Comprised of a team of seasoned musicians with a thirst for musical diversity, 4th Coast strives to play music without boundaries. The band's sound, forged in the styles of Roots Rock and Americana, forms a solid vessel that's prime for launch into intergalactic funk and fusion explorations, dubbed "jam-tastic funk" by Madison newspaper, the "Isthmus" (thedailypage.com). Continuing the tradition of Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield's "Funky Mondays," 4th Coast has maintained a residency at downtown Madison venues on Monday nights for 2 years running.
Having shared the stage with artists like Fareed Haque's MathGames!, Smokin' Bandits, Steez, Strange Arrangement, and Antioquia, the members of 4th Coast draw influence from the talented artists they're privileged to work with. Blending Rock, Funk, Americana, and Reggae, the band arose as a concept of musical freedom whose name pays tribute to the region in which it was born. The Great Lakes region of the Midwest is a unique place, bustling with talented, hard-working artists. There are great hubs of American culture and commerce on the East, West, and Gulf Coasts, as well as the Midwest Coast: the 4th Coast.
A founding member of the well-established Roots Rock band Elf Lettuce since 2003, guitarist/vocalist Alex White has toured extensively throughout the Midwest, performing at major events like Summerfest, the 10,000 Lakes Festival, and Big Wu Family Reunion. With Elf Lettuce, Alex spent a year opening for James Brown's "Funky Drummer," Clyde Stubblefield at his weekly residency in downtown Madison. In July 2010, he performed on stage with former Jerry Garcia Band organist Melvin Seals, headlining the 3G's Festival.
In late 2010, Alex and drummer/producer Dave Randall (Red Rose, TakI All Stars) collaborated on recording sessions. Wishing to expand upon their sound, they called upon fellow musicians to form a full band, including keyboardist Steve Radtke (The Mustache), bassist Michael Randall (TakI All-Stars), trumpet player Andrew Traverse (The Mustache), and drummer/percussionist Kelby Kryshak (Handphibians, The Mustache). The members of 4th Coast write music collaboratively, expanding on each other's ideas with every member offering new contributions to songs. A rock-solid rhythm section lays the ground work for guitar, keys, and interstellar space horn explorations. 4th Coast is quickly honing a new original sound that keeps audiences movin' and shakin' at venues and festivals throughout the Midwest and beyond!