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FLOW TRIBE

Few bands arouse a crowd into a collective shake like Flow Tribe. The six-member band’s onstage chemistry reflects a seamless combination of soul and movement that hits the audience within the first few notes. Virgin listeners and avid fans alike are drawn in by the distinctive sound that feels both familiar and original. Outfitted for each performance in colorful, carefully selected suits, it’s clear their focus is sharp and the party has begun. This is the work of professional musicians who’ve found their passion, and are living a dream where everyone’s welcome.

Second line brass and Cuban-Caribbean rhythms meld with R&B, soul, rock, and hip-hop beats in high-energy performances that turn every show into a celebration. New Orleans is influence itself, the unparalleled free and easy city weaving its way into track after track of original scores that make up a single definition of sound, which Flow Tribe has dubbed “backbone-cracking music.”

K.C. O’Rorke (vocals, trumpet), John-Michael Early (harmonica, washboard, vocals, keyboard), Russell Olschner (drums), Chad Penot (bass, vocals), Bryan Santos (guitar, timbales), and Mario Palmisano (guitar) are native New Orleanians and high school pals who’ve been writing music and playing live shows since the band’s inception in 2004. Post graduation,…

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Flow Tribe

Music lovers across the globe have discovered the secret that music is easily enjoyed with our ears, but completely experienced when our bodies are moving in total accord with the surroundings. New Orleans’s own Flow Tribe aims to prove this truth in their own style every time they take the stage. Growing up in the dive bars and neighborhood venues in the city’s dimmest corners, this six-piece ensemble captures the passion of the Crescent City, bending genres into their own brand of “backbone-cracking music.”  Rooted in the tradition of New Orleans R&B and funk, spiced with Cuban flair, and dipped in rock and hip-hop, these musicians invite their audiences to groove their hips until they sweat as they jump from rhythm to rhythm each and every night. In September, Flow Tribe hopes to move you in more ways than one with the release of their 2014 EP, Alligator White.

It’s been quite a wild ride for the band up until this point. As lifelong friends, members K.C. O’Rorke (lead vocals, trumpet), John-Michael Early (harmonica, washboard, vocals, keyboard), Russell Olschner (drums), Chad Penot (bass, vocals), Bryan Santos (guitar, timbales), and Mario Palmisano (guitar) began formally playing together in 2004 using…

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Slice Fest

Slice Fest

Birmingham Budweiser presents Slice Fest benefiting Make-a-Wish & Suki Foundation with music by:

Foundation of Funk featuring George Porter, Jr. & Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters with Guests, Ivan Neville & Tony Hall

North Mississippi Osborne featuring The North Mississippi All-Stars & Anders Osborne

Dumpstaphunk

Earphunk

Flow Tribe

Adam Hood

Velouria

Avonwood

Spoonful James

Willie & The Giant

Raquel Lily

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