Huntertones • The Katy
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“Honest, genuine, skillfully executed music without limitations is uplifting and cannot be quantified. On your journey I highly recommend taking this body of work along with you.” — Jon Batiste
Huntertones brings people together around the globe with fun, imaginative and fearless music. Their high energy, horn-driven sound fuses inspired improvisation and adventurous composition melding jazz, funk, rock, and soul. Adding depth and contrast to their live set, Huntertones shift from a dynamic six-piece ensemble to a trio featuring saxophone, sousaphone, and beat-boxing, keeping their listeners’ eyes and ears open at every turn.
Huntertones formed in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University and hosted their first shows at a house on Hunter Avenue. They have since relocated to New York City, released three albums, and toured North and South America, Europe and Africa -- experiences which have pushed the band to expand even further, stylistically. What started as a group of classmates finding a voice has developed into a highly collaborative group of musicians traveling, sharing, and growing together.
Individually, members of Huntertones have compiled a diverse resume of collaborations with top artists in pop, jazz, soul, and musical theater. This includes work with Jon Batiste and Stay Human, O.A.R., Snarky Puppy, Stevie Wonder, Andy Grammer, Ed Sheeran, Allen Stone, Gary Clark Jr., Phillip Phillips, We Banjo 3, Umphrey’s McGee, Vulfpeck, and more.
The sound of The Katy, the indie trio fronted by Memphis-born songwriter, vocalist and bassist Cathalyn and featuring Cleveland natives Ashanti Allison (drums) and Eli Hanley (keyboards), is ever-evolving; an earnest, genuine blend of its influences strained and sifted through the trials of life and rooted in trust and love.
The Katy’s music just feels good. From the energetic melodies and pulsing, driven tempos to the purposeful lyrics addressing inequality, relationships, adoration and struggle, The Katy changes sonic shapes that evoke both reflection and chills in the listener.
Forming in Summer 2016, their loose, free style of play showcases the growth that comes when talented musicians spend hundreds of hours listening to each other to gel and find their sound. Together, their style is from the past and the future, right in the here and now.
With influences spanning the musical timeline and the breadth of American and international music, their final product is a signature expression of sounds from afrobeat to punk to hip hop.
Bands in the Cleveland music scene normally fall fate to comparison with other groups, but The Katy stands alone. Indie fans love them. Soul fans can’t get enough. Anyone who loves music with a lot of heart should make it a point to catch The Katy.
15711 Waterloo Rd
Cleveland, OH, 44110