Mikrowaves, Cycles

Mikrowaves

Cycles

Thu, October 4, 2018

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

The Camel

$5 ADV, $7 DOS

Tickets at the Door

Mikrowaves
Mikrowaves
It’s like a beach party in space and everyone is best friends. Mikrowaves, based out of Richmond, VA, combine explosive grooves and trance-like rhythms with cathartic melody, setting them far above and beyond the herd. This is new music. This is right now. And it’s funky as all hell.

Mikrowaves is led by front man Edward Prendergast, and the music is the fruit of his twenty plus years of musical exploration. Growing up on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., Prendergast was exposed to the city's vibrant cultural scene, which inevitably taught him what it means to be an artist. Moving to Richmond, Virginia to study jazz, Prendergast joined salsa band Bio Ritmo and immersed himself in the world of Afro-Carribean rhythms. From Miami to New Haven and all points in between, Eddie’s life in the business led him to the idea of Mikrowaves, a band with the raw sound of blues, filtered through latin rhythms and funked up with a gogo swing.

Inspired by R.L. Burnside, Mexican cumbiancheros Los Master Plus, and the upcoming birth of his first child, Prendergast decided that the world was finally ready for Mikrowaves. He reached out to his friends and colleagues, trumpeter Bob Miller (Bio Ritmo/ Fear of Music), low brass master Toby Whitaker, saxophonist John Lilley (Bio Ritmo), drummer Kelli Strawbridge (Jellowstone/ Ropeadope Records), and percussionist Hector 'Coco' Barez (Calle 13) to help him achieve his vision. Together they recorded their first album in 2014, “Get Nuked,” alongside co-producer John Panos (Mates of State). “Get Nuked” is eight tracks of The Biggest Beat. Pure, unfiltered, raw, roots, space funk.
Cycles
Cycles
Cycles epitomizes the power-trio format with ripping guitar, fat bass grooves played out through furious slapping, and dynamic drum beats flowing over intricate tempo changes. Each member wields a unique take on their instrument that when played together, forms a truly fresh and cohesive sound. Patrick Harvey commands the guitar with speed and precision reminiscent of Jimmy Herring while using his loop pedal virtually as its own instrument, a skill unique only to him. Michael Wood has subtly forged a drum style that showcases his rare ability to mashup funky hip-hop beats with frenzied rock riffs and only showcase flashy chops when necessary. At the heart of the band lies Tucker McClung’s dominant slap-bass chops that captivate audiences while pumping the musical blood through the band.
Drawing influence from artists such as Rage Against the Machine, J. Dilla, Primus, Weather Report, and many, many more, Cycles fuses an eclectic blend of genres to produce an original sound that has become harder and harder to find. Although only two years old, Cycles have over 200 shows under their belt with tours extending across the entire U.S.
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thecamel.org