This Saturday night April 9th, is going to be a fun night of music as the Linsmore Tavern welcomes 3 new artists who have never performed before at the bar. DJ Greg Goldsack, Gaudy Monstrosity and the headliner Gruvoria will be performing throughout the night, with an early 8pm start.
Grüvoria is a fascinating study in contrasts -- full of musical muscle, creative testosterone and edge, yet also playful and accessible to a wide range of ears. The band’s sound is informed by the primordial legends of jazz-funk music such Miles Davis, John McLaughlin, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Herbie Hancock. Grüvoria is comprised of some of the finest cross-genre players in Toronto, including: bandleader and visionary Blair Purdy (guitar, composition & vocals), Ashot Grigorian (alto sax), Marcus Ali (tenor & baritone sax), Eric Boucher (keyboards), Ross MacIntyre (bass) and Vladimir Mladenovic (drums).
Their new EP, Space Butter, is the result their most intense and prolific songwriting period to date and being recorded hot on the heels of a recent album as opposed to the relatively long periods between previous projects. Over their 15-year history, Grüvoria have released three full-length albums: Grüvoria (1999), Dirty Fuel (2007) and The Sixth Knuckle (2013). Dirty Fuel received national attention including appearances on the CBC’s Sounds LIke Canada and Metro Morning, and The Sixth Knuckle has charted on community radio across Canada. Their remarkable performance energy and highly complex yet accessible sound have made them one of the most enduring and respected jazz-funk bands in Toronto. Their live shows during the mid-2000s at Lorraine’s Cool Jazz Joint remain the stuff of underground legend in Toronto. Their club and festival resume includes the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, the Beaches Jazz Festival, the Festival of Friends (Hamilton), Lula Lounge, Trane Studio, and Supermarket. They have shared the stage with the likes of Elizabeth Shepherd, Souljazz Orchestra, Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber, Four80East, and Kobo Town.