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Ed Mays Groove Kitchen

Cover Band from Seattle, WA Will travel up to 100 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 28 Reviews
  • 42 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2012
  • 6 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $1,000 per event

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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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Review by Jesse D.

Community EventReviewed on July 2, 2022From Tokeland, WA

Review by Jasen B.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on June 18, 2022From Blaine, WA

What an absolute treat to have Ed Mays Groove Kitchen at our corporate event. We hosted a Roaring 1920's theme and the band absolutely nailed it. They were incredible. Everything from their dress attire, showing up early to prep, to the musical sets. By the end of the evening we had people out dancing. I received so many compliments not just from my attendees but even the hotel staff who loved the ambiance that Ed Mays created. I would book this group again for anything around the Seattle-Bellingham area. 5 star experience for sure!

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Thanks for the wonderful review, Jasen!

Review by Genevieve H.

Private PartyReviewed on August 14, 2021From Bothell, WA

The band arrived when they said they would for set up. They were fun and interacted with the guest as they played their sets. I would definitely hire them again if I have another get-together that requires music.

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Song List

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  • 100 Days 100 nights | Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
  • Ain't Nobody | Chaka Khan
  • At Last | Etta James
  • Black Magic Woman | Santana
  • Blue Collar | Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • Boogie Oogie | A Taste of Honey
  • Brick House | The Commodores
  • Cake By The Ocean | DNCE
  • Celebration | Kool & The Gang
  • Chain of Fools | Aretha Franklin
  • Cold Shot | Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Europa | Santana
  • Feelin Alright | Joe Cocker
  • Fever | Little Willie John
  • Fire | Pointer Sisters
  • Get Down On It | Kool & The Gang
  • Get Down Tonight | KC & The Sunshine Band
  • Get Into the Groove | Madonna
  • Get Lucky | Pharrell
  • Get Up Offa That Thing | James Brown
  • Give Me One Reason | Tracy Chapman
  • Guajira | Chick Corea
  • Havana | Camila Cabello
  • I Can't Go For That | Hall and Oates
  • I Don't Know What to Say | Stacey Israel
  • I Don't Need No Doctor | John Mayer & John Scofield
  • I Love You More… | Amy Winehouse
  • I Need Your Lovin | Stacey Israel
  • I Wish | Stevie Wonder
  • In the Memory of Elizabeth Reed | Allman Bros.
  • Is This Love | Bob Marley
  • It's Time | Stacey Israel Owen
  • Kiss | Prince
  • Lady Marmalade | Labelle
  • Lady's Night | Kool & the Gang
  • Late in the Evening | Paul Simon
  • Le Freak | Chic
  • Let the Music Play | Shannon
  • Let's Groove Tonight | Earth Wind & Fire
  • Little Wing | Jimi Hendrix
  • Low Rider | War
  • Messin With the Kid | Blues Bros.
  • Miss You | Rolling Stones
  • Mustang Sally | Wilson Pickett
  • Oye Como Va | Santana
  • Play That Funky Music White Boy | Wild Cherry
  • Pride and Joy | Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Proud Mary | Beyonce
  • Red House | Jimi Hendrix
  • RESPECT | Aretha Franklin
  • Right Place At the Wrong Time | Dr. John
  • Rock Steady | Aretha Franklin
  • Rock Wit You | Michael Jackson
  • Shining Star | Earth Wind & Fire
  • Sisters | Chaka Khan
  • Smooth Operator | Sade
  • Soul Man | Sam & Dave
  • Spooky | Atlanta Rhythm Section
  • Spoonful | Howlin' Wolf
  • Stir It Up | Bob Marley
  • Stitched Up | John Mayer
  • Street Life | Randy Crawford
  • Summertime | George Gershwin
  • Super Freak | Rick James
  • Superstition | Stevie Wonder
  • Sweet Dreams | Eurithmics
  • T-Bone Shuffle | T-Bone Walker
  • Teeny Little Bit | Etta James
  • Tell Me Something Good | Chaka Khan
  • Thank You | Sly & The Family Stone
  • That's the Way Love Goes | Janet Jackson
  • The Thrill Is Gone | Jerry Garcia & David Grisman
  • Three Little Birds | Bob Marley
  • What Is Love | Haddaway
  • Word Up | Cameo


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Upcoming Events

July 30, 2022 • Celebration
Sat5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Chehalis, WA

Past Events

July 2, 2022 • Community Event
Sat4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Tokeland, WA
June 18, 2022 • Corporate Function
Sat5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Blaine, WA
September 25, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat6:00 PM - 10:30 PM Kirkland, WA
August 14, 2021 • Private Party
Sat4:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bothell, WA
August 13, 2021 • Community Event
Fri2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Puyallup, WA
July 4, 2021 • Private Party
Sun7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Auburn, WA
July 31, 2020 • 13 Coins
Fri8:30 PM - 12:30 AM Seatac, WA
July 24, 2020 • Rollin' Log
Fri9:00 PM - 1:00 AM Issaquah, WA
July 18, 2020 • 13 Coins
Sat8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Bellevue, WA
July 17, 2020 • 13 Coins
Fri9:00 PM - 1:00 AM Seattle, WA
June 26, 2020 • 13 Coins
Fri8:30 PM - 12:30 AM Seatac, WA
June 13, 2020 • 13 Coins
Sat8:00 PM - 12:00 AM Bellevue, WA

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