Groove Shoes Funk Orchestra
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Groove Shoes Funk Orchestra

Northampton, Massachusetts, United States | SELF

Northampton, Massachusetts, United States | SELF
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"Groove Shoes"

"Groove Shoes offers an incredibly energetic mix of solid, groove-oriented, raucous funk power, executed with the even-handed prowess of players who possess musical wisdom far beyond their ages. There's no noodling here, only raw execution and eager creativity."
— Clara Rose Thornton, The Rutland Daily Herald - The Rutland Daily Herald


Discography

Telepathy
Written by Sam French-Lyrics by Molly Steinmark
Molly Steinmark-Vox & Percussion, Sam French-Drums, Pat Garland-Hammond Organ, Michael Gleason-Guitar, Matt Clegg-Bass, DeAngelo Nieves-Trumpet, Noah Weiss-Tenor Sax, Spencer Hattendorf-Tenor Sax, Nigel Hall-Vox Trading

Lemonade
Written by Molly Steinmark
Molly Steinmark-Vox, Sam French-Drums, Nigel Hall-Hammond Organ, Michael Gleason-Guitar Trading, Matt Clegg-Bass, DeAngelo Nieves-Trumpet-Guitar, Noah Weiss-Tenor Sax, Spencer Hattendorf-Tenor Sax

Greenhorn
Written by Sam French
Sam French-Drums, Pat Garland-Hammond Organ, Michael Gleason-Guitar, Matt Clegg-Bass, DeAngelo Nieves-Trumpet, Noah Weiss-Tenor Sax, Spencer Hattendorf-Tenor Sax

Peace
Written by Molly Steinmark and DeAngelo Nieves
DeAngelo Nieves-Guitar, Molly Steinmark-Vocals

Trifecta
Written by Sam French
Sam French-Drums, Alan Evans & Molly Steinmark-Percussion, Pat Garland-Hammond organ, Michael Gleason-Guitar, Matt Clegg-Bass, DeAngelo Nieves-Trumpet-Alto Sax

PIA
Written by Sam French
Sam French-Drums,Guitar(Bridge), Nigel Hall-Hammond Organ, Michael Gleason-Guitar, Matt Clegg-Bass, DeAngelo Nieves-Trumpet, Noah Weiss-
Tenor Sax, Spencer Hattendorf-Tenor Sax, Molly Steinmark-Percussion

Turn The Music Up
Written by Molly Steinmark
DeAngelo Nieves-Guitar-Trumpet, Molly Steinmark-Drums-Vox, Matt Clegg-Bass, Pat Garland-Piano, Spencer Hattendorf-Tenor Sax

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Groove Shoes Funk Orchestra, the culmination of an entire pallet of influences, consists of musicians from Massachusetts, California, Vermont, and Oklahoma. Formed in early 2010 when Sam French(drums, guitar) began talking with Michael Gleason(guitar) about starting a groove oriented soul/jazz/funk group. Sam had played with DeAngelo Nieves(trumpet, alto sax, guitar, backing vox) in an earlier band, DeAngelo went to college and had performed in several ensembles with Molly Steinmark(vox, drums, percussion), and Michael had attended Marlboro with Matt Clegg(bass). The core of Groove Shoes had formed. After a bit of searching, the group connected with Pat Garland (Keys) and the sound was complete.

Groove Shoes is based in Western Ma/Southern VT, an area with a rich culture and tradition of music and arts in general. Traveling throughout the Northeast, Groove Shoes regularly plays in Boston/Cambridge, and New York City. Groove Shoes will be touring Summer 2011 throughout the Eastern U. S.

The self-titled debut album, recorded at Playonbrother Studios with engineering and mixing genius Alan Evans(Soulive), promises to please and will be stuck in your head. The record features seven original tunes written by Sam and Molly, as well as a surprising twist on the Gershwin classic Summertime. The undeniable, unstoppable Nigel Hall makes several appearances, and Alan Evans fills in on percussion. This album is packed full of energy and will make you want to send the album back to the top. Be on the look out for the spring release date.