The Buddha's Groove

The Buddha's Groove

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

Biography

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

Discography

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

Set List

Varies per event. Can be an improvised jam that morphs through many styles of music including Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock, 80s, 70s, Classical, World...or it can be a set of gut bucket blues or a intimate set of traditional jazz.