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Rock n’ Roll soaked in tropical sun vibes.
Marina Orchestra is the New Orleans based worldbeat-rock outfit complete with a blaring brass section, swinging back-up singers, churning polyrhythms and sweet melodies that will stick with you. While listening, you might be reminded of classic West-African guitar bands, Caribbean vocal harmonies, and good old fashioned Rock n’ Roll. It’s all expertly crafted into original compositions written by guitarist and lead-vocalist Justin Powers and brought to life with a little help from his friends.
Dedicated to bringing feel-good music to the masses, Marina Orchestra has been operating since 2010 releasing albums “Take on the Silence” (2011), “Oceans” (2014) and EP “Wildlands” (2016). A recent series of singles has been their latest effort with "Mistake", “Where There’s Life” (2018) and "Before You Walk Away" (2017) which was named top 5 singles on the WWOZ New Orleans Music show in 2017.
Powers, a Chicago-area native, launched the project while residing in Knoxville, TN. In 2015 the act relocated to New Orleans, LA. Along the way they have appeared at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Secret Stages Festival and have shared the stage with Sierra Leonne's Refugee All-Stars, Rusted Root, Future Islands and Peelander Z.
“This is the perfect band for a sunny Jazz Fest slot on a gorgeous day, but in a dark club, it was just as inviting and easy to enjoy. It was refreshing to be excited by the main band, then to have this whole other entity entrance us, leaving us spellbound and captivated.” -Where Y’at Magazine - Landon Murray
“Marina Orchestra brings sun-kissed, danceable tunes brimming with harmony vocals — like some kind of tropical cocktail served with flowers in it, but for your ears — about the desire to escape the disappointment and frustration of contemporary living.” -Nashville Scene
Top 5 Singles of 2017 "Before You Walk Away" by Marina Orchestra -Derrick Freeman , host of the Wednesday edition of the New Orleans Music Show on WWOZ
"Their music touches on a variety of sounds, but the songs are thoroughly original. This is music to make you groove.” -Jay Mazza, The Vinyl District
“Whether it is their contagious beats, their sweet harmonies, or their feel good tunes, WUTK listeners love Marina Orchestra! The music sounds great on the radio, but it’s their live shows where the real magic happens. Another fantastic band that helps to make the Knoxville local music scene so very strong…and fun!” -Benny Smith, WUTK Radio