The Leadfoot Band

The Leadfoot Band

Founding themselves on bluegrass roots over a decade ago in the concrete jungle and bluegrass mecca of the southside of Chicago, The Leadfoot Band have branched out in all directions from there. Incorporating their love of bluegrass with their early urban influences of rock , funk and everything in between, the evolution of the band is hard to place. Fans have said Leadfoot is just hard driving bluegrass, some say they are rock infused jamgrass, or even a bastard child of Bill Monroe meets Metallica. The online music site JamGrass.net even says The Leadfoot Band is "A mix between Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros and Greensky Bluegrass."

Comprised of mandolinist Steve Haberichter, guitarist Mike Vanier, Garrett 'Geebs' Degnan on bass, drummer/ percussionist Mike Holtz and the addition of Andy Ohlrich on fiddle in 2014, these seasoned musicians create a robust musical delicacy that tantalizes the senses and gets the feet moving. It is a smokin' blend of styles suitable for any palette: funky, to pocket groove, to two-steppin', to straight bluegrass/ newgrass, easy listening to acoustic rock fusion. Summed up perfectly by musician Jaik Willis: The Leadfoot Band is "Chicago's freshest post-bluegrass served up spicy- just how you like it- with tasty grooves and lightning-fast delivery."

The Leadfoot Band released their new self-titled album "The Leadfoot Band" last year, getting national acclaim and voted a Top Album of 2013 by Jamgrass.net. Along with guest musician Pat Sansone of Wilco on keys, the album features all original songs highlighting the diverse songwriting of the band.

They continue to win new fans over at every show and festival with their dynamic and impressive performances. They have shared the stage with likes of Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Hot Tuna, Bill Nershi, Jeff Austin, Split Lip Rayfield, Sarah Watkins, Darol Anger, The Iguanas, The Radiators, Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt from Leftover Salmon and many more.

"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)-

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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