Slice of soul: Eclectic combo Evolfo headlines Pizza Fest

Pizza party: The seven-piece soul-rock band Evolfo will headlne the Pizza Fest music festival thrown by the King Pizza record label on June 22.
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A band that formed to play music for Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” will headline the fourth annual Pizza Fest party, at the Gutter in Williamsburg on June 22. And the seven-member garage-soul band Evolfo has kept evolving since moving from Boston to Brooklyn in 2014, according to the band’s guitarist.

“It shook up my views on music,” said Matt Gibbs. “It made me want to push things harder.

The band has added psychedelic elements to its garage rock and soul sounds, all of which are shown off on its recently-released debut “The Last of the Acid Cowboys.”

“What we’ve been doing since we’ve been in Brooklyn,” said Gibbs, “is to be ourselves and let those influences kind of come to us in a more organic way, and not let our inhibitions get the best of us.”

Seven musicians might seem like a lot of people to fit on a club stage, but when Evolvo formed in 2009 in Boston, as the onstage band in a Shakespearean comedy, Gibbs expected it to be even larger.

“I had this idea of this kind of Parliament-Funkadelic spectacle,” he says. “I wanted the sheer number of people on stage to be a show all in itself, like a big party on stage.”

The seven-piece will headline the first night of the three-day Pizza Fest, organized by the King Pizza record label. Evolfo is not officially on the label, but considers itself part of the family, said Gibbs.

“Everybody there is very generous and interested in helping us,” he said. “And we just wanted to be part of their community, supporting other bands.”

More than 20 bands will play Pizza Fest 4, which Gibbs describes as “a whole bunch of really high energy bands, plus pizza and beer cans flying through the air.”

Evolfo with Sirs & Madams, Jacques le Coque, Greasy Hearts, and Lumps at the Gutter for Pizza Fest 4 (200 N. 14th St. between June 22 at 7 pm. $8 ($20 for all three nights).

Updated 5:58 pm, July 9, 2018
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