Deep Fields is a six person group that hails from Los Angeles. Their music muddies the border between funk and indie rock, melding both the genres into a beautiful masterpiece. One of their hits “Leonidas” intros with a funky bass solo, and then transitions into an atmospheric guitar sounds, giving your earbuds a taste of what they are all about. One minute they are giving you some funk and the next they change it up to some atmospheric sound mixed with an indie rock vibe. Deep Fields is a beautiful enigma whose music is the next best thing!
Chola Orange is a four piece funk band consisting of keyboards synthesizers, electric bass, guitar, and drums who hail from Pomona, California. Their influences include Frank Zappa, Parliament Funkadelic, as well as Sun Ra and other jazz artists. The group calls their music space funk which utilizes many electronic instruments such as synthesizers, a moog, as well as a plethora of pedals which they use extensively. Chola Orange usually calls up a guest vocalist, giving their mainly instrumental music more variety. This band is reigniting, twisting and turning, and molding a new sound of funk, this is funk for the future! Currently Chola Orange plays locally in Los Angeles California, and has recently played at the Eagle Rock Music Festival as well as Echo Park Rising.
Bodegas is a band that blends and bends genres, creating a wonderful amalgamation of pop, reggae, R&B, soul and indie rock. These three guys from the San Gabriel Valley really know how to bring the energy. When it comes to Bodegas, you really can’t put them into a box because they are all over the spectrum, making for some amazing tunes. This group has already recorded three albums and is working on recording their fourth. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for this group because they definitely have the potential to break out!
If you enjoy dancing till your feet rebel and fall off, you need to check out this new dance-worthy group, Earth Arrow! This band possesses a strong African, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, and neo soul influences, hence the gotta-be-dancing feelings their music emanates. Earth Arrow is able to stay true to their jazzy, hip hop, and Afro-Cuban roots, while defying those who aim to put them in the box of a specific genre. When in attendance of one their shows, you will surely not be disappointed from the addictive positive energy they bring to the stage and the emotional intensity they play with, they are truly a spectacle of music!
If you need some musical soul in yo’ life which features a fat horn section, this band won’t disappoint. Beat Mosaic hails from Los Angeles and is beyond funky with strong influences from groups like the Meters and sexy jazzy vocals like that of the late great Billie Holliday. This seven-man band boasts major attitude and are unbelievably unique in their sound. The vocals are dynamic, soft and soothing and gritty and hard-hitting the next. This band combines genres of Funk and Soul and R&B with percussive rhythms and vibes from Afrobeat music. Additionally, they are able to brilliantly connect personal lyrics with funkadelic beats and horn lines. Once you listen to Beat Mosaic, it will be hard to keep those feet still and that head from bobbing!
The 131ers are a band that everyone should keep their eyes and ears out for. Founded in 2012, what started out as an American Folk band has evolved into a one-of-a-kind Americana-esque band that will soon be a household name on the radio and on everyone’s spotify playlists. With their hit single “Face On” you are instantly transported to your “happy place”, with the up-beat drum style and the smooth vocals from Kaleb Davies, one of the founding members of the group, you can’t help but smile. This band is changing what the genre Americana means in the world of music!
Livingmore is a four-person indie-rock group comprised of drums, bass, guitar, and vocals. This Los Angeles-based songwriting duo is comprised of guitarist and backup vocalist Spencer Livingston, and lead vocalist Alex Moore. Moore and Livingston also happen to be in a relationship making for passionate, thoughtful, interesting, and personally relevant lyrics. Livingmore performed live at the Echo, the famous venue in the heart of Echo Park, in front of a full crowd during which they performed some of their hit songs such as “Cocoon”, a whimsical and up-beat tune. As soon as the band began to play their music, the crowd was immediately drawn into their sound, due to the combination of their high-energy performance and the smooth velvet vocal styling of Moore and Livingston. Livingmore was not headlining this particular event, but they definitely stole the show and proved that they are an act to pay attention to!