Ed Mays Groove Kitchen

Cover Band from Seattle, WA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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BOOKED 42 days ago

$500 - $5000 per event
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About
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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25+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 5+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2018!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!

Happy Hour

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Groove Kitchen is an absolute gem!! The band offered us a spectacular show during our corporate happy hour event. People normally leave when food runs out but many of them stayed towards the very end solely because of their intoxicating music! The band members played seamlessly and knew their way to interact with the crowd. The vocal of their lead singer Stacy was STUNNING. We all very pleased to have Groove Kitchen in our house and we recommend them to anyone who wants a great party experience!

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Holiday Party

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We booked Ed May's Groove Kitchen for our company holiday party and they were incredible to work with. The band we had originally booked cancelled last minute, and even with short notice Ed was able to get his band together and provide top notch entertainment. They are all extremely talented musicians and performers- Stacey was able to get some of our most reserved employees dancing! I would definitely recommend booking Groove Kitchen if you are looking for professional, fun, upbeat, and quality music.

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Private Party

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The Groove Kitchen band was fantastic at our event. They were spot on for the sound level of the room, played well to the guests, and were extremely talented. I would highly recommend this band to anyone looking for good music at their next event.

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Corporate Function

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Ed and his crew were great musicians and definitely added to our anniversary party. They are professional, warm, and a great bunch. We would hire them again.

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Private Party

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These guys are amazing! Hired them for a private party and they far exceeded our expectations! Will definitely be booking them again!!!

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Club Event

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They were awesome - funky grooves and upbeat covers. Definitely will have them back again,.

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Ed Mays Groove Kitchen’s Response:

Thanks Clark!

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Wedding Reception

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Ed was very good with communication and his band was really great to work with! They made my wedding very special and I received so much praise on how great the music was. I recommend them for your next event!

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Private Party

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Groove Kitchen was phenomenal! They showed up well in advance of the guests to setup. All of the band members introduced themselves and worked well to accommodate our needs. Very professional and friendly. Their talent was top notch and played great dance music. The band has a lot of infectious energy that quickly got the crowd going. The guests were up dancing on the first song and never stopped for the night. The lead singer (Stacey) has incredible energy and a great voice. Exceptional talent and a class act. I highly recommend Groove Kitchen. I would hire them again, no question, for the next party we have that needs a band.

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Corporate Function

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We absolutely LOVED having the Ed Mays Groove Kitchen band at our corporate function. What a funky band with a great sound. The bass player was by far a favorite for our crowd! They played tons of songs that everyone knew and they really fit the downtown Seattle funk we were looking for. Thanks so much!

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Community Event

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This band was perfect for our night out block party! They arrived in plenty of time and the setup looked great! They played the perfect kind of music at the right volume to make the night fabulous for the entire neighborhood. I would definitely hire them again! Very impressed with the talent and how nice and accommodating the band members were!

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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
Chain of Fools
Aretha Franklin
Cold Shot
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Comin Home Baby
Michael Bublé
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 Up Offa That Thing
James Brown
Give Me One Reason
Tracy Chapman
Guajira
Chick Corea
Havana
Camila Cabello
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
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
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
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
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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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