Music, City Picks

Wadata w/ Gangrene Machine, Malfunktion Junkction, Elise Testone

When: Tue., Aug. 30 2011

A funk band emerging on the Charleston music scene, Wadata professes a groovy sound influenced by some of the greats, including the Meters, Soul Live, and George Clinton. Composed of Mike Quinn on saxophone, Ross Bogan on organ and keys, Dave Grimm on guitar, Matt Thompson on bass, and Adam Williams on drums, the band is mostly a combination of current College of Charleston students and recent grads. Bogan, who studies music at the college, says, “I’ve had the privilege of studying under Tommy Gill and playing in the jazz combo. Both of those have made me a much better musician. It goes beyond that — also showing up and being prepared.” The band is mostly improvisational, something Williams attributes to their formal training and individual members’ experience playing with other local bands like Long Miles and Plainfield Project. “We have such a good chemistry between us that we can literally make up a song on the spot,” Bogan says. “I think that’s why people like us, though some of our music is also arranged to the T.” Wadata’s arranged pieces are featured on a five-song EP Pocket Candy, which the band recorded at Ocean Industries studios on James Island. Wadata has been on hiatus, since Bogan and Williams spent the summer out of town, but they’re prepared to return with a vengeance at their Pour House show this week.

Lisa Ryan

Price: $5

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