Groove Merchants Band
Utah’s Best Party Band Will Rock your Event!
THE GROOVE MERCHANTS SHOW BAND: The Groove Merchants are the gold standard of professional party bands. Featuring a world-class lineup of showstopping vocalists and musicians, this visually stunning, vocally dynamic lineup delivers spot-on choreography and an extensive musical repertoire from: Motown, Pop, Rock, Soul, and all your favorite chart-toppers, current and classic.
The band has performed for numerous celebrity and corporate clients, such as: Microsoft, Verizon, Canon, Mass Mutual, Merle Norman Cosmetics, Marriot, British Petroleum (BP Oil), and countless more. In addition to their extensive clientele, The Groove Merchants have been fortunate to perform alongside Steve Augeri (former lead singer of Journey), Arianna Huffington (CEO of Huffington Post), Biz Stone (Co-Founder of Twitter), Russell Wilson (Seahawks Quarterback), and provided entertainment for Robert Redford, Mary Steenburgen, Rooney Mara, Ted Danson, and more.
The Groove Merchants have been awarded the Best of State for Party/Cover Band and Specialty Act for seven consecutive years from 2013-2019. If you want a heart-pounding party band that packs the dance floor at your next upscale event, Groove Merchants guarantees an unforgettable experience.
CUSTOMIZED ENTERTAINMENT: Masters of versatility, The Groove Merchants pride themselves on tailoring to your exclusive event theme and size, so if your upcoming party requires them to scale up or down, they aim to accommodate. Whether you‘re planning the perfect corporate event or an intimate destination wedding complete with a jazz cocktail set, Groove Merchants delivers distinctly customized entertainment that all your guests will be talking about.
“We just want to say thank you so much to the Groove Merchants!!! Their performance was absolutely amazing!!! We had many, many compliments on them and we hope they enjoyed coming to the Rotary Ball as much as we enjoyed having them. 😊”
Jennifer Tuomela, 2020-2021 President, Gillette Rotary
Groove Merchants Performance: – Check out this corporate event the band did in France and Monaco. They loved the band so much they brought them back the following year to Venice, Italy (unable to disclose name of client).
SEE THE BAND IN ACTION: For the perfect band for your exclusive event, look no further than THE GROOVE MERCHANTS. Check out their recent demo video below:
WORLD TRAVELERS: The Groove Merchants are bonafide globetrotters, having traveled to numerous international locations for corporate events and celebrity destination weddings. Performances for exclusive clients have taken them from Monaco to Aruba, as well as, Venice, Rome, and Florence, Italy, Istanbul, Turkey, Portugal, The Kentucky Derby, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, and everywhere in between. This jet-set band jumps at the chance to bring the party to you, providing all-inclusive travel packages that cover production, backline, hotels, and all other applicable expenses. Just ask for a quote—kick up your heels and leave the logistics to us.
A great deal of time and research has gone into the flow and set list the band performs.
MEET THE BAND:
JEFFERSON TUKE / VOCALS – Jefferson is a seasoned stage and studio vocalist, having toured and recorded for Sony Records, and worked alongside artists: Britany Spears and Fergie. He appeared on American Idol and currently performs full-time as the front man for The Groove Merchants. His passion is keeping audiences dancing and having a great time.
MICKELLE TUKE / VOCALS – Mickelle began her vocal, dance, and acrobatic training at the age of 3. Her professional career started at a very young age as she performed all around the U.S. at schools, conventions, and parties. At the age of 11 she competed as a singer and dancer with her siblings in the national television show Destination Stardom in Honolulu, HawaiI. She has performed with many critically acclaimed bands, shows, and companies all over the world, including: Lagoon Amusement Park, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Voodoo Productions, Utah Live Bands, Microsoft, Holland America Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Delyria Cirque Cabaret, and Dirty Dancing.
