Mar 8

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The+Band:

Rebecca+Janelle+–+Lead+Vocals,+Guitar

Rodney+Alexander:+Lead+Guitar,+Vocals

Guy+Miskelly:+Guitar

Noel+Lesperance+–+Keyboard,+Saxophone

Rob+Allen:+Bass

Ryan+Van+Acker:+Drums,+Vocals

The+Groove+Station+is+a+“six+piece+Blues+and+R&B+cover+band”+on+the+surface,+but+there+is+far+more+to+the+band+than+that.+I’ve+seen+them+play+live+at+The+London+Music+Club,+The+Lamplighter+and+recently+as+the+headliner+at+Norma+Jeans+for+the+“Heather+Patterson+Benefit”+at+Norma+Jeans+where+they+were+exceptional+live+at+all+three+venues.

The+bands+focal+point+is+Rebecca+Janelle+(Lead+Vocals,+Guitar)+onstage.+She+is+a+singer+with+a+great+range+who+also+is+very+competent+guitarist+who+has+her+own+deserved+stature+in+a+band+that+also+features+two+local+guitar+aces+in+Rodney+Alexander+&+Guy+Miskelly+(solo/Sarah+Smith+Band).

Rodney+Alexander+&+Guy+Miskelly+are+highly+gifted+musicians,+their+guitar+work+compliments+each+other+much+like+Kaleb+and+Chris+Julke+of+Helix.+They+work+as+one+onstage+and+whether+it+be+dual+guitar+licks+or+individually+they+set+the+bar+high.+There+is+no+ego,+no+one+musician+fighting+the+other+for+his+share+of+the+spotlight+or+lion’s+share+of+the+guitar+work+–+the+coincide+as+a+“team”+and+the+band+and+the+music+is+first+and+foremost+–+as+it+should+be.

Noel+Lesperance+on+Keyboards+&+Saxophone+supply’s+the+same+high+level+caliber+musicianship+as+Rodney+&+Guy+and+his+keyboards+provides+the+added+layer+of+the+bands+over+all+sound+that+makes+it+all+the+more+compelling+to+hear.+When+Noel+switch’s+to+Sax+it+brings+with+it+a+powerful+voice+to+take+the+band+up+yet+another+notch+sonically+that+resonates+with+all+lover+of+brass+music+with+the+framework+of+a+rock+and+R&B+band.

Rob+Allen+on+Bass+is+the+concrete+foundation+of+the+band.+No+Chris+Squire+bass+runs,+no+slap+and+funk+styling’s+–+he+understands+that+his+role+is+to+be+the+bedrock+of+the+band+and+supply+the+consistent+undertone+that+allows+the+other+band+members+to+weave+their+own+style+and+signature+on+the+songs+they+are+playing.

Ryan+Van+Acker+on+Drums+and+Vocals+is+one+of+my+favorite+drummers+around+the+circuit.+Ryan+is+as+solid+as+they+come+on+the+kit,+his+grooves+and+playing+style+fits+perfectly+into+the+concept+of+what+The+Groove+Station+is+built+around.+Ryan’s+style+reminds+me+a+lot+of+Steve+Smith+of+Journey+for+numerous+reasons.+First+he+plays+to+the+song,+regardless+of+his+immense+skill+behind+a+kit+he+never+takes+liberty+to+throw+in+flamboyant+fills+for+the+sake+of+the+“look+at+me”+indulgence+that+I+see+many+drummers+make+the+mistake+of.

Secondly+when+the+situation+demands+it,+he+will+lay+down+something+that+will+make+your+head+snap+around+in+appreciation+of+his+skill+–+yet+it+is+always+measure+and+calculated+for+the+overall+quality+of +serving+the+song.+Add+to+this+his+ability+as+a+good+singer+which+gives+the+band+that+already+has+excellent+vocals,+that+much+more+power+live.

This+is+not+only+a+fun+band+to+see+live+as+you+can+tell+they+love+what+they+do,+but+they+are+excellent+musicians+with+a+set+list+that+is+geared+to+get+you+up+and+dancing+and+having+a+great+night+out.

Go+on+up+at+one+of+their+shows+and+chat+with+any+of+them,+they+are+truly+wonderful+people+who+you+would+be+proud+to+call+your+friends.

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