Win Tickets ($40): Polyrhythmics @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Mestizo Beat, Funk, Soul, Psychedelic Rock, R&B, Progressive Jazz, and Afrobeat

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Polyrhythmics @ Aladdin Theater on November 22. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed November 18.


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November 22, 2019
Doors 7 p.m., Show 8 p.m. | $20 | All Ages
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Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, Polyrhythmics’ latest album, Caldera, showcases the instrumental eight-piece’s impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afrobeat. Calling to mind everything from Antibalas and the Dap-Kings to The Meters and Fela Kuti, it’s without a doubt their strongest work to date, merging the infectious power of their live show with a sleek and nuanced studio sophistication.

Named for the smoldering crater left after a volcanic eruption, Caldera was written during a band retreat to rural Oregon, where Polyrhythmics embraced truly collaborative songwriting for the first time during a marathon session in the shadow of Mt. Hood (itself an active volcano). The resulting album is a blistering declaration from a band that’s progressed beyond the sum of its influences to come fully into its own. From the downtempo, Afrobeat trance of “Stargazer” to the triumphantly anthemic, high-octane pump-up funk of “Marshmallow Man,” Caldera is instrumental music at its best: emotional, evocative, mesmerizing. On “Cactus Blossoms,” Polyrhythmics craft an eerie, retro gem straight out of a 70’s film score, while the trippy effects and wah-wah guitar of “Goldie’s Road” suggest a psychedelic journey (or perhaps a bad trip), and the shuffling “Vodka For My Goat” draws on Stax soul while hinting at BB King’s merger of the blues and jazz. It’s an eclectic collection, tied together by the melding of eight distinct musical voices coming together as a cohesive whole.

Mestizo Beat is a collective of musicians based out of Los Angeles who compose and perform music influenced by the early 1970’s era of funk, soul, afro-beat, and afro-cuban genre. Formed by lead guitarist Aquiles “Lito” Magaña along with his brother Gus Magaña on drums. These two would come to share their passion and love for this era of music and become the driving core for the group. Influenced by the greats such as James Brown, Fred Wesley and the J.B.’s, Parliament Funkadelic, the Meters, and WAR.

The word Mestizo means the mix and blend of cultural heritage; you cannot find a better word to describe the blending of music, environment, and roots that takes place in Los Angeles, which is one of the most diverse regions in the world. The band members come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds that enrich the music created and performed.

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25 Responses to Win Tickets ($40): Polyrhythmics @ Aladdin Theater | w/ Mestizo Beat, Funk, Soul, Psychedelic Rock, R&B, Progressive Jazz, and Afrobeat

  1. Linda Anthony November 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm #

    I would love to get funky and dance my ass off. Good way to warm up on a cold night.

    • Philip Navarre November 12, 2019 at 5:19 pm #

      One of my favorite band to get down to

      • Matt November 13, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

        I never saw polyrhythmics live, that would be a great occasion !

  2. Brianna Tooley November 7, 2019 at 7:00 am #

    I’m really needing a dance party. Sounds like the perfect one.

  3. Bogdan November 7, 2019 at 7:06 pm #

    A nice blend of genres. Would love to go see them play!

  4. Dave G. November 7, 2019 at 10:52 pm #

    Absolutely LOVE this band! Great show!

  5. Renee November 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm #

    This would be a lot of fun!

  6. Jamie Heater November 9, 2019 at 9:48 pm #

    I LOVE the Polyrhythmics!!!! I can’t wait to get down and funky!!!

    • Cory November 12, 2019 at 7:29 pm #

      Poly oly in come free

      • Stephen November 17, 2019 at 10:49 pm #

        The Polyrhythmics know how to throw down the filthy funk. Looking forward to checking out their new material.

  7. Elise November 11, 2019 at 3:45 pm #

    Would love to go to this show!

  8. Gina November 12, 2019 at 1:26 pm #

    Love these guys! Would love to see them live!

  9. matt November 12, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

    I would be thankful for seeing this band again. Plus at one of Portland best venues too!

  10. Brittany November 13, 2019 at 8:19 am #

    yesssss please :)

    Would love to dance to some polyrythms!!!

  11. Andrew November 13, 2019 at 10:37 am #

    Absolutely love what the Polyrhythmics throw down. This show is going to be a blast!

  12. Amanda November 13, 2019 at 11:12 am #

    Me so horny for the horns! Such a great group hailing from the PacNW (represent). I’d love to catch these cats again.

  13. TJ November 14, 2019 at 2:57 pm #

    Need, want, give.

  14. Heidi November 14, 2019 at 5:47 pm #

    I’d love to see these guys live!

  15. BEN LARSEN November 15, 2019 at 6:45 am #

    My wife and I would love to go! This sounds awesome!

  16. Molly November 16, 2019 at 4:48 pm #

    I’d like to go because I love jazz and this seems like a great show for me since I’ve just gotten into jazz-infused hip hop – I want to explore more jazz!

  17. Jenn November 16, 2019 at 9:39 pm #

    I’d love to win this!

  18. SD November 17, 2019 at 10:07 am #

    Want to dance to this!

  19. Nicki November 17, 2019 at 2:32 pm #

    Funk and horns with a blend of sounds from LA is music to my ears.

  20. Marshall Hilliard November 17, 2019 at 9:29 pm #

    Nothing better than getting down to some funky jams!

  21. DanceDanceMZ November 18, 2019 at 11:52 am #

    They look like so much fun. I’ve heard them before but never seen them live. Would love the opportunity

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