Shad Harris & The Groovenators are based in California's Big Central Valley and are ready to travel nationally and internationally to entertain the masses with West Coast Blues at its Finest. Shad Harris & The Grooveantors play a blend of West Coast Blues with a funky twist. They play originals and blues covers, and have their own unique signature sound.
Shad Harris has toured nationally and internationally since 1966 and played drums, keyboards, guitar and bass with various award winning bands and Hall of Fame artists including, Etta James, Charlie Musselwhite, Eddie Harris, The Motown Review Big Band, Roger Daltry, Johnny Heartsman, Ron Thompson, Ron Hacker, Johnny Nitro, and The Tommy Castro Band. Shad was the original drummer for The Tommy Castro Band for over five years and they still remain good friends today. He was the band leader for the Jazz-Fusion ensemble Wave, and the award-winning R&B band The East Side Loop. Shad studied music with Professor Robert Harris in St. Petersburg, Florida; William Bell at College of Alameda in Alameda, CA; Ed Kelly at Laney College in Oakland, CA; Chuck Brown in San Rafael, CA and Jerry Jackson Sr. in Oakland, CA. Shad has also acted and composed musical scores for Scorpio Rising Theater, a Hollywood theater company, and written, arranged, produced and published songs for The Tommy Castro Band, Mel Brown, and Little Sister & The Bad Intentions. Shad has also played with Norman Lankford and his popular jazz quartet, Group Therapy, Hank Mobley, Mel Williams and Horace Silver.
Gary Hamilton has been playing music for over 30 years and was raised in San Francisco and now calls the Central Valley in California home. He began playing with local Bay Area Bands and started his career in music playing drums at first. He then transitioned to bass, and eventually lead guitar, vocals, and sax. He has shared the stage with gifted artists such as Albert King, Charlie Musselwhite, Tommy Castro, Jackie Payne, Johnny Nitro and Smokey Wilson.
Dave Peters is our professional drummer who brings over 30 years of experience playing Blues, Rock, Funk, Latin, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, R&B, Country, Mexican, Reggae, etc...He has played with Grammy winning musicians including Jason Newsted (Metallica), Gordon Hunte (Sade), Julius Melendez (Santana) and Tony Lindsay (Santana). He has studied with Chuck Brown, Atma Anur, Colin Bailey, Robert Kaufman, Rob Hart and Dave Garibaldi.
This is the band of professional musicians you have been looking for to play at your event(s). Let Shad Harris & The Groovenators entertain you with the Best in West Coast Blues.
Shad Harris & The Groovenators are in the studio recording.
Shad Harris is also featured on the following CD's:
No Foolin' (1993) Tommy Castro Band - Shad Harris - Drums/Vocals
Exception to the Rule (1995) Tommy Castro Band - Shad Harris - Drums/Vocals (bckgr)
Can't Keep A Good Man Down (1997) Tommy Castro Band - Shad Harris -
Celebration of Blues: Great Rock-A-Boogie Blues (1997) Various Artists - Drums
Celebration of Blues: Great Swing Blues (1997) Various Artists - Drums
Celebration of Blues: The Great Singers, Vol. 2 (1997) Various Artists - Drums
Bluesmaniac (1998) Leadfoot Rivet - Shad Harris - Drums
Soulful Blues (2000) Kenny "Blue" Ray - Shad Harris - Drums
Back Door Man (2000) Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws - Shad Harris - Drums
Essential Tommy Castro (2001) Tommy Castro Band - Shad Harris - Drums/Vocals (bckgr)
Burnin' (2003) Ron Hacker & The Hacksaws - Shad Harris - Drums