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Students go tribal

By Samuel Prager
On February 20, 2013

Hula-Hoopers, 'fire-spinners' and face-painted college kids aren't necessarily what you'd expect to find at your typical local concert, however when local band 'The Agori Tribe' performs, things tend to get a little 'tribal.'
The Agori Tribe, often accompanied by an assortment of fans referred to as the 'tribe,' is a local Memphis band that formed in 2008. The band can often be found playing at college parties, along with an assortment of bars and venues scattered across the greater Memphis area.
"The tribe is all encompassing. It includes not only the band but family, friends and of course the amazing, dedicated fans of the band," drummer Sean Naughton said.
The band consisting of guitarists Will Nicholls and David Collins, keyboardist Dave Hash, bassist Jeff Naylor and drummer Sean Naughton started in 2008 when they were in high school, but the roots of Agori Tribe date back to '05/'06 when the members were only in middle school.
"I used to be in the jazz program which helped a lot, along with classical music, with improving my form and stuff," said sophomore Dave Hash, music education chorale major, with an emphasis in piano performance. "School and the band are beneficial towards each other."
With most of the band being students, finding time to practice and play shows can be hectic. However, the band does a good job of mixing the interests, often using campus as a way to promote their music.
"School does have a huge effect on the band. It limits what we can do and how fast we can progress," Naughton, a junior anthropology major, said. "But we're all young and I like what we've accomplished to this point and I hope it continues to grow."
The Agori Tribe, genre-wise, sits somewhere in the psychedelic 'jamtronic' bass-rock category, tinged with funk and embedded with a little of the classic Memphis blues.
"My fondest memory of performing in Agori Tribe is definitely our performance at Wakarusa last year," Naughton said." It was amazing to play at a festival that I had twice attended as a fan. It was a very humbling experience, and the sound was flawless."
The band will be performing at the Wakarusa Music Festival again this year, which will be the second year in a row that they've played the festival.
"It feels unbelievable to get a chance to play the Wakarusa Music Festival for a second consecutive year. The possibility of our music reaching so many people around the country is an amazing thing," Naughton said.
The band earned both chances by playing a show at the Hi-Tone this year and last, and getting the most votes.
"We're writing new songs, working on new presentation methods and expanding to a more versatile crowd and hoping they like it," Hash said.
The band expects to branch out around the Southeast and Midwest by touring as much as possible as well as releasing a full-length album while they finish out the remaining years of their college education.
"We try to send a message of love, acceptance, and community. Our main goal is to try and bring happiness to the lives of our fans through our music," Naughton said.
With over 800 Facebook likes and a growing fan base, the Agori Tribe continues trying to recruit members for the tribe and create a positive atmosphere where people of all types can find a comfortable environment where they can relax and jam out together.
"We try to create a platform for people to get over judgments and just be themselves and do whatever they want," Hash said. "You should come out and check us out live, and see if you have fun."
This spring the Agori Tribe will be playing at the Fool's Ball Music Festival in Tunica on April 5, the Bristerfest 3 Music Festival at the Levitt Shell in Memphis on April 27 and the 2013 Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, AR (date and time TBA).
"As Agori Tribe we try to elevate people's consciousness and rid them of their negativity and help them become one with their true self," Hash said.

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