McDonald Leaves PGroove

Matt McDonald Makes Final Appearance with Perpetual Groove at Amberland

Perpetual Groove
After seven years with Perpetual Groove, keyboardist Matt McDonald will make his final appearance with the band at this month's annual Amberland in Lafayette, GA. After a long journey that began at an open-mic night in Savannah, GA, Matt is looking forward to spending more time with his wife and children. Matt has posted a special letter to friends and fans that can be read here on his personal blog. Due to family obligations, Matt will not be performing with the band again until his final appearance at Amberland on May 23 through the 25. Perpetual Groove will continue as a trio with the possible addition of guest performers at various appearances throughout the summer.

Perpetual Groove Tour Dates:
05/02/08 Fri Corpening Plaza Winston-Salem, NC

05/03/08 Sat Corpening Plaza Winston-Salem, NC
05/09/08 Fri The National Richmond, VA
05/23/08 Fri Cherokee Farms LaFayette, GA
06/28/08 Sat Asheville Civic Center Asheville, NC
07/03/08 Thu Rothbury Music Festival Rothbury, MI
07/10/08 Thu All Good Festival Masontown, WV
07/26/08 Sat WorkPlay Birmingham, AL
08/23/08 Sat Music on the Mountain Boone, NC

[Published on: 5/2/08]

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Death Cube K Fri 5/2/2008 01:55PM
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Death Cube K

Smooth move

BUJ starstarstar Fri 5/2/2008 02:03PM
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Hmm... wow! There must be some crazy shtuff going on in PG world. I hope they get back on their feet.

gabus! star Fri 5/2/2008 02:13PM
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akeay Fri 5/2/2008 02:55PM
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Not sure what a keyboardless PGroove would even sound like, he's that much of their sound. Tough move, but the road ain't no place for a family man I would imagine.

charlton. starstarstar Fri 5/2/2008 03:34PM
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Thanks for everything, Matt!

barstoolrodeo4 Fri 5/2/2008 03:55PM
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Best of luck to Matt, he's a great keyboardist and a great guy--very big of him in my opinon to make this decision for the other important things in like. On that note, I hope they get a KICKASS keyboardist to take his place and bring this band to an even higher level (like Umph)-- they have enough talent and hype to really attract the attention of some amazing potential keyboardiss.

Whats up with all these smaller bands having member changes in the last couple years anyway?

Chaloupka Fri 5/2/2008 04:17PM
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Yeah, I just caught them in Denver the other day and I really noticed how big of a sound the keys were in their music.

MidnightRider13 starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/2/2008 04:39PM
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Yeah akeay, I agree, he's a huge component of their sound. I could see them sounding a lot more like a straight up rock n roll band with brock butler tearin' it up without his fluid, sometimes ambient, sometimes light funky keyboard playin. P Groove's great, too bad for fans this guy's got a family to take care cuz he's a sick keyboardist. good for him though.

BMAN4 Fri 5/2/2008 04:39PM
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They've been in the same circuit for years. probably sick of the plateau they're on and is ready to move on to something better.

NickBoeka Fri 5/2/2008 04:44PM
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family obligations....i smell kid or wife? need a new keyboardist....i'm available? hehe. Matty McD did know how to tickle the keys the right way though....

longislandjamzzz Fri 5/2/2008 05:01PM
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they should get the guy from RAQ. he's completely fucking insane! he could blow it way up for them... great band though. sad to see Matt go...

arqberry Fri 5/2/2008 06:03PM
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Matt did make a huge contribution to the band, and I wish him the best of luck and happiness in his future endeavors, but...this shouldnt be seen as a downfall, I'm sure the other guys can figure out how to progress their sound and grow to the next level.

BurbonSong Fri 5/2/2008 06:03PM
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Matt was the man. I can't imagine a Teakwood, Two Shores, etc. without him. It'll be interesting to see how the trio sounds

Page McConnell should play Rothbury and hook up with Pgroove

Mountain_Icculus starstarstarstarstar Fri 5/2/2008 06:27PM
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^^^ that would be the salami on my sandwich.

337845 starstarstarstar Fri 5/2/2008 09:25PM
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I completely agree with earlier posts. pgroove-keyboards is just not a comfortable thought. Ill keep an open ear though and see what they come up with.

tgratefulapple Fri 5/2/2008 10:43PM
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they should get elton john.elton john on teakwood could be sick as hell...... but for real they should try to get dude from pnuma trio to sit in at all good.

discomcgee Fri 5/2/2008 11:14PM
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amberland is going to be amazing. i need me some pgroove

samtarmstrong starstarstar Sat 5/3/2008 03:05AM
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samtarmstrong Sat 5/3/2008 03:13AM
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Cosmicsailor Sat 5/3/2008 07:03AM
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Bring in Bernie and Page for Rothbury. That would sound smooth.

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woow. there is some commenting here. I had to go to FIVE shows before they played anything worth staying for.. It was dec 2006 I think..

anyway.. they cannot live with out keys.. they would be even worse ..

and RAQ is STOOPS. or STOOPS IS RAQ,, and NO he ain't leaving them.

and.. anyway.. Brock seems kinda arrogant. He plays the same notes over and over. they have three albums in TEN YEARS. I get tired of the same songs. they need MORE. anyway.. I have seen them play well, but just that once. SAM try not to act so ugly man.. jesus...

