2008 Artist Lineup

Family Groove Company

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Family Groove Company is a four piece band from Chicago that is turning heads and catching ears with a sound that is uncannily fresh, and live performances that simply envelop audiences in the fun, excitement and passion that the band radiates from the stage. Growing audiences everywhere FGC plays attest to the impact the band is beginning to make, as they bring the excitement of their live performances to ever growing venues, in more and more cities across the country. Appearances at most of the Midwest’s major music festivals (Summer Camp, 10,000 Lakes, Summerfest) have helped along the way, headlining appearances at other festivals (Farmapalooza, Feel Good) point to the great things to come, and the over 25,000 live CDs that have been distributed all over the country speak for themselves. Family Groove Company is a band that music fans should not miss. FGC integrates the groove sensibility developed by funk/jazz crossover artists like Herbie Hancock and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, with thoughtful, tight song writing that takes cues from the likes of Steely Dan and the Beatles. The result? An infectious, fresh sound the band calls “groove informed jazz/rock”. In April 2006, FGC released their second studio album, The Charmer, and delivered on this sonic vision with uncommon clarity and excitement. Jazz harmonic ideas encounter thick grooves, and improvisation negotiates tight song writing, as each track brings shape and contour to the band’s sound. A fierce attentiveness to composition complements FGC’s passion for improvisation, and the band offers a sound that captivates audiences ranging from the most casual music fan to the most critical musician. Based out of Chicago since October 2002, Family Groove Company averages over 100 performances a year, reaching major markets in the Northeast, South, Midwest, and as far west as the Rockies. However, FGC actually traces its earliest beginnings to Los Angeles, CA. In January 2001, guitarist Adam Lewis and keyboardist Jordan Wilkow met bassist Janis Wallin and drummer Mattias Blanck while studying music at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. The chemistry between the four musicians was felt instantly, and it wasn’t long before they recorded their first demo and began performing throughout Southern California. A tour of the entire West coast followed shortly thereafter, and in spring 2002, the band released their 10-track debut album, Reachin’. Extremely proud of their first studio effort, Reachin’ reflects FGC’s commitment to conscientious song craft, and the band’s determination to offer material of compositional interest along with their solo/improv ideas. With the number of markets available to the band limited by the vast expanse of the West, in the fall of 2002, FGC made the big decision to relocate to Chicago. Since then, the band has pursued an aggressive touring schedule that has included tremendous headlining performances, significant “opening band” exposure opportunities, and high profile appearances at many festivals all over the country. Family Groove Company also enjoys the support of a nationwide street team that relentlessly spreads the word about the band at concerts, on the web, and through CD trading. Janis, Jordan, Adam, and Mattias all remain in passionate pursuit of the cultivation and refinement of FGC’s sound, and are extremely excited about what’s in store for the band in the coming years.

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