McLovins, Groove Fetish


Groove Fetish

Fri, May 18, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Camel

$10 ADV, $12 DOS

Tickets at the Door

Founded in 2009 by drummer Jake Huffman and bassist Jason Ott, McLovins launched
with a note for note cover of Phish’s Y.E.M that went viral, rocketing the band into
overnight notoriety two weeks into its inception. The band capitalized on their newfound
and patchouli tinged fame by performing at festivals all over New England, and
impressing audiences with their boundless technique; their wunderkind guitarist Jeff
Howard still in middle school, but playing like a seasoned professional many times his
At the same time that Jason and Jake were becoming locally renowned musicians,
Jake and keyboardist Atticus Kelly were attending a performing arts high school in
Hartford, Connecticut. Few vestiges of their jazz training remain in their current output,
but the musicianship gained at this stage endures. They were in an award winning
ensemble that played together four times a week for as many years, both taking home
trophies from the Berklee high school jazz competition in 2010.
Following high school, guitarist Justin Berger enrolled at the Hartt School in Hartford,
where he met Jason Ott and Atticus Kelly in freshman year music theory class, and a
music production course. By this time, founding members Ott and Huffman were
looking to reconstitute McLovins in a new form. Atticus, with his longtime musical
chemistry with Jake, and Justin, a guitarist with considerable technique and also a
delicate sensibility, were obvious choices for musical replacements. In November 2011,
the group played together in its newest form for the first time, writing a song called
“Birthday” that became a set list staple for many years. It was immediately apparent
that something special was happening. In their first few years as a new ensemble, the
band would perform all over the northeast, including a short stint as the ESPN
Sportsnation house band, playing entrance music for athletes and celebrities. Yet
except for a few short tours during school break as undergrads, the band had not hit
the road for more than a few weeks.
After graduating from the University of Hartford in 2015, the band decided the next
move was to hit the road full time. Around the same time, Emmy nominated television
producer cum rock-band manager Michael Novick was looking to grow the music side
of his company, and decided that McLovins met all his interests for steering a young
group through the perilous terrain that is show business. Novick enlisted his close
friend, Grammy award winning producer Bill Sherman (Hamilton, In the Heights,
Sesame Street) to work on developing and enhancing the groups sound, with Bill
focusing on musical direction and keeping Atticus in check. Since Novick started
managing the band, McLovins have shared the stage with artists like George Porter Jr
of the Meters, the Gin Blossoms, Robert Randolph, and rock luminaries Perpetual
In the summer of 2015 the band recorded the self-titled “McLovins” (known by fans as
“The Red Album”) in New York City’s East Village. The album represents a culmination
of the band’s collective musical journey, produced by Sherman, who set the bar for all
further creative output with a field tested sensibility and emphasis on clarity in
songwriting; focusing on accessibility without sacrificing the undeniable musicianship of
the group.

“Great Escape”, “Anxious”, and “One More” tell the story of a young band seeking to
find its voice in and an erratic and uncertain world, guided by lessons from the road and
knowledge passed down from musical forbearers.

Sherman’s influence continues to be seen in a series of singles being released by the
band culminating in the “People Say” EP set for release in January 2018. Songs like
“Great Escape”, “Anxious”, and “One More” tell the story of a young band seeking to
find its voice in and an erratic and uncertain world, guided by lessons from the road and
knowledge passed down from musical forbearers.
Groove Fetish
Groove Fetish
GROOVE FETISH combines driving rhythms, seductive melodies, and incredible solos to create their sound. Top that off with soulful lead vocals and powerful three part harmonies, and you'll have the band Groove Fetish. GROOVE FETISH is a five piece rock n roll band from Wilmington, NC, comprised of Clay Crotts (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Ethan Schilf (bass/vocals), Jason Woolwine (piano/organ/synth/vocals), Andrew Massey (drums), and Andy Blair (lead guitar/vocals). They have been traveling and performing relentlessly for the last two years winning over audiences. This year they'll be releasing their first full length studio album, while continuing to build a fan base through live performances. So keep your eyes open and your dancing shoes on… GROOVE FETISH will be coming to play a festival or music venue near you soon!!!
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220