachian Brewing Company
Doors at: 08:00 PM | Show Starts: 09:00 PM - $7 cover

Featuring guests Andy Mowatt’s 8-String 4-Tet. Jonathan Scales Fourchestra explodes onto stages with an indescribable sound that is as much [more]