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Dec
31
New American Groove @ NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY @ THE OFFICE LOUNGE!!

Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

Wheeling, West Virginia, USA

Dec
06
New American Groove @ Pick's

Morristown, Ohio, USA

Morristown, Ohio, USA

Dec
05
New American Groove @ Pick's

Morristown, Ohio, USA

Morristown, Ohio, USA

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New American Groove is a homespun Wheeling, WV, cover band, which has had this patriotic name since founding member Kenny Porter coined it sometime in 2003 or 2004. The original lineup consisted of Justin Rector on bass, Kenny Porter on guitars, and drummer/percussionist John Whorton, but has seen many changes over time which included stints from the likes of percussionist Courtney Ferguson, Jonathan Banco on saxophone, bassist Matt Penhos, and musical genius Jason Treuman on everything but the kitchen sink (keys, bass, guitars - he probably plays a mean kitchen sink, too!)



All these guys have past and present ties to many successful bands spawned in the Ohio Valley including (but, not limited to) The David Alley Band, Flytrap Sister, Easy Street, The Adrian Niles Band, Tones of Home, Swervon, JFK, Tatooed Rose, the Cheryl Clay Band, Street Legal, Groovus Nixon, and the infamous Cranky Pants.



The Groove started around January 2003, when Kenny Porter, John Whorton, and Matt Penhos were recruited to run a short-lived jam night at Tony & Cleo's in Elm Grove, WV. The three got together as the unnamed house band for this open mic night, but within a few weeks, Matt had to bow out due to the demands of his day job.



On Matt's last week with the jam, they still weren't sure who was going to replace him. In walks guitarist Justin Rector, and after sitting around the bar listening to a few other players, he got up to jam with John and Matt, producing a near perfect recreation of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" right on the spot, completely unrehearsed. The guys locked in tight, and at the end of the set, Matt looked at John & Kenny and said, "That's our guy."



From there, Kenny, Justin, & John landed a year long stint as the house band at P.J's Bar in South Wheeling, where they would become known to play just about anything the crowd would ask for, and for getting a wide variety of musical friends up to play. The guys would sometimes play until 3am, keeping folks rockin' and slowly working on their tight, rhythmic feel and smooth harmonies. Their song list continued to grow from an already extensive base of tunes, all the while adding requests from the crowds.



They soon started to branch out, and it was on to the Knotty Pines, where the guys played every Wednesday night as an acoustic trio. This gig grew out of the popular Flytrap Wednesdays at the Knotty Pines, which Justin and Johnny played with vocalist/guitarist/percussionist Joelle Connors.



Since they were playing out as a band, rather than a house act to host other musicians, they started thinking about a name. After a couple of laughable names, Kenny said simply, "I always wanted to call a band New American Groove." They thought for a second and said, "Hmm. Ok."



They really started to develop that down home singing style around this time, with more complex vocal harmonies entering into the mix. As the band's popularity grew, they started playing steady Thursday nights at Generations Pub for over a year and a half, easily filling 4-hour sets with material to spare. Their seamless blend of a diverse collection of songs, from Johnny Cash to the Beatles to Snoop Dogg, kept people of all types - old and young, male and female, hard rockers, hip-hoppers, and country fans - movin' and groovin' no matter which club or party they were playing.



They branched out to most of the popular bars and clubs in the area, playing electric or acoustic, depending on the size and tastes of the club. Their versatility really got them in a lot of clubs, private parties, and weddings that they may not have been able to play otherwise. Currently, the band is made up of Justin Rector on guitars/vocals, Matt Penhos on bass/vocals, and John Whorton on drums/percussion/vocals.



Justin hails from St.Clairsville, OH, and has been singing and playing guitar and bass in his dad's country/ rock group, the David Alley Band since he was a kid. For the past fifteen years, you may have caught Justin playing good time oldies, country, and rock with his dad Gail and his mom Cheryl.



Bassist Matt Penhos, originally from Massachusetts, transferred to the Wheeling area when he was in high school. He had been playing for years, leaming to play and sing his favorite Beatles tunes. Penhos played in some of the great Wheeling Park jazz bands, and was a founding member of Parts Unknown and in the 90's the band Cranky Pants.



John, a Benwood, WV, native had grown up playing music from an early age, starting on the piano at age 6. He got into drums and percussion instruments in junior high, and then, in high school, studied jazz and funk drumming with local legends Ron Rose and Tim Seidler.



To book 'em, go online and check 'em out at www.NewAmericanGroove.com

Thanks to Rob Weide of Valley Magazine for the article, and thanks to Natty Ann for the photos! - Valley Magazine


New American Groove is a homespun Wheeling, WV, cover band, which has had this patriotic name since founding member Kenny Porter coined it sometime in 2003 or 2004. The original lineup consisted of Justin Rector on bass, Kenny Porter on guitars, and drummer/percussionist John Whorton, but has seen many changes over time which included stints from the likes of percussionist Courtney Ferguson, Jonathan Banco on saxophone, bassist Matt Penhos, and musical genius Jason Treuman on everything but the kitchen sink (keys, bass, guitars - he probably plays a mean kitchen sink, too!)



