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!
Ringing in the New Year!
We will be kicking off 2016 with some killer shows backing up the amazing Kaleigh Baker opening for JJ Grey & Mofro for his NYE FL Tour! These shows include a two night run at Lafayette's Music Room in West Palm Beach on December 29 & 30, a NYE show at House of Blues Orlando on December 31, followed by a Key West performance at Fort East Martello on saturday January 2, 2016! It is a privilege to perform with Kaleigh Baker and to have her take us under her wing as her backing band and we couldn't be more excited to be sharing the stage with JJ Grey & Mofro! For more info on these shows / tickets check out the link here!
As usual we will be performing our weekly residency on Tuesday's at Tanquerays in down town Orlando, FL. It's an honor to be able to perform where local legends such as Thomas Wynn & The Believers, Absinthe Trio, Shak Nasti, and RJ Harman & Co. all developed their careers. We couldn't be more thankful for Dan, Dave, Jeremy, John, Brad, and Scott (sometimes Scott) for allowing us to hone our craft once a week at this one of a kind basement bar. Tanqueray's has allowed us to try new things and experiment with our live performance in ways that would be impossible without trying it on a live audience. With that said catch TGO at 100 S Orange Ave Orlando, FL every tuesday as long as we are not on the road. #TGOTuesdays
In January 2016 we have a handful of performances that we would love to see you at! First of all we will be back on the Victory Casino Cruise ship on Friday January 8 for their PM cruise. If you have not been on VCC before than this is a very special opportunity to catch TGO and try your luck out on the casino floor. The following week you can catch The Groove Orient opening for Marco Benevento at the High Dive in Gainesville, FL on thursday January 14 for what is sure to be a performance not to miss! That saturday January 16 TGO will be back at our favorite FL Beer production facility, Dunedin Brewery! Dunedin is guaranteed to have amazing BEER, food, and is becoming one of Floridas must hit spots for touring bands. Then a week later on saturday January 23 we will be making our St. Petersburg debut at Ruyb's Elixer. We have heard all about Ruby's from our bassist Harry Ong and drummer Bucky who host an open Jam their every wednesday. We are pumped to finally be performing in St. Pete and we only hear amazing things about their music scene and can't wait to get down with the local crowd!
Tom Hamilton's American Babies FL Tour!!!
You may know Tom Hamilton as the lead guitarist for Joe Russo's Almost Dead, or from his work with Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutsmann of the Grateful Dead, or maybe even from his band Brothers Past. However you may know Mr. Tom Hamilton without even hearing a note you already know from his resume that he is one of the JAMMIEST hard working musicians in the game right now. What started as a side - project to explore his songwriting side, Tom Hamilton's American Babies released a debut EP Knives and Teeth in early 2013. Americas Groove scene ate up the debut release creating instant success for American Babies launching them from side - project to a national touring act.
Tom Hamilton's American Babies will be touring through Florida January 26-30 and The Groove Orient will be direct support for their entire FL run! This run includes shows in Jacksonville at 1904 Music Hall, Orlando at Red Lion Pub, Gainesville at The Jam, Tampa at Crowbar, and ending in Boca Raton at The Funky Biscuit! We couldn't be more excited for this opportunity and want to thank Brotherly Love Productions, MoonGoddess Entertainment, Passion Project, and Organic Visions Presents for giving The Groove Orient such an opportunity. For more information on these shows check out the links below!
Little Econ Love Fest 2016
We will be returning to Maddox Ranch for our second Little Econ Love Fest which will be held February 11-14! This is an amazing event thrown by Whats'it Records and we are pumped to be a part of this stacked line up which includes Louisiana heavy hitters Captain Green, Atlanta's Copious Jones, Virginia natives The Southern Belle's and of course Christian Ryan's Garage (A tribute to Frank Zappa).
The Groove Orient will be closing out Saturday nights festivities following the amazing Christian Ryan's Garage and we couldn't be more excited to get back to Maddox Ranch!
So far 2016 is looking to be our biggest, busiest year yet and we are thrilled to spend it with you all. We invite you to come catch a show and experience some live music. No matter where you are or who your watching be sure to really LISTEN! Check out our Tour Schedule for full show details and we will SEE YOU SOON 2016!
- The Groove Orient