The New Groovement
The New Groovement is an eleven-piece funk machine that blends elements of R&B, soul, and hip hop to create a funk-i-fied feast for the ears. If James Brown and Run DMC had a love child this would be it. The band’s sound is as unique as it is versatile with its punchy horns, sweet vocals, clever rhymes, and tight percussion. Combined with an energetic stage presence, this band will make you shake everything you got!
NGM has been actively playing packed shows at popular venues such as Canoe Brewpub, Lucky Bar, and Upstairs Lounge, as well as headlining FernFest and other local festivals. The band recently rocked their first mini Island tour, playing a sold out show at Tofino’s iconic “Mermaid Ball” (Oysterfest) and at Char’s Landing, the musical hub of Port Alberni’s Arts District. They also collaborated with local talent to debut the first ever Victoria Funk Fest last year, which promises to be an extremely popular annual event.
The New Groovement is truly home-grown talent, with most members born or raised on Vancouver Island and hailing from the music schools of Camosun College, UVic, Vancouver Island University and others. This musical force is propelled by the unstoppable energy of leader Groovin' Reuven Sussman (drums). The rhythms are laid down by Tejas Collison (bass) and Ben Scotney (guitar), with additional percussion by Geoff Mason (timbales) and Kim Maddin (congas). Theresa Pasaluko (lead vocals) seduces the crowds with sultry melodies while Danimal House (vocals/emcee) brings his signature high energy fun(ky) hip hop lyrics. The infectiously groovy melodies of the horn section are credited to the powerhouse combination of David Chase (trumpet), Jason Dolynny (trombone), Jonnie “be bad” Bridgeman (sax), and big, bad, Brad Justason (sax).
This up-and-coming group has quickly made a name for itself with its massive shows and energetic parties; it’s one band you will not want to miss this year. Their newest CD release is a live album recorded at the 2013 BC Ska Fest Members’ party.
Garden City Grooves VI Night 3 w/ The New Groovement, Apex Breaks & Richie Diggs @ Victoria Event Centre
We are proud to heat up Night 3 of Garden City Grooves in true Victoria style as we welcome back our dear friends THE NEW GROOVEMENT! One of our city's most beloved bands, The New Groovement has been relentlessly busy since their last appearance on our stage – with some choice member changes and additions and an acclaimed release (“Tired of Waiting”), the band has been gaining insane amounts of momentum. Funkier, jazzier, groovier than ever, The New Groovement has never wavered in their position as one of the most reliably rhythmic bands on the west coast. We are proud to welcome them back as they close another chapter in their extensive history, as this will be singer Stevie Wise's last show with the band. Except some serious emotions on stage as the band blows it out one last time with the powerhouse vocalist and prepares to head into a new phase!
The stage will already be plenty heated up by the time New Groovement gets on it as we've got psychedelic junk-funk colossus APEX BREAKS coming in hard to get things going for this Saturday night get-down. It didn't take long for Apex Breaks to make a name as one of the funkiest and forward-thinking groove bands Victoria has seen in quite some time. Their set at this years Victoria Ska & Reggae Festival opening for Cherry Poppin' Daddies was marked by many as one of the highlights of the festival. The engagement between the band and the audience is almost as captivating as the interplay between the members themselves. Apex Breaks takes the stage determined to play serious funk music while having as much as they possibly can while doing it. Joining the party is guest Richie Digs, one of the city's most knowledgeable and versatile DJ s, who will be working the 1s and 2s, getting the night warmed up and holding it down between sets. Don't miss this Saturday night party. Come help us close down Garden City Grooves VI with a bang!
***This show is ALL AGES with a beverage service for those 19+ with ID***