The Groove Machine At A Glance

Porky's Groove Machine is the intergalactic ambassador of Wisconsin’s silliest nerd funk. Since forming in the fall of 2011 in Appleton, WI, we’ve spent the last five years playing around Wisconsin, touring the Midwest and East Coast twice, and even opening for Guster at Indianapolis’s Old Egyptian Room! With a three-piece horn section and an auxiliary percussionist on top of a traditional rock rhythm section, our sophisticated musicality and not-so-sophisticated humor has been described by Julian Loida of WIUX (Bloomington, IN) 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" (April, 2017), our 2016 presidential campaign platform, “Make America Funk Again” (July 2016),  "Magic Brunch" (May 2014), and "This Would Be A Great Present For My Grandma” (November 2011).


Contact Info and Social Media

Booking

Ilan Blanck
porkysgroovemachine@gmail.com

414-241-7089

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What is Nerd Funk?

Puberty

Theme From Planet Funk

Haminacan


Show History

SOME VENUES WE'VE PLAYED

  • The Egyptian Room at the Old National Centre (Indianapolis, IN)
  • The Shrine (NYC, NY)
  • NuBlu (NYC, NY)
  • The Bowery Electric (NYC, NY)
  • The Dock (Ithaca, NY)
  • The Cabooze (Minneapolis, MN)
  • The Amsterdam (Minneapolis, MN)
  • The Frequency (Madison, WI)
  • Woodlands Tavern (Columbus, OH)
  • The Source (Menasha, WI)
  • The Encore at UW-Steven’s Point (Stevens Point, WI)
  • Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)

Some Artists We've Supported

  • Guster (Boston, MA)
  • The Mustache (Madison, WI)
  • People Brothers Band (Madison, WI)
  • Cool Waters Band (Appleton, WI)
  • Groovement (Fayetteville, AK)
  • Joe Marcinek Band (Milwaukee, WI?)
  • CONTESTS WE'VE WON

FESTIVALS WE'VE PLAYED

  • Atwood Fest (Madison, WI)
  • The Mad Tea Party Jam (Artemas, PA)
  • Mile of Music 2014-17 (Appleton, WI)
  • Bonfire Music Fest (Yuba, WI)

 

Get the full history here.


The Spectacle


Press

  • The Atlantic’s “Song of the Day” - “It’s old school funk, the kind that you just don’t hear that much anymore.”

  • Madison's Maximum Ink Music Magazine - "With their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks, Appleton’s Porky's Groove Machine plays campus-ready dance-able white guy funk that is ready to help you get on with your baddest self."

  • Indianapolis’ 92.3 WTTS Guster show review - “Porky’s Groove Machine opened up in Indianapolis and captivated the crowd with their...wacky costumes, and contagious funk grooves.”

  • The Lawrentian’s (Appleton, WI) review of “Magic Brunch” - “Goofiness aside, it takes a skillful band to come up with such an entertaining and seamlessly groovy collection of songs.”


Song List

Covers

  • Pass the Peas by The JBs
  • Shake Everything You Got by Maceo Parker
  • Flashlight by Parliament Funkadelic
  • Kickin’ Up Dust by Robert Walters
  • Crazy In Love by Beyonce
  • Blast Off by Lettuce
  • Brick House by The Commodores
  • The Grape by Ulu
  • Give Up the Funk by Parliament Funkadelic
  • Night of the Wolf by Esperanto
  • Funky Bitch by Phish
  • Why Don’t We Do It In The Road? by The Beatles
  • Boban by Galactic
  • Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) by Bill Conti
  • Life on Mars by Dexter Wansel
  • First Tube by Trey Anastasio Band
  • Hottentot by Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood
  • Staying Alive by The Bee Gees 
  • Pick Up the Pieces by Average White Band
  • Show Me Something Beautiful by Trombone Shorty
  • Gross by Balkan Beat Box
  • Tweezer (Reprise) by Phish
  • Evil Woman (ELO)
  • Valerie by Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse
  • Grazing in the Grass by Friends of Distinction

Originals

  • Don't Turn Me On (And Walk Away)
  • Porkus (The Tail of)
  • Lerry (Sherry, Berry, Perry)
  • PSA (Porky's Service Announcement)
  • Show Us You Get Down
  • Catstac
  • Theme From Planet Funk
  • Puberty
  • Come Around
  • Magic Brunch
  • Sex Machine
  • Funk Yeah
  • Gotta Getcha
  • Haminacan
  • Silly (Willy)
  • Golden Boy
  • Hey! Fatballs!