Strange Machines At Arch Street Tavern

Special to the Courant

Strange Machines plays jam-band friendly funk that’s got a core of fusion, strands of reggae DNA, and a dash of metal.

The Boston band takes soulful jams and slowly lets them unspool into twinkling cosmic sci-fi vehicles, with gospel-tinged organ sounds nudging the sound heavenward. Songs about shape-shifting oceanic creatures, mental journeys and the vastness of space all seem to fit nicely with the band’s kaleidoscopic good-time sound.

The band has been cultivating a devoted fan base in the northeast for years.

Strange Machines plays The Arch Street Tavern, Arch St., Hartford, Saturday, Dec. 9, at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. 860-246-7610 or

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