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A euphoric brand of Rock n' Roll soaked in tropical sun vibes. Based in New Orleans.



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A euphoric brand of Rock n’ Roll drenched in tropical sun vibes. Marina Orchestra will block your blues with their upbeat grooves. It’s a party band without the trivialities associated with such acts. Their melodies will keep you humming through the work week and their beats will get your booty swinging on the weekends. Enjoy!


There was once a house named The Marina. It wasn’t very large, or very well kempt, but it did have a very big wooden deck hanging off the back. It was such a big deck, that with little imagination one could picture a boat just come gliding up to make harbor. That house has since been completely obliterated in a boating accident, but in its heyday, it was home to Marina Orchestra.


The “Orchestra” half of the name is derived from worldwide giants like Orchestra Baobab, Orchestre Poly Rythmo, and yes, even Electric Light Orchestra. All are groups that have heavily informed the musical styling of project founder, Justin Powers. Yet despite the shout-out built into the band name, Marina Orchestra has carved out its own unique brand of music that is now aptly called Trop n’ Roll.


Trop n’ Roll is call-and-response style vocals, ringing out over a driving four-on-the-floor kick drum, while a reverb-laden guitar strikes out a clave beat. Congas and shakers weave out poly-rhythms, Trumpets and Trombones punctuate the groove, and deep down beneath it all lives the melodic Bass lines holding it all down. It approaches Reggae without ever quite hitting it on the nose. It gives a nod to Caribbean Soca and West African Highlife without the guardrails to be labeled as such. It rocks out when it wants to, but always brings it back to that tropical sentiment.


Since its inception in 2010, Marina Orchestra has been on the move. It started in Knoxville, TN, where it quickly found a devoted audience that felt more like family. Encouraged by all the love at home, Marina Orchestra began touring the Southeast and Midwest, playing with such acts as Future Islands, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, and Rubblebucket, all the while releasing albums “Take on the Silence” (2012) and “Oceans” (2014), as well as an EP “Wildlands” (2016).

In 2015, Powers relocated the project to New Orleans, LA and now has begun to release a series of singles beginning with, “Before You Walk Away” (2017).

"Now Go Get You Some" is our weekly series of instagram posts that delivers fantastic albums that you should know about. Follow us on instagram, we'll be posting every Friday under the hashtag #nowgogetyousome and #fridayalbum. Some of the music is brand new, some has been around for decades, some is homegrown and some is from the farthest reaches of the globe. This Spotify playlist compiles a song from some of the most recent albums we've featured. We release a new playlist every season on Spotify so keep your eyes peel. Now go get you some! <3 Marina Orchestra


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