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Active since: March 14    

The GROOVALOTTOS (n. Groov-a-lot-os) �” 1) the product of a stylistically mixed musical marriage. 2) a quartet of musicians who make some of the funkiest soul music to ever come out of New England. 3) One of the best times you’ll have on the dance floor with a live band.

The GROOVALOTTOS are comprised of E Ray J (Eddie Ray Johnson), drums and vocals; Mwalim “Daphunkeeprofessor”, keyboards and vocals; James “The Big Bad” Wolf, lead guitar; and Nick “Papa Smurf” Wolf, bass.

The band formed in 2009 when veteran blues guitarist, James Wolf wanted to assemble a band of some of the hippest soul-funk-blues players in the area. One night, he heard Mwalim, a NAMMY nominated and Urban Music Award winning soul-funk-jazz artist play keyboards and sing at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. Wolf introduced Mwalim to his long-time collaborator: drummer and vocalist, E Ray J and the trio began jamming together, deciding to pursue an original band project. Soon, Wolf’s son, Nick joined in on the sessions, adding just the right groove with his nimble, yet focused bass playing....
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