After officially getting started in 1997 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, del mar has transformed from an eight-piece college "jam" band to a four-piece progressive American roots outfit that has gained the attention of scenesters, critics and music enthusiasts throughout the Midwest.
del mar chums vintage roots rock sounds of yesterday with timeless licks of tomorrow. They combine groove rock, alt-country, funk, electronica, and bluegrass into their feel-good sound. del mar has not forgotten about soulful songwriting and crafts original songs with harmonies that ring in your head and collective grooves that keep your feet moving.
Originally known as el pollo del mar, the band trimmed the name and line-up in 2000 headed up to Madison. del mar has developed a growing fan base in both Madison and Milwaukee and has used it as a springboard to other major markets in the region. Recently they have shared the stage with acts such as Keller Williams, Jazz Mandoline Project, MOFRO, ekoostic hookah, John Browns Body, Strangefolk,Tea Leaf Green and many others.