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January 18 @ 9:00 pm$5.00
ATOMGA is building an empire for fevered, afrobeat-influenced dance parties.
However, staging sweaty dance parties is not ATOMGA’s only intention. Consciousness is something this 11-piece afrofunk collective takes very seriously. Since their inception in 2011, they have meticulously studied the hypnotic grooves and lyrical prowess of afrobeat’s forefathers in order to maintain musical integrity and positively contribute to afrobeat in a modern setting. ATOMGA’s music encourages their listeners to wake up and grasp life with awareness as they humbly tackle socially conscious topics such as human rights; corporate greed; environmental advocacy; government oppression and last, but not least, the need for more love in this world.
ATOMGA released their debut EP in January 2014 after nearly 3 years of captivating audiences from all walks of life. The diverse body of musicians and group compositional atmosphere shines in this 5-song collection. The first single, “Still Today” examines the struggle for social and economic peace that is still as relevant today as it was at the advent of afrobeat music. The musical goals ATOMGA strives to achieve are being recognized as Tom Murphy of Denver Westword exclaims that ATOMGA’s EP is “Filled with politically charged but never heavy-handed songs, the EP reveals a band that’s making tuneful, fluid and surprisingly visceral music.”
With an unyielding drive stronger than ever, ATOMGA plans to release a follow-up album later in the year and continue taking the region by storm as this project always pursues to connect your mind, body and soul.
“Denver based twelve piece Atomga Groove Alliance opened up the evening with a surprisingly fresh and energetic set of music. With a four member horn section and three percussionists, the band took the audience on a musical journey that blended Afro-Beat with Jazz and Funk. Throw in a keys player, a couple guitarists, and the melodic male and female vocal duo of Devon Jones and Laura Marques, and you have not only a very talented band, but a full stage. For an hour or so Atomga Groove Alliance got the crowd warmed up, and dare I say ready to boogie. We look forward to hearing more from these guys in the future!”
“The show started properly with a great opening band called Atomga Groove Alliance. This band was larger than SEE-I and equally as diverse. They boasted multiple horns, a male and female singer, keys, bass, guitar, percussionists and finally a drummer. I wasn’t exaggerating their size. However, they managed their sound through their talent and had the early arrivers dancing and grooving, hyping them for SEE-I. By the end of their set the crowd cheered them for an encore which was delivered in a three song, twenty-to-thirty minute set.”
“Picture the Cervantes stage lit up with a twelve-piece band playing a mixture of Afro-beat and Latin-funk. Throw in some jazzy instrumental breaks from the four piece horn section, syncopated Afro-Latin rhythms from the percussion section and you have quite a delightful dancing snack better known as Denver’s own Atomga Groove Alliance. The instrumental sections brilliantly showcased various musical influences while Devon Jones and Laura Marques provided soulful, melodic vocals to complete the ensemble.”