As part of the annual summer concert series, the CSU Lagoon has hosted many of the area’s finest musicians over the years. This year’s schedule included, local world-funk outfit, Euforquestra who were playing as part of Mishawaka Amphitheatre’s 100th anniversary. This was in conjunction with a large donation being made to Habitat For Humanity. There was an opening set by the area’s youngest celebrity, Emma Marie, but unfortunately, we missed it.
Euforquestra took to the stage around 6:40, beginning the first set with the upbeat reggae original, “Cause A Reaction”. An afro-beat instrumental kept things moving before the band gave a nod to our states biggest cash crop on the funky “64-18”. After a couple of more compelling instrumentals, they whipped through the jazz funk of “Price Is Right”. The second set included music that skirted reggae, afro-beat and funk, with plenty of jamming throughout. The Stevie Wonder vibe was apparent on “Road Funk”, off of their latest album “Fire”. The stand-out of the show was a fantastically extended version of the island groover, “Soup”, complete with a percussion jam stuffed into the middle. Euforquestra ended the set with a funky instrumental, but came back to encore with their reggae staple, “Called You”.
I first heard about Euforquestra in 2007, when they were still based in Iowa City, IA. Soon after, I got to catch them at Fort Collins’ Civic Center Park, just before they relocated to the Choice City, in 2008. Since then, I have been fortunate enough to have seen this collective play at Ned Fest, LoHi Music Festival, New West Fest, Hodi’s Half Note and more. They recorded their most recent album, “Fire”, with the production savvy of The String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth, leading the band through the album. Admittedly, it had been over a year since I had seen Euforquestra live, so it was awesome to hear the balance that they have reached between the world grooves, funk and super jams. There was a positive family vibe on the CSU lawn, on Wednesday evening and the music was a huge piece of that. I would easily recommend checking-out Euforquestra, anytime you get the chance. That’s What I Know, So That’s What You Know!!