Saturday, June 29 @ 10:15pm
Rackham Stage

When hard hitting dance party band Paddlebots headlined Short’s Fest the reviews were inspiring: “Paddlebots can deliver that knock out punch of positive energy, enthusiasm, joy, and freakin’ boogie that every event so desperately hopes to capture.” (Kevin Alan Lamb) So get ready Ann Arbor! Seven-piece progressive soul pop outfit Paddlebots is treating you to an electric live performance loaded with funky grooves and soul singing. Their sound was born out of a college friendship between Kortez Buckner and Haruki Hakoyama—two remarkably different individuals who found a joyful connection between Hakoyama’s upbringing with jazz and the gospel/pop/soul influences that made up the soundtrack of Buckner’s life. Paddlebots has forged a unique sound combining the accessibility of soul and pop with the sharp musicianship of funk and jazz. Groove-heavy rhythm backing horn-driven melodies over soulful vocals—it’s a recipe that is as unique as it is undeniable. Expect a massive dance party getting down to originals and covers like Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” and JT’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling.”

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