March Fourth Prances Back to Boise 

These Portlanders march to the beat of a different drummer.

Andy Batt

These Portlanders march to the beat of a different drummer.

The eclectic adult marching band isn't a new concept. Brooklyn's the Hungry March Band--a rag tag team of drum-beaters and horn-blowing hipsters--has been storming the streets of New York since 1997. San Francisco's Extra Action Marching Band has also been blasting through bars and crashing parties complete with pom-pom-wielding cheerleaders since 1999. A number of niche marching bands have even sprung up amid the revival--Denver's Itchy-O Marching Band bills itself as the "world's only percussion-centered electronic marching band," while Brooklyn's Rude Mechanical Orchestra, comprised mostly of members of the queer and trans community, play "protests, demonstrations, direct actions, picket lines, marches, benefits and events for good causes."

But even amid all its eclectic marching band revivalist peers, Portland, Ore.'s March Fourth Marching Band--or M4--stands out for its wildly theatrical live performances.

Comprised of musicians, stilt walkers, acrobats and dancers, March Fourth describes its vibe as "a Fellini-esque mix of Mardi Gras mayhem, afro beat, Mexican hustle, sultry samba, big band and gypsy folk."

M4 invaded Boise last summer as a part of the Tour de Fat bike circus, and now it's returning for a special blow-out at the Bouquet with openers Lynx on Saturday, Feb. 19.

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