Following its Key West debut at Mary Ellen’s Bar in April, the Data Recovery Project returns to Key West on Wednesday, Aug. 22, to perform at Sidebar at Aqua as a benefit for the Sister Season Fund.
There is no cover to see the show, and everyone who gives $5 or more to Sister Season at the venue will receive a glow-in-the-dark USB bracelet containing Data Recovery Project’s new EP.
Data Recovery Project is a Washington, D.C.-based synth duo consisting of Key West resident Christopher Kush and itinerant musician Daniel Warren Hill. The two channel retro Hi-NRG dance beats, trenchant observations and reflective meditations through their own mischievous irreverence.
Performing regularly as a livetronica act combining original songs with mixed-live video elements, they have appeared in U.S. cities from Boston to Key West, and as part of the Fort Reno Summer Concert Series in Washington, D.C.
Somehow, they remain relatively unknown.
“It was 10 short years ago that I hosted a fundraiser for the Key West Library by playing my favorite 12 remixes at Mangoes,” Kush says. “This time we are taking it to the next level with a live band and video show.
“We’re considered a ‘Livetronica’ act — and even we are not completely sure what that means, we do use cutting-edge electronics as live instruments, and Daniel livemixes video as part of the show.
Data Recovery Project requires three things, he adds: good speakers, video screens and a fog machine. “Side Bar is uniquely poised to help in all three areas, and we are thrilled to get to play our first show there,” he says.
It should be noted that reigning Fantasy Fest Queen Destiny Montgomery will be behind the bar.
Kush says he’s looking forward to doing the show as a benefit for Sister Season.
“People like me come to Key West and expect the locals to facilitate our meals and entertainment, and we often expect them to be our drinking buddies and dinner companions at the same time. I think giving back to the community means recognizing that
Key West, as we know it, can only exist with the hard work of our local service workers,” he says. “Sister Season helps when our service workers find themselves in need. If we cannot guarantee that everyone on our island makes a living wage (and I have no problem suggesting that as a former business owner here), then the least we can do is to make sure there is a lifeline when our friends and neighbors need it.” ¦
Data Recovery Project Sidebar at Aqua 504 Angela St. Aug. 22, Door open at 9 p. m.