Hailing from Chicago, EGi is an experimental funk group with a young, energetic spirit and feel. Pushing the limits of improvisation, writing and performing, EGi displays great versatility and a progressive appreciation for many genres.
Fusing funk, rock, and instrumental post-rock into something that feels both familiar and new, EGi leaves no one disappointed. Young and driven, EGi is breaking musical ground with every turn.
SassafraZ is a super collection of six great guys who live their lives with the emphasis on the offbeat. They like to hang out and make big, loud sounds. All six really enjoy holding a groove, grooving out, grooving in, and just plain moving and grooving.
Started by multi-instrumentalists Jack Gould and Zach Pontzer in 2012, SassafraZ quickly took the midwest music scene by storm, playing shows with notable groups such as Snarky Puppy, Galactic, Papadosio, The Werks, Dopapod, and many more. The band released its first album “Time Will Tell” in 2013 and the follow up “Move Your Body” a year later in 2014.
Jack plays the sax, keys, sings, and keeps all of these animals in line. Zach plays guitar, trumpet, sings and can scale walls like Spiderman (which is surprisingly handy on the road). Jake AKA Baby Hands plays bass, sleeps in late, and has really little hands. Thane lives in a magical old mansion, plays the keys, sings, and is an avid gardener. Sexy Dave is sexy. He also plays the drums. The newest addition to the band, Ian Carroll straight up shreds on guitar. There’s no jokes about him, he seriously wails.
Some of the band’s favorite things include rimshots, dominant seventh chords, and some hearty Southern cooking. Hang out with them, but when you hear the funk be prepared to bounce up and down with them.