Eufórquestra’s Fort Funk feat. Eddie Roberts, Tnertle & Moves At Midnight 3.31.17
Fort Collins, CO
Words & photos by Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)
Whether it’s a summer night at the Mishawaka, New Years Eve at Hodi’s, or a headlining slot at the Lagoon Concert Series, Eufórquestra never lets the hometown crowd wait too long for a show. The now annual Fort Funk extravaganza is the local highlight of the year and features a guest or two sitting in with the band. Last year, Jennifer Hartswick from Trey Anastasio Band joined Eufórquestra, this time around it was The New Mastersounds' Eddie Roberts. Prior to the headliner fans were treated to some seriously talented bands to open the show. First on the docket was Moves At Midnight.
From the ashes of Trichome, Moves at Midnight rises like a funky phoenix ready to throw down the most epic of dance parties. Lead by Evan Daldegan on guitar and vocals, this quintet is taking a fresh approach to the music that made them a Front Range phenomenon. Blending elements of r&b, funk, jazz, jam, and more Moves At Midnight appears ready to pick up exactly where they left off with Trichome. Their set at the Aggie was short, but filled with powerfully tight jams as well as some interesting song selections. They invited the horn section from Tnertle up for a few tunes before calling it a night.
Finally, it was time for the main event. Eufórquestra took the stage with two old friends, founding members Matt Grundstad on percussion and Ryan Morris-Jeter on saxophone. The horn section took the spotlight on the set opening “Built To Last.”
Set One: Built to Last, Higher, Stank Funk, All the Light I Need, Long Drive Home, Soulful Strut, Road Funk, Carrot Juice, That Woman, Black Pearl, Fire, Flood in Franklin Park, Instant Coffee
Encore: Colorado Kicked
This evening was more of a happening than a concert. Fort Funk is quickly becoming a must attend annual event here in the "Choice City." With so much musical offerings in Fort Collins it is becoming more important to stand out in the crowd. Inviting incredible, nationally touring musicians to your hometown is one way to do just that. It also adds something unique to the performance. Rather than the random sit in, this is a melding of styles and a way of innovating through collaboration. Eddie Roberts was the perfect choice for the Fort Funk show. I wonder who they will invite next year? Fishman? Time will tell.
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