Monday, December 11, 2017

The GroovaLottos and The Soul, Funk & Blues Legacy

A powerhouse soul-funk-blues band reflects on the swelling rise of their movement as the landscape of urban music changes.

In the book The Death of Rhythm & Blues, by Nelson George, (1987) the end of Black music audiences as tastemakers was predicted and has sadly come to pass. It was in the late 1950s when Black American musical genres, Gospel, Blues, Rhythm & Blues (also called Jump Blues), and Jazz re-converged into a sound called Soul music. Soul music would also incorporate the instruments, rhythms, and nuances of Afro-Caribbean music as well. As a music form that incubated and blossomed during the civil rights movement; the lyrics and social content of the music was reflective of the Black experience. As with all African American musical forms, Soul music became globally influential.

However, around the beginning of the new millennium, the influence of the Black audiences on the shaping the Black aesthetic began to wain, to the extent that the "tastemaker" status that Black audiences once held is now seen as non-existent by many. Much of this is due to the rapid disappearance of small, local and regional live music venues that catered to mostly Black audiences; often introducing audiences to new music and artists.

Slowly, these venues began to make the switch to either using a DJ or a cover band, leaving artists and bands that focused on original music to seek audiences and gigs elsewhere. Black music audiences now have their artists, music, and trends pre-packaged for them, removing the organic effect of audience finding artists and artists finding audiences.

For The GroovaLottos who have always prided themselves on treating soul, funk and blues like traditions and not commodities; the search for venues and audiences led to them following the Indie Band and Jam Band route, playing to mostly white audiences. Curiously, while the styles and trends of Black music have shifted, the band's debut album, "Ask Yo' Mama" was still nominated for a Grammy in the "Best R&B Album" category.

Playing on over 200 radio stations and streaming shows throughout the USA and Canada, charting on Jam Band and RMR Charts, and receiving 4 Grammy nominations in Pop and R&B; The GroovaLottos are now being seen and recognized by Grown & Sexy Black audiences.

Join The GroovaLottos for their Pre-Grammy Kick-Off performance at the Coffeehouse Soul Sessions on January 20, 2018 at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse, 565 High St, Dedham, MA. Show starts at 8PM

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Coffeehouse Soul Sessions and The GroovaLottos, Bring a Soul Music Boost to the Boston Area

Coffeehouse Soul Sessions kicks off with a boom and starting January 20th, they will be a monthly event at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse; injecting some much needed soul music into the area and providing a showcase for regional talent.

On a mild, November Saturday night, The Dedham Square Coffeehouse had a crowded dance floor as the Coffeehouse SOUL SESSIONS premiered at the popular suburban eatery. Grammy nominees The GroovaLottos had the room going from the first note to the last.

With live soul music in short supply and original soul bands being otherwise non-existent in the Boston area, the Dedham Square Coffeehouse (565 High St., Dedham) provides a much needed oasis for lovers of soul, funk and
The GroovaLottos Create the vibe of the Phunk Movement
blues music. Part concert and part dance party, The GroovaLottos kept the room festive for three sets, with a selection of original tunes, including songs from their Grammy nominated album, "Ask Yo' Mama" as well as original versions of known favorites by artists ranging from James Brown to Iggy Pop.

"All week I had been getting phone calls and messages asking about The GroovaLottos. They're a great band and fill the room with good energy." - Ali Kooshan, owner of the Dedham Square Coffeehouse.

Dedham Square Coffeehouse has announced that the CoffeeHouse Soul Sessions will now be a monthly event, starting in January on the 20th. Upcoming Dates will be: January 20th, February 10th, March 10th, April 14, May 19, June 16, July 14, and August 10. 565 High Street, Showtime starts at 8PM.

Coffeehouse Soul Sessions is looking for solo artists (singers and musicians) who would like to feature with the band during one of the sessions. To sign up for an audition, follow the link below.

Audition Application for Soul Sessions

Monday, November 6, 2017

The GroovaLottos Receive 4 Grammy Nominations for Album "Ask Yo' Mama"

ASK YO' MAMA - Nominated for 4 Grammys
Cape Cod soul-funk-blues band receives Grammy nominations for 'Best Pop Performance", "Best Traditional R&B Performance" and "Best R&B Album" In Award's First Round.

Votes are in an being counted by the Recording Academy from the first round of Grammy nominations and the album, "Ask Yo' Mama" by The GroovaLottos was on the ballot. Two songs from the album were nominated for 'Best Pop Performance by a Group': "Ask Yo' Mama (Ima GroovaLotto)" and "Do You Mind (IfWeDanceWitYoDate)?". The song "Autumn Moon" was nominated for 'Best Traditional R&B Performance' and the album itself has been nominated for 'Best R&B Album'.

