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Cause And Effect!

The long awaited Groove Jones CD (Cause And Effect) is now finished, projecting Fall 2011 arrival into your little hands, FOGJ. Record release party in the works! Big BIG stuff!! Stay Tuned!!

Into The Future... - July 2, 2016

A NEW Groove Jones... keeping the best of the past... yet growing, refining, and redefining. A Groove Jones that writes, records, and performs ORIGINAL MUSIC, in addition to playing crowd favorites. A Groove Jones that "brings the FUNK" into the classroom... music (instrumentation, vocals, etc), dance, and theater. A Groove Jones that aims for the perfect stage to host host their funky party... incorporating VIDEO, and SOCIAL MEDIA  to bring bring their music to the masses.

Refining & Redefining for a BETTER TOMORROW!

Thank you!!! - June 4, 2016

Thanks to the many who came out the final Groove Jones show with Joe, Jasmine, Clarence, & Terrell.  W love these people, they brought the family to "the funk"... when we were together, it felt like family. We spent most of our time together laughing, making music, and creating that "church" feeling that stays with a person days and weeks afterwards. I (Rod Goelz) wish them nothing but success, happiness, and fulfillment in their future endeavors.  Terrell, Jasmine, and Clarence will be busy ramping up their "church" musician responsibilities (their first love), while Joe is busy focusing on a DJ and Karaoke business. 

I'm immensely grateful support and love that you have shown us over the years. With big changes come new possibilities, leaving me excited for the future!! This is just the beginning... STAY TUNED!!!

Thank you!!!

Rod Goelz (Groove Jones founder and leader)

Jeremy Hummel joins Groove Jones - June 1, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Jeremy Hummel is our newest "groove" member. filling the drum chair left by  Anthony "Tony C." Carreira.  Jeremy has played with us many times before, and his presence defines the direction we are heading in. Welcome Jeremy Hummel!!! 

Anthony Carreira Leaves Groove Jones - May 20, 2014

Our friend and band mate Anthony Carreira has stepped down as Groove Jones drummer/beatboxer extraordinaire. He is moving to Ohio to push forward in his beatboxing career!! We wish all the success that we feel is due him, it's been a pleasure playing with him...and we hope to share the stage with him one day again. Best of luck Tony!!!

11 Year Logan Bedard PLays w/ Groove Jones - April 25, 2014

An 11 year old fan of Groove Jones (and phenom drummer in his own right), Logan Bedard played the whole night with us (subbing for our regular Tony C)... and the news is HE did wonderful!! Never did we have a drummer spend more time to be prepared for the gig!!!  Thank you Logan!  Logan is a student of Jeremy Hummell (another Groove Jones Alumni),  at the Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center in Mechanicsburg, PA (playing an integral part in many of the ensembles at that institution). Here's video of Logan playing "Outstanding" with us!!

With a NEW year comes CHANGE.... - March 24, 2013

The Groove Jones Family has taken up many shapes and sizes... Rod & Joe (Duo) for the smallest of  Groove Jones Jr. (w/ Tommy Leanza on drums, Terrell "Little Beard" Henry on Keys...another FUNKY 4 piece that features "Black" Mike Smith on bass... and the BIG BAND Groove Jones... features all the FAMILY...which includes the very beautiful and talented Jasmine Scott on vocals. For the first time... this JONES feels like a family! And we couldn't be happier!!

Weekly "GROOVE": ALL AGE OPEN MIC - January 1, 2012

Groove Jones' Rod, Joe, and Tony HOST an ALL AGE open mic every Kerry's Green in Red Lion. You heard me correctly...ALL AGES and all styles!!! It's not uncommon to see a 13 year old guitar player... play "mix it up" with a 43 year old bass player, 22 year old drummer... 78 year old trumpet player!!!! ALL AGES!! All styles too!! House rhythm section, for those willing or in need!

What we're looking for (any combination of the following):

- Instrumentalists (any instrument, do you play?)
- Songwriters
- Solo Acts
- Duos
- Trios
- Bands
- Poets
- Horn Players
-Improvising Musicians.....blues, rock, funk, bluegrass....



