Osaka Monaurail – Quick Sand

Japan’s premier Funk band Osaka Monaurail first Washington, DC appearance at Tropicalia on Halloween Oct 31 with Black Masala.

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After two decades, the wheels are very much still turning for Osaka Monaurail, Japan’s premiere funk orchestra, which has grown from a university combo to one of the world’s leading groups in the genre. Nine musicians on stage in sharp uniforms inspired by 60s fashion; trumpets are spinning in the air; leader Nakata dancing “Mashed Potato”; from James Brown funky dancers to jumpin’ be-bop instrumentals.

Tortured Soul – Fall In Love (Live)

International live touring act, Tortured Soul, is living proof that modern EDM can be freed from the DJ booth and fused with the classic styles of Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang.

Catch them live at Tropicalia in Washington, DC Thursday, October 30 with The Sol Power All Stars for a special Halloween Eve bash.

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Tortured Soul is the future of house music.” – Gilles Peterson

Before DJs evolved into global superstars, musicians carried the baton. The Brooklyn-based dance trio Tortured Soul isn’t trying to intently rewrite the logic of today’s EDM with the sweat of their own musicianship, but they are living proof that the very same music can be freed from the DJ booth. Influenced by the classic songcraft of Prince, Heatwave and Kool & The Gang, the members of Tortured Soul are three distinctive guys with three different backgrounds, united under a groove-centered rhythm. The band’s frontman and principal songwriter, John-Christian Urich, can be seen simultaneously drumming and singing with effortless mastery, while the rest of the collective, made up of keyboardist Ethan White and bassist Jordan Scannella, virtuosically generate the pulsating accompaniment. It’s a striking visual that’s feverishly winning converts with each and every tour stop, with them being likened to The Roots of house music. Inside the group’s mystique, the acid jazz is reminiscent of Jamiroquai funk, while deeply saturated in the contemporary freshness of house purveyors like Joey Negro, Kenny Dope, Soul Clap and Jamie Jones. Even the legendary tastemaker Gilles Peterson, dubbed them “the future of house music.”


Bosley – Neon Magazine

Baltimore’s native son and soul sensation. Bringing those sounds that make you feel good. Bosley Brown. Boogie on down to the funky sweet sounds of Bosley Stardust and his Beautiful Band from Mars for a special Halloween-seasoned show at Tropicalia in DC on Friday, October 24.

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Osekre and the Lucky Bastards – Mama Told Me

The music of Osekre and The Lucky Bastards is alive with treasuring every moment. They play a hybrid of Afropop and ska, punk, and reggae that is equally indebted to Osekre’s Ghanaian heritage and the Brooklyn DIY/garage/indie scene that thrived in the late 2000s. Live with The CooLots at Tropicalia on October 17 in DC.

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