Magic City Hippies

with courtship.
Sunday, February 6, 2022
Doors 7 | Show 8
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✨ A mosaic of poolside grooves and lingering, sun-kissed melodies ✨

Est 2015, Miami FL

Magic City Hippies is: Robby Hunter, Pat Howard, John Coughlin

Shades on and shirts unbuttoned, Magic City Hippies generate the kind of heat that could’ve powered a high seas yacht party in the seventies or shake a Coachella stage next summer. If the trio—Robby Hunter, Pat Howard, and John Coughlin—stepped off the screen from some long-lost Quentin Tarantino flick in slow-motion (instruments in hand), nobody would question it. Embracing everything from AM radio rock and poolside pop to nimble raps and salsa, they lock into an era-less vibe with no shortage of funk or hooks. The three-piece deliver the kind of bangers you can play on the way to the party, during the party, and to smooth over the comedown as the sun comes up.

As the guys so eloquently describe it, they “give people a choice to enjoy this on the surface level, feel funky in their bodies, and dance…or go deeper into the music.”

As legend has it, the origin of Magic City Hippies can be traced back to Robby’s days of permit-less busking in Miami. Eventually, Pat and John proved to be better accompaniment than his loop pedal, so the trio played regular bar gigs and built an audience locally. They formed as Robby Hunter Band, released the Magic City Hippies album, and adopted the title as their name. That LP gained traction in 2013 with syncs on The CW’s iZombie and Showtime’s Ray Donovan. On its heels, 2015’s Hippie Castle EP catalyzed their breakout as “Limestone” piled up over 20 million Spotify streams followed by “Fanfare” with another 19 million Spotify streams. They toured endlessly and moved crowds at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Hulaween, Okeechobee Fest, Electric Forest, and Austin City Limits, to name a few. Along the way, the band also picked up acclaim from Relix and OnesToWatch as they dropped the fan favorite Modern Animal in 2019. When the world shutdown, the boys settled in different parts of the country (Rob “doing his Johny Mayer thing” in Bozeman, MT, Pat in Los Angeles, CA, and John still in Miami). Remotely, they wrote an album’s worth of new songs. As things opened back up, the musicians put it all together in person, and began teasing out their new bounty to fans. During summer 2021 they released 5 singles, keeping their fans well fed with a slew of new auditory delights.

Armed with singles such as “Queen,” the falsetto-spiked “High Beams” [feat. Nafets], “Diamond,” and “Water Your Garden” [feat. maye], Magic City Hippies are ready to heat up their next chapter now.

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The best things that happen in life are usually by mistake. And courtship. began just like that: Micah Gordon, 24 and Eli Hirsch, 22 met playing as backup musicians in an LA band. Micah joined when the keyboard player quit. He almost didn’t come to first rehearsal (classic Micah) but mustered up the strength. After eyeing each other down for a couple of months, Micah invited Eli to jam at his house. On day one, the boys wrote their first song together called ‘Stop For Nothing’. Surprised, they realized they had something, but neither were really singers. So they called their friend to come sing on the song, but on the day-of, he canceled - promoting Micah to lay down a demo vocal just as a reference. But once again, a beautiful accident occurred, and Eli was like “Micah, you can sing!” There’s something you should know: courtship. Definitely does NOT make sense on paper. Although they are both Jewish kids from the west coast, Micah is a trained jazz pianist and Eli grew up playing in pop-punk bands. Little did they know, the collision of their worlds would create something totally new to both of them. Micah grew up on Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Miles Davis while Eli grew up jamming Blink-182, Passion Pit and Weezer. The next surprise came August 2016 when ‘Stop For Nothing’ came out to massive critical acclaim. Suddenly out of nowhere, NME was saying courtship. Had “a decent shot.” at “becoming indie-pop’s next big thing.” and Zane Lowe live on Beats 1 was shouting on-air “the entire industry is freaking out, freaking out about this band!” The boys spent the rest of 2016 and beginning of 2017 releasing more music to critical acclaim, hitting the top of Hype Machine, and garnering millions of plays on Spotify. The courtship. live show came together with a debut performance at Neon Gold Record’s Pop Shop in NYC, and Aaron Axelson’s Pop Scene in San Francisco. More big news came when Snapchat reached out asking to use courtship.’s song ‘Sunroof’ in their new product launch video - reaching all 180 million users. This summer, Micah and Eli released their newest song, ‘Perfect People’ and it immediately blew up online, hit over 200K streams on Spotify in its first week. and was featured in Snapchat’s 4th of July update. Premiering on Billboard, - it was the second most blogged about song on the internet under Wu-Tang Clan. Hillydilly calls it “The biggest alternative smash of 2017...a career-defining song.” Indie Shuffle calls the song a “perfect track.”