Event Pick: Downbeat Switch Album Release Party at the Tobacco Company 

Oct. 1

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There’s no doubt about Downbeat Switch’s intentions. The Richmond soul-funk rockers are here to party. On its new release, “Constellations,” the group’s salmagundi of ’70s-inspired sensations goes straight for the hips. On the disco-tinged workout, “Broad Street Lullaby,” the group pumps up the jams with Stevie Wonder-styled keyboard breaks, unison riffage and funky resolve to bring out the best in singer Jenna Be. On the reggae rock of “Flatline” and Rufus-inspired grooves of “Streetwalk,” it’s clear that the versatile vocalist is the star of the show, but only because the band is so adept at making her sound like the next Gwen Stefani. Above all else, the album — best experienced while dancing — proves what fans of the longtime local band already know: Downbeat Switch is a guaranteed good time. The group celebrates the release of its easy-to-love new album Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Tobacco Company. Doors open at 9 p.m. Free. thetobaccocompany.com.

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