If you were here in the Before Times and you love live music, then you almost certainly remember Polyrhythmics as one of the bands that stopped to play in Central Oregon regularly for years.

On Friday, the Seattle-based octet will return to town to fill the cozy Volcanic Theatre Pub with a dizzying concoction of deeply groovy funk that’s psychedelic, cinematic and irresistible.

There are, of course, plenty of funk bands out there. But what makes Polyrhythmics special is their insistence on spicing up the funk with a healthy dose of Afrobeat influence and flecks of soul, jazz, rock, Latin music, downtempo and dub.

So yeah, there are plenty of funk bands out there. And Polyrhythmics is not just one of ‘em, but one of the best of ‘em. Check out their sound at polyrhythmics.bandcamp.com.

Polyrhythmics: $18; 9 p.m. Friday; Volcanic Theatre Pub; 70 SW Century Drive, Bend; volcanictheatre.com or 541-323-1881.

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Ben Salmon is a Bend-based music journalist and host of Left Of The Dial, which airs 8-10 p.m. Thursdays on KPOV, 88.9 FM and streams at kpov.org. You can find him on Bandcamp and Twitter at @bcsalmon.

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