The Shady Groove Duo had their inception in the late 90s when Bernie Gillespie met Matt Kresge while both were attending college at West Chester University.  After learning they had similar musical tastes and both played guitar and sang, it seemed only logical to start making music together.  Nearly 20 years later, The Shady Groove Duo continues making music. With a repertoire covering all types and styles of popular music spanning from the 1950’s up through today (classic rock, reggae, surf, blues, folk, bluegrass) the duo has played countless private parties, weddings and cocktail hours as well as numerous bar and restaurant gigs throughout the Montco & Philadelphia area – Halligan’s Pub, Brittingham’s, Magerk’s, Union Jacks, Drake Tevern, Kennett Brewing Company, All Star Bar, KC’s Alley, and Paris Bistro to name a few.
For events requiring more than acoustic music, the duo trades their acoustics for electrics and adds keyboardist Jim Gannon, drummer Mark Swartley and bassist David Palan to the mix, giving rise to The Shady Groove Band.  The Band is essentially an electrified version of the duo’s repertoire.  Please check out the’Music Samples’ page to see video of both the duo and band in action!

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Chestnut Hill Local Sept. 2019

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