Polyrhythmics: Ten Years into the Funk Adventure

Seattle funk machine Polyrhythmics made the South part of their fall tour with shows in NC, SC, GA, FL, and TN. We missed their Sunday set at Clearwater Jazz Holiday but were excited for the chance to find out what all the buzz was about at their scheduled set at Suwannee Hulaween. There is simply no way to overstate what we discovered:

Oh, the conflicts! We’d heard noise about a Seattle band called Polyrhythmics who had a time slot opposite STS9. I made it for the last half hour of their set, and let’s just say any hype was drastically understated. Their horn section — Scott Morning, trumpet; Art Brown, tenor sax, flute; and Elijah Clark, trombone — punctuated every song with superb work, and the other key was Ben Bloom on guitar. Fabulous!

Let Jake Funkmayor’s FunkCity.net video give you a more complete picture:

Polyrhythmics are: Ben Bloom, guitar; Grant Schroff, drums; Karl Olsen, percussion; Jason Gray, bass; Nathan Spicer, keyboards; Scott Morning, trumpet; Art Brown, tenor sax, flute; and Elijah Clark, trombone.


Seriously, there’s just no way that much sound comes out of eight guys! They have four more dates on their fall tour this week, starting Wednesday, plus their New Year’s Eve show at Neptune Theatre in Seattle. They also have a February date scheduled at x, and there will be lots more to come.

Our Spotify playlist includes all of the band’s albums, including 2017’s Caldera, recent single “Digital Cowboy,” and brand new single “Yeti, Set, Go,” which was released Friday, November 15.


11/20  Applegate River Lodge & Restaurant | Applegate OR
11/21  The CiderHouse at Wildcraft Cider Works | Eugene OR
11/22  Aladdin Theater | Portland OR
11/23  Rhythm & Rye | Olympia WA
12/31  Neptune Theatre | Seattle WA
02/07  Après Ski Concert Series | The Commons | Bend OR


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