All these guys have past and present ties to many successful bands spawned in the Ohio Valley including (but, not limited to) The David Alley Band, Flytrap Sister, Easy Street, The Adrian Niles Band, Tones of Home, Swervon, JFK, Tatooed Rose, the Cheryl Clay Band, Street Legal, Groovus Nixon, and the infamous Cranky Pants.



The Groove started around January 2003, when Kenny Porter, John Whorton, and Matt Penhos were recruited to run a short-lived jam night at Tony & Cleo's in Elm Grove, WV. The three got together as the unnamed house band for this open mic night, but within a few weeks, Matt had to bow out due to the demands of his day job.



On Matt's last week with the jam, they still weren't sure who was going to replace him. In walks guitarist Justin Rector, and after sitting around the bar listening to a few other players, he got up to jam with John and Matt, producing a near perfect recreation of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" right on the spot, completely unrehearsed. The guys locked in tight, and at the end of the set, Matt looked at John & Kenny and said, "That's our guy."



From there, Kenny, Justin, & John landed a year long stint as the house band at P.J's Bar in South Wheeling, where they would become known to play just about anything the crowd would ask for, and for getting a wide variety of musical friends up to play. The guys would sometimes play until 3am, keeping folks rockin' and slowly working on their tight, rhythmic feel and smooth harmonies. Their song list continued to grow from an already extensive base of tunes, all the while adding requests from the crowds.



They soon started to branch out, and it was on to the Knotty Pines, where the guys played every Wednesday night as an acoustic trio. This gig grew out of the popular Flytrap Wednesdays at the Knotty Pines, which Justin and Johnny played with vocalist/guitarist/percussionist Joelle Connors.



Since they were playing out as a band, rather than a house act to host other musicians, they started thinking about a name. After a couple of laughable names, Kenny said simply, "I always wanted to call a band New American Groove." They thought for a second and said, "Hmm. Ok."



They really started to develop that down home singing style around this time, with more complex vocal harmonies entering into the mix. As the band's popularity grew, they started playing steady Thursday nights at Generations Pub for over a year and a half, easily filling 4-hour sets with material to spare. Their seamless blend of a diverse collection of songs, from Johnny Cash to the Beatles to Snoop Dogg, kept people of all types - old and young, male and female, hard rockers, hip-hoppers, and country fans - movin' and groovin' no matter which club or party they were playing.



They branched out to most of the popular bars and clubs in the area, playing electric or acoustic, depending on the size and tastes of the club. Their versatility really got them in a lot of clubs, private parties, and weddings that they may not have been able to play otherwise. Currently, the band is made up of Justin Rector on guitars/vocals, Matt Penhos on bass/vocals, and John Whorton on drums/percussion/vocals.



Justin hails from St.Clairsville, OH, and has been singing and playing guitar and bass in his dad's country/ rock group, the David Alley Band since he was a kid. For the past fifteen years, you may have caught Justin playing good time oldies, country, and rock with his dad Gail and his mom Cheryl.



Bassist Matt Penhos, originally from Massachusetts, transferred to the Wheeling area when he was in high school. He had been playing for years, leaming to play and sing his favorite Beatles tunes. Penhos played in some of the great Wheeling Park jazz bands, and was a founding member of Parts Unknown and in the 90's the band Cranky Pants.



John, a Benwood, WV, native had grown up playing music from an early age, starting on the piano at age 6. He got into drums and percussion instruments in junior high, and then, in high school, studied jazz and funk drumming with local legends Ron Rose and Tim Seidler.



To book 'em, go online and check 'em out at www.NewAmericanGroove.com

Thanks to Rob Weide of Valley Magazine for the article, and thanks to Natty Ann for the photos! - Valley Magazine


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New American Groove is THE high energy cover band to get your party rockin' and your booty shakin' all night long! From funk to punk, country to classic rock, and everything in between, Justin and John deliver all the party music you could hope for, and then some! Tight rhythms, sweet harmonies, and exciting rearrangements of your favorite tunes are hallmarks of the New American Groove sound.

Hailing from Wheeling, WV, the Groove has been together since 2004. They've played up and down the Ohio River Valley for all kinds of crowds, and have been known to please audiences with all kinds of random requests. From bars, to weddings, to auditoriums, and beyond, these three boys from West Virginia are guaranteed to give you a good time!

Currently, the band is entering a new phase of it's career . . . writing and recording some of their original tunes! Meanwhile, NAG keeps up with it's demanding live performance schedule all over the region. So, what's next for this band? Why not book 'em and find out!?

For booking and scheduling info, please write to john@newamericangroove.com.