SARVEN MANGUIAT / GUITAR – Sarven Manguiat is a professional guitar player based out of Long Beach, CA. With over 13 years of experience in the industry, Sarven has performed over 3,000 gigs during his career and toured all over the world with many different artists including: Parliament Funkadelic, Los Lobos, Air Supply, Doobie Brothers, and Sister Speak. While adept in many genres, Rock, Blues, and Soul is where Sarven’s skillset really shines.
MARCUS ANDERSON / TROMBONE & KEYS – Marcus Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer. His recordings and compositions have been featured on Netflix, ESPN, Americas Got Talent, Dancing with The Stars, and many others. Marcus has performed around the world, performing on stage with globally recognized acts such as Train, Journey, The Roots, IDKhow, and Neon Trees. Marcus loves to entertain, and a highlight of his career was being invited by Quincy Jones to perform at his club: Q’s Bar and Lounge in Dubai for a three-month contract. Marcus brings energy and enthusiasm to all musical situations he finds himself in.
MICHAEL TOBIAN / BASS GUITAR – Michael is a professional saxophone player, bassist, drummer, and pianist. As an event professional, he has produced events all over the world for numerous celebrities and Fortune 500 companies. As a music educator, Michael taught at two universities, at one of which he was the director of the Jazz Studies department. He authored the book “Fundamentals of Jazz Improvisation” and is a professional clinician to high school and college jazz ensembles. Michael is also an entrepreneur who owns several businesses.
MATT HOWITZ / DRUMS – Matt is an in-demand professional drummer and music educator with extensive experience coaching young musicians at The School of Rock and through private instruction. He has toured from coast-to-coast and throughout Western Europe with classic rock trio, Jordan Matthew Young, playing SXSW and performing extensively with numerous professional bands, including current Billboard Chart artist, Tony Holiday. His musical achievements landed him with Groove Merchants where he currently keeps the group in perfect time, while continuing to teach music and pursue personal creative projects.
NICK PETTY / GUITAR – Nick Petty is an internationally performing guitarist that specializes in contemporary guitar styles. He has toured with artists including David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco, and has shared the stage with Lonestar, Colin Raye, and Awol Nation. Nick is the head of the guitar department at the Salt Lake School for Performing Arts and has earned a bachelors degree from Berklee in Boston and a masters degree from University of West London.
STEPHEN TOBIAN / SAXOPHONE & VOCALS – Stephen is a professional saxophonist and stage performer who graduated as a Jazz Studies music major, which launched his entertainment career. He is currently the sax player slash hype-man for Groove Merchants who delivers hefty helpings of vocals with a side dish of raps at every show. He always leaves the audience asking for more. Is he a rapper? A country artist? A jazz musician? A rabbi? This man of many hats also has dual degrees in music and business and is currently the COO of Utah Live Bands.
DANJA WINBORG / VOCALS – Danja began her vocal and dance training before the age of three. She performed professionally with her older brother and sister as a trio, Triple Trouble. The siblings appeared on the national television show Destination Stardom in Honolulu, Hawaii. At the age of 13 Danja pursued a solo career and was part of local television show Create the Group, becoming the star member of a girl band created on the hit show 4Real. She went on to record a full album and coast-to-coast tour with 4Real. She has had the opportunity to perform with Jordyn Sparks, Three 6 Mafia, Alex Boye, V Factory, and more. In addition to writing and recording her own songs, she currently works as a professional makeup artist and hits the stage with The Groove Merchants.
LET’S GIVE EM’ SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: This party band is an event planner’s dream. Professional, on time, well rehearsed, courteous and has years of experience playing live events. Don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at a handful of our client reviews below.
“The Groove Merchants are fantastic. Absolutely terrific!” – Bill Marriott Jr. / Marriot Hotels
“Thanks again for such great entertainment!!! We heard comments that it was the best party in the last 8 years.” – Jill Moffat / Barrick Gold
“This band is incredible. Aren’t they incredible?” – Al Jardine / The Beach Boys