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Funky Bunch

On the heels of its newest music-video release, Evolfo Doofeht kicks off its first West Coast tour with a stop in Ashland. The band brings its funky sound that spans genres of punk-rock and rhythm and blues.

Evolfo Doofeht will perform from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 3, at Grizzly Peak Winery, 1600 E. Nevada St.

The Boston-based group features Ashland High School graduate Rafferty Swink, who plays keys, accordion and sings, along with guitarist Matthew Gibbs, drummer Julian Moore, bassist Ronnie Lanzilotta, Tyler Kion on alto saxophone, Brian Seymour on tenor sax, Kai Sorensen on trumpet, Benjamin Allan Adams on trombone and percussionist Alex Kemper.

"We all have an appreciation of old, funk music and R&B — the James Browns and all the Dr. Johns," Swink says during a telephone interview. "The live horn section adds a whole level of power, a new dimension, new flavor.

"We like to keep our songs on the shorter side and keep people dancing."

The band is touring to promote its new album, "The Food of Love," set for independent release in late September. The new CD will be available for $5 at the show.

Evolfo Doofeht's video, featuring "You Light Me Up," a single from the album, premiered Tuesday, Aug. 28, on YouTube. The video was directed by Mike Irving, a film student at Boston University. It was written and produced by Swink.

All of the group members study various concentrations of music at Boston's Berklee College of Music.

The band got its start in 2009 in San Francisco when Gibbs — who was still in high school — put together a few musicians for a theater production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."

"The director wanted to call us The Food of Love," Gibbs says. "To be punk and cool, we decided to call ourselves Evolfo Doofeht — The Food of Love spelled backwards."

The "Twelfth Night" production was done with a '70s-style, Andy Warhol theme, and Gibbs' band played Velvet Underground songs, putting a punk spin on them.

"That's how we got into funk," Gibbs says, "but now we do more originals."

Swink joined Gibbs after the two met at Berklee.

Gibbs characterizes the group's sound as Gypsy funk "because we're from all over the country, rather than one city."

"We've been gigging regularly in New York City and Boston," Gibbs says.

Tickets for the show at Grizzly Peak cost $8, $4 for students, and are available at Music Coop in Ashland or at the door. Bring a picnic lunch. Call 541-482-5700 for information.