The Ars Nova is a new band that formed in Champaign in the fall of 2011. The band consists of four students at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Influenced by classic and alternative rock, blues, and various jam bands, this band blends the roots of blues with vibes of modern alternative and funk rock. The band literally was created in a dirty basement but soon developed a style that delivers a driving blues-rock sound. The Ars Nova is an innovative, creative band, willing to challenge any music scene by bringing back something all music fans can appreciate, a passion for blues and rock ‘n roll.