We’re here to make you move

A Certain Groove is something different. Something new, funky, and freaky fun. Headlined by soulful vocalists, driven by guitar, bass, and drums, and spiked with a spicy horn section, A Certain Groove melds your favorite tunes from the 60s through today with the soul and stylings of Tower of Power, Prince, Meters, P-Funk, and more, to create something fresh and fly. We don't just regurgitate the Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, Oasis, and Beatles songs you love -- we throw them into our FUNKIFIZER to create something truly unique. Some people call it, "A Certain Groove."

What the people say

“I hired A Certain Groove to play at my studio opening, because I wanted to showcase a band with an original concept as well as top-notch musicianship. A Certain Groove, to me, is the kind of band that professional musicians can appreciate for their high level of talent, and that offers a fun and unique approach to cover music. They were so much fun and the crowd danced all night. I can’t wait to bring them back for our one year anniversary party.”

Aaron Kaplan

Aaron Kaplan

Groove Bank Studios http://www.groovebank.tv

“A Certain Groove’s Motown-influenced funk mashups are the perfect examples of killer, get-your-body-moving, party-starting arrangements.”

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller

Music Journalist at Thrillist, Variety, and Billboard

Meet the Band

FL Jones

FL Jones

Vocals

A former cast member of the Broadway musical RENT, singer, songwriter, and producer FL Jones has contributed tracks for various films, scored the indie film “200 American”, and acted as music supervisor on multiple film projects. After the release of his debut album “Becoming Myself” (2009), he signed a multi-year publishing deal with Dramatico publishing. He was a nominee for best new artist at soultracks.com, the world’s largest indie soul website. He currently has a multi-single recording contract with Korner Groove Records and is gearing up for a summer 2013 release of his EP, “Love Someone.”

Jenay Versay

Jenay Versay

Vocals

Jenay has always been enamored with the latest, greatest pop tunes. At five years old, she was active in her church choir under the watchful eye of her grandma, Mary Love, the Queen of Soul. Today, Jenay continues to embrace her artistic talents, working with local artists and producers such as Battlecat and Terrance Martin. She is also active in the indie movie, songwriting, and music production scenes.

John Jackson

John Jackson

Guitar & Vocals

John Jackson has been playing guitar since he was 15, his interests evolving from classic rock, to Southern Rock and jam bands, to the Americana majesty of Dicky Betts and Trey Anastasio, and onto the rhythmic complexities of jazz and funk. In 2012, Jackson connected with Matt Souza, and A Certain Groove was born.

Matt Souza

Matt Souza

Drums

Matt Souza has been drumming in professional settings for 15+ years. His musical journey began in high school when he landed a spot in the Spirit of America (SOA) marching band on Cape Cod, MA. He toured the country and Australia with SOA, performing and facilitating clinics with local youth. In 2004, SOA scored second in the WGI Indoor Percussion competition, and in 2005 Matt moved to California to pursue a career in music. Since then he has toured with numerous groups in genres ranging from funk and rock to Latin and jazz.

David Abercrombie

David Abercrombie

Bass

What can we say about David? He’s simply The Man. He poses nude for art classes and his likeness has been memorialized by hundreds of burgeoning painters. He is known for wearing John Lennon sunglasses and playing embracing his bass guitar in a way that is both tender and destructive.

Brian Rosenbaum

Brian Rosenbaum

Trumpet

One of the few Southern California natives in A Certain Groove, Rosenbaum’s resume includes dozens of symphonic, jazz, ska, marching, and salsa bands, and a penchant for carnitas. His musical inspirations skew toward the southwestern hemisphere, but you’ll also find hip hop, indie rock, and jazz on his iPod. When he’s not helping the band stay organized, Rosenbaum is working to find a cure for pancreatic cancer. He received his BA from UCLA and his MSW from Columbia University.

Matt Dzugan

Matt Dzugan

Trombone

A Chicago native, Matt is a satellite engineer by day and a tromboning-ninja by night. He began making music at age 10 and has played keyboards and trombone in various rock and jazz groups ever since. Matt moved to Los Angeles in summer 2012 after graduating from Northwestern University, and can be found in Westchester rooting on his White Sox over an Italian beef sandwich.

Next Event

  1. Opening for Super Diamond in San Diego

    March 7 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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