To watch the boys from Atta Kid perform is to see unbridled joy in the form of a musical performance. Founded in 2012, the group uses its technical prowess to craft tunes that are as academically impressive as they are toe-tappingly accessible. Blending elements of jazz and hip-hop with East Bay funk and New Orleans brass, Atta Kid produce bouncy beats punctuated by soulful horn punches, sneaky organ swells and scratchy rhythm guitar. More importantly, they clearly love playing—allowing the winding, improvisational paths of their songs to lead them in directions that are delightfully surprising, even to them.
Cafe Stritch, San Jose