NEW SOUND UNDERGROUND
Marked by their high-energy, all-instrumental performances, New Sound Underground has become a must-see band in the Minneapolis music scene. The band stands out with its original songs, engaging arrangements, and exhilarating live shows.
Drawing inspiration from a wide array of styles including funk, jazz, fusion, rock, soul, R&B, and gospel, the band released its debut self-titled album in 2013, a year in which they also went on to play the Telluride Jazz Festival. Continued success has allowed the band to perform at prominent venues including First Avenue (Minneapolis), The Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis), The Twin Cities Jazz Festival (’13,’16,’17), and Prince’s renowned “Paisley Park: After Dark” series.
In 2014, New Sound Underground partnered with the legendary venue First Avenue in Minneapolis to start a new concert series called “Funk on First” and held shows that included great local bands from the up-and-coming funk/fusion/jazz scene in the Twin Cities. New Sound Underground was voted “Best Jam Band of 2015” by the Twin Cities local paper City Pages. In March of 2016, the band partnered with local label Last Triumph to go on a tour to SXSW in Austin, TX. In the Summer of 2016, New Sound Underground released the album Push on CD and vinyl.
Groovement, a lively, six man funk-rock group from Fayetteville, AR, has been described as what you’d hear if Led Zeppelin caught a Soul Trainwith Grouplove and they threw a party while headin’ down the tracks to Motown. Their catchy original melodies, big harmonies, funky grooves and impressive solos make up a setlist you can’t not dance along with. That would be enough to please any music fan, but throw in Groovement’s titillating twists on some unexpected favorite cover tunes, and you’ve got a mega-memorable night of live music on your hands.
In 2017, the group’s fan base expanded internationally, with several sets at Australia’s Caloundra – basically the Down Under version of Hangout Fest – and Groovement made such a remarkable impression with fans that the event organizers used two of the band’s tracks for official promotional videos and invited them back this year for more. “Caloundra’s organizers discovered us while we were playing in the French Quarter during New Orleans Jazz Fest earlier last year,” explained drummer Bryan Burkhart, who founded Groovement in 2009. “We ended up playing three different times for the festival crowd, and each time the crowd more than doubled; we also played the staff party after it ended. It was a great experience – and they loved us so much that insisted we come back to Caloundra this September.”
Anyone who has seen Groovement live will easily understand why fans and event promoters are so impressed: Their sound incorporates funky dance grooves, high-energy rock and roll, pop-style song structure with catchy, melodic hooks, and a flexible jam-band style of improvisation – so no two shows are ever the same. Fans have compared their sound to the likes of Jamiroquai, The Main Squeeze, Galactic and Trombone Shorty. Their setlist is heavy on the original songs that have given them much traction; they cite a broad range of songwriting influences such as the lead guitar solo styling and chord structures of Pink Floyd and the pop hooks and vocal approach of Stevie Wonder, to the dance grooves and lyrical prowess of Michael Jackson.