Origin: Corvallis, OR

Genre: Big Band Funk

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The jazz dynamo Despite The Whiteness makes professional the art of an uptown funk and rhythm through its composure over their long-leash melodies. Coming from center stage, the instrument-sung melodies prize them as musicians, but their ability to sing shows their diverse skillset as a full-fledged band. The acronym “DTW” even encourages participation: an ambiguous sentiment, let’s play politics over their name (Dip Them Wishes, Don’t Think What, Dig to Washington etc). Then when we return with something to match the iconic colored hues of mahogany and suspended blues, listen to the time-tested standards and pop-favorite renditions which trumpet out something like: restoration project in progress. A proven headliner, the group-dynamics are an exact clash of studied theory and stolen spotlights, disruptive enough to start a dance party at the sound of the bumbling bass.