PERFORMANCE DATE: THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26
VENUE: ROSE BOWL TAVERN: 106 Race St, Urbana, IL 61801
The Data Waves are an instrumental funk band that got their start at the University of Illinois in 2016. They typically play funk-based grooves, but write and cover music in a variety of styles ranging from jazz fusion to hip hop. The Data Waves have performed extensively throughout the Champaign-Urbana area, including the Canopy Club, Krannert Center, City Center, IMC, Blackbird and other notable venues, as well as in Chicago, at venues such as Elbo Room, Safari Lounge, International Fest of Life and more. Members have performed at Chicago Jazz Fest, Wicker Park Fest, Do Division Fest and Summer Camp Music Festival.
“For their latest EP “Lady In Red” The Data Waves served up one of the most viscerally hypnotic offerings of genre-defiance we’ve heard in a long time. The instrumental Funk band have the rare talent of striking you with an instantaneously arrestive soundscape which leaves you with little choice whether their soundscape will resonate.
There is no need for lyrics or vocals to lace their tracks with emotion, instead, the emotivity is palpable through the up-vibe melodies which carry pure anthemic good vibes as the tracks progress and contort organically. Each one of the instrumentalists in the Data Waves is a master of intricate rhythmic command, but I’m fairly sure that the sax player sold his soul to the devil.
You can check out the latest EP by the Data Waves by heading over to Spotify now. — Amelia Vandergast, The A&R Factory