the funk/fusion combo plays a groovy mix of styles, 9 p.m.
Athens, Ga.'s indie-rock cred is well established, thanks to bands like R.E.M., the B-52s, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Of Montreal. But if you want a taste of the city's funk scene, you can't do much better than Dank Sinatra. The groovy, improv-heavy sextet is firmly rooted in the smoother sides of funk, blues, and jazz, with a healthy dose of jam and electronica thrown in. "We always try to keep an open mind when it comes to incorporating different styles and genres into our own original work," says Dank Sinatra's singer and keyboardist Matt Henderson. "As of late, we've all been focusing on looking back to the roots of our individual instruments and influences to find out who they were influenced by and so on down the line. We try to ... create a new and unique style of our own, though no matter what, we always try to get people moving and feeling good out in the crowd." Though the group's live shows, with their Grateful Dead-worthy jams, are their trademark, Dank Sinatra has been working on a new studio release for the past six months or so. It'll be the second album for the band, following 2011's Just Charlesin'. —Elizabeth Pandolfi