Ed Mays Groove Kitchen

Cover Band from Seattle, WA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$500 - $5000 per event
Add a touch of class to your event by hiring the seasoned pros of the award winning Groove Kitchen Band. We are a high energy dance band with an accent on Classic R&B. What you get is world class vocals and monster soloists presented in a tight entertainment package. We are Groove Kitchen because we are the groove masters. We know how to make you feel good and get you and your friends up dancing.

We take pride in giving you what you want. Our large song list contains time tested hits that other dance bands might play. The key word is "quality". Our broad backgrounds as music educators, recording artists, and veterans of thousands of stages mean that we can do what others can't. And we do it with a style that comes from long experience. For this reason we go over great at parties and weddings because we've got something for everybody.

Genres:

Classic R&B: EW&F, Stevie Wonder, Aretha, Sade, Chaka Khan, Supremes, Temptations…
Disco: Ohio Players, Donna Summers, Chic, Rolls Royce, Pointer Sisters, Michael Jackson…
Classic Rock: Joe Cocker, Jimmy Hendrix, Cream, Paul Simon, Santana, Doors, Stones…
Current: Lady GaGa, Tracy Chapman, John Mayer, Alicia Keys...

Jazz: Lot's of our GigMasters clients have wanted jazz. So I have added some recent live video of us in jazz configuration. We are one of the few bands that work both as a jazz band and/or pop band. That's why we can give you dinner jazz, then magically transform into a dance band and rock the house down! Depending on what clients want, we have also been known to throw in some Latin, Reggae, ballads, blues, and a country tune or two.

We are all working musicians, so as individuals we play with any number of different bands. I created this band because I wanted something that was more interesting than your average dance band. I wanted an excuse to blow people's minds.

Groove Kitchen is:

Ed Mays: I power the band. In addition to drums, I sing lead and backup. I started playing professionally as a teenager in 1971. Soon, I began playing in jazz and marching bands. I spent much of the 80's touring the country and Canada playing in various hotel and show bands. Taught that a musician should be able to play anything, I developed the technique and broad stylistic background that also serves my students well.

Stacey Israel Owen: Stacey gives the band elegance. She honed her skills singing gospel from the time when she was a small child and has spent much of her life in the studio. She regularly blows my mind. And as it turns out, I'm not the only one. Her astonishing vocals and stunning looks had attracted record company interest at an early age. They invested a lot of money in her. Search for: Stacey Israel- "I Wanna Do Ya". She is a prolific song writer and has made many records.

Yogi McCaw: Our piano man gives the band depth. A composer and recording artist, I first met him 10 years ago when I stepped outside and heard Salsa montunos coming from his house across the street. At the time I had been looking for somebody who could do that, so I hauled off and joined his Latin jazz band. Soon, we were in the studio making a record. This morphed into a world music project recorded on two continents. Thanks to the record company, some of these tracks got film credits. I wasn't ready for the wild ride that ensued. Yogi and I played in several reggae, numerous jazz, Blues, African, world beat, fusion and even East Indian bands. This long experience gives us what I call "musical equity". We really can play almost anything.

Jude Contreras: Jude gives the band variety & panache. A monster lead man and skilled rhythm player, Jude can rock the house all by himself. He knows enough songs to sing all night. This makes him in demand as a side man and studio player. What I like about Jude is that he is on the same wavelength. He seems to go out of his way to pick the "sleeper" songs that are really cool. A couple examples are the Paul Simon song "Late in the Evening" and the John Mayer song, "All Stitched Up".

Marvin Shields Jr.: Marvin gives it solidarity. It's what you need from a bass player. He's got that "thumb pickin' thang" and he's got awesome ears. Like the rest of us, Marvin has spent a lot of time free lancing. He's in high demand and I think it has something to do with an uncanny ability to cover his parts even when he hasn't the slightest idea what he's doing. He's been with us for a year and a half now, so I think he knows what he's doing. But if he doesn't, we'll never know. He also has impressive solo chops and sings nice back up harmonies. –Just the guy I've been looking for!

This is the basic dance band package. For more players please see "Group Members". We aim at the event market which includes parties, weddings, concerts and festivals. We go over great in clubs and casinos too. We play all size events and if you like the full band sound a la James Brown, for a little bit more, we can easily add in a horn section.
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One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!

Anniversary Party

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Ed Mays Groove Kitchen Band was the best. Our guests loved the music.... and were up dancing to every song. Ed didn't know the song that I asked them to play for our first dance. But they looked it up... and yes.. they played it for us..... and it was beautiful. I would recommend this band if you want your guests to have a good time. This was a party for our 50th anniversary..... and Ed helped to make it very special. Thank you Ed and your band.

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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They were fabulous! They arrived early to set up their instruments, accommodating themselves to rather limited space of the venue. Their selection of musical numbers was very appropriate to the nature of the event, 90th birthday celebration, and my guests' ages. Their performance received rave responses from my guests who congratulated me for selecting this group of talented musicians. When I have another opportunity to engage an entertainment, I would not hesitate to ask them, and I would enthusiastically recommend them to friends and acquaintances who plan a similar need. Hiro Kawasaki

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Corporate Function

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We hired Groove Kitchen for our Summer Tenant Event for 3000 people. Everyone loved them and the music was perfect for pleasing such a large crowd! They were very accommodating with our scheduling needs and flexible to work with us on exact time and date. Would definitely hire them again!

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Bon Jovi
Ain't No Stoppin Us Now
McFadden & Whitehead
Ain't No Sunshine
Stevie Wonder
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
The Temptations
All Blues
Tito Puente
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Etta James
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Nat "King" Cole
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Please note Ed Mays Groove Kitchen will also travel to Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Port Gamble, Suquamish, Edmonds, Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Bremerton, Kingston, Lynnwood, Poulsbo, Redmond, Everett, Port Orchard, Renton, Indianola, Silverdale, Woodinville, Keyport, Vashon, Issaquah, Olalla, Rollingbay, Snohomish, Hansville, Kent, Mukilteo, Seabeck.
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