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the groove merchants

 

News

HEAR US ON RADIO 104.5 THIS MONTH!

Make sure all you Party People tune in to Philly 104.5 throughout the month of December to catch our cover of Cage the Elephant’s “Trouble” as part of their Home for the Holidays segment! All local bands, all month long!

You can also check out our Live at 5 segment while we gear up for a new big Radio 104.5 announcement!


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COME PARTY WITH US ON NEW YEAR’S EVE!

We’re throwing down in Allentown on New Year’s Eve for the 3rd year in a row! We’ll be hitting the main stage outside on 7th and Hamilton from 10-12 to ring in 2019. See all you lovely people there!

History

 

The Groove Merchants formed in 2012 while attending Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and their musical chemistry was immediately apparent. Knowing they had stumbled into a sound that was unique, they decided to organize their efforts and book shows in the Lehigh Valley. Their music began to take form and develop its own identity by playing powerful live shows that left lasting impressions on audiences, often extending past the stage itself.

In December 2014, they recorded their debut album at the beautiful Music Centre Studios located in Chester Springs, PA run by renowned engineer Glenn Ferracone.

Adding a full-time trumpet and occasional horn section, The band has since released its second effort, titled “Take It,” in August of 2016 under the ‘ListeningPost’ label. "Take It" has been played on Philadelphia, West Chester, and Delaware FM radio, including a live performance of the record's single, "Hold Your Hand," on Philly’s Alternative Rock station 104.5FM. This performance led to the band's appearance at the iHeartRadio Summer Block Party opening for Vance Joy, Portugal. The Man, and Judah and The Lion at Philadelphia venue Festival Pier at Penn's Landing.

The Groove Merchants have played extensively up and down the East Coast at theatres, clubs and festivals and are continuing to expand.  

The band has been experimenting with different musical approaches and continues to bring an exciting, high-energy, organic performance to their audiences.

 

 
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Band

Tye Vallone: Guitar/Vocals/Percussion
Luke Ferracone: Guitar
John Evin Groome: Bass Guitar
Anthony Guidotti: Drums/Percussion  
Dylan Hinnershitz: Trumpet

Tour

 


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Press

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Philadelphia Weekly:

  • “The Groove Merchants: Philly funk quintet steadily grooving a path into playlists all over the country”
  • “While the bill touted the likes of Portugal. The Man and Vance Joy, it was Groove Merchants, a five-member funk blues band that recently owned the stage at the Radio 104.5-FM Summer Block Party earlier this month.”

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Lehigh Valley Underground; review of The Groove Merchants debut self titled album

  • “One thing a music lover will notice about The Groove Merchants is their prowess as musicians. They are seasoned beyond their years, and are only getting better with the recent addition of trumpeter Dylan Hinnershitz.”
  • “Uhuru” is a slow-building jam that knocks on the door before kicking it down about five and a half minutes in, bringing the song and album to a climax with an exhilarating wall of sound…
  • “The Groove Merchants’ first effort is as solid an opening statement as you’ll find from a young band. The excitement to see where they go from here is palpable.”

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Lehigh Valley Underground on The Groove Merchants record, Take It;

  • “A big sound, funky rhythms, and stellar musicianship have become The Groove Merchants’ trademark.”

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West Chester, PA WCHE Radio Host, Tom Wang on The Groove Merchants record, Take It;

  • “…They play with a raw ferocity that stems from that youth. In an age where most bands seem pliant in their approach to making music, GM does not play it safe…The Groove Merchants seem limitless with what they can provide musically. They are indeed, getting it done.”

 
 
 
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The Groove merchants - take it (2016)

Track Listing:

1. Take It If You Want It
2. Evilution
3. Hold Your Hand
4. John the Savage
5. The Ride
6. Of the Woods
7. Curtis
8. Vigilante
9. Smoke and Mirrors
10. Quit It
11. Walking Shoes

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the Groove Merchants - THe Groove Merchants (2015)

Track Listing:

1. John the Savage
2. Curtis
3. Modern Days
4. Monster
5. Smoke and Mirrors
6. Princess Please
7. Uhuru