GrooveLily

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GrooveLily is an American musical trio based in New York City[1] notable for creative songwriting in different pop genres, such as rock,[2] folk, jazz,[3] and show tune.[3] The band[4] consists of Valerie Vigoda[5] and Brendan Milburn[6] along with Gene Lewin.[7][8][9] A report in the New York Times in 2004 described the group as an "up and coming trio".[10] GrooveLily was founded by Valerie Vigoda, according to Variety.[11]

A review of their 2006 performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream described their show as having “plenty of fun” with “original music” from GrooveLily, but noted problems with acoustics.[12] In 2008, Milburn & Vigoda wrote seven musical numbers for the Disney Wonder cruise ship production of Toy Story: The Musical.[1] In 2002 (and in subsequent years, opening off-Broadway in 2006), GrooveLily performed a holiday musical entitled Striking 12.[2] A Washington Post reviewer described it as an “engaging concert-style entertainment” and fusion of “cabaret act and chamber musical”.[3][4] Milburn & Vigoda wrote the book, music and lyrics along with Rachel Sheinkin.[13] Variety gave Striking 12 a mixed review, criticizing the show for “lame wit” but which had “moments of beauty,” and that the overall “politeness hinders the supposedly rebellious humor.”[11]

After years of very few GrooveLily performances, the band came together to write and perform a musical called "Wheelhouse" about their earlier touring career on the road in a Winnebago and why they basically stopped touring because of that experience. The show premiered at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley June 6, 2012. [14]

Albums[15][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Phil Gallo, March 6, 2008, Variety, ‘Toy Story’ musical debuts at sea, Accessed Sep 13, 2013
  2. ^ a b Mark Blankenship, December 7, 2007, Variety, Cabaret thrives during Christmas, Accessed Sep 13, 2013
  3. ^ a b c Peter Marks,December 07, 2009, Washington Post, Striking 12: A warm fusion of fable and wit, Accessed Sep 13, 2013
  4. ^ a b Don Aucoin, December 15, 2010, Boston Globe, Music, theater, seasonal antidote, Accessed Sep 13, 2013
  5. ^ Note: vocals, violin
  6. ^ Note: vocals and keyboards
  7. ^ Note: vocals and drums
  8. ^ Peter Filichia/For The Star-Ledger Peter Filichia, The Newark Star-Ledger, May 6, 2011, 'Sleeping Beauty' review: Classic finds new life in a thoroughly modern musical, Accessed Sep 12, 2013
  9. ^ Peter Filichia, The Newark Star-Ledger, April 1, 2010, The McCarter Theatre Center's 2010-2011 season will be its boldest in years, Accessed Sep 12, 2013, ... provided by GrooveLily’s Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda....
  10. ^ TAMMY LA GORCE, Sept. 12, 2004, The New York Times, A Moderate Wind at Open-Mike Night, Accessed Sept. 12, 2013, ...the up-and-coming duo GrooveLily performed recently...
  11. ^ a b Mark Blankenship, November 13, 2006, Variety, Review: “Striking 12”, Accessed Sep 13, 2013
  12. ^ Toby Zinman, March 28, 2006, Variety, Review: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Accessed Sep 13, 2013
  13. ^ Joel Brown, December 3, 2010, Boston Globe, A new-fangled New Year’s story, Accessed Sep 13, 2013
  14. ^ http://www.theatreworks.org/shows/production/wheelhouse
  15. ^ "GrooveLily". GrooveLily. Retrieved 2016-12-28. 

External links[edit]

Title Year Label Other Artist(s)
Inhabit My Heart 1994 QMR Records GrooveLily
Jungle & Sky 1996
Brendan & The Extenuating Circumstances 1998
Little Light 2000
Folk Appetizer 2001
Just The Three Of Us 2002
The Nutshell EP
Are We There Yet? 2003
Striking 12 2005 PS Classics
A Little Midsummer Night's Music 2007
Sleeping Beauty Wakes 2009
Warner-Chappell Demos 2010 2010 Warner/Chappell
Striking 12: Bonus Tracks PS Classics
Sleeping Beauty Wakes: La Jolla Playhouse Bonus Tracks 2011
Wheelhouse 2013 Independent
While You Were Out