The Leadfoot Band

The Leadfoot Band

"Musical styles come and go, but occasionally the good ones come back sounding fresh and new. Bluegrass is just one of those genres that are sprouting through the cracks of our concrete jungle and it feels great! In this proud new high energy progressive blend, there is an excitability that is extremely refreshing. Leading the pack in (Chicago) is Leadfoot." (Lumino Magazine)-

Leadfoot is a 4 piece hot-pickin' Chicago based band featuring Steve Haberichter on mandolin, Mike Vanier on acoustic guitar, Garrett Degnan on bass (upright and electric), and Mike Holtz on the cut-down Leadfoot mini drum kit playing 'Chicago-style post-bluegrass prairie stomp.' What is that you say? It's hard drivin', hot pickin', sometimes soulful, sometimes acoustically experimental, sometimes lonesome, rooted in a progressive acoustic setting, As Chicago musician Jaik Willis puts it, Leadfoot is "Chicago's freshest post-bluegrass with tasty...grooves served up spicey how you like it with lightening fast delivery." Known for their high energy shows, the music consists of stompin' originals, as well as their own versions of popular songs and traditional bluegrass tunes. Jammin' instrumentals and 3 part harmony vocals and fiery solos cement their sound. It is an organic acoustic sound that pleases the ear and gets the feet stompin'. Simply put, "GOOD MUSIC."

Leadfoot has played all around the Midwest from Michigan to the Rocky Mountains playing with such bands as Railroad Earth, Drew Emmitt Band, Darol Anger, Sarah Watkins from Nickel Creek, Acoustic Hot Tuna, Bill Nershi and Honkeytonk Homeslice from the String Cheese Incident, Hot Buttered Rum, Particle, Split Lip Rayfield, Jeff Austin and Dave Johnson from Yonder Mt. String Band, Vince Welnick Band, Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon, The Special Consensus, and The Iguanas to name a few.

GrooveSession is a power trio out of Ontario, Ca. By every definition this band is sharing positive energy through music and dance. Great song writing and playing live is what these guys live for and it shows each time they take a stage. Building a reputation as the band that enjoys long sets with their fans fully engulfed and it doesn't seem to matter the stage, room, club, sidewalk, parking lot, backyard or living room. GrooveSession brings a multi-genre blend of rock n' roll that they call "movin groovin music" Hard working and easy going. A band with a brand and a sound on their quest to end the jammin famine.With hundreds of performances and opening for many of today's greatest bands such as The Funky Meters, George Clinton's P-Funk, Little Feat, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 7 Walkers, Greg Adams, Tea Leaf Green, The Radiators, Stanton Moore, Robert Walter, New Mastersounds, Railroad Earth, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Brian Jordan Band, Kim Manning, Ozomatli and many more...This trio made up of Sarven Manguiat on guitar & keyboards and Brothers Sanchez, Ronnie on bass & Manny holding down drums and vocals. Magical, professional and musical with the ability to make fire with music! Available NOW are 3 CD's on i-tunes & CD Baby. The "Memoirs of NIWA"Album and "Warriors for Peace & the Positive Movement"LP along with the 2008 release, "The Flying Burrito."



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The Leadfoot Band with GrooveSession

Thursday, June 27 · 8:00 PM at Tonic Room