Family Groove Company

Family Groove Company

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FGC is a four piece band whose sound lies between Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and the Beatles, with a bit of Steely Dan thrown in. Based out of Chicago since October 2002, FGC averages 100+ performances a year, bringing their groove informed jazz/rock to major markets throughout the country.

Biography

Family Groove Company is a four piece band from Chicago that is turning heads and catching ears with a sound that is uncannily fresh, and live performances that simply envelop audiences in the fun, excitement and passion that the band radiates from the stage. Growing audiences everywhere FGC plays attest to the impact the band is beginning to make, as they bring the excitement of their live performances to ever growing venues, in more and more cities across the country. Appearances at most of the Midwest's major music festivals (Summer Camp, 10,000 Lakes, Summerfest) have helped along the way, headlining appearances at other festivals (Farmapalooza, Feel Good) point to the great things to come, and the over 25,000 live CDs that have been distributed all over the country speak for themselves. Family Groove Company is a band that music fans should not miss.

FGC integrates the groove sensibility developed by funk/jazz crossover artists like Herbie Hancock and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, with thoughtful, tight song writing that takes cues from the likes of Steely Dan and the Beatles. The result? An infectious, fresh sound the band calls "groove informed jazz/rock". With the release of their second studio album, The Charmer, in April 2006, Family Groove Company has delivered on this sonic vision with uncommon clarity and excitement. Jazz harmonic ideas encounter thick grooves, and improvisation negotiates tight song writing, as each track brings shape and contour to the band's sound. A fierce attentiveness to composition compliments FGC's passion for improvisation, creating a sound that captivates audiences ranging from the most casual music fan to the most critical musician.

Based out of Chicago since October 2002, Family Groove Company averages over 100 performances a year, reaching major markets in the Northeast, South, Midwest, and as far west as the Rockies. However, FGC actually traces its earliest beginnings to Los Angeles, CA. In January 2001, guitarist Adam Lewis and keyboardist Jordan Wilkow met bassist Janis Wallin and drummer Mattias Blanck while studying music at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. The chemistry between the four musicians was felt instantly, and it wasn't long before they recorded their first demo and began performing throughout Southern California. A tour of the entire West coast followed shortly thereafter, and in spring 2002, the band released their 10-track debut album, Reachin'. Extremely proud of their first studio effort, Reachin' reflects FGC's commitment to conscientious song craft, and the band's determination to offer material of compositional interest along with their solo/improv ideas.

With the number of markets available to the band limited by the vast expanse of the West, in the fall of 2002, FGC made the big decision to relocate to Chicago. Since then, the band has pursued an aggressive touring schedule that has included tremendous headlining performances, significant "opening band" exposure opportunities, and high profile appearances at many festivals all over the country. Family Groove Company also enjoys the support of a nationwide street team that relentlessly spreads the word about the band at concerts, on the web, and through CD trading. Janis, Jordan, Adam, and Mattias all remain in passionate pursuit of the cultivation and refinement of FGC's sound, and are extremely excited about what's in store for the band in the coming years.

Lyrics

The Charmer

Written By: Jordan Wilkow

Well I guess you had a big night
couldn't find a way to lose
the smoke makes you choke but now you're a believer
and you can't afford to miss a shoe

He's the one that knows you best
and he's always there to give you a lift
Saturday night, you don't want to be here
and every hand you're hitting is stiff

And I've never had so much to say
lost all sense of self, and I can't waste another day

"Don't forget the west coast"
you know I've never strayed very far
someone in Brentwood thinks of me sweetly
any time she's on Hollywood Boulevard

She's the one that knows you best
and she always keeps your head in the game
in search of a moment you found on occasion
in Paris, Prague, New Orleans, L.A.

And I've never had so much to say
lost all sense of self, while despair is held at bay

But I can't seem to find your charm
I can't seem to find your charm
I can't seem to find your charm
Don't let it get you down

Well I guess I missed your party
though I might have been a little high
I've got no idea who told you I'd be there
but he ain't no friend of mine

I'm the one that knows you best
and it's always nice to have you around
on second thought, maybe I made an appearance
without so much as making a sound

And I've never had so much to say
lost all sense of self, feel my voice start to slip away

One Eye Dreaming

Written By: Jordan Wilkow

I've been at the wheel all night long
never take my foot off the gas
Got to make Chicago by dawn
one eye dreaming, one watching the road
Don't see many tracks on this trail
I've set my course, let's hope that it's true
Summer nights are heading this way
I'm sure ready to open the door
Charlie's jumping 'round on the floor
you know I'm ready to open the door

Snow's been falling all through the night
hit the road you best hold on
Car starts sliding clear past the light
wonder if she'll ever slow down
I didn't know I knew your name
but it looks as though I'll need a hand
Summer nights are heading this way
I'm sure ready to open the door
Sally's banging her head on the floor
you know I'm ready to open the door

Kids are stompin' up and down the floor
I'm sure ready to open the door

Virginia Hill

Written By: Jordan Wilkow

Eyes are forward, background rolling past;
there's not much here to catch the eye.
It looks just like a desert, and well it should
but then the lights appear just beyond the hood.

It's hard to believe there's need for power in this place
Sliding 'long the strip behind a pretty face.

Drawing closer now it's all too clear;
we can't dismiss this out of hand.
It looks just like a city, but no place I've been
the sign said "welcome" and I headed in.

It's hard to believe that trees are growing in this place
Sliding 'long the strip behind a pretty face.

And I know the way she walks;
just like it were my own.
Yes, I know the way she walks,
and she's not alone. She's not alone.

"Hurry, hurry, hurry, step right up!"
everybody's selling make believe.
It looks just like a palace; fit for kings
filled with class and other shiny things.

It's hard to believe they feed you booze in this place
Sliding 'long the strip behind a pretty face.

And I know the way she walks;
just like it were my own.
Yes, I know the way she walks,
and she's not alone. She's not alone.

Wrapped around you, there's no sign of more
its own horizon settles in.
It looks just like an ocean, endless blue
so why not sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

It's hard to believe they breed such women in this place
Sliding 'long the strip behind a pretty face.

And I know the way she walks;
just like it were my own.
Yes, I know the way she walks,
and she's not alone. She's not alone.

Discography

Live in Chicago, GFF Music 2008
The Charmer, GFF Music 2006
Reachin', GFF Music 2002

Set List

FGC handles everything from 45min showcase sets to 4+ hour all night performances with ease. Set lists are primarily composed of songs chosen from FGC's ever growing catalog of original material, though the band enjoys performing cover songs drawn from the worlds of classic rock, rhythm and
blues, acid jazz, funk, and straight ahead jazz.

View set lists from specific shows at www.setlist.com.