Kerry's Green ALL AGE Open Mic w/ Rod, Joe, & Tony (from Groove Jones)
$5 Cover/Refreshments are on the house.

Kerry's Green
150 Country Club Road
Red Lion, PA 17356

The York County Music Scene - January 1, 2012

From Groove Jones Hand Percussionist, Louis "Mudgy" Woodyard Jr.

"York City and York County is blessed with many great musicians in all genres of music. We know about THE Rod Goelz creation of GROOVE JONES and Yvon Nicolas Tatafasa musical child B-TROPICAL but we have the Americana sounds of Michael S. Males and Jeff Hostetter in AMERICAN HOLLAR, cigar box sounds of Shane Speal, the soft relaxing music of Megan Woodland Donley in MEGAN AND THE WHEELMEN the revised Sax sounds of Memphis in THE BEAVER STREET BAND, the soulful mind provoking music of Marvin Collier with his SOUL EVOLUTION, and even though they are not from York County there is the music of Zig Zag and his family in BLACKHAND There are many more individual artist and bands that I have not mention. Feel free to post your act and comments. Embrace culture and support local musicianship!"

Groove Clinic @ Badog Music - January 21, 2011

"January 28 Groove Improvisation Clinic with Rod Goelz and Tony Aguirre

January 28, 2011--Groove Jones leader and founder Rod Goelz (w/ drummer Tony Aguirre) will be conducting a "Groove Improvisation"  clinic at Badog Music,  in Manchester PA.  The clinic starts at 6:30, January 28, 2011.

This clinic is intended for anyone wanting to learn and improve their skills in improvisation. Musicians who perform in a band will also gain a better understanding of how a rhythm section works. The clinic is geared toward intermediate to advanced level musicians; however, beginners would also benefit.

Rod Goelz is the author of the “Basses Loaded” and “Make i...t Funky” instructional series. He is also the bassist and band leader of Groove Jones, a local funk band, and he has been teaching 21 years.

At Berklee, Tony played in dozens of the school’s jazz and rock ensembles and brought his performance level up to their highest standard. Anthony began teaching drums as a teenager and started at BADOG in 1998. Today, he performs around 120 gigs per year in local metropolitan areas.

Advance tickets are 6.00, available at BADOG (717.266.1012) or through Amy Mummert (215.285.9420). Tickets at the door are 8.00. The event begins at 6.30 with a reception for Rod and Tony. Refreshments will be provided. The clinic is 7.00-8.30."

Groove Jones ReverbNation Page!! - January 20, 2011

Groove Jones is now on ReverbNation. Check us out on:  Original "Cause And Effect" songs (current #8 on the R&B Funk charts). Tell a friend!!!

Rod Goelz/Groove Jones Interview - January 20, 2011

Groove Jones Interview: Time with Rod Goelz: Unmetered Groove
by Red Writing Hood for Scrapplehead, March 2010

Groove Jones: First Time

I remember the first time I saw Groove Jones extremely well. It was a First Friday, and I had just enjoyed a great early SanSoucie/Carn gig at what is now Bistro 19 (then, it was MB's). Hmmm...not even midnight...had heard a lot about some Groove Jones band that does First Fridays. Home or check-out this Groove Jones thing? Okay, it's ½ block away; if they Likert below a 3, I leave with very little lost. So, I walked to what was then The Harp and Fiddle and opened the door to an absolutely PACKED venue with about 1.5 million musicians on-stage. And did I mention it was PACKED? Every single person was dancing—but the word “dancing” really understates the type of movement that I saw, and “every person” connotes a sense of separateness. Gettin' down to da funk as an agglomerated collective is as close as I can come to verbalizing what I saw. And what I heard? Even given my propensity to the verbose, there is no way to describe (regardless of the amount of words used) what I heard that night in York. I can describe the feeling that I had, however. In the mid-to-late 80's, I saw Fishbone for the first time in a Harp and Fiddle-sized venue in Philadelphia. There were about the same number of people there, as well. Music different; aesthesis same.

