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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. The band’s sound is as unique as it is versatile with its punchy horns, sweet vocals, clever rhymes, and tight percussion. This is energetic, feel-good music that will get you out of your seat and onto the dance floor!
At the forefront of the band are Theresa Pasaluko and her partner-in-rhyme, Danimal House. Together, they can soothe with sultry, sweet ballads or slay with sharp cutting rhymes. Backing them up is a solid rhythm and percussion section that loves to lay down funk-a-licious beats while the killer horn section gets crowds going with tasty licks and dance moves that would make James Brown proud.
The New Groovement is a rising star in Vancouver Island’s music scene, playing popular festivals such as the Victoria International Jazz Festival and Victoria Ska Fest, as well as headlining FernFest, VinFest and Tofino’s Oysterfest. They have also played at large venues around Victoria such as the Canoe Club, Lucky Bar, Upstairs Lounge, and 9one9. This summer even saw the group play to 50,000 people as part of the Victoria Day parade.
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! They are currently working with producer Joby Baker (producer of Alex Cuba’s Grammy-winning album) to record their first full-length studio album (due in 2014).
NGM is Reuven Sussman (drums), Tejas Collison (bass), Ben Scotney (guitar), Geoff Mason (timbales), Kim Maddin (congas), Theresa Pasaluko (lead vocals), Danimal House (vocals/emcee), David Chase (trumpet), Jason Dolynny (trombone), Jonnie Bridgeman (sax), and Brad Justason (sax).