Confetti bursts of brass, acrobatics, Balkan music, writhing sweat-covered bodies, salsa, electro-swing, and funk mayhem exploded September 24 at the Boulder Theater with the arrival of the foot stomping March Fourth band from Portland Oregon. With about 20 performers, including stilt walkers, acrobats and a fierce percussive, brass-laden musician blazed its way through a wild set to promote the release of their new album, Magic Number.
Known as much for its steampunk circus costumes and vaudeville acrobatics, March Fourth has transitioned from its larger community band roots to a streamlined touring band devoted to its music. What started in 2003 as a one-off performance for a Fat Tuesday party in Portland has grown into a successful national touring act, averaging nearly 200 shows a year.
Colorado music fans have made March Fourth musicians feel like they have a second home. And with raw power and frenetic urgency, the band barreled out of the wood of the Northwest into Boulder like some kind of musical, Mardi Gras Bigfoot with its woolly hair on fire. March Fourth blasted its way through mostly original tunes that transformed the Boulder Theater into a rollicking, steamfunk, booty-shaking, rock-and-roll circus party that even Barnum and Bailey would envy.