With their sophomore release two, the rising PHO use funk as a vehicle to explore their “Minneapolis sound” influences with torch in hand. Intimate and soulful, intense and highly energetic, the new album comes sprinkled with psychedelia and hip-hop, while maintaining the tight arrangements of funk tradition.

The thirteen tracks, which were produced by John Davis, feature Kirk Johnson of Prince’s New Power Generation on percussion. Recorded in Cannon Falls, Minnesota at the legendary Pachyderm Studio (Nirvana's In-Utero), there was no shortage of vintage vibe amidst a playground of old ‘70s synths and classic guitars, all articulated in the expansive array of musical colors ever-present throughout the mix.

The youthful PHO has been proving their funky prowess to the national music scene with a powerful live show that leaves crowds in awe. They’ve achieved this stature alongside big names in the business, including The Motet, Dopapod, Dumpstaphunk and many more.

PHO has been acquiring new fans with each appearance, but in the winter of 2016 they attracted a truly unexpected fan when Prince caught a live performance from their YouTube page, which prompted an invite to open for Larry Graham (Graham Central Station) at the iconic Paisley Park in Chanhassen, MN. That performance triggered another Prince Tweet: “Come back anytime. Just Holla.” Having the blessing of “The Purple One” before his untimely death has pushed PHO to continue cultivating the Minneapolis sound’s legacy, and with the release of two, PHO promises to bring a new and exciting brand of funk to the world.

Past Shows


Dec
31
st
2018
Turf Club
Apr
12
th
2018
Fine Line
Apr
12
th
2018
Fine Line

TAUK

with PHO
Feb
17
th
2018
Turf Club
Feb
17
th
2018
Turf Club

PHO

with Dirty Revival and Jessica Manning
Nov
9
th
2017
Mainroom
Nov
9
th
2017
Mainroom
Oct
5
th
2017
7th St Entry
Oct
5
th
2017
7th St Entry

PHO and Black Market Brass

with Purple Funk Metropolis
Sep
17
th
2016
Turf Club
Sep
17
th
2016
Turf Club

Black Market Brass

with PHO and WORLDWIDE DISCOTHEQUE
Apr
28
th
2016
7th St Entry
Apr
28
th
2016
7th St Entry

PHO

with Doks and CHALK
Dec
18
th
2015
Turf Club
Dec
18
th
2015
Turf Club

Heiruspecs

with I Self Devine and PHO
Sep
3
rd
2015
7th St Entry
Sep
3
rd
2015
7th St Entry

PHO

with Woo Park and EYT
May
23
rd
2015
Turf Club
May
23
rd
2015
Turf Club

McNasty Brass Band

with PHO and Hustle Rose
Nov
22
nd
2014
Mainroom
Nov
22
nd
2014
Mainroom

FUNK ON FIRST Vol. 2

Friends and Family
with New Sound Underground, Toki Wright, Reed Grimm and more!
Jul
18
th
2014
Mainroom
Jul
18
th
2014
Mainroom

FUNK ON FIRST

with Black Market Brass, New Sound Underground, PHO and more!
Jan
4
th
2014
7th St Entry
Jan
4
th
2014
7th St Entry

K.Raydio and Psymun

with PHO, ACKRYTE and D'ALLEN WHITE
Dec
3
rd
2013
7th St Entry
Dec
3
rd
2013
7th St Entry

PHO

with McNasty Brass Band and the Tasty Tones

More Shows

Mar
22
nd
First Avenue

Betty Who

with Shea Couleé
Feb
28
th
Fine Line

Otoboke Beaver

Dec
14
th
Turf Club

200 Stab Wounds and Undeath

with Enforced and Phobophilic
Nov
13
th
7th St Entry

Semler

with Mayyadda