The GroovaLottos Get Ready For The Road

Grammy nominated band starts to plan out remainder of it's 2018 into 2019 season with a lot more out of state shows on the horizon. As veterans of the music industry, members reflect on the joys and perils of life on the road.
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The Phunk Hits 2018 Tour Schedule
The Phunk Hits 2018 Tour Schedule
BOSTON - May 10, 2018 - PRLog -- Eddie Ray Johnson can recall the days when he lived out of a suitcase and everyday was a ride on a bus, train, or plane. As one of the top sub players for touring blues, rock, country and hip-hop acts during the 1980s and 90's, life was in constant motion. "I'd be on the road with one act, then get called away to fill in for somebody, so I'd hop a plane, play a few dates and hop another plane to re-join the tour." Mwalim's touring experiences were more of a regional nature, consisting of buses and a van with an air mattress and hibachi grill. His memories are that Massachusetts and New Jersey are the worst states for Black motorists and undue scrutiny from law enforcement.

With the grassroots success of their debut album, "Ask Yo' Mama" in streaming, downloads and CD sales (yup, people still buy those) as well as 4 Grammy nominations; growing popularity and visibility follow in suit, and booking offers and opportunities up and down the seaboard as well as westward increase. The writing was on the wall when they were invited to open the 2017 Gathering of Nation Powwow in Albuquerque, NM. Being lost in the desert for several days was a deep experience for the band.

The Phunk Hits tour (which was originally called The GroovaLottos Travelin' Show) originally was a civic engagement project that provided opportunities for musicians and mentees to perform in public spaces around the community as capitalize on the international tourism that the Cape Cod area experiences during the summer as their audience. This year's tour now includes dates in New York City and Maryland.

Upcoming shows for The GroovaLottos include the Coffeehouse Soul Sessions on May 19th at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse (565 High St. - Dedham).

The Phunk Hits 2018 tour kicks of on May 26th @ Beatnik's (433 Park Ave - Worcester).

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