March Fourth Marching Band

The Echo Presents

March Fourth Marching Band

Diego's Umbrella

Sun, December 16, 2012

7:30 pm

Echoplex

Los Angeles, CA

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is all ages

**Tickets purchased on day of show at the door will have $1 facility fee applied **

March Fourth Marching Band
March Fourth Marching Band
MarchFourth Marching Band got its name from the date of their first show: March 4, 2003. It all began when a handful of artists and musicians in Portland, OR decided to put together a marching band for a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party on March 4th, originally performing a 7-song set of tunes that included covers of Rebirth Brass Band, Fela Kuti, and Fleetwood Mac. The night was a smashing success and encouraged the group to book more shows. Opening for the Youngblood Brass Band and playing with Pink Martini cemented the group that first year: they played a total of 34 shows in their first ten months as a band (mostly neighborhood street fairs and nightclubs).

By 2004 MarchFourth Marching Band had been dubbed M4 by the local press (a nickname that sticks to this day), and was voted Best Local Band by Portland alt-weekly readers. Their first annual birthday party on March 4, 2004 was a sold out show.

MarchFourth Marching Band released their first album in 2005, a nine-song self titled studio album featuring cover songs and originals that has sold 10000 copies to date.

M4 was ready for a real challenge in 2006, so they planned a two-week trip to Germany for 35 people in conjunction with the FIFA World Cup. There they won the "Best in Show" award at the Altonale Festival, beating over fifty other performance troupes from around the world.

By 2007 the band was becoming better known in Portland and beyond. They expanded their fourth anniversary party to two shows at the Crystal Ballroom (a family matinee and an adult evening show) and sold out both shows. It was time to take the show on the road. They bought a 1984 MCI coach on eBay, then converted it to fit about 28 people comfortably with convertible bunk-beds, wi-fi, kitchen and roof rack. Members of the band did all the bus customization. They planned an 8-week national tour (booked, promoted and organized entirely in-house) of 35 shows in 22 cities. Highlights of the tour included playing with Pink Martini at the Hollywood Bowl. M4 also released its second album, Live, featuring eight new M4 original songs and a few covers – all from live appearances in 2006 and 2007.

Also in 2007, saxophone player and composer Robin Jackson won third place in the International Songwriting Competition's instrumental category for the MarchFourth Marching Band song, "Space Hole."

MarchFourth Marching Band really delved into the festival circuit in 2008, playing Festival International de Louisiane, Lightning in a Bottle, Artown, High Sierra Music Festival, Waterfront Blues Festival, The Bite of Oregon, and the Lotus Festival.

The big focus of 2009 was recording the new studio album, Rise Up, which was released in October and continues to receive rave reviews.

On March 4, 2010, after years of fan requests, M4 released a full-length live concert DVD from their 2009 anniversary show in Portland, OR. The DVD also includes two music videos created and produced by members of MarchFourth Marching Band. For the first time, fans can share the experience of a live show from the comfort of their living rooms.
Diego's Umbrella
Diego's Umbrella
Diego’s Umbrella are San Francisco’s Ambassadors of Gypsy Rock. Internationally known and revered, their lively stage show, great songs, antics and humor have garnered them a cult following around the world. With a mix of Eastern European tradition, pop sensibility and punk rock energy, they have had crowds going wild for years. “Where Gogol Bordello meets Muse. These underground heroes will soon be international superstars.” (ap press)
The Group has released 3 albums, and a host of independent recordings. They have been featured in major motion pictures, Network Television, and numerous documentaries, in addition to countless worldwide radio and print.
Venue Information:
Echoplex
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026