Vulfpeck has seen a quick rise to the top over the last two years, hitting some of the country’s most exciting music festivals and stages despite avoiding a traditional approach to touring. The Ann Arbor-bred funk quartet experienced the majority of their early fame on the Internet in response to their clever music videos and unusual digital marketing. Since breaking into the international live music scene, the band–comprised of multi-instrumentalist Jack Stratton, bassist Joe Dart, keyboardist Woody Goss, and drummer/guitarist/vocalist Theo Katzman–has sold out headlining concerts worldwide, including all their North American stops in 2017 plus shows in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, London, and Dublin. To call Vulfpeck a phenomenon is a huge understatement, as they’ve captured the respect and attention of most living funk lords today.

On Friday, April 27, Vulfpeck will make their headlining debut at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The bill is brilliantly completed by saxophonist Kamasi Washington and KNOWER as supporting acts. Without a doubt, this night will be musical.

The upcoming show will mark Vulfpeck’s third performance at the beloved venue, following their opening set for Trey Anastasio Band in the summer of 2017 and with The Motet the previous year. During last summer’s performance, two worlds collided when Phish frontman Trey Anastasio sat in with the funk group for a ripping version of “Rango”, which led into an impromptu Michael Jackson jam of “Will You Be There” (famously from the movie Free Willy). While Vulfpeck’s billing with Trey Anastasio Band seemed uncharacteristic to some, this year’s direction will presumably appeal to the greater Vulfpack audience.

Modern jazz torch-bearer Kamasi Washington is currently riding the wave of his recent release, Harmony of Difference, and has quickly become one of the most respected musicians in the game. As he’s broken out of Los Angeles and into the great big world beyond it, Kamasi Washington has worked with a dizzying array of artists from the furthest opposing corners of the music world. From St. Vincent to Run The JewelsSoulive and Thundercat to Herbie Hancock, from jamming on festival main stages with The String Cheese Incident to composing orchestrations for Kendrick Lamar‘s revered 2015 studio album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Kamasi Washington has become a staple addition to any eclectic lineup and will *hopefully* lend the saxophone part to some of Vulfpeck’s greatest compositions (“Outro”).

Kamasi Washington – “The Rhythm Changes” – Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

It’s time to get on the KNOWER train if you aren’t already on it. The Los Angeles-based group led by Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi is currently spear-heading a new musical movement and is known for their use of hard-hitting funk, cool chords, and deep melodies. Another career started on the Internet, specifically YouTube, the “indietronica” duo was featured on Snarky Puppy‘s Family Dinner Vol. 2 in 2015, expanded to a five-person live act in 2016, and opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in four major European cities in 2017. Positioned for enormous success in 2018, KNOWER is a band/sound/feeling that can’t be stopped. Members of Vulfpeck and KNOWER have a reliable history of collaboration, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed to see it happen again on the big stage.

Knower – “Time Traveler” (Live Band Sesh) – 2017

Tickets for Vulfpeck with Kamasi Washington and KNOWER are currently on-sale here. Head to the event’s Facebook page to stay up to date with show details here.


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