Down Lo embodies what it is to be a hard working American band. Since forming in the Twin Cities area in 2002 from humble Minnesota beginnings, the DL is now performing 175 plus shows a year across the United States. Their dedication and hard work has paid off with multiple performances at major fests such as 10,000 Lakes, Wakarusa, The Big Wu Family Reunion, Harvest Fest, Log Jam, Bella Luna, Summerfest and countless other musical gatherings. The band blends a uniquely diverse combination of spiritual lyrics, rasta undertones, hip-hop influences, and straight up dirty funk, with a "jam friendly" vibe attracting an established and growing fan base.
Their sophomore album, "In Our World", is a much anticipated collaboration with Los Angeles-based writer/rapper Deploi, now available in stores, at shows and online. Deploi is no stranger to the road and will continue to tour with the band into 2008 and beyond.
Down Lo's musical diversity is a reflection of its components. Lead guitar player Mark Grundhoefer and bass player Ryan Nielson have connected musically on and off for over a decade. Grundhoefer is a straight up musical force and guitar prodigy, Nielson studied at the famed Music Institute in California, and brings a wealth of musical knowledge to the band. Drummer Mike Cini is the most recent addition to the project adding another unique range of influences and ideas. Rounding out the sound is multi-instrumentalist Will Nissen (Keyboards, Sax, Vocals), whose ability to adapt and change on stage makes the places the group can go musically exciting for both band and fans alike.
Down Lo has no plan of slowing down. With an established presence in the Eastern Rocky Mountain Region, and their home turf in the Midwest, the group is looking to establish an increased presence in the American South and on the East Coast. The DL hopes and plans to continually grow both musically and spiritually in the years to come.
Author - Turner Berg