What: Magic City Hippies, with Future Generations

When: 9 p.m. Saturday, doors open at 8 p.m.

Where: Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend

Cost: $15 plus fees in advance

Contact: midtownbend.com or 541-408-4329

Magic City Hippies will play its debut show in Bend at the Domino Room on Saturday.

That’s the (relatively) easy part. Core members Robby Hunter (vocals, guitar), Pat Howard (drums, production) and John Coughlin (guitar) have played together since before 2011, honing a mix of funk, soul, electronica, hip-hop and indie rock that they describe as “indie-funk.” That sound, found on the band’s debut album (also titled “Magic City Hippies” but credited to the Robby Hunter Band — the name changed soon after its release), 2015 EP “Hippie Castle” and a handful of singles released in the last few years, caught on at streaming services such as Spotify, allowing the band to rack up festival dates at Bonnaroo, SunFest in Florida and more.

The challenge comes with the actual touring: seven guys crammed in a 15-passenger van driving from gig to gig over “God knows what conditions,” as Hunter and Howard put it during a recent chat with GO! Magazine from a tour stop in Bozeman, Montana.

“I think the most memorable moment probably has nothing to do with being onstage,” Howard said. “We’ve blown out two trailer tires in the middle of nowhere, Tennessee, and North Dakota. We got our tires slashed in Baltimore at 3 in the morning; we were dodging bullets in Cleveland while loading out from this one place. We got our hitch stuck in Richmond, Virginia, and the back wheels of the van were off the ground, and then it started monsooning.”

The band’s latest adventure — documented in an Instagram video that was picked up by a local weather station, according to the band — involved a snowblower in the middle of the night.

“Last night we rolled up to our Airbnb at 2 in the morning and there was almost a foot of snow in the driveway,” Hunter said. “And we’re just like, ‘Oh s---, what are we gonna do?’ And we go inside the Airbnb and they have a brand new snowblower, a really sexy looking snowblower. Pat gets out at 2 in the morning mowing the snow-grass. That’s the kind of adventure that this is all about.”

Through it all, the band has prided itself on one thing.

“We’ve never missed a show, knock on wood,” Howard said. “Stuff happens, and we always make it.”

The trio — supplemented live with the keyboard-drums duo The Flying Bellesario Brothers — operates a bit differently from most neo-funk-soul groups. Songwriting takes place almost entirely in the studio, with Hunter, Howard and Coughlin, all multi-instrumentalists, contributing equally. Once recording is finished, the band learns how to translate its meticulous arrangements to its more rock-oriented live show.

“Robby will just write these songs that flow out — it’s kind of a mysterious process; Robby doesn’t really tell us exactly what he does to song-write,” Howard said. “We end up basically with an iPhone memo and work from there with a lot of songs. Other stuff will be more beat-based. I’ll make a beat or me and John will lay down something and we’ll scat a melody over it that we like and try to fill in a song.”

That process evolved from those early jam sessions at Barracuda Bar and from Hunter’s street-musician days in Miami. The songwriter started out performing his own songs and leeching electricity to power his looping devices, until he was given “an ultimatum by the local police: to cease and desist from street performance or to get a gig at a ‘real bar,’” according to the band’s website. That led Hunter to Barracuda, and to Howard and Coughlin.

“I literally met Robby 20 feet from where we were about to play a show,” Howard said. “I was like, ‘I’m Pat,’ and he was like, ‘Hey, I’m Robby, nice to meet you.’ And then I handed him my kick drum and he helped me carry my drum set.”

“(That was) 19-year-old Pat,” Hunter added. “We played at this bar basically for free beer. But it was so rowdy every Friday, and college nights were just remarkable. Honestly, we had some of the best times of our lives. But that evolved into the band and we started playing out locally. We finally got an offer to go meet a booking agent, and we drove cross-country to Colorado.”

The trio, with Howard again producing, is working on new material for a second studio album. Three singles appeared last summer: the glitch-y, electro-funk track “Gunslingers,” the reggae-infused “Franny” and the harder-edged “Body Like a Weapon.” Fans can expect a strong emphasis on vintage synthesizers, as well as some less-obvious influences such as rapper Travis Scott, Hunter and Howard said.

“We’re keeping the same indie-funk sound, but there’s always an evolution going on,” Hunter said. “I feel like everyone is able to feel, keep the same vibe but keep progressing forward.”

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