WATCH: Joe Marcinek Band & The Groove Orient | The Social, Orlando, FL | January 5, 2017

by • January 7, 2017

Joe who? Joe mutha luvin’ Marcinek. That’s who. If you didn’t know his name before, you do now. I’ll be honest, I didn’t know his name until this show. I saw the show announcement for the Joe Marcinek Band and knew all of the members in his band… Tony Hall on bass (Dumpstaphunk, Dave Mathews & Friends), Shaun Martin on keys (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin) and Alvin Ford Jr on drums (Pretty Lights)… but for some reason I had never heard of the guy who the band was named after. How did this happen? I have no idea, but I was going to the show.

And to make things better, my boys in The Groove Orient were opening up to kick things off. They did a nice job warming up the crowd and getting everyone in the dancing mood. Chuck encouraged us Orlandoians to have fun and acknowledged the party people up front in the pit, that’s what he likes to see. Their heavy groove blues rock was just the thing to start the night off. With a setlist that included killer versions of original tunes such as “Banans,” “Bugs” and “Hot Bandit Woman,” this band has become quite the spectacle. The Groove Orient is Harry Ong on lead vocals/bass, Tommy Shugart on Hammond organ/electric piano, Chuck Magid on electric/acoustic guitar/vocals, David Vanegas on percussion/bass/vocals, and Aaron “Bucky” Buckingham on drums.

Watch the full set video, thanks to The Sober Goat!

The Groove Orient SETLIST
00:00 Stingray Shuffle
08:40 I Don’t Need
12:40 Bananas
16:25 Bora Bora
20:25 Bugs
27:37 David T. Walker Jam
33:16 Golden Hour
38:47 Hot Bandit Woman
50:39 Twisted Sister

Apparently, the Joe Marcinek Band is an ever evolving mixture of original compositions and incredible musicians, as each show might have a slightly different lineup and interpretation. The music is a blend of jazz and funk with a cerebral emphasis on groove and improvisation. Recently the band performed for former president Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative at the Field Museum in Chicago. The group has featured many prominent guests including Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Allen Aucoin (the Disco Biscuits), Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle), Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.) and more!

Due to a delayed flight with American Airlines (Tony Hall says don’t fly with them, fly Southwest!), Shaun Martin was unable to make it to the show. Lucky for us, Orlando’s very own Tommy Shugart of The Groove Orient said he was up to the task of filling in. It was like he was already in the band, but he had never met Joe before. He made magic happen and did an amazing job… or as Tony Hall said, “He killed it!” The first half of the set had a nice build up of jams that included “Slink” from the new album Slink, and also a very happy “Quinn the Eskimo” (Bob Dylan). Halfway through the set, Joe called up Chuck Magid of The Groove Orient to lay down some solid guitar licks on a not so shaky “Shakedown Street” (Grateful Dead) which completely turned the place into a house party festival. Then another local legend in the making, Savi Fernandez, waltzed up on stage and played with the band for the remaining 25 minutes of the show. The last song “If You Want Me To Stay” had so much love tucked into it that I didn’t want to leave, I wanted them to stay. However, it was closing time. We didn’t have to go home, but we couldn’t stay there. Oh, and the one and only Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys) was in the building, but only as an audience member… so unfortunately we did not get a steel pedal guitar schoolin’ sit in from The Doctor.

Watch the full set video, thanks to The Sober Goat!

Joe Marcinek Band SETLIST
00:00 George Washington
12:57 Standing On Shaky Ground
24:49 Holtsford
34:26 Quinn the Eskimo
52:42 Slink
58:56 Shakedown Street (w/ Chuck Magid of The Groove Orient)
1:08:00 Hyperbole (w/ Savi Fernndez)
1:20:30 If You Want Me To Stay (w/ Savi Fernndez)

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Joe Marcinek Band & The Groove Orient Live Review/Video by Richie Williams (The Sober Goat)

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