Portland’s massive musical mob, the MarchFourth Marching Band, will inject the Domino Room with a healthy dose of fun Sunday night. David Jasper spoke to bandleader John Averill about how the group formed, and how he keeps it together:
Averill said that MarchFourth started in 2003 when he and a couple of friends decided to put together a New Orleans-style marching band, based on the brass ensembles that traditionally gathered to play dirges for funeral processions, then broke into uptempo tunes.
For Averill, the occasion was a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party in Portland. … The date was March 4, in case you’re wondering how MarchFourth chose a name. Back then, the group featured four horns, 10 drummers and eight dancers. Stilt walkers were also on hand. The group played seven covers by the likes of Fela Kuti, Fleetwood Mac and Rebirth Brass Band, among others.
“So it was pretty big right off the bat,” said Averill, adding that, “I was really looking at putting the band together for one night. I was kind of surprised that it kept going.”
You should go read the whole thing here.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section, I tell you why you’d better take your own instrument to the fourth annual High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, and why you might know some of the guys in Brothers Young, who will hold a CD-release show Thursday at Parrilla Grill. And, we have short stories on pop star Mat Kearney, veteran roots-rocker John Hiatt, and Bay Area hip-hoppers Zion I, plus Marv and Rindy Ross, The Northstar Session, Taarka and Sister Speak, and a bunch of loud local bands playing Ink & Metal at the Black Horse Saloon.