The Malai Llama / Al Holbrook / Groove Session
21 & over
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Malai Llama is a Colorado-based experimental rock quartet who fearlessly creates an atmosphere of triumph and inspiration everytime they hit the stage. Improvisation manifests in a variety of forms during a Malai Llama set, as the band weaves together the benevolent jam band spirit, the technical rigor of prog-rock, and modern jazz performance.
The band was officially formed in 2013 by longtime friends and bandmates Chris Cornwall (drums) and Steven Govanlu (keys, guitar, lead vocal) before they connected with Matt Flaherty (guitar, vocal) and John DeSousa (bass, trombone, vocal). The result was a palpable collective energy and a long-term vision for the future.
In 2016, Malai Llama released their first full length LP ‘Out to Graze.’ The album was truly the product of the merging of each member’s musical stories and the cultivation of a sound all their own. Inspired by artists like Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Medeski Martin & Wood, each track features dynamic song structures and lyricism meant to galvanize crowds to embody exploration and confidence. ‘Out to Graze’ was simply the springboard for the band’s songwriting, as they continue writing vigorously between gigs.
Malai Llama has taken the stage with members of Trey Anastasio Band, String Cheese Incident, Toubab Krewe, Blues Traveler, Lotus and many other legendary acts. Recent killer performances include The Gothic Theater for a sold out show alongside the legendary George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and headlining shows at legendary venues including Boulder CO's Fox Theatre and Denver CO's Bluebird Theater both feature String Cheese Incidents Michael Travis on percussion. After rapidly establishing a strong foothold in Colorado the band will be hitting stages nationwide in 2017.
With careful energy and unmistakable passion, Malai Llama will pull the crowd
Born in Dayton Ohio and raised on funk, jazz and classical styles, Mr Holbrook has truly found his voice as an artist over the past few years. He has perfected his raspy, steeped in the blues, poured from a folk singers tea pot, brand of Gritty blues/Soul that is both infectiously catchy and dirty.
Mr. Holbrook played with DeRobert and the Half Truths opening up for Gary Clark Jr. and the Foo Fighters for Austin City Limits (October 2014) and performed with D Ryan Band for a World Ventures event in Las Vegas for a crowd of 8,000 (2011). Al was recently featured as Blues Man in the Steven Tyler "Love is Your Name" (2015).
He has played with Royal Southern Brotherhood Artist Bart Walker onboard Norwegian Epic, as well as electrifying crowds in Fat Cats Lounge on the Epic (2013). More recently he was a key member of BB King All Star Band onboard Holland America - the band was ranked number one in the fleet for the duration (2016).
Previously Al worked as the Music Director for Unity of Murfreesboro - directed, led and facilitated all music (covers and originals) for music services and programming (2013-2014) and Music Director for Agape Global heart - directed choir and music programming.
Additional events and performances include: University of Dayton ARTstreet One World Music festival (2014); Assistant Music Director for contemporary Dance company SMAG's production of SMAGmere (2012); performed at the Miami Valley Music Fest, Ohio (2012); and opened for 50 cents G-Unit as a Hip Hop Act (2007).
Currently Mr. Holbrook is a Resident Artist at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar, Nashville, TN (2013 to present).
The Al Holbrook Band will make you wanna wallow down in the rain and mud until your shirt is torn, your jeans stained, and your shoes say you've been somewhere and were thankful for the party and the carefree good times. The band merges elements of improve into each set keeping every performance new, engaging and entertaining.
"GrooveSession” from Southern California (Ontario,Ca.) is a must see LIVE band.
Join the Groovement as they are captivating audiences across the US combining authentic songwriting, remarkable musicianship and heart felt dance grooves. A 1960‘s - 70‘s musical throwback performing 1200 shows over the past 7 years honing a true new Southern California sound.This trio does something unique in todays music scene and that is write and perform conscientious rock rooted songs for every generation. Blending elements of rock n’ roll, funk, jazz, soul, reggae, blues or just call them Americana Rock n Soul. GrooveSession is the real deal and are quickly evolving into the modern day version of The Band on steroids... GrooveSession is made up of brothers Manny (drums /lead vox) & Ronnie Sanchez (bass/vox) and Sarven Manguiat (guitar/vox).
They have opened for The Funky Meters, George Clinton’s P-Funk, Little Feat, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, 7 Walkers, Pimps of Joytime, Tea Leaf Green, The Radiators, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, New Mastersounds, Railroad Earth, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Ozomatli and many more...
As well as have performed with many of todays greatest including Leo Nocentelli, Michael Hampton, Robert Walter, Leon Mobley, Pat MacDonald, Wally Ingram, Chris Aaron,Tony Brown, Kim Manning, Eric McFadden, and Walter Salas-Humara these guys love it all!