The Groove Trust launches their cause Sundays at Harper's Ferry and will bring Miracle Orchestra side projects and The Boston Horns into the mix for Jan-Feb.

The new idea being launched at Harper’s Ferry in Allston, MA dubbed “The Groove Trust” is one Boston musician’s idea that’s certainly hit the ground running. This is only his debut month, but Michael Cucchi and his Groove Trust have booked their schedule well through February with acts that any Boston music lover is not likely to miss. The Groove Trust hosts every Sunday night at Harper’s, and you can be sure you’ll find yourself heading there soon enough.

With a schedule like this, it’s a shoe in; This Sunday January 20th, catch The Boston Horns performing a full set of their proven horn-driven groove and funk. Then, as with all evenings at The Groove Trust, The Groove Trust Band steps in to host an all-star jam. Cucchi, the evening’s founder and organizer, describes the evenings as "improvisational collaborations; We open evenings up so that great bands can not only run through their set, but be a part of the bigger picture. We’ve had members from three or four major Boston bands up on stage, collaborating together. That’s something different. . . that’s something these musicians don’t find anywhere else, and you better believe music fans eat it up. It’s original music, it’s extremely talented players, and it’s one hell of a great time!”

This Sunday’s show marks the third night of the Groove Trust’s weekly residency at Harper's Ferry. With increasing crowds each week, more and more talented musicians getting involved, and a schedule featuring simply the crème of the Boston music scene’s talent, The Groove Trust looks to be a winning combination. On Sunday January 27th the fun continues as The Groove Trust hosts The Mark Donovan Group. Mark Donovan (Guitar), Rob Marsher (Keys- Addison Groove Project), and Garrett Sayers and Bill Carbone of Miracle Orchestra. They all team up to drop your collective jaws! Again, the second set will lead to some serious collaboration with The Groove Trust Band and all-star Boston talent getting into the mix. “This night is going to be really special,” Cucchi details with a gleam of excitement, “When you have a side-project like this- full of talent already pulled from several bands, you really feature so many different styles. I’m planning on recording the entire evening because I know this one is going to impress me.”

Moving into February; the 10th will feature The Mystery Mullet Circus. This second Miracle Orchestra spin-off Features Bill Carbone and Jared Sims (Miracle Orchestra), Rotten Mike Heenan, Jonti Siman (Bass and loops from Fat Mama), and Eric Hofbauer (Guitar). On February 17th Col. Mustard will appear for a full set and collaboration. Finally, rounding out the month I suggest you catch The Guy Smiley Blues Exchange on the 24th. TGSBE is one of the south’s premier touring acts, and they “show The Groove Trust isn’t just about Boston area music” explains Cucchi. “This idea is taking off because it makes sense. Musicians on the jam and groove scene don’t get out to mingle with other talent often at all. The Groove Trust not only opens the stage to mixers of premier talents, it puts lesser known bands in front of people who value talented musicians, and it kindles the jam scene from the source, the musicians.” I’ve personally heard the Guy Smiley Blues Exchange, and I have to admit, I was wondering just why they hadn’t hit Boston yet. Well, it looks like they’ve found just the right place to do it. Check out Groove Trust for more information. As Michael says “just swing in one night, I think you’ll be impressed, and you’ll keep coming back for more!”

[Published on: 1/17/02]

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