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- 2014 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
- 2014 Windstream Party In The Park
- 2015 Rochester Park Ave Fest
Upward Groove is a talented 5-piece from Rochester, NY. This energetic group of musicians has shared the stage with national acts including: Gang of Thieves, Yonder Mountain String Band, Preach Freedom, Moon Hooch and more. Blending a unique sound of rock, jazz, blues, and pop, the band has a little something for everyone.With a powerful horn section, this group truly separates themselves for the average rock band. A must see, these guys will have you leaving a show with a catchy melody in your head.
This band brings the old jazz ideals of freedom and improvisation to the new world of music which highly values electronic, hip-hop, and R&B influences. The band will perform with as little as two or as many as ten members, and each show has its own particular signature which makes it unlike any of the others you’ve seen before.
In November 2014 they put out a recent album, recorded in one session with no overdubs, entitled “Long Drives, Late Nights” The album is available on Spotify, iTunes, and many other music distribution sites, but there are also hard copies available at any of their performances.
MVT is inspired by many different artists including but not limited to: Robert Glasper, Snarky Puppy, Christian Scott, The Roots, Avishai Cohen Trio, A Tribe Called Quest, STS9 and Jurassic 5.