Sunday Gras with Elektric Voodoo
Elektric Voodoo is a nationally touring band based in San Diego, CA. The band blends classic afrobeat, Latin, rock & roll, psych, jazz, blues and many other influences into its own unique genre that tastefully straddles the line between modern and vintage.
The band started when Scott Tournet (founding member of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals) started writing new material after leaving the Nocturnals. “Musically I wanted to try something a little different than what I’d done before. I wanted to make music with an undeniable rhythmic pulse but I really didn’t want to make computer driven dance music as these past few years that seems to be much of what I hear.” To accomplish that, Tournet tapped into the rhythms of West Africa, Latin America, and World music for inspiration. What came out the other side though was not just a world music project.
Tournet’s old band, The Nocturnals, had a quite a successful career which saw them write, record, and perform with The Allman Brothers, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Taj Mahal, Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Mavis Staples, Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), and many more. Through these experiences Tournet became schooled in song craft, soul, pop, blues, and classic rock & roll. So when he began writing songs to go on top of these powerful world rhythms the influences from his past shone through. What the listener is left with is a very unique sound that while immediately is very danceable, also offers innovation, song craft, and melody. Elektric Voodoo is a band that can excite and exhaust a Saturday night audience while also engaging and challenging more focused listeners.
Rounding out this powerful 7 piece ensemble is Tournet (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Matt Bozzone (drums/percussion, vocals), Ty Kiernan (congas, timbales, percussion), Mitchum Yacoub (congas, timbales, percussion),Travis Klein (tenor sax, keyboards, percussion), Brad Nash (baritone sax, percussion), and Luke Henning (bass, vocals).
Elektric Voodoo formed in 2016 and released their debut album later that year, which was met with incredibly positive critical reactions. Glide Magazine says, “tastes of The Flaming Lips, Santana, Fela Kuti, Tame Impala and The Arcade Fire break through atop this soulful collection of songs that are birthed with unlimited potential,” while Grateful Web wrote that “by drawing from a variety of rich musical traditions, they have crafted a cohesive album that blurs the lines between genres and eludes classification.” Relix Magazine describes the album as “intriguing, enticing, and engaging all at the same time —– evidence of Elektric Voodoo’s ability to cast a hypnotic spell.”
The band released their second album, Animal, in October 2018, and did a national tour in support of it. They released two singles off of the album, both of which have received positive reviews. In their review of “Animal Pt. 2″, the lead single off of their new album, Glide Magazine describes Elektric Voodoo and their sound as, “a rhythmic howl of righteous grooves, rock tenacity, and experimental noise that recalls elements of Antibalas, Tame Impala, and Kamasi Washington.”
Since 2016, Elektric Voodoo has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including Anders Osborne, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Rebirth Brass Band, Songhoy Blues, Con Brio, Easy Star All Stars, Five Alarm Funk, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Commander Cody, The Brothers Comatose, Orgone, and more.