Chuck Magid talks new TGO album pre-order, Fall Tour dates, and Boathouse Video Series

Hello Everybody!

Chuck Magid here from The Groove Orient.  I'm here to tell you a little more about what we have going on with The Groove Orient. 

First of all let me give you a little back story.  So we have been touring regularly ever since early 2015 when "Bucky" joined the band.  After a couple tours we decided it was time to get back into the recording studio.  So for the last year and a half we have been recording our new album and it is finally being mixed and mastered.  It took us so long to record because we were constantly on the road performing and we had to record this ablum whenever we were all back in town and available.  


So this past summer the band took a little break from performing live.  We've been going at it now for a little over 5 years and have never taken more than a month off from performing.  So while getting everything organized to make this record come to life we have taken the last 4 months off from touring.  All the members went their separate ways.  I went to Europe for a couple weeks, Harry went to Europe for a while, Bucky has been performing and road tripping, David went to school in NYC for a month, and Tommy jumped on tour with Heather Gillis Band and is now enjoying some family time in Michigan.  We just announce our Fall Tour dates which will be our first shows back as a full unit since April!  We are looking forward to finally getting back on the road fresh and rejuvenated and brining you more energy than ever before.

So where are we now and why are we here?  After working on this record and years of brainstorming we kept coming back to the same question..."How do we make this release as impactful as an independent band possibly can"?  The answer was actually more simple than we thought.  YOU our fans, friends, and family. 

In the modern day music industry fans are taking the place of the record labels in the form of crowd funding campaigns.  So to raise the proper funding to create, produce / manufacture, and promote and market this album we have created a pre-order opportunity through  PledgeMusic is similar to Kickstarter or GoFundMe however it is only for musicians and musical projects.  By pre-ordering this album ahead of the release you will be providing The Groove Orient with the financial backing that a record label / record deal would.  You are actually becoming our record label!  This way we have the proper funding to blow this album up and we still get to maintain control of our creative process and for that we can't thank you enough.

The new album, "The Groove Orient",  will be a collection of at least 10 songs.  We might be throwing in a couple bonus tracks...  Our first two EP's had 5 songs on one and 6 on the other so the new album alone will be our first LP.  Being our debut full length album we have decided to self title it "The Groove Orient".  We will be releasing it as a double vinyl which will be exclusive to your pre-order on  And by pre-ordering this album you will be receiving the new record before anybody else in the world.  

Pre-order the new album "The Groove Orient" here


We chose to go the route of PledgeMusic because it caters to the idea of this record being available for pre-order.  With PledgeMusic you can be a part of the release process from the beginning and you can help us ensure that we will have the resources necessary to make this album release be The Groove Orients biggest splash to date. 

We have a ton of options for all of our pledgers to pick from.  We have signed CD's, double vinyl, signed guitars, BBQ with the band, we will even write a song for you, or show up to your house with all our gear and throw down for your very own house concert.  And with every pledge you will be helping us produce, mix + master, and properly promote and market this album, taking TGO to the next level.

So I encourage you to check out our PledgeMusic store at the link here and pre-order your copy of our new album today.

Are you ready to get Oriented!?   Design by Jimmy Rector

Are you ready to get Oriented!? 

Design by Jimmy Rector

 Fall Tour 2018

So Fall Tour 2018.... where do I begin.  I am beyond pumped to get back on the road with the guys and hit it harder than ever.  Every body has grown so much musically in the last four months and I'm excited to see what happens out on the road. 

This tour is a going to be a special one.  Not only because it is the tour leading us to the release of our new record, but because we are hitting so many new spots!  I am particularly excited for our 3 day run at The Green Parrot in Key West, FL with Kaleigh Baker.  Been trying to book this gig for a while and Its cool to see it finally happen.  Also excited for the bands NYC debut at Rockwood Music Hall and to be performing in the northeast for the first time.  I know I single these shows out but I'm just as excited for our Headlining Florida dates.  We will be playing in Orlando at Wills Pub, Tampa at Crowbar, Boca at The Funky Biscuit, Gainesville at Heartwood Soundstage, Jacksonville at 1904, and Miami at Wynwood Yard.  We will be playing with some epic bands such as Electric Kif, Leisure Chief, Guavatron, Locochino, Spore and much more.  Scope the full schedule below.

And don't worry we are still filling in some gaps on this tour and will be announcing a handful more dates in the coming weeks.  Stay tuned!


