Artist: Otis Grove

Album: Live In Boston

Release Date: 2013-03-18

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In late 2011, promoter Jeff Wallace of MySecretBoston.com approached Otis Grove about doing a month long residency at Church rock club in Boston. The idea was to create an evening of good music every Tuesday, where the bands had full creative control and that was completely free for the audience. Otis Grove agreed to do the idea, but decided to take it a step further. Why not use the residency as a vehicle to record their first ever Live Album? The idea of doing a live record had intrigued the band for years, but they never found the right venue or time to do it. With the offer of this residency appeared the opportunity they had been waiting for, not only was this club in their home market, but the night was put on by a good friend who could help get the word out and promote.
Yet they took it one step further, with OG's desire to make every night a unique musical experience, they decided to enlist some of their favorite local musicians to join them each night, collaborating on original Otis Grove music as well as the artist's own songs. They recruited bassist Aaron Bellamy, The Hornitz, vocalist Jesse Dee, guitarist Johnny Trama, MC Kabir, DJ Axel Foley, Trombonist Brian Thomas and Saxophonist Jared Sims from the Akashic Record. They also got there friends to set up their own lights, multi-track record each show and encouraged artists to come and vend.
Tuesday nights in March 2012 would never be the same, each week was completely different musically as well as visually from the week before. It created a unique vibe in which the residency flourished. Through four weeks of packed show's and amazing artistic collaboration Otis Grove had the makings of an excellent Live Album.
After sifting through over eight hours of music, Otis Grove dwindled it all down to ten tracks that best captures the diversity of each night. All of the musicians are represented from the Al Green soul of 'I'm a Ram' featuring Jesse Dee and Johnny Trama, the hip-hop verse on OG's own 'Pure Luck' to the big band funk with Aaron Bellamy and the Hornitz on 'Crosstown Traffic'. Not to mention additions of DJ Axel Foley, Brian Thomas, Jared Sims and some good old OG trio work. The song selection gives an excellent representation of the special vibe those Tuesdays in March held. 
The artwork of the record also has roots in the residency. OG had enlisted local photographer Kevin Chubbuck, to photograph each night which is represented on the inner cover of the CD as well as the galleries online. The back cover of the album is the poster that was custom designed for the event by local artist Dan Blakeslee and the front cover is a variation on the 'Made in Boston' design by local artist Mikey Maker who was a presence each week vending his own art. This CD is truly a collaborative effort from all of the musicians, artist and promoters who helped put on this event each week. It is much larger than just Otis Grove, it encompasses the artistic community which they involve themselves in on whole. It was the collaborative spirit that helped to create this record, so Otis Grove is proud to present to the world not just the music, but what Boston has to offer as artistic haven of creativity and music. They present to the world Otis Grove 'Live in Boston'.

about the artist

There's a new sound taking over the town known as Boston. If you're by the banks of the Charles River as the moon glows over the muddy waters you
very well may hear some thick, groovy beats banging out a trail for raw guitar licks and a soul-drenched Hammond organ. Yes indeed, ladies and
gentleman who are down with the funk, it's time to get rocked by your new favorite band: Otis Grove.

Otis Grove began as a collective experiment in crossing the traditional organ jazz sound with funk, hip-hop, and rock tones. It was the beginning of a sonic realization based in groove, free in improvisation, yet rooted in songwriting and melodic structure. In early 2004, on the heels of their self-titled debut album, the band began spreading their sound to clubs around the New England area. The music, which has since evolved into a unique blend of aggressive rock n' roll and high-intensity organ funk (some fans have started calling it 'The Runk'), pays tribute to the masters while consistently pushing itself in new directions. It's as if jazz organ legend Jimmy Smith had
been the fifth member of Led Zeppelin, or if the Meters had joined forces with Black Sabbath. Performer Magazine writer Sam Merrick described it best as "a monstrous funk groove that probably would have sent Godzilla running had he been in the neighborhood."

Six years and over 500 shows later, Otis Grove has shared the stage with musicians and bands John Medeski, Billy Martin, Charlie Hunter, DJ Logic, Eric Krasno of Soulive, The New Mastersounds, the Jerry Garcia Band, The Brew, Spiritual Rez, Trombone Shorty, and many more. With a few national and European tours under their belt, Otis Grove is hitting it harder then ever, having played venues from the Paradise Rock club and House of Blues in Boston to Sullivan Hall and the famous Blue Note jazz club in New York City.