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Hailing from Calgary, offering a hybrid brand of funk, rock and acid jazz, The Kronic Groove Band is all about “energy” on stage and in the studio. With their unique sound, the “KGB” (as they are affectionately called) serves up and dishes out tunes that will take you through a funky island jam and guarantee to get the party started.
In the early spring of 2008, Alex Baum, Mike Malkin, and Scott White combined their creative juices and began jamming with the idea of bringing the funk scene back to Calgary. Later, Fraser Jessop joined the band as the keyboard player and in late May, Taylor Cochrane brought his eccentric voice to the microphone. By June the band was set and psyched to re-funkify the city.
Since releasing its full length self-titled album in March 2009, The Kronic Groove Band has stormed Calgary, playing throughout the city. With a loyal fan base comprised of high school, university/college students, young professionals, and the funk die-hards reclaiming their spirit of youth, KGB’s music attracts audiences from all backgrounds. They have spread the funk to the masses at some of Calgary’s most well known music venues, won the 2009 AB Records Indie Band Competition (for the second straight time), and nearly burned a hole in the dance floor at the Calgary Drop-In Centre at Thanksgiving. This has led to playing with countless amazing groups.
The Kronic Groove Band is currently in the midst of writing and recording material for a planned album release in the new year and gearing up to take their act on the road during the summer of 2011.
There have been some line-up changes along the way with Paul Coutts now on keys, Fraser moving to trumpet and Bradon Willms on tenor sax, further enhancing the sound with a horns section. These additions along with KGB’s unique combination of music genres recreate the grooviness of the 60’s and 70’s with the indie-rock edge of today’s music scene, providing a lively and entertaining experience for everyone.