Very Cool People

Very Cool People is a funk & soul band originated in Riga, Latvia. With a backbone in funk, soul & jazz, incorporating influences from surf, klezmer,

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Their latest album “Caution! Contains Words!” features many guest appearances & blends together a sparkling cocktail of funk, soul, jazz, rock & hip-hop. Ten out of the album tunes were written by the band members themselves, and two are cover songs - "Let the Music Take Your Mind”, a tribute to the legendary R&B group "Kool & the Gang”, & “Going Down Slowly”, a homage to the great late music legend from New Orleans Allen Toussaint, who has inspired & influenced VCP. Second single from the album - Pa Apli - got into Top 15 at Latvian National Radio music poll “Muzikālā Banka 2018”, for 15 weeks was in Top 20 of the most influential commercial radio in Latvia - Radio SWH and has at the moment more than 500k views on YouTube. In total all four singles from this album for 29 weeks have been in Top 20 of the Radio SWH.

The band has released six albums so far; in 2009 - a self-titled debut album, in 2012 - Cruis- ing In The Trolley, in 2015 - Funkology, in 2017 - Heya Some Kind Of Fish!..., in 2018 - Snowman’s Express, and in 2019 - Caution! Contains Words!
"At the beginning there is a long drawn-out scream "Yeah!" - and "yeah" is all the rest on the fourth album of the Latvian octet Very Cool People" (JAZZTHETIK magazine 07/2018)
VCP is an active-giging band in which all the members love & enjoy to perform live shows more than anything. The band has had gigs in clubs, festivals and concert halls all around Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Aus- tria, Spain & South Korea. More than 600 concerts so far.
In 2019, VCP was nominated for the biggest European showcase “Eurosonic Noorderslag 2019” in Groningen, The Netherlands, where the band had two concerts in January.
During the summer of 2019 VCP was on tour around festivals in the Baltic States & Germany: “Museum Night” (Liepaja, Latvia), “Görlitz Jazz Festival” (Görlitz, Germany), “Gaujas Svētki” (Ādaži, Latvia), “Bliuzo Naktys” (Varniai, Lithuania), “Tintes Svētki” (Valmiera, Latvia), “Saulkrasti Jazz” (Saulkrasti, Latvia), “Positivus” (Salacgrīva, Latvia), "Augustibluus" (Haap- salu, Estonia), "Summersound" (Liepaja, Latvia), “Roller skiing world championships” (Madona, Latvia), “Origo Summerstage” (Riga, Latvia) “Siauliai Jazz 2019” (Siauliai, Lithuania) & many more.

In autumn 2019, the band is going on a concert tour to Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia.

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