Columbus / Endangered Speeches
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Columbus is an authentic '70s funk/soul band that will leave it on the 939 stage with its Farewell Tour. The goal of the band is to celebrate the '70s music legacy, paying homage to funk pioneers like James Brown, George Clinton, and Sly and the Family Stone. The blend of its tight horn section, unyieldingly solid rhythm section, and expressive vocals makes Columbus one of Berklee’s most noteworthy bands.
Rooted equally in hip-hop and reggae, the Endangered Speeches sound is characterized chiefly by the unique global view brought by each of its 13 members. While Mariletta Konstantara’s love for Rebetika (traditional Greek music) and drum 'n’ bass contribute toward a diverse repertoire, the cemented rhythm section, airtight horns, and four-part vocal harmonies build a sound both unbreakable and unmistakable. Endangered Speeches formed at Berklee in 2008 and currently calls Boston its collective home, but members hail from places as wide-ranging as Canada, Norway, Greece, India, Mexico, and across the United States. Now with two albums in its catalogue, The City is Rough and Dem Borders Will Fall, the band moves determinedly forward, poised to bring the music "home."