21 Aug, 2012

March Fourth Marching Band at the Fox Theatre

“Do you feel alive right now?”

“A date, a command, a band.”  – March Fourth.

When I saw that March Fourth was performing at The Fox, I knew it would be an adventure. This is not a concert as much as a show, in every sense of the word. “M4” is a visual kaleidoscope with a funky sound and stage entertainers, stilt walkers, dancers, and oh yeah…a marching band element.

The troupe encouraged audience participation, and they got it. Dancing was infectious and non-stop.  I even saw a guy in the crowd dancing while juggling and balancing a mug on his head. One girl described it “like a carnival”. Everyone, young and old, seemed to be having fun.

This is not a band that highlights intricate vocals or lyrics, although they do have some powerful voices.  Most of the songs provided a backbeat to what was happening onstage. The musical highlight was the instrumental soloists, who each took a turn front and center. Trumpet player, trombone, guitar, drums, flutist, all took turns highlighting their talents.

The troupe originally formed for a Fat Tuesday party on March 4, 2003 in Portland, Oregon. Since then, they have grown into a cultural phenomenon. They have traveled 180 days and over 50,0000 miles in 2011 alone. It’s a good thing they are buying a new bus.  At one point in the show, they mentioned that they had recently participated in a Kickstarter campaign to buy the new bus, which was very successful. Many Boulder participants donated and one donor even got to make song suggestions for the show.

It’s noteworthy that this group from Portland hand-makes much of their costumes, drum harnesses, and even merchandise. I bought a hat that was made out of pants, complete with a pocket. Yes, they have T-shirts too, but I applaud their originality!

Overall, March Fourth is a burst of fun, creative energy that must been seen to be experienced fully. Catch them at a few Colorado locations in the coming weeks, and learn more about them here.

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

March Fourth Marching Band

Photos and review by Kirsten Cohen at Sonic Goddess

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