"Brooklyn meets Pacific Northwest in Epic Collaboration,"
Huntertones brings people together around the globe with music that is fun, imaginative and fearless. Their high energy, horn-driven sound fuses improvisation and adventurous composition, melding jazz, funk, rock and soul. Adding depth and contrast to their live set, Huntertones shift between a dynamic six-piece ensemble and a trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing. Since their 2013 move from Ohio to New York City, Huntertones have released two albums, toured across the US and Europe, and have served as musical ambassadors in South America, Africa, and Eastern Europe through the American Music Abroad Program. Individually, members of Huntertones have collaborated with top artists in the music industry. Trumpeter and sousaphonist Jon Lampley can be seen nightly on "The Late Show with Steven Colbert" as a part of Jon Batiste and Stay Human. Other band credits include work with O.A.R., Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Andy Grammer, Ed Sheeran, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr., Ricky Martin, Umphrey's McGee, Red Baraat, and more. ArcArtists Profile | EPK | Website | Video (Live w/ Akie Bermiss) | Video (Live at Rockwood) | Video (Snarky/Reynolds Mashup)
Seattle's own The Positive Agenda cooks up "feel-good funk made by and for real human beings." Lead by Talkbox & Keyboard legend Steve Swatkins (Excellent Gentleman, Junto What?!, Allen Stone, Lettuce, Vulfpeck) & guitarist Trevor Larkin (Allen Stone), these instrumentalists & band leaders are masters of creating a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable. Website | Facebook | W/Vulfpeck | Positive Agenda Theme | W/Allen Stone | Talkbox | Trevor Larkin
Swatkins is a joyful prophet of positivity. Together with his band, The Positive Agenda, he plays feel-good funk made by and for real human beings. Steve Swatkins is part of the new generation of performers making raw, fresh soulful music without relying on computers or backing tracks. This multi-instrumentalist is a master of the talkbox, an old-school analog effect using his larynx to shape the sound of his keyboard synthesizer sent through a vinyl tube. Think of the funky robot voice from "California Love" or the hair-raising harmony intro to "24 Karat Magic." Now picture a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable, and you've got a taste of what The Positive Agenda is all about.
Swatkins has long been a fixture on the touring scene in his capacity as a sideman and guest artist. As a fulltime member of Excellent Gentlemen and Juno What?! he's spread his irresistible signature style on stages across the US and Canada. Since joining Allen Stone's band in 2013, he's been around the world several times, becoming an indispensable part of the live show and co-writing several of Allen's songs, including the lead single "Upside" from Stone's latest album, Radius. Most recently, he's guest-starred with Brooklyn's Turkuaz at their debut Red Rocks performance, sat in with Vulfpeck at their biggest NYC show to date in Central Park, and has toured subbing on keyboards with modern funk legends Lettuce. Now with Steve's new original project, The Positive Agenda, his dedicated fans can see the Swatkins they know and love in a brand new setting, bringing high-energy performances to dancefloors everywhere.