The Buddha's Groove
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The Buddha's Groove


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The best kept secret in music



"AMAZING! A harmonica lead tio comprised of world-class improvisers
and composers, Michalek has been Minneapolis' best-kept secret for more
than 6 years." - Jazztimes

"Chick Corea"

"This harmonica and bass thing is funky, fresh, and I love it." ~ Chick Corea ~ - Chick Corea

"Yellow Jackets"

"Jazz lovers and bass afficionados should consider this group a red alert.
It took me over an hour to find my bottom jaw after I watched them play"
- Jimmy Haslip

"Bela Fleck and the Flecktones"

“Chris Michalek plays things you don't often hear on diatonic harmonica,
musically and with a rich tone. He’s among the best to ever play the
instrument" - Howard Levy


"Going to be the finest modern jazz concept in the nation, and
undoubtedly one of the most unique groups period." - Offbeat

"Toots Thielemans"

“Chris Michalek is one of those rare musicians that looks past convention
and despite the percieved limits of the harmonica he continues to blaze
a new trail seemingly without limits” - Toots Thielemans


Galactic Tsunami - 2007
Chemical Shirk - 2006
Monk Alters Chi 2004
Hot Summer Jazz Festival Sampler - 2001


Feeling a bit camera shy


An extremely unique experience of improvisational music comprised of hard-hitting funky beats, deep modal explorations, and jaw-dropping solos by three stellar musicians. Their blend of jazz, funk, blues and rock makes all shows mind-branding.

Between Chris Michalek (harmonica,) Mahlon Hawk (bass,) and Travis Blum (drums,) The Buddha’s Groove combines over a century of musical experience to create an unclassifiable and genre-bending sonic evolution that is always red hot.

Every time the band takes the stage, each member of The Buddha’s Groove dedicates every drop of their passion for music to their audience. This group of steller musicians has attracted other like-minded musicians when you consider whom they’ve shared the stage with over the years including Bela Fleck, Brecker Brothers, James Taylor, Bobby McFerrin, The Yellow Jackets.

The combination of the talents of Harmonica virtuoso Chris Michalek, world-renowned bass master Mahlon Hawk, funky jazz/rock drummer, Travis Blum brings fans of The Buddha’s groove back again and again.

The Buddha’s Groove rich and cross-cultural sound allows them to constantly push the envelope of composition and improvisation. There is no band to compare it to. This interesting and eclectic group would fit nicely between Bela Fleck and Weather Report on any international stage. Hard Bop doesn't define it and Jazz Band doesn't do it justice. As an instrumental group, it's more than background music. It's sometimes daring and outside and sometimes beautifully laid back. Either way this group will blow your mind and touch your soul. The eclectic nature of the band brings fans from a wide spectrum of music together for a truly profound experience.

Past Featured Events include:

Chicago Jazz Festival
Hot Summer Jazz Fesitval
Bayfront Blues Festival
Apple River Music Festival
Kinder Jam Fest
Rock and Roll Marathon
Minneapolis Marathon
Winter Jam Festival
Mother Earth jam