Following the spring release of “Boss,” a collaboration with New Orleans hip-hop producer Mannie Fresh, the members of funk-rock band Flow Tribe spent much of the summer on tour. They started on the East Coast, then gradually headed west, tracing the the path of their album’s progress.

“By the time we got to the West Coast, more people were like, ‘Can you play this song?’” singer/trumpeter K.C. O’Rorke recounted recently. “People were getting their hands on it.”

On Saturday, Flow Tribe headlines Tipitina’s for the first time since the release of “Boss,” in what amounts to a long-overdue hometown CD release celebration. The Stoop Kids are also on the bill.

Consisting mostly of 2004 Brother Martin High School graduates, Flow Tribe has evolved into one of New Orleans’ tightest, most consistently entertaining bands, with an ever-growing resume of recordings and tours. Along the way they’ve collaborated with a wide cross-section of fellow New Orleans musicians.

But working on "Boss" with Mannie Fresh, the producer behind Juvenile’s multi-million-selling “400 Degreez” album and most of Cash Money Records’ classic catalog, introduced an entirely different methodology.

Normally Flow Tribe cuts songs live in the studio, but Fresh “was more sample-focused,” O’Rorke said. “Everything’s a sample with Mannie. He’s like, ‘You don’t need to play an intricate guitar solo. Just give me the first two notes and let’s throw it in there.’ It was a different process, a different way for us to go about it.

“He’s such a consummate pro. The history that he brings…he was pre-Napster. He was like, ‘Let’s take what you do best and what I do best and make a beautiful New Orleans sound.’”

Songs that were initially written and hashed out onstage were broken down into component parts in the studio, then re-assembled to be performed live on tour. “It’s come full circle,” O’Rorke said. “It’s been a fun journey, going back and forth.”

In addition to Fresh, a slew of local collaborators contributed to “Boss,” including R&B singer/songwriter and Maroon 5 keyboardist PJ Morton and members of Tank & the Bangas and Sexual Thunder.

O’Rorke and company hope to foster many more such collaborations at their new recording studio/rehearsal space in New Orleans East. For the past two-plus years, the band has slowly converted half of a former auto parts warehouse into Downman Sounds. It should be finished in a month or so.

“We look at the studio as a place where we can experiment,” O’Rorke said. And thanks to the Fresh influence, “we’re not shackled to the idea of (recording a song) like we do it live every time.

“The name of the game now is putting out more material and more quality material. The studio will allow us to step up our game. We’ll have a lot more time to use the studio as an instrument.”

In addition to their own projects, they plan to lease the studio to other bands in need of rehearsal and recording space. They also want to host visual artists and other creative types. They hope Downman Sounds becomes a creative hub along the lines of Allen Toussaint’s Sea-Saint studio in Gentilly or Cosimo Matassa’s various studios in the French Quarter, places “where anybody could pop in. It’s a home for New Orleans creativity.”

In early June, O’Rorke experienced another, far less enjoyable aspect of New Orleans life. After Flow Tribe performed at Tipitina’s during a benefit for Brother Martin’s music program, he and his girlfriend were robbed at gunpoint outside her house in Broadmoor. The robbers drove off in O’Rorke’s 2008 Jeep Compass, along with two trumpets and stage clothes that were inside.

Police eventually recovered the vehicle, along with the clothing. The bad guys “didn’t touch the suits and hats,” O’Rorke said. “That’s a clear indication of a very personalized style.”

The trumpets were gone, but Flow Tribe fans raised $5,000 via a GoFundMe online campaign for O’Rorke to purchase replacements. “The generosity was humbling,” he said.

Arrests were made, but the case has yet to go to trial. For O’Rorke, the incident was a reminder that “anything can happen anywhere to anyone.”

These days, he’s “a lot more cautious. But life goes on. I’m not going to hide under my bed. You’ve got to get out there and mix it up.”

To that end, Flow Tribe is “perennially on the road.” This fall, they’ll head out again for scattered dates around the country.

“But with the studio, we’ll be home a lot more,” O’Rorke said, “keeping that New Orleans collaborative environment going.”

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Keith Spera writes about music, culture and his kids.