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MarchFourth Marching Band returns to Beaver Creek Monday

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The MarchFourth Marching Band kicks off the first in five concerts of the Winter Underground Series on Jan. 12 at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.
Andy Batt | Special to the Weekly |

If you go ...

What: MarchFourth Marching Band.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Cost: $25 in advance or $30 day of show.

More information: Visit www.vilarpac.org or call 970-845-8497.

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center welcomes Portland sensation MarchFourth Marching Band on Monday at 7:30 p.m. to kick off the first ever Winter Underground Sound Series. Far from a marching band in any traditional sense, this 20-person ensemble will take you on a musical journey, echoing the deepest grooves of American funk, rock and jazz, and then boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and dazzling dancers.

See it to believe It

“The MarchFourth Marching Band returns to our stage with a concert overflowing with jazz, rock and funk. This is definitely not your traditional marching band and you have to experience their performance for yourself to believe it,” said Vilar Executive Director Kris Sabel.

What began as a Fat Tuesday party on March 4, 2003, in Portland, Oregon, has become one of the nation’s best live touring acts. M4 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 1. The band tours with around 20 performers: approximately eight horns, five drummers, bass, guitar and five dancers/stilt walkers. Their original music is anchored by funky electric bass and has been evolving into a rocking guitar and vocal-driven journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of Eastern Europe to the South American jungle by way of Brazil.

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. The first two studio albums released by MarchFourth were recorded, produced and mastered entirely in-house. Their newest release, “Magnificent Beast,” was produced by Steve Berlin, of Los Lobos. Since their first 2009 release, “Rise Up,” the band has evolved into a full-blown big-stage brass-rock-funk assault peppered with moments of swing, jazz, Bollywood, ska and metal.

Tickets to MarchFourth Marching Band are $25 advance/$30 day of, or included if you have an Underground Sound Pass.