Bio

Porky's Groove Machine is the intergalactic ambassador of Wisconsin’s silliest nerd funk. Since forming in the fall of 2011 in Appleton, we’ve spent five years playing around Wisconsin, toured the Midwest and East Coast twice, even opening for Guster at Indianapolis’s Old Egyptian Room! With a three-piece horn section and percussionist on top of a traditional rock rhythm section, our mature musicality but not-so-mature humor has been described by Julian Loida of Bloomington, Indiana's WIUX as "the vibe of the B-52's and the Flaming Lips combined with the sound of Phish, G. Love and Special Sauce, and New Orleans music." Releases include "Porkus" (2017), our 2016 presidential campaign platform, “Make America Funk Again”, "Magic Brunch" (May 2014) and "This Would Be A Great Present For My Grandma” (2011). 

Members

TOP: Casey, Drashall, Hot Dog Trombone |   MIDDLE: Squid, Robeert, Dave |   BOTTOM: Eli, Lerry, Luke

[Temporarily] Retired Members: Travis, Cary, Peter, Patrick, Johnny Rocketfingers,

 

Check out these other amazing groups that members of Porky's Groove Machine are playing with!

Fall Creek Brass Band, Fforte AdoreInvoluntary String Band, Fresh Picked Grass/Inglorious String Bastards, Ilan Blanck, Didjeridu Explosion, Darsh Nebula, Modern Romanov, The No Nothings, Aminal, HMELU, Kevin Kinsella, Slipstream

Presstimonials

“When listening to this album, it was hard for me to sit still—all the songs made me want to bob my head and bop around. Each track felt balanced in duration, instrumentation, and every song had little nuances that added professional polish to this funky album. Although listening to the album is an enjoyable experience, watching the music videos intensified the funk exponentially. In them we can see “Robeert”—an amiable and immobile robot made of beer cans—saluting and supervising the entire performance. An incredibly majestic tiger rug covers the jazz room floor. The walls are garnished by cardboard bulldog heads, painstakingly dissected from many a case of Red Dog. Goofiness aside, it takes a skillful band to come up with such an entertaining and seamlessly groovy collection of songs.”

~ Anastasia Skliarova, The Lawrentian
Full Album Review

 

If you get seriously tired of serious people, this is the band for you!
It’s like Phish, The Lonely Island, Flight of The Concords, and a New Orleans brass band made a record.
I'm very intrigued by their commitment to the music and equal commitment to being goofy, odd, weird, and downright immature haha! But when it’s not by accident I find that intent very respectable.
A fresh and fun group. Get your groove on with Porky’s Groove Machine. Here are some of my favorites tunes: CatstacPubertyCome AroundMagic Brunch"

~ Julian Loida, R&B&L on WIUX

The Saga Of Porky's Groove Machine

Dictated by Nick Allen

Once upon a time, there was a man named Porky, who lived on Planet Funk. Unfortunately this funky utopia had been overtaken by an evil, Big Brother-style dictator named Sauron. Sauron had enslaved the people of Planet Funk and forced them to wake up early in the morning and fix trash compactors all day. He outlawed brunch and syncopation.

Fearing that the billion million baby children of Planet Funk would never have the chance to live in a groovy world, Porky developed a plan. He worked tirelessly for years to repair a special trash compactor with enough groove-juice to funk the evil dictator until he could no longer sit down upon his throne of ill-begotten power. He finished his machine, and notified his sexy evil cyborg overseer that he had created the most magnificent machine in the world in honor of its Fearless Leader. Word spread to all the Funkytowns of Planet Funk, and soon Sauron announced that he would visit Porky's work camp in order to inspect this machine.

When Sauron arrived, Porky ushered him into the fuselage of the machine, and with a cry of "Taste my funk, fatballs!" turned on the Groove Machine. Unfortunately, before he could be properly funked out of existence, Sauron used ESCAPE ROPE, and exited the dimension of Planet Funk, travelling to Earth, where he founded Starbucks.

With Sauron exiled from Planet Funk, Porky and the leader of the Planet Funk resistance, Dr. Funkenstein, managed to defeat the sexy robots and restore peace to the planet. However, Porky knew that he could not allow Sauron to de-funkify another innocent world. So he worked tirelessly to discover a solution using the trash of the now unoccupied trash-compactor repair camps.

Since everybody knows that living tissue cannot survive time travel, Porky could not follow Sauron to Earth himself. Inspired by the use of Sauron's lady-robots, Porky set out to build a not-evil sexy robot of his own. Combining advanced funkology with over one hundred empty aluminum cans, he developed the grooviest robot of all time, the T-750; codename: Robeert Beerchild.

"The T-750 is an infiltration unit, part man-part machine. Underneath it's a hyperalloy combat chassis, microprocessor controlled, fully armored, very tough. But outside it's beer cans and tiny shorts. Red Dog, Hamms, Boxer, consumed for the cyborgs."

Robeert would be able to survive the trip through the portal and navigate the Groove Machine successfully to Earth. So, Porky, Robeert, and the Groove Machine all said their goodbyes, and Robeert and the Groove Machine began their epic journey through time and space.

Robeert landed the Groove Machine in Appleton, WI, during Lawrence University's 2011 Trivia Weekend. Although he did not survive the carnage of those few days, his head was retained and successfully stored. As was his dying wish, we have been tirelessly working to recover from his handsome robot brain the secrets and inner workings of the Groove Machine, so that we can present them on the weekends to those who wish to resist Sauron's menacing influence, and the sexy robots that he is certainly developing.

¡Viva la funky revolución!