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JJ Sam

JJ Sam

Who: Urban Groove
Where: Fanny's
When: Friday May 9, 2003

HAVE you ever wondered what happened to popular Newcastle party band JJ Sam? Well, look no further than Urban Groove.

Featuring four former members of JJ Sam, Urban Groove has returned to the local circuit with one simple philosophy.

The six-piece cover band says its main aim is to play the music that will get people on the dancefloor and play the tunes that the people want to hear.

Combining a repertoire of popular songs from the 70s through to today, Urban Groove has a knack for adding a funky feel to any party.

Fronted by ``Supa-Toby'' Leisner, he has been singing professionally for 15 years and was the star of Starstruck in 1994 and 1995.

Fans of JJ Sam will no doubt be familiar with Leisner's ability to deliver striking vocal improvisations.

Joining Leisner on stage is one of Newcastle's funkiest rhythm sections with drummer Adam ``Nurse Spandex'' Morris, bassist Steven ``Poncho'' Wooster and guitarist Marcus Peeples.

The trio honed its skills on the stage at King's Comedy Restaurant before moving on to join JJ Sam and Urban Groove.

With the addition of a brass section courtesy of The Brothers G, the pair add a new and exciting element to the band.

Offering a punchy horn sound, ``Bleeding Gums'' Bernie and ``Robo'' Rowan have toured both nationally and internationally throughout the US.

Catch Newcastle's hottest new party band performing this week at Fanny's on Friday night and Mayfield Ex-Services Club on Saturday night.

Urban Groove will also play Toronto Workers Club on May 16, Sydney Junction Hotel on May 17, Beresfield Bowling Club on May 23, The Brewery on May 24 and Shaft Tavern on May 30.

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