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The Groove

The Groove will perform Thursday, June 5, 7-9 p.m., at the Brambleton Town Center. The Groove performs music from the '70s and '80s. The concert is free. Visit www.brambleton.com or call the Brambleton Visitor's Center at 703-542-2925. The entire band worked on the responses.

Introduce yourself:

The Groove is a four piece '70s and '80s disco/funk band. Tim Marsh, vocals; Mike Scoglio, bass; Rob Manfredi, guitar; Joe Amato, drums. www.myspace.com/TheGrooveSpace.

How did you get your start?

The Groove was formed to provide a show that can entertain at the best music venues, private events and corporate shows nationwide.

How long have you been performing?

We have been performing for the past three years as The Groove.

What has been your best memory when it comes to music?

We have played so many exotic places, but the best memory has to be a show we did at Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas for a corporate event for EMC/Crown Partners. 1,500 people at the pool during a perfect night — that was a blast.

Describe your sound:

For a four-piece band, we wanted to create the sound and energy of the typical nine-piece event band. Logistically and financially four pieces makes more sense for our clients and their events, but we made sure that we did not sacrifice anything for the show. Big sound, big production, choreographed moves — you get it all at a Groove performance.

Biggest musical influences:

We love everything from the '70s and '80s — it's just great feel good, funky, groovy music that everyone can get down to.

Favorite pieces? Why?

Our favorite pieces are the songs we get the best reaction from. They include songs from Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Earth, Wind and Fire, Rick James, Rick Springfield and the like.

Where is your favorite place to perform and why?

Playing different venues around the country are always the best — but for local shows we really love clubs with big stages and great music loving people — these include Ned Devine's, the State Theatre and we have an upcoming first-time show at the Clarendon Grill that I am sure will become a favorite.

What do you enjoy most about performing live?

What is not to like? The best is feeling the energy the crowd provides back to the band during a performance.

Anyone you would really like to play with? Why?

We would love to open for any classic rocker that is still working the circuit — it would be interesting to get insight to the real life on the road.

Best compliment about a performance?

Any compliment is very much appreciated, but at a recent show in Orlando where we had a huge stage for a corporate event, the event planner was worried that we would not "fill" the stage during the performance with just four guys. At the end of the night she said that not only did we fill the stage but looked larger than life during the performance. That is what putting on a Groove show on is all about.

Anything special about the upcoming show?

We always have a few surprises during a show, come and check it out.

Most recent song you've listened to?

We have been listening to a lot of Blondie lately, like the Rolling Stones, she has some real good disco beat tunes that may end up in a set very soon ….

How can people hear your music?

They need to come to www.myspace.com/TheGrooveSpace for a complete schedule — we have a big show coming up at the State Theatre on Saturday June 14 — we would love to see them there!