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MARINA

ORCHESTRA

A EUPHORIC BRAND OF ROCK N' ROLL STEEPED IN LATIN AMERICAN, CARIBBEAN AND AFRICAN MUSICAL STYLES

        

UPCOMING DATES

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like, where boats live

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).

BOOKING:

Send all booking inquires to

MarinaOrchestra@gmail.com