The Boathouse Sessions video series

So if you've been keeping tabs on the band lately we have been releasing videos from a new series called "The Boathouse Sessions".  We filmed 3 videos of songs that will be on the new record in an old boathouse! ; ) This boathouse is pretty cool and happens to be the dock of my grandparents house in Central FL.  It is actually illegal to build boathouses like this anymore because of current regulations, making this boathouse that much more bad ass.

It usually has work out equipment in it like a treadmill, a bench press, a stationary bike, weights and things like that.  So just getting all the workout equipment out of this room was quite the task.  Then to lug all of our gear around the house through the grass and into the dock was another.  It probly took us about 4-5 hours of prep before we got sound recording, just to find out that we needed to run to guitar center or radio shack for some dongle before we could actually record. 

Its always so much prep to be ready to record a couple minutes of video.  But looking at the videos now I think it was well worth the work.  Aaron "Bucky" Buckingham brought his mobile recording studio to the boathouse and set up shop and really made the audio come to life.  Our good friend Arielle D'Ornellas filmed this video series and we can't thank her enough for always working with us and making our vision come to life through the lens.

Check out the Boathouse Video series below and let us know what video concepts you would like to see us do in the future!

Well that is it for now.  I can reassure you that we will be flooding the internet with new content and material throughout our PledgeMusic campaign.  So be sure to check back in soon.  If you like what we are doing and want consistent updates throughout the campaign and beyond please sign up for our email list where we send out monthly newsletters informing you of all things TGO. 


Thanks so much guys for the support and we'll see you down the road!  Now go get yourself that new record!

Pre-Order the new record here!  

1st Annual TGO HOLIDAY Shows


With the holidays in full swing we thought that there was no better way of spreading holiday cheer than to bring together our friends and music family for one final big 2016 holiday bash. We have Kaleigh Baker as well as The Southern Belles joining us for both shows. This is our time to celebrate the holidays with the rowdiest family out there. You, our fans! You know that the holidays come with some wacky attire and we are encouraging you all to take it to the next level. So bring out your favorite holiday outfit head down to the show. Its going to end the year with a blast!

12/16/2016 Will's Pub Orlando

 This is one of our favorite venues in town because of its intimate setting and awesome staff. Also the last time we headlined a show at Will's we sold it out, so get your tickets now.

Click here for tickets to Will's Pub!

12/17/2016 crowbar ybor city

We've played this venue a handful of times and every time the shows gets better and better. The sound is killer and the vibe is chill. A great music lovers venue so if your in the Tampa area this is a great place to experience this show.

Click here for tickets to Crowbar!


The Groove Orient Featuring Kaleigh Baker

We have been developing our musical relationship with Kaleigh for a couple of years now and the musical connection keeps getting deeper and stronger as time moves on. If you have seen Kaleigh before then you know her voice will slap you right across the face, and you will love it. So playing each other original tunes as well as new and exciting covers on these two shows makes for something you haven't quite seen from us. Don't miss this opportunity to see our collaboration on these shows because even though we will continue to play together, it won't be quite like this again. Check our video of Golden Hour written by Tommy Shugart and sang by Kaleigh at Hulaween 2016.

The Southern Belles

The Southern Belles are Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Aaron Zarrow (drums/vocals) and Andrew Carper (bass/vocals). Playing a high-octane mix of funky southern psychedelic Rock & Roll, the Belles perform hundreds of shows and festivals each year. Their ability to instinctively communicate with one another was apparent right from the start, but as they've continued to play together this cultured ability has grown exponentially. The Southern Belles road-tested sound has earned them a devout following, with fans traveling far and wide to catch the show. With their new album "Close To Sunrise," released in July of 2015, the Southern Belles are picking up steam and gaining national notoriety for their original compositions and song craft. Their songs are both fun and moving, with lyrical stories evoking familiar emotions and complex musical journeys. Wherever the Southern Belles are, they are sure to bring the party with them.

Katie Burkess featuring leisure cheif 12/16/2016 at Will's pub orlando, fl

Get ready for Katie Burkess featuring Leisure at Will's Pub! Leisure Chief by themselves bring jazz, soul, funk, r&b, hip hop and latin influenced feels to their tunes captivating listeners to silence when they are playing. They groove for the enjoyment of all music lovers. Adding Katie Burkess to mix takes it to another level that honestly I can't even imagine until I see it this weekend. 

future vintage 12/17/2016 at crowbar ybor city, fl

Future Vintage is going to be joining us at the Tampa show! They are bringing a whole new sound to the Southeastern US. Their name is synonymous with their sonic vision – presenting original music that bridges the gap between all great Funk music past, present and future. The music is rooted in the classic Funk of the 70’s and early 80’s with further influence from the Hip Hop and Neo-Soul of the 90’s and 2000’s and finally with an ear to what’s happening in Electronic Dance Music today.


