In the Groove Best of 2017


In the Groove’s favorites

So much music, So little time.  2017 flew by, but left us with a lot of good musical gifts.  Here’s a list that we compiled for you to revisit & remember from time to time.  We’ve organized it into a few different categories (much like we do the show), and by no means is it exhaustive (your thoughts & additions welcome on our social media sites).  In the Groove airs every Tuesday night 10pm-midnight, or you can listen anytime online or with the WMNF app. Click here to go to our page to see the playlists. So here we go:

Best New Studio Releases

    1. String Cheese Incident – Believe
    2. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live from The Fox Oakland
    3. Gregg Allman – Southern Blood
    4. Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come, Revolution Go
    5. Steve Kimock – KIMOCK

Best New CD’s by Local Bands

  1. Rich Whiteley and the Happy Campers – Live @ The Hideaway
  2. Boxcar Hollow – Boxcar Hollow
  3. Row Jomah – Guns & Gods & Gold
  4. Holey Miss Moley – Live from the Hometeam NYE Rally

Best Live Shows of the Year

  1. Col Bruce Hampton & Friends – Hampton 70 (only the Colonel could pull that one off)
  2. Phish Bakers Dozen (13 shows over 3 weeks, 237 different songs, 0 repeats)
  3. Widespread Panic – St Augustine Run (9/15-17)
  4. Kung Fu’s Steely Dan cover sets (conceived and played before Walter Becker’s passing)
  5. Dead & Company Tour (Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kruetzman, Oteil Burbridg, Jeff Chimenti & John Mayer)

And of course, we had a few too many great ones who joined the big band in the sky this year including Col Bruce Hampton during his 70th birthday show, Butch Trucks & then Gregg Allman depleting the Allman Brothers, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Tom Petty a week after he finished the 40th anniversary tour with The Heartbreakers, and of course, our very own Ray Villadonga, but not before he rocked Ulele’s backyard.  RIP 2 ALL.

Looking forward to our 12th year on the air, continuing to bring you the best in new live, and local music keeping our scene alive.  Thank you all

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