Laurel Sat 5/3/2008 07:38AM
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Wow..I'm sure this was a difficult decision that wasn't made lightly, this will leave quite a void but life is all about priorities. I'm really grateful I got to see them a few times this year on the west coast and there is now even more appeal to anyone considering Amberland. These guys are some of the nicest people you could ever meet. Those of you haters and potty mouths posting here might wanna step back for a moment and think about what it takes to get up on stage, time and time again and play in front of people like you, I can only imagine the kind of energy you might excude.

Matt, you are the main reason I love this band, you will be missed!!

ezrider10 Sat 5/3/2008 08:36AM
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thanks for playing..

new replacement possibility: STEVE MOLITZZZ

Joshc104 starstarstarstarstar Sat 5/3/2008 08:39AM
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:: He Got Fired ::

LOL !!!

Chill glassworks ... as funny as it sounds ... you may be correct.

We will have to see who the replacement is, if anyone.

Seeing a trio ... may be a VG P-Groove show.

They have to have an announced special guest to fill Asheville.

Rothbury = 3 diff. keyboardist

All Good = just trio + better lights


fizikstps Sat 5/3/2008 09:38AM
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sorry to see him go but I have always thought he was there weakest link. they have kind of been in a stand still as of late and they need to go in a new direction, hopefully this will help. Long live pgroove!

O1Roggae Sat 5/3/2008 10:03AM
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P-groove is the shiz-nittlebam. Brock to me is the most solid and down to earth member

SOAM84 Sat 5/3/2008 11:20AM
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chaseman starstarstarstarstar Sat 5/3/2008 11:33AM
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They've been awesome every time I've seen them. Good luck to Matt.

Reading some of the comments on here makes me want to go put my head through a wall. And stop with this "We want Phish" stuff. It's stupid.

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Steve Molitz has been sluttin' it up... Grab him

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What are they going to do for All Good? PAGE?!

adubvu Sat 5/3/2008 01:55PM
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yea i think Pg would be fuckin amazing if they somehow hooked up w/ the keyboardist from RAQ. eh i just like PG better than RAQ but ive seen RAQ's keyboardist and he is freakin amaazing.

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simple-alex starstarstarstarstar Sat 5/3/2008 04:46PM
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Matt, you will be missed! Thank you for all you have done, all the amazing shows, all the great memories. Hopefully there will come a time when it is fit for you to return.

That all being said, I am excited for the new chapter of my favorite band. I am ready for Amberland, to put an epic close on the very beginning of my story as a Perpetual Groove fan. Now its time to see what these guys do next.

Emo Sat 5/3/2008 06:39PM
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I heard particle was looking for a few new members.

FatChance Sun 5/4/2008 12:09PM
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how about Dave Brogan from ALO? Although he plays the drums for ALO, his weapon of choice is the keyboards.

Steve Molitz is the obvious choice, though.

Tehsay Sun 5/4/2008 01:10PM
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first off, brock and the boys are anything but arrogant douches. He is probably the most humble d00d I've met so that cute little rant was totally off base sam. I agree with everyone else though: matt was a vital component of their sound. hopefully they regroup and pick up someone else on the keys because it'd be a shame to see these guys hang it up. Rothbury what what

jackstraw1984 Sun 5/4/2008 05:42PM
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these guys are so hit or miss i would think some kind of shakeup might motivate them to do something different. ive seen em five times and have only comeaway really impressed once. maybe this will lead to something exciting, but i'm not gonna hold my breath. i will give em another shot when they figure their shit our though. THAT BEING SAID, they're gonna be at the inaugural Vortex Festival in Asheville, that's the Civic Center date. Check it ooooooout.

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jambandfan Mon 5/5/2008 06:25AM
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i hate it, but what can ya do? i'll see u guys at amberland! :)

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shit, back to pushing hamburgers

C00lmike Mon 5/5/2008 12:40PM
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Not a huge PGroove fan, but their cover of 'Bulls on Parade' is pretty tight, I'll give 'em that

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Whoever mentioned Stoops from RAQ. That guy is flippin redonkulous. He like karvested the souls of the audience like the grim reaper and throws it through a voodoo-nightmare vortex through his fingers and onto his keyboard. Along with John Medeski, Jojo from Panic, Kyle Hollingsworth, maybe Page McConnel, he's one of the best live keyboardists I've ever seen. I think his style might be generally too explosive and crazy over-the-top heavy-hitting hyper-psychedelic phunk nastiness for p-groove. Not that I don't really dig p-groove but they're more mellow doobie music and Todd Stoops is like an super-electrified freak of nature. (Those we're all metaphors, he's probably a pretty chill guy).

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raygilly Thu 5/8/2008 10:56AM
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this news made me sad. sad sad sad. i just hope the guys can pull together. when i first started listening to pgroove i was overwhelmed by brock's emotion and intensity. i definitely feel as though the passion has lessened a bit. i still love them, always will. prevail pgroove, prevail.

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