These shows are going to bring the year to a close in the best way to possible, so don't miss them! Tell your moms, dads, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, coworkers, bosses, and that dude who always takes forever in line at the store when your trying to buy gifts last minute and you need to make it to the next place before it closes. Yeah, he needs to know too.









Tour Recap

April 26 - 30 We went on a 5 day / show run to Knoxville, Greenville, Black Mountain, Wilmington, and Savannah.  We had 5 amazing shows with some killer bands.  Come with us on this tour through the mind of Tommy Shugart.

April 26, 2016.

 4:00 AM is normally an hour that we get done packing the trailer and ready to head home after a night of music making. On Tuesday the 26th, it was our wake up call to hit the road. Some of the guys had a gig the night before, so it was up to Chuck and Tommy to get a short rest and take the morning shift. The champagne colored Suburban was packed up for its last big journey (we can talk about this fact another time), and with the burden of our cumbersome Diamond Cargo enclosed trailer trailing behind coupled with our fat asses in the car… the suspension was essentially maxed out. There was a good excitement in the car as there normally is when we set out for a run, at least for the short bit of time before everyone in the back fell again into their slumber.

   Around noon we were well into Georgia and people started to wake up hungry for chicken. That’s how it normally goes, as we head north into the Bible belt. With a quick pitstop at a Zaxby’s in some po-dunk Georgia town, we were back on the road and well on track to make it to Knoxville, TN on time.

Dude... We love Zaxby's.

Dude... We love Zaxby's.

Our destination was a venue called Preservation Pub, a bar occupying a strip of space from a long, tall building which makes one side of a rectangular courtyard. The building is made up of many bars like it, and various businesses that serve the people of Knoxville. Since the buildings are three stories tall, many of these bars have a rooftop terrace overlooking the city center (which is pretty dang cool if you ask me). Later that day I was hanging out on one of these with Bucky checking out the scene, watching some guy fly a Styrofoam airplane from a remote… The dude was trying to impress people, dive bombing it and buzzing the onlookers. He went in for a landing and crashed that thing right into some lady’s leg, and it was very funny.

   Anyways, we got in there on time and got set up all right too. The stage is one of those quarter circle crescents, and it looks pretty cool, but it makes for a squeeze when you have a ton of stuff to throw up there. Speaking of a squeeze, our trailer was nestled in a really narrow alley way on the back side of the building. At one point, a disgruntled local came down from his apartment to find our trailer parked right in front of his door. What kind of an architect designs a front door in an alley way anyways?  So this guy was pretty upset, and he slams his hands on the aluminum siding of the trailer, sputtering off some jargan about us always coming and ruining his day with our trailer. This kind of stuff can always provide a laugh. Of course we were considerate, and we did move to an appropriate parking spot.

   The show that night was a good one, on account of a Widespread Panic show that happened just blocks away. We got plenty of the “spread heads” in the room after their show let out. The whole city was occupied by them, in fact, prior to all this as well. They occupied park benches, sidewalk nooks, and hotel parking lot spaces all across Knoxville spreading their “vibes”. Well these kind folks got into our show and really dug the music, which is especially cool for us as performers. Ghost Train went over particularly well in my personal opinion, and the musical MVP of the night for this show went to Harry Ong on the bass. Harry played that bass like a Tennessee Titan with the funky Zaxby’s bird flu. You know what Bird I’m talkin ‘bout??

  One more thing about Knoxville. We got to stay at a really cool spot with our new buddy Niles. Niles set up a hostel in town that is tailored for traveling musicians. Not only did we get to sleep in beds, but there was a jam room, coffee in the pot, and a bunch of CD’s to look through that belonged to the bands that had rolled through the hostel previously. We even found our buddy D1’s Compton hat, next to his Trae Pierce and the T Stone Band CD. That makes a traveling soul feel right at home!

With a full nights rest, the crew had a proper recharge fit for a new day on the road. One benefit of staying in a musician friendly hostel is the relaxed check out time. With the sun high in the early afternoon sky, the Suburbanites set out for Greenville, South Carolina. (Notice as we go, this particular run was very full of ‘Villes).

   This night’s show was scheduled to be as an opening performance for the psychedelic-alternative rock band, The Bright Light Social Hour. There is an interesting noteworthy fact to be pointed out here: The Groove Orients first ever performance happened to be opening for the very same band some years ago, at Rollins College’s Fox Fest in the spring of 2013. Coupled with the fact that these guys pump out some really cool music, we were stoked on the circumstances of this nights show.

