Ifdakar’s pursuit of musical growth and experimental improvisation create an experience not to be forgotten. Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, this five piece band has garnered recognition for their live performances, where the band channels elements of psychedelic rock, funk, jazz, and electronica. The result is a mind bending, dance infused, pedal to the metal sound that it is unmistakably their own.
From songs that are tragic, to songs that transcend, Ifdakar showcases an array of improvisational jamming and elaborately structured pieces that are steeped in influences such as Phish, Pink Floyd, Les Claypool, Lotus, STS9 and many others. This spectrum allows for dense musical freedom, to tension-and-release madness.
While working relentlessly to improve every aspect of the band, Ifdakar has been fortunate enough to open for such scene luminaries as EOTO, Xavier Rudd, Kim Manning of Parliament Funkadelic, Willie Waldman, Steve Molitz of Particle and more.
The band has also shared the stage with quality acts such as Family Groove Company, the Coop, the Heavy Pets, the Histronic, Steez, the Hue, Roster McCabe, HeatBox, Down Lo, Elf Lettuce, Bowser, Hyentyte, Moon Boot Posse, Baghdad SCUBA Review, Enchanted Ape, Clovis Mann and many, many others.
As Ifdakar continues to climb the ranks of the Midwest scene, their popularity has started to snowball. Reaching capacity at marquee club shows regularly, the band has begun to make the jump to theaters, picking up numerous new fans along the way. Festival promoters have taken notice, too, as Ifdakar’s festival appearances more than doubled from 2009 to 2010, including a second straight year playing in front of the aforementioned EOTO at the Bella Music Fest in Geneva, Minnesota. 2010 also saw Ifdakar return to headlining duty at the Grateful Garcia Gathering in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, sharing the bill with Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band. Other festival appearances include Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Campout Roots, Fall Roots, Feel Good Festival, Madison’s Harvest Fest, the Prairie Grass Music Fest, Jakefest, the Late Summer Diet Festival and many others.
2010 was undoubtedly a time of growth and success for Ifdakar, which culminated with an Album of the Year nomination for their debut studio effort, On the Edge, by Leeway’s Homegrown Music Network. They have also announced plans to host their own festival, IfdaKamp, in June of 2011.
Ifdakar has found the right formula; band members who refuse to give up, cutting edge original material that begs to be played live, and devoted, dance thirsty fans who are convinced that this band has what it takes. Ifdakar is ready for anything and looks poised to take things to the next level. Their reputation continues to grow positively after each performance. From the intimate audience connections that stir, to the dark and spacey jams that take hold, Ifdakar is about musical dialogue between each other, and their growing audience.