"I received an invitation to join the Recording Academy and found out that I actually qualified to join 17 years ago. When you're an underground artist mainstream opportunities like this don't occur to you. It all seems kind of unreal when you hear that you're nominated, but it becomes very real when you see your band on the ballot." - Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor

Following the album's May release, it was added into rotation on over 200 radio stations around the USA and Canada, and subsequently found it's way onto the Jam Band and RMR Charts. "Do You Mind...?" had been released in 2016 as a single and spent 41 weeks in the top ten of the Americana/ Indie Blues Charts. In August, "Ask Yo' Mama" was album of the week on BBC. The album has also become a favorite on numerous individual and curated playlists on Spotify streaming service.

"All of those hours in the studio, recording and mixing the project. As it began to take shape, I knew we had something special on out hands. We would get a mix, drop it onto a CD and go listen to it in Mwalim's car. If it sounded good there, we knew it was right."- Eddie Ray Johnson

With Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor as the resident songwriter, and Mwalim and Eddie Ray Johnson as a production team, The GroovaLottos are a self-contained musical production unit, and the proof is in the tracks. During the winter, you can find The GroovaLottos hosting their Phunk Parties anf Soul Sessions around New England. The next Phunk Party is on November 18th at the WOMR Schoolhouse in Provincetown, MA; and November 25th will be the next Soul Session at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

The GroovaLottos Schoolhouse Phunk Party Nov 18th in Provincetown

The WOMR Schoolhouse Presents an early winter soul, funk and blues concert and dance party by Grammy nominated band The GroovaLottos.

The summer might be over, but the good times aren't... are you ready to get Phunked up? the WOMR Schoolhouse presents The GroovaLottos -the same band that made the streets of Provincetown into a soul-funk-blues dance party all summer- are back with a special concert at the Schoolhouse. Need to revive your Soul? Is it time to get out of the Funk? Trying to escape those winter blues? Time to get phunked up!

Join us on November 18, 2017 at the WOMR Schoolhouse, 494 Commercial St., Provincetown, MA 02657. Doors open at 7:30 pm for an 8pm show. Tickets are $15.

WOMR is a Community Radio station on Cape Cod that provides a media platform to present local, eclectic, entertaining, informative and educational programming, and to encourage community participation in all aspects of the station. occupying the second floor of the old Provincetown Schoolhouse, the radio station also boasts a 150 seat concert venue that has hosted hundred of local, regional and national performers and exhibits.

For tickets and information to the party, visit the lin below:

Monday, July 17, 2017


BY POPULAR DEMAND, The Phunk Hits schedule for Commercial Street in Provincetown has been expanded to several weekends during July and August!!!

This special edition of The Phunk Hits is supported in part by the Truro Cultural Council, WellFleet Cultural Council, WOMR - FM, and Song Keepers, Ltd.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Phunk Hits Bring Soul Music to the Streets of Cape Cod in Summer 2017

THE PHUNK HITS is a summer concert series, bringing soul, funk and blues music to the streets of Cape Cod, featuring The GroovaLottos and special guest musical performers. The kick-off show will be on July 8th in Harwich Port, MA.

THE PHUNK HITS is supported in part by the Truro Cultural Council, WellFleet Cultural Council, Orleans Cultural Council, Brewster Cultural Council, Harwich Cultural Council, Dennis Cultural Council, Mashpee Cultural Council, Falmouth Cultural Council, and WOMR - FM.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ASK YO MAMA The New Album by The GroovaLottos Drops May 12

So funky, you’ll swear it’s vinyl!! The GroovaLottos debut album, “Ask Yo’ Mama” is a fun, retro funky soulful, and bluesy offering from the first note to the last word. This 16-track opus offers 13 original songs and three sketches that demonstrate why they are considered one of the most entertaining bands on the scene.

Ask Yo’ Mama” exhibits the wide, genre bending musical vocabulary of the band, as it smoothly transitions from smooth soul grooves, to juke-joint worthy blues, to dance floor ready funk. Featuring the instrumental virtuosity of the trio, topped with amazingly orchestrated vocals.

Escaping the modern trappings of electronica and hyper-digital production, “Ask Yo’ Mama” explores and celebrates the productions of yester-year; presenting true, raw instrumental and vocal performances without samples, loops, drum machines, auto-correction, or auto-tuning. The tambourines, handclaps, percussion, and sounds are all the real thing. 

Ask Yo’ Mama” is co-produced by Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor, a multi-award, multi-grant winning musician, composer, performer and producer of jazz and soul recordings; and Eddie Ray Johnson, a seasoned touring percussionist whose career spans funk, rock, blues and world music. The legendary Bob Yen served as the producing engineer.

If you are a fan of Bruno Mars, and Leon Bridges, Parliament Funkadelic, and Earth, Wind & Fire; or miss James Brown, Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Muddy Waters, YOU GOTTA HEAR THIS!!!

JOIN US for the Album Release Party at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth, MA on May 13th, starting at 7:30 PM.

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Copies of the album can be purchased as CD or Download HERE

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