The Groove Council held its first session in 2006 - but the band pulls together
musicians with assorted backgrounds from all around the Detroit area (and even
Canada!) to make up an impressive musical resume that spans decades. In just a
short time, the band earned a local reputation for delivering dance-inducing soul
music with an infectious groove.
When you put Kathleen's powerful vocals over a cookin' rhythm section and layer
on those tasty horns, you get a delicious blend of soul, R&B, and funk that keeps
audiences coming back for more. There's a genuine excitement that radiates from
the stage and embraces the crowd. It's all part of what makes the band a favorite
at area festivals and keeps them in-demand at local clubs.
The band was awarded the 2011 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding R&B
Artist/Group and was nominated again in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Even though this is
the first band she's been in, singer Kathleen Murray has earned Detroit Music Award
nominations for Outstanding Blues/R&B Vocalist in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
In addition to frequent appearances in and around Detroit, the Groove Council is
also the back-up band for saxophone legend and Silver Bullet member Alto Reed
and his various special guests, which have included Mitch Ryder, Dave Mason
(Traffic), Peter Rivera (formerly of Rare Earth), Rick Derringer, Gary US Bonds, Otis
Day (Animal House), and Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk).
Jazzin' on Jefferson, Canada South Blues Society Showcase, Old-Town Bluesfest - Lansing,
Blues Festival London Ontario, Royal Oak arts, Beats, & Eats, Detroit River Days Festival,
Parade Company Detroit Fireworks, Epicure Festival Windsor Ontario, GM Nextfest, Blue Water
Festival Port Huron, Alto Reed's Thanksgiving All-Star Celebration at the Fillmore Detroit,
Sterlingfest, Stars & Stripes Festival, Green Fair, Celebrate Oxford, I Chews the Blues Festival,
Concert in the Park for Farmington Hills, Catalpa Oaks, West Bloomfield, Novi, Oxford, Lake
Orion, Sterling Hts, Macomb Twp, St Clair Shores, Rochester, Southfield's Eat to the Beat