11-member funk collective The New Groovement to funkify the Canoe Brewpub this month
Ever wondered what a funk-hip-hop-rap sandwich tastes like? Well it’s all stacked together in the 11-member funk collective The New Groovement, who return to the Canoe Brewpub for a tasty night on February 23rd.
If you’re still curious what kind of experience you’ll be in for, the band puts it like this in their bio: “If James Brown and Run DMC had a love child this would be it.” Formerly entitled The Victoria Dream Team, The New Groovement has been hip hopping and funkifying Victoria hotspots for almost a year now, lead by drummer “Groovin’ Reuven Sussman.”
I recently sat down with lead vocalist Theresa Pasaluko to talk about the upcoming show and her own experiences with the band.
“I met Reuven at a Halloween party last year” she recalls. “I had been singing by myself for like, six hours, totally in the zone. I’m pretty sure I was just drumming on my legs in the corner. I had bruises on my thighs from keeping the beat,” she laughs, sifting through this undoubtedly wasted memory. “Reuven came up and asked if I wanted to be the singer for his funk band. I did.”
The name Victoria Dream Team didn’t stick for too long. “I had to make him change it when I joined the band,” Theresa smiles, sipping her Strongbow. “It reminded me of an old-folks lawn bowling club!”
The New Groovement has made their way around town livening up such venues as Lucky Bar, Upstairs, and Logan’s, even pioneering Victoria’s first Funk Fest last year.
In terms of favorite venues, Pasaluko names Lucky Bar and Canoe Club. “They are super intimate and just an overall good time. Also, they lend to the main demographic we seem to appeal to – probably around ages 20-30.”
The New Groovement released their first EP, literally entitled The EP, back in April of 2012 at Logan’s Bar. “It was totally packed, everyone loved it!” Pasaluko recalls. Encouraged by the success, the band will perform the live debut of their first full album on Saturday the 23rd.
The Canoe Brewpub is located at 450 Swift Street – just look for the pub with the most visible dancing through the windows.