Magic City Hippies began as a one-man band playing for the co-ed party scene on the streets of Miami -- serenading the 20-somethings with a mix of old- school hip-hop covers and breezy pop originals.
After months of stealing electricity and stirring up crowds of passers-by with his loop-based setup, Robby Hunter was given an ultimatum by the local police: to cease and desist from street performance or to get a gig at a "real bar." Finding sanctuary in the neighborhood dive, Hunter enlisted the support of multi-instrumentalists Pat Howard (drums) and John Coughlin (guitar) for a regular Friday night gig (that paid, of course, in free beer).
The trio dubbed themselves Robby Hunter Band and released a self-produced, widely acclaimed debut LP in 2013 entitled Magic City Hippies, which included the beachy Hype Machine chart-topper "Corazón" alongside indie blog hits "Hard On Me" and "BUST."
Encouraged by the international reach and positive reception of their debut, they decided to expand their sound and approach under the better-fitting moniker Magic City Hippies (after the title of their debut LP). In July of 2015, the Magic City Hippies released the Hippie Castle EP, with the lead-off track "Fanfare" hitting #1 on both Spotify's Global Viral Top 50 and Hype Machine's popular chart.
In 2016, they released two follow-up singles, "HUSH" and "Heart Wants," both following their signature breezy blend of hip-hop, indie funk and beach-bum soul.
By charming audiences with their infectious enthusiastic live sets, the band's fan base expanded rapidly, and in 2017 Magic City Hippies embarked on a largely sold out national tour opening for Hippo Campus, followed by their first national headline tour in fall of 2017.
With new music on the horizon, Magic City Hippies shows no signs of slowing down on their quest to bring Miami indie-funk to the masses.