ARTS COUNCIL OF BIG SKY

BIG SKY – The Arts Council of Big Sky is hosting its last free concert of the summer season on Thursday, Aug. 27, when Eufórquestra brings its world music jams to Center Stage at Town Center Park in Big Sky.

Eufórquestra – think euphoria plus orchestra – is energy and rhythm personified. They have an ever-evolving sound influenced by music from around the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove.

For over a decade, the band has been igniting dance floors nationwide, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub.

“Fire,” the group’s fifth full-length record, was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth of the String Cheese Incident, and over the course of 14 tracks, the band takes you on an hour-long adventure that will keep your fingers and toes tapping.

A handful of special guests including Elliot Martin of John Brown’s Body; Gabriel Mervine and Kim Dawson of The Motet; and Hollingsworth himself, are featured on the album, putting their own touches on the band’s already cohesive sound that Chicago Jam Scene describes as, “tight and engineered to a fine, funky precision.” The result is a record that is distinctly modern, maintaining one foot in the future and firmly planting in the musical roots traditions of the past.

Eufórquestra has performed nearly 1,000 live shows, and a perpetually heavy tour schedule keeps both the musicians and fans happy. As noted in a show review by Grateful Web, “the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best.”

Admission is free and suitable for all ages. The park opens at 6 p.m., with music typically starting at 7 p.m. No glass containers or pets are allowed in the park during concerts.