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Gala In The Grove 2016 Artist Spotlight #1: Humandala


by Danny McCoy |

Most local bands spend years developing a following the likes of which Humandala has developed in the past year. This comes as no surprise to anyone who has bore witness to one of their very technical, yet organic live sets.

Chris Simmens has been the driving force behind the musical project that is Humandala. After several years of solo-production, in 2013 Chris decided to take his music in the live-band direction, immediately recruiting drummer Austin Mooney. The red-headed chop machine decided to take a chance and move from his home state of California to Pennsylvania in order to be the drummer of Humandala. After some changes in the lineup, it was in December of 2015 the current roster was set, including two extremely talented guitarists Patrick Bowman and David Turby.

Mixing elements of different genre’s is the name of the game with these dudes. Influences of their sound include Papadosio, Shpongle, Medeski Martin & Wood, Dopapod and Snarky Puppy. The past several months have been incredibly successful for Humandala, opening for acts such as Flux Capacitor, Juggling Suns, and Mimicking Birds.

The band is in the process of recording their debut album, which they expect to release in April of this year. In the meantime you can catch them playing several big shows around Central PA, including opening The Millennium Music Conference at The Abbey Bar Featuring Spiritual Rez, opening for Jimkata on March 25th at Harrisburg’s Abbey Bar, and headlining a Gala In The Grove Pre-Party w/ Humandala And YamYam @HMAC April 9th
Don’t sleep on Humandala, at this rate they are definitely going to be doing big things in a matter of no time. Check out some of their jams on soundcloud and be sure to come support them at a show before Gala in the Grove.

Humandala Website // Soundcloud // Facebook

Humandala – “Live at HMAC” [01/30/2016]

Humandala – “Bless The Wood” [06/12/2015]

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