   The venue was The IPA, a local institution of food, cold beverages, and live music. With some time to kill before the lifting and noisemaking started, the opportunity was seized to take to a field across the street for a light-hearted game of Frisbee. It might not have been very exciting to watch, ‘cause frankly I cannot throw a Frisbee worth a damn, and Chuck and Harry seemed a bit rusty too. Maybe that ole’ biscuit got bent out of shape crushed under the weight of our luggage in the whip too, but it was no matter anyhow. The smell of the fresh cut grass had a scent that you just can’t find in the sunshine state, and the evening sun on the red South Carolina clay was a sight to behold. Us Florida boys may not get to experience the seasons to their full extent when we’re at home, but alas we were on the road and it felt like a first taste of summer, and it was pretty sweet.

   The show that night went well, and smallish crowd really enjoyed our warm up set. It always feels good when the locals want to chat and buy merchandise after the show; there were a few of these on this night. The Bright Light Social Hour really honed in on some deep grooves, bass driven and full of texture. The vocals soared over top, and the sound guy really blasted the P.A.  Bucky got some unique wings from the bar, the creator of which dubbed as the “greatest wings in South Carolina”. On the way to Asheville later that night, we speculated that they might have been smoked, fried, AND baked. Harry is our resident Q master, and he approved. All in all, Greenville was pretty tight, but that’s about all I remember of that. So we ventured onward to Asheville.

   Harry and I have a long-time friend who lives up that way, in Asheville N.C. His name is Andy, and we used to have a band called The Velvetones back in middle and high school. In TGO’s most recent trips to Asheville we have slept on Andy’s floor, and this occasion was no different.

   Since all of the travel time was done the previous night, we woke up on Thursday morning with some time to spend in town. Having played there a few times now, everyone is pretty at home in Asheville, and we all split up to check out various things. Bucky came back with a Moog Synthesizer mug. David came back with a fossilized piece of wood, or crap, or something from the earth science museum. I got a pair of socks from the Mast store. Here’s a tip: keep your feet clean when you travel. If you can’t quite get a shower, at least wash your feet and put on a fresh pair of socks. Don’t let yourself get trench foot.

   That night we got to play one of our favorite venues, the Pisgah Brewery. Located in Black Mountain, N.C., this brewery is surrounded by some serious scenery. If you have ever seen the movie “The Last of the Mohicans”, it was filmed very close to here. The music room is an open kind of space, essentially a medium sized warehouse room with a bar built on one wall and a stage on the other. On one side there are large bay doors that open up to a picnic table and corn-hole arena, with the magnificently green spring time Appalachian Mountains in the background.

    The stage is similar in shape to the one we had played a couple nights back in Knoxville, although this one is much larger and draped in red velvet curtains on the back sides. With all of the extra space, we were free to play around with our stage formation and came up with a really fun set up. Bucky and David got to put all of their skin bangers in the inside corner, set right next to each other, and those guys had a ball. I got to bust out the full Hammond set up, and I wish that I could do this more. Harry was nestled between the organ and drums, and Chuck was across the stage with more space than he knew what to do with. He got pretty excessive with his hair flips and guitar windmills that night, I guess that’s why.

   It was fun to play around with our set up and perhaps it inspired everyone to think differently about their own playing, being neighbors with someone new. More importantly however was the awesome sound that Pisgah Brewery boasts. With our local friend George as the captain at the helm, patrons of this venue truly get a great balanced live sound experience. The vibes at this spot are stellar, and it was my personal favorite night of this run.

   The show was a nice length of two sets, with enough time in-between to sample the onsite food truck’s Peruvian fare and refill on the deliciously refreshing beer that Pisgah has on tap. The beer is brewed just feet away from the taps, in the adjacent warehouse rooms. The music that night was fun and free, original tunes played with an inspired delivery, and cover tunes alike. Jams opened up in new ways, and the music flowed to an appreciative audience. There were two sit-ins on this show as well. Andy Freeman our old friend took to the drums on “Lonely Road”. Andy is a Steve Jordan fan, and he puts a nice groove on the table. He and Harry locked in to a familiar place, and I can remark that like old friends typically do, we comfortably fell into a musical conversation like there had not been years apart. Eric Travers of The Travers Brothership is another local friend of ours, and also a drummer. Eric played on the Papa Gros Funk cover, “Stanky”. Chuck opened this funky jammer up with an expressive guitar solo, and the tune funked on. A highlight of this show would be the Soullive cover, “Canonball”. Harry took his bass solo to some really cool places, and I think he even might have hit the brown note. On “Soul Limbo” David and Bucky went to town, got down on it good. The whole show was nothing but a good time, and thanks to the esteemed soundman George on the board, the whole thing is recorded and available for download on the Pisgah Brewery website.

