THE BAND

Collage without graphic.png

TARA COONEY

// vocalist

BILL COLEMAN

// bass

SHARON O'CONNELL

// drums

CHARLIE HILBERT

// guitar

ZACH SPROWLS

// keyboards

Groove Commission

Groove: noun: a rhythmic pattern in popular or jazz music: the groove laid down by the drummer and bassist is tough and funky.

Commission: noun: a group of people officially charged with a particular function

 

As the name suggests, Groove Commission is a band charged with laying down music with serious grooves. The band originated in 2019 in Northeastern Pennsylvania and is formally known as Tara and The Soul Shakers.  

Groove Commission is comprised of vocalist Tara Cooney, guitarist Charlie Hilbert, keyboardist Zach Sprowls, drummer Sharon O’Connell and bassist Bill Coleman.

The Soul Shakers Rhythm Section, with bassist Bill Coleman and drummer Sharon O’Connell, is a mainstay in the area’s blues scene. They've hosted monthly blues jams for more than five years at Arlo's Tavern and have backed up some of the best blues and funk acts in Northeastern Pennsylvania.   Having been nominated three years running for the Steamtown Music Awards Blues Act of the Year, they also were the rhythm section for Winter Blues Guitarmageddon concerts at The Scranton Cultural Center for three years running.

New Jersey native, vocalist Tara Cooney has been singing since she was a young girl.  Tara has performed at a number of clubs and other venues in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for very notable blues acts. 

Guitarist Charlie Hilbert, formerly with Skyla Burrell Blues Band has toured extensively though the U.S., Canada and Europe.  He is also an award winning harpist.

Keyboardist Zach Sprowls is a multi-genre keyboardist, arranger, and composer. He several years on the music scene in the D.C. area and Oklahoma City.

Groove Commission features high-energy blues and blues-rock, infectious funk and heartfelt soul with songs by Etta James, Steely Dan, Bonnie Raitt, Led Zeppelin, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Allman Brothers, Coco Montoya, and more.