FREE AS YOU WANNA BE - 2018
GrooveSession is always a good time. This Southern California band brings a Movin’ Groovin’ high energy Rock Show with flavors of Jam Rock, Funk, Jazz, and Blues. Distinctively one of today’s musical artists with a sound of their own, a fun message of hope and a simple vision of love for the world. Taking the music but never themselves too seriously GrooveSession has an appreciation for all things honest and brings positive energy, musical content and a spirit that resides in all people.
Led by singing drummer Manny Sanchez, along with his younger brother Ronnie Sanchez playing bass guitar and completing an unrivaled rhythm section. Natural harmonies in life as well as voice you can't help but move once the GROOVE is in SESSION. Now joined by longtime friend Danny Avila on Guitar as well as Ricky Hopkins on Saxophones, and Chad Patrick on Percussion. This band of friends and musical masters have now revved up the GS sound and live show into a whole new spectacle.
"This band has always been great but now they are a whole different animal. The additions of Ricky Hopkins on sax, Danny Avila on guitar and Chad Patrick on percussion have this band poised for a big leap."
-Tyler Blue, Crazy Horse Saloon Nevada City
“This is a ‘coming of age’ of a great band who have ‘earned their stripes’ the ol’ fashion way, touring and bringing their music and amazing talent to the people. Now, the new album by GrooveSession speaks the truth about love, life, and living the good times!” John Avila, Musician/Producer
Vocals, Drums / Manny Sanchez
Vocals, Bass / Ronnie Sanchez
Vocals, Guitar / Danny Avila
Vocals, Tenor, Alto, and Soprano Saxophone, Flute /
Vocals, Percussion / Chad Patrick
Ronnie Sanchez - Mesa/Boogie Amplifiers, EMG Pickups,MXR pedals
Chad Patrick- Tycoon Percussion
GrooveSession uses QSC Speakers and Blue Microphones
“They just don’t make grooves like these anymore. The hard-hitting funk of George Clinton, those New Orleans second-line rhythms of The Meters, that earthy, jazzy, country shuffle of Little Feat. Even the get-off-your-butt-and-move early-’90s groove laid down by the Spin Doctors. Relics of the past shelved among the archives to make way for thin, machine-driven impersonations that pass for pop rhythms and hip-hop drum beats these days. GrooveSession missed that memo on purpose. “We love the ’60s and ’70s and all that music that was going on at that time,” Manny Sanchez says. “There’s a song called ‘Grows Down Low,’ ” Sanchez says. “When we started to write that song, all three of us, when it came to tempo, sort of homed in on the strut of it. It felt like it was as if Little Feat and The Meters got together and started jamming.”“It really is a blessing,” Sanchez says of playing with his brother and longtime friend."” - JEFF HARRELL - SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE
"Three" musicians, is just a number to these guys, because they truly sound like several on any given song! Their music is a combination of funky, groovy fusion, with a twist of philanthropic and eclectic global unity. Some bands are so far out, that only musical purists can enjoy them...but not these guys. Bassist Ronnie Sanchez lays down lines that Boosty Collins and Jaco Pastorious could easily connect with. The drum grooves by brother Manny Sanchez are reminiscent of Mitch Mitchell and Louis Bellson in their peak. Guitarist Sarven Manguiat cooks up intricate rhythms and solos that remind me of great albums like Santana's "Abraxas", or "Shakti", with John McLaughlin. The best way for me to put it is this: What the band RUSH did for Rock Music History, is what Groove Session is doing for Jam Bands! - JOANNE LEDESMA - SGVMUSIC