The next day we put the tires back on the pavement, and made for the coast. We rolled out of the mountains and clear across the state of North Carolina, headed for Wilmington. It was a full afternoon of interstate time, and we must have cycled through the 6 disk CD changer a few times. We gave a good listen to the new Leisure Chief album over the week, burned through that CD plenty of times. It is interesting how when listening to a recording multiple times through, your ears pick up on new things to appreciate. Of course we listened often to Greazy Meal’s “Gravy” album, it is one of our all-time favorites (maybe second only to “Visualize World Greaze”.

   Pulling up to Wilmington, we drove by rows of large old homes that you tend to see in wealthy areas of the south. Huge porches, columns, well-kept lawns, and all that kind of stuff. The city was small and well occupied, with busy restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. I think it was David who pointed out that it had the feel of a North Carolina kind of Gainesville college town. Our venue The Whiskey was located on a busy corner of downtown, across the street from the local music shop and a couple street food vendors. The band Say Anything was playing around the corner at Ziggy’s By the Sea. On the inside of The Whiskey, the stage sported a large spikey headed grinning face, the logo of the band Ween.

   We met the guys in the other band, and they go by “The Southern Belles”. They were cool guys, and we managed to make all of our combined equipment fit on a relatively small stage. Their music was cool too, everyone enjoyed their set. Again, the sound guy really pumped the PA (I think a lot of these guys have bad hearing). TGO played a set to a small local audience, and the music went over well. Adrien from The Southern Belles sat in on guitar for a tune, and meshed with the band pretty dang good.

  By this point in the tour, things start to blend together in my memory. Jumping city to city on a daily basis can throw off your internal compass, and sleeping little and staying up late can throw off your internal clock. At one point or another on tour, I think it’s normal for anyone to be a little out of whack as a result of all of this being thrown off…

   Anyways, there’s one more thing worth mentioning about Wilmington and that’s the fact that we met some local musicians and they put us up for the night at their pad. This is always appreciated; a floor to crash on is what we seek at the end of a day in some foreign city. Often times when taken under the wing of a stranger, you can expect them to want to stay up late and celebrate the good times with them. This night, I struggled to try and sleep with a fully amplified all night jam session going on in the room downstairs. But it was a good floor to decompress the old vertebrae on, and they needed it. Oh yea, we bring floor pads too so no need to feel sorry for us it’s quite alright.

   I took the wheel the next morning, and the other guys sweated out the good times they had the night before. It was a nice peaceful ride down I-95 to Savanna, and I couldn’t help but being fascinated yet again by the marvel that is South of The Border. How have they afforded all of those bill boards for all of these years? Like the other southeast coastal towns we have visited, you get off of 95 and head east through some marsh until you cross some river and then you’re there. This is the fashion that we came into Savanna.

   Savannah is a really nice old kind of city, bigger than Wilmington and with more of that southern charm. We got to walk around for a quick time, and enjoyed the sights. Beside the river there is a cobblestone road with old buildings filled with restaurants, bars, and gift stores. Unmistakably this is a tourist destination, and for good reason. The city is beautifully adorned with luscious oaks, veiled in a mossy splendor. There is a town square just about every four blocks it seemed, and horse drawn carriages brought visitors around the place in style. There are monuments, street performers, good smells, and classic looking park benches. In fact, the movie “Forrest Gump” takes place in Savanna a good portion of the time, utilizing one of these great benches.

The venue we played on this night was The Barrel House South, and they saved a spot for our car and trailer right out front for us. With a small stage in the back, this bar became slammed with people later that night. The sound guy was especially accommodating, and playing this venue was another pleasant experience. We opened up for Alabama based band, CDBD, and they were a good jammy band. We shared some laughs at a McDonalds down the street, and made high time to get out of Savanna. With Orlando just four hours south, Chuck and Harry took the late night drive and the rest of us caught some rest in the back. Shortly we would all be back to our home amenity’s and comforts, awaiting the next call of the road.



After an amazing show at Suwannee Hulaween 2016 which was our new drummer Aaron "Bucky" Buckingham's debut performance with TGO we have been writing new material/ rehearsing more than ever preparing for what 2016 has to offer.  Which includes our biggest shows in band history!