flux. Flowing change.
funk(y). Earthy, danceable, gospel-influenced. Especially music with complex syncopations at the eighth- and sixteenth-note levels.
Flux5 made its debut in 2002 when bandleader Dave Laub, inspired by his first New Orleans Jazz Fest attendance, pieced together an experimental ensemble for exploring improvisational funk. While the early sounds of the band embraced a jazz approach, the raw energy and sheer excitement of the musicians showed audiences that not only could these guys play music, they could put on a good show. They soon became a popular fixture in the Vail music scene, and helped to usher in an era of a heightened caliber of local live music. This led to opening slots for sold out shows with big names in the funk-jam scene like Galactic, Vinyl and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Famed New Orleans drummer, Stanton Moore (Galactic), invited Flux5 to be his backup band for a drum clinic in 2006, furthering their popularity with fans and fellow musicians alike.
As it goes for bands in transient mountain communities, musicians have come and gone over the years. Flux5 is currently at its tightest lineup to date, having played over 150 shows in the past two years. Their music has strayed from jazz and now incorporates the funky, syncopated, infectious grooves common to New Orleans funk bands like The Meters, Galactic, and Papa Grows Funk, as well as musical icons such as John Scofield, Medeski, Martin & Wood, and The Greyboy All-Stars. While Flux5 looks forward to the expansion of regional fans throughout Colorado, they are also eagerly anticipating tours to California, Wyoming, Montana, and Utah in 2008.
Flux5 is an independently managed and promoted band, with a focus on building a grassroots fan base and reaching broader audiences in the Western United States.