Both are among the most memorable, “surprise aha” music-moments I've had. I had no idea what I was walking into on either occasion. But wow. And in my subsequent interview-interaction-experience with Rod Goelz from Groove Jones (below), again, I had no idea...

Note: Definitions for “groove” (e.g., Oxford American and Writer) include words like “impression” and “imprint.” Although these are cited as nouns (referring to physical grooves such as those on a vinyl record into which a stylus or needle might fit), it occurred to me that when used as verbs, “impress” and “imprint” are much more akin to my experience with that night's “groove.”


Time with Rod Goelz: Unmetered Groove

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Rod Goelz from Groove Jones. And as with the full, 7- to 8-piece band Groove Jones (as the description regarding verbing the “groove” nouns explained above), “impress” and leaving an “imprint” apparently can happen even when time is spent with even a single member of the band. But more on that later...

Not only did I get the chance to learn a little more about Rod; he also filled me in on the latest-breaking updates for those of you jonsin' for that groove...

The main Groove Jones focus right now is to “work on new sounds,” Rod began. “What?!? I loved the old sound...Yikes,” I blurted out before the filter that controls unvocalized responses had a chance to activate. Rod went on to explain that in 2006, Roy Frush III (percussion) and he started playing together with an emphasis on the rhythm section. “There will be more emphasis on vocals,” he added, “and the band will be working on the instrumentation around the voices of three singers: Ralph Real, Unique, and Joe McDowell.”

“Okay, I'm sold...sounds like there's just going to be more Groove Jones to love,” I started thinking.

To understand the new sound toward which the band is moving, let's get caught-up with some of the 7-8 band members (and yes, the specific number of band members has noticeably less than metronome-like precision in its exactitude) and the influences they each bring to the evolving sound of Groove Jones. First, there's a new musician (on keyboards and vocals)...and songwriter...and producer: Ralph Real. Ralph brings the musical influences of Stevie Wonder, Anthony Hamilton, Musiq Soulchild, and John Legend to the Groove Jones sound. Along with Ralph, there are two other singers: Joe McDowell and Unique (formally of the Screaming Daisies). Like Ralph, Joe's influences include Stevie Wonder and Musiq Soulchild. Additionally, Take 6 and Miles Davis have had a great impact on Joe's music. Unique's influences include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Unique's own mother. And Rod's influences? Well, here's where things started to become a bit unmetered...unstructured...a bit less precise...and much more fun.

After he so effortlessly listed the influences of the other band members, I was simply unable to get equally specific information about Rod, from Rod J. Up to this point, the information Rod had been giving to me—and the way it was being given—was just perfect for my hardly-noticeable Type-A (and admittedly, a wee bit, ever-so-slightly controlling) nature. All was methodical, balanced, able to be anticipated: he provided information on one person at a time...a list of specific influences of similar length for each was easy to picture this whole discussion being written-up effortlessly...and then it happened: Rod went out of what might be analogous to common time (and please take notice to the fact that exactly FOUR specific musicians were listed for every band member except Rod...coincidence?), and he wasn't about to be courteously prompted OR aggressively coerced back into it. Damn these sol-fa folks (you know who you are) who are now throwing meter into the equation? Hard to keep up with at times...but that challenge is part of where the fun begins. Certainly, playing bass is in Rod's soul.
So, although painfully unbalanced to write this way, I can at least share the more general (and notably comprehensive) influences that I was able to find out about Rod (after all, it's not all about mi J). Rod's into old-school funk, Motown, 60's R&B, New Orleans Funk, rock, and jazz.

In the spirit of Groove Jones working on a new sound, “the band is also working on doing more originals,” Rod added. With Groove Jones' assortment of musical talent, their diversity of influences, and progressive vision, one can only imagine the possibilities...especially if the Groove Jones we've known has merely been a precursor--a hint of the potential that has yet to come to fruition.

The other issue on which the band is focusing is to play at larger venues in metropolitan areas, such as Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. BUT—before we have to worry about any considerations involved with seeing Groove Jones that exceed walking/driving a mere few minutes—they are continuing to play in Harrisburg and Lancaster. And better yet, currently, you will find Groove Jones every First Friday in York at Tailgaters Grille & Drafthouse from 8.00-midnight.

The biggest challenge with Groove Jones? Can you imagine “working around 8 people's schedules to practice and play?” Pulling that together certainly would take someone with an uncommon, metronome-like precision for details and the savvy to know when to just turn the thing off.

More fun: when finishing-up at the coffee shop, I got Rod's Essential Listening Listing. “In this order,” he added, watching me take notes to make certain his disclosure of these details was, in fact, properly sequenced J: “Lemon Meringue” by Fishbone; “Fried Grease” by Greyboy Allstars; “I Bet You” by Funkadelic; and “People Say” by The Meters. (Hmmmmm...Fishbone reference AND the inclusion of “People Say” by...a band called “THE METERS”...again, coincidences?)

And one Did Ya Know: Rod's been playing mandolin (self-taught) for 5-6 years. Rod said, “I heard Sam Bush and wanted to play.” He “started learning bluegrass 'fiddle tunes,' but has since adapted ALL of my influences--blues, jazz, folk...James Brown Mandolin...” is what he calls it.

Funky Friday Resumes In York - September 22, 2009

Funky Friday' Resumes @ Tailgaters Grille & Drafthouse in York. First Friday of every month, you can find us @ Tailgaters. Check us October 2nd at Tailgaters!

8:00 PM -12:00 AM.

Tailgaters Grille & Drafthouse
204 St. Charles Way
York, PA, 17402

Unique Joins Groove Jones - September 15, 2009

We are very happy to announce that Unique (formally of the Screaming Daisies) has joined our funky family. For those of you who haven't witnessed Unique in action, you'll be in for a treat... she's a force. She'll be making her debut with us at Ralphstock 2009, September 27th, 2009

First Friday Funk Continues: ALL AGE SHOW! - July 22, 2009

With the closing of the Harp & Fiddle, the question on everybody's mind is "will the Funk leave York?". While a permanent home for first Friday funk has yet to be decided on, there's a party goin' on in the month of August.

Friday, August 7th, Groove Jones will be performing an ALL AGE SHOW the York Township Park. We'll be performing from 6:30-8:00.

All ages welcome, so tell everyone you know!!

Here are the specifics:

York Township
33 Oak Street
Dallastown, PA 17313
6:30 - 8:00

Mellow D Studios - June 15, 2009

For those of you have heard, Mellow D Studios (our studio of choice) was robbed sometime around May 22nd. Long story short, we lost all our tracks. But they lost the motherload, an estimated $25,000 worth of equipment (sadly, with no insurance). This is possibly the lowest thing a musician can do to a musical community... steal their music, and their means of creating it. Be on the lookout for suspicious equipment for sale... low priced studio equipment, etc.
If you know anything, contact Ralph Real:


All Original Show In Lancaster - April 15, 2009

After much blood, sweat, and tears.....

As part of the Launch Music Conference, Groove Jones will be performing our first ALL ORIGINAL SHOW--April 17, 2009.

Here's where it's at:

Gusto’s Restaurant
335 N. Queen Street
Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603
9:45 Showtime.

Please join in the monumental event!!

Ralphstock 2009 Date Announced - January 10, 2009

This just in! Groove Jones slated to play Ralphstock 2009... September 27, 2009. More details later.

Groove Jones In The Studio - January 7, 2009

Groove Jones is hard at work finishing up the debut CD (as yet, untitled). The CD will include some of the old GJ standards, such as "No Words," "Make It Funky," and "Sugar Devil Swamp." Many other new songs as well... "Devil's Jellyroll," "Ghost Town," "Amazing," "Hey Brother," and many others. Says Rod Goelz, "the trick is to put together a set of original songs that we can party to, rally behind, and ultimately be super proud of... it'll be worth the wait."

Groove Jones @ Fat Daddy's - January 7, 2009

The word is out... Groove Jones is taking over Fat Daddy's this Friday, January 9th. Please try to make it!! The show starts at 10:30... two big sets...a party like we've never put on before. So please try to make it. Also, please help to spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested... for if we do well, we'll be a regular occurrence at Fat Daddy's.

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