The Downstroke

Dirk "The Prince of Dirkness" Dawson: Guitar (electric) | Chad Allbritton: Bass guitar | Mr. Riddles: Drums | Mark Knoll: Keyboards

Genre: Funk, Rock

Sound description: The Meters on liquid acid.

RIYL: The JB's, Bob James, Roy Ayers, the Meters, Parliament-Funkadelic, the Head Hunters, and the Dapp Kings.

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Inception: San Diego, 2007

Influences: George Clinton (in all his incarnations), Frank Zappa, Tom Waits, Robert Fripp, Curtis Mayfield, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Mike Clark, Prince Paul, Madlib, Pete Rock, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Empire and Its Funk Fiefdoms, James Jamerson, Duck Dunn, Jaco, '70s progressive rock, bebop, and acid jazz.


Dirk Dawson has been playing guitar on and off for over twenty years. Raised on bluegrass, Beatles, and the beats by his hippie/beatnik parents in the South, the Prince soon fell in love with the iconoclastic edges of modern music.

Chad Allbritton is a bassist from the Neo-Thumpasaurian tribe serving up the bottom line.

Mr. Riddles is a drummer, audio engineer, producer, and disc jockey with a passion for break beats. His funk drumming philosophy is simple - stay in the pocket and maintain the groove.

Mark Knoll is a seasoned session musician who has been playing professionally for more than 30 years. Mark has played with bands that have opened for the likes of the B-52's, Natalie Merchant, and the Indigo Girls.

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