The Macrotones
The Macrotones The Macrotones have been bringing tightly honed afrofunk to Boston, New England, and beyond since 2007. Whether they're opening for national headliners like Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Nomo, and Grupo Fantasma, splitting a bill with a great regional band, or playing all night themselves, The Macrotones' taut rhythms keep the bodies moving and heads nodding.

Based in Boston, the earliest members of the Macrotones came together to play traditional afrobeat music. While this was a great introduction, it became apparent there were new, diverse directions that the music was headed. The sound quickly grew to incorporate elements of funk, soul, ethiojazz, and rock. The result is a dark and funky blend of persistent, interlaced rhythms and powerfully dense horn lines. Percussion percolates throughout, making it all the more obvious that the way to take in a Macrotones performance is on one's feet and dancing.

Their debut album, 2008's Wayne Manor, has been described as "a miraculous matrimony of funky preconceived ideals and effective spontaneity." [Boston Phoenix] It was recorded almost entirely live in a converted barn in the woods of Maine and captures a heavy-grooving band finding their sound. Their forthcoming follow up, First Signs of Danger, features that sound gig-refined and presented in a warm and funky analog setting. Look for it in the spring of 2011.

The musical lineup is…
Percussion: Patrick Hurley
Percussion: Wyatt Posig
Percussion: Zach Nazar
Drum Kit: Aaron Duffy
Bass: Nate Smith
Guitar: Brian Gagne
Organ: Casey Gruttadauria
Saxophones: Andy Bergman
Saxophones, Flute: Jason Buhl
Trombone: Nate Leskovic