LA-based power pop trio Groves opened for Culture Club on Sunday at Strathmore Music Center. Also on Sunday, Parklife DC told you the story of how Groves, named after their hometown in Texas, came hire The Madden Brothers as managers, and then came to the attention of Boy George and Culture Club, who picked the young band as openers for a 38-date US tour.
Revisit our interview with the lead singer of Groves to find out all about it.
Groves — lead singer and guitarist Stephen Salisbury, bassist and keyboardist Reid Guidry, and drummer Will Smith — played a 30-minute set as openers for Culture Club to a full house on the last day of the tour in Bethesda, Maryland. The gents delivered sunny, friendly, high-energy songs such as their single “Swim.”
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To everyone’s delight and surprise, Groves performed two covers at the end of their set with Boy George stepping in as vocalist. Together, Groves and George performed “Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie and then “Psycho Killer” by The Talking Heads. The covers were dynamic and fun, and Groves really added some personalized flavor to the numbers while also demonstrating their chops.
Later, the band returned during the end of the Culture Club show to groove and dance to the encore song of “Karma Chameleon.” Clearly, Culture Club enjoyed having Groves around, and hopefully we will hear more from Groves soon. After all, they have a full length album to release and a tour of their own to undertake in the near future!
Here are some more pictures of Groves performing at Strathmore on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016.