The Groove Merchants Band

*Scotty Graves, guitar, music director | *Tim Wick, keyboards | *Ben Irvin, drums | *Steve Anderson, bass | *Don Vidal, tenor sax | *Andrew Schwandt, tenor sax | *Randy "Big Slide" Evensen, trombone

*FEATURING* Jimi "Primetime" Smith, vocals, guitar
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  • The Groove Merchants Performing at Highland Jazz Fest
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Highland Park Appreciation Music Event

The Groove Merchants Performing at Highland Jazz Fest

The Groove Merchants will be performing at Highland Park Appreciation Music Event

Thursday June 23, 2016

730 Cleveland Ave S.
St. Paul, MN 55116

7:00 P.M. – 9:00P.M.

Free Event

Amazing Performances From Minnesota’s Own!

If you were not there, we have to tell you that you missed the event of the 2016 Spring season in the Twin Cities blues music world!

See the videos below and Enjoy a little of our performances from yesterday at the Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) Tribute Show at the Minnesota Music Cafe with Minnesota’s Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Jimi ‘Prime Time’ Smith, the incredible guitarists Ken Valdez and Brian Naughton! These cats are off the hook!

There were many more musicians on stage performing Stevie Ray Vaughan songs (Joy Parker, Mark Lamoine of Sweet Tea, Crooked Dice, Joey Flip, Alex Rossi, Cole Allen and Ross William Perry and we were lucky to be able to watch their incredible tribute SRV performances!

Follow #SRVTrib2016 to see more photos and videos from the SRV Tribute event.

We would like to say thank you to BWS Productions (Shirley Smith) and to JF Music (Joe Filipovich) for creating this awesome event and for inviting us to share the stage with some of Minnesota’s  most talented blues musicians!

Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Show

This is a BIG deal!!!

The Groove Merchants will be performing at the Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Show at the Minnesota Music Cafe (MMC).


Presented by JF Music and BWS Productions!

SRV Tribute Show | The Groove Merchants

A night of amazing musicians playing all of the songs from Stevie Ray Vaughan!
Performances by:
Ken Valdez
Alex Rossi Music
Cole Allen
The Groove Merchants Band
Crooked Dice
Jimi “Prime Time” Smith
Brian Naughton Band
Joyann Parker (Sweet Tea)
Ross William Perry
Joey Flip and more!
only $10 cover!

Pre-order your tickets on http://www.crookeddice.org/ and receive a free mp3 download from Crooked Dice

Sponsored by Infinity Drumworks KFAI – 90.3 FM Minneapolis – 106.7 FM St. Paul and MN Music Coalition Video by History Repeats productions
Created and managed by JF Music- DJ Services, Live Music, and Music Lessons

Grandpa Al’s has the Blues in the House!

Blues Music | Groove Merchants

Groove Merchants Featuring Jimi ‘Prime Time’ Smith at Grandpa Al’s

Come join the Groove Merchants Featuring Jimi ‘Prime Time’ Smith at Grandpa Al’s in Faribault MN!

Wednesday November 25, 2015
6pm to 10pm

Pre New Year’s Party with The Groove Merchants!

The Groove Merchants at Legends bar and Grill


Legends Bar & Grill – Holiday Inn
St. Cloud, MN
Wednesday December 30, 2015
Pre New Years party
7:00 P.M. -11:00 P.M.

Come and join  us and start the 2016 New Year with some grooves to make your shoes move!

Get directions, click the link below!




Groove Merchants Featuring Jimi



The Groove Merchant Band


Famous Dave’s Uptown Friday 8-28-15

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The Groove Merchants Featuring Jimi ‘Prime Time’ Smith (Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame Inductee) will be at

Famous Dave’s BBQ and Blues Club

Uptown, Minneapolis

Friday, August 28 2015

Show starts at 9:00 P.M.

NO COVER with Food and Drink