The GROOVALOTTOS are a soul-funk band of seasoned and award-winning studio and touring soul, funk, jazz and blues players. Said to play with their souls instead of their hands, The GROOVALOTTOS are contemporary Cherokee, Choctaw, and Wampanoag ‘Song Keepers’ bringing strong medicine in the form of soul-funk.
Originally formed in 2010 by veteran Motown studio player, James Wolf as a band called “Double Stuff” the band adopted the name “The GroovaLottos” from a play written by Keyboardist, vocalist Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor, making their first public appearance under the new name in 2011 at a Multicultural Festival on Cape Cod. Wolf and the original bass player left the band in 2012, leaving Johnson and the Professor to re-invent the band’s sound and influences. Both being of Afro-Native ancestry and brought up within the composite culture of that mix; and with the addition of Mr Sweeting on bass, led to a cultural revolution for the band’s sound, image, philosophy and mission.
The band has performed at arts festivals and native gatherings throughout the east coast and mid Atlantic region, as well as being tapped as the inaugural band for the first gathering of the National Congress of Black American Indians in July of 2014 in Washington DC, the Boston Jazz Fest, Springfield Indie Soul Festival, NDN Soul Festival, and Dighton Native Arts Festival.
Eddie Ray Johnson (Choctaw) – Drums & Vocals
Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor (Mashpee Wampanoag) – Keys & Vocals
Christopher “Redbone” Sweeting (Eastern Cherokee) – Bass & Vocals
The GroovaLottos Music
2015-03-18… photo by Kimberley M Canto
L-R: Eddie Ray, Mwalim, Redbone
TG Serious… photo by Morgan James Peters, II
L-R: Mwalim, Eddie Ray, Redbone