What clients say about Ed Mays Groove Kitchen!


Groove Kitchen was phenomenal! They showed up well in advance of the guests to setup. All of the band members introduced themselves and worked well to accommodate our needs. Very professional and friendly. Their talent was top notch and played great dance music. The band has a lot of infectious energy that quickly got the crowd going. The guests were up dancing on the first song and never stopped for the night. The lead singer (Stacey) has incredible energy and a great voice. Exceptional talent and a class act. I highly recommend Groove Kitchen. I would hire them again, no question, for the next party we have that needs a band. Review by Robert C. FROM MERCER ISLAND, WA ON 9/9/2017


We absolutely LOVED having the Ed Mays Groove Kitchen band at our corporate function. What a funky band with a great sound. The bass player was by far a favorite for our crowd! They played tons of songs that everyone knew and they really fit the downtown Seattle funk we were looking for. Thanks so much! Review by Amy L. FROM SEATTLE, WA ON 12/10/2016


This band was perfect for our night out block party! They arrived in plenty of time and the setup looked great! They played the perfect kind of music at the right volume to make the night fabulous for the entire neighborhood. I would definitely hire them again! Very impressed with the talent and how nice and accommodating the band members were! Review by Erika J. FROM SEATTLE, WA ON 8/2/2016


Ed Mays Groove Kitchen Band was the best. Our guests loved the music.... and were up dancing to every song. Ed didn't know the song that I asked them to play for our first dance. But they looked it up... and yes.. they played it for us..... and it was beautiful. I would recommend this band if you want your guests to have a good time. This was a party for our 50th anniversary..... and Ed helped to make it very special. Thank you Ed and your band. Review by Carolyn O. FROM CLE ELUM, WA ON 8/15/2015


We got married on 5.23.15 in Hayden, Idaho. There weren't very many options in Idaho, so we chose Ed Mays Groove Kitchen from Seattle. We had so much fun! Stacy's voice is great, and Ed was really professional the whole time. We had over 200 guests and every single person said that the music made the wedding! They are very affordable as well, and definitely the best wedding band I've heard. A lot of people approached me and said that this is the best wedding they have ever been to, and it's because of the music! I would recommend them to anybody. They put on a great show, and they are good for all ages. You can't go wrong with this band. You would be dumb not to! -Rosemary B, Hayden, ID 

Ed Mays Groove Kitchen’s music is full of jazzy delta blues, pop, rock and funk as well, for a sound that is timeless yet modern in it's own way. It’s kind of like stepping back in time, but with the keys to the Porche. This group - is undeniably charming, and undeniably entertaining. Not to mention pretty darn talented. Our guests ranged in all ages, and everyone loved Ed Mays Groove Kitchen. If you want your wedding reception, or whatever event to really "Groove", book this band! -Christy K, Seattle, WA 


Ed was easy to work with. Wonderful performers. Stacy did a beautiful job singing "At Last" to the newlyweds during their wedding dance. We had a fabulous time! Our guests, young and old alike, just danced, danced, danced and loved the band. I would definitely hire them again! Thank you, Ed Mays Groove Kitchen! -Carol P, Snoqualmie, WA 


They were fabulous! They arrived early to set up their instruments, accommodating themselves to rather limited space of the venue. Their selection of musical numbers was very appropriate to the nature of the event, 90th birthday celebration, and my guests' ages. Their performance received rave responses from my guests who congratulated me for selecting this group of talented musicians. When I have another opportunity to engage an entertainment, I would not hesitate to ask them, and I would enthusiastically recommend them to friends and acquaintances who plan a similar need. Hiro Kawasaki -Hiro K, Seattle, WA 


Ed Mays Groove Kitchen was an absolute pleasure to work with. I booked them for a private work event and they definitely blew us away! Their music selection had as all dancing and their talent was just off the charts. I would recommend Ed Mays Groove Kitchen Band for your next event, you will not be disappointed! We look forward to working with them for years to come at our yearly event. -Cailin K, Seattle, WA 

Ed went out of his way to be sure our event was a success. We have a crowd that can be hard to please. Ed took the time to fully understand our preferences and how to best provide the type of music and performance we were looking for. Our hall is small with poor acoustics but he found a way to overcome those obstacles. The performance exceeded our expectations. The band played music that got people up dancing. They responded to requests and tuned into how the crowd was responding and adapted accordingly. I heard rave reviews from our club members some of whom told me it was the best band we've had. Good job! I'd hire them again. -PEGGY A, Seattle, WA 

Really an enjoyable set of songs, appealing to the many generations at the party. A great collection of talented musicians for sure! -Bonnie L, Renton, WA 

Ed and his group were wonderful. We highly recommend them. -Jen C, Issaquah, WA 


The entire event was amazing! I, personally, could have done a better job preparing for the bands needs, but everyone stepped up and helped with the alternate plan. Thank you Ed, Stacey, Yogi and the entire group for making our VIP Birthday a success. -Tere W, Marysville, WA 


We hired Groove Kitchen for our Summer Tenant Event for 3000 people. Everyone loved them and the music was perfect for pleasing such a large crowd! They were very accommodating with our scheduling needs and flexible to work with us on exact time and date. Would definitely hire them again! -Courtney B, Seattle, WA 


Ed is so easy to work with. His experience with the music industry is so obvious. He has the resources to make anything you want happen. Besides he is also fantastic on the drums, what a nice mellow guy. The total band and singer Stacy were exactly perfect for us, the took some familiar stuff and jazzed it up a bit. We had many dancing to their fine music. We would use them in a heart beat if we had the need. Love them. -Carol B, Gig Harbor, WA 

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Groove Kitchen Band​ 

        Dance/Party Band

Nov 25- Peabo's

Back by popular demand, join us at Peabo's Bar and Grill in Mill Creek.  We really like this place. The owners have put a lot of work into restoring it.  It's got a nice dance floor, stage and lights as well as a friendly neighborhood atmosphere. It's clear that they weren't expecting us last time. One of the staff was asking us how we got so good!  GK is a thing to behold. I would have a blast playing every night with this band.  1700 132nd St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012  Sat. Nov. 25th 9-1

Nov 4- 13 Coins, Bellevue

Back again at the fabulous Bellevue 13 Coins for all our Eastside friends!  900 Bellevue Way NE Suite 100, Bellevue, WA 98004 7-11pm

Focusing on R&B legends of the '60s, 70's, and '80s, the Seattle based dance band has been mesmerizing audiences since 2011.  Formed by veteran drummer Ed Mays and jazz co-conspirators Stacey Israel and Yogi McCaw, highly sought after guitar and bass men, Jude Contreras and Marvin Shields Jr. were soon added to the line-up.  The combination clicked and the result was an awesome band that has been playing clubs, private parties and weddings from the Space Needle to the Snoqualmie Falls ever since.


Our specialty is the classic R&B as sung by our world class female vocalist, but our backgrounds are very broad. Our repertoire also includes a wide variety of classic and current rock, oldies, Latin, and jazz.

Nov 3- the Cliffhanger

Hey Lynnwood, dance band capitol of the NW, we're back and we're gonna shake your booty! We've been working up a slew of new dance songs just for you!  17525 WA-99, Lynnwood, WA 98037  Fri. Nov. 3rd 9-1

Add a touch of class to your event with the seasoned pros of the award winning Groove Kitchen Band. We are a high energy dance band with an accent on Classic R&B. What you get is world class vocals and monster soloists presented in a tight entertainment package. Unlike most of our competitors, we can offer one stop shopping for weddings. We work with you and your event planners to provide MC services, ceremony music, milling around music, and dinner sets with vocal jazz and spicy Latin music. This saves you money. Then when it's time, we know how to make you feel good and get you and your friends up dancing. Our large song list contains many time tested hits.

The key word is “quality”. Our broad backgrounds as music educators, recording artists, and veterans of thousands of stages mean that we can do what others can't. We can play a wide variety of music spanning many decades. This comes in handy for private parties because we've got something for everybody. Groove Kitchen can magically transform into a salsa, reggae, swing, bop, blues, classic rock or samba band. In addition to dance parties, we play concerts, restaurants, dance clubs, casinos and festivals. Although we are primarily billed as a dance band, we play a lot of gigs as a straight ahead jazz band.

Oct 9- J&M Cafe

Groove Kitchen is playing our first gig at the historic J&M Cafe. Hey all you Capitol Hill friends, why not walk down to Pioneer Square where we are going to blow the walls down?  201 1st Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104 Friday the 13th in October  9-1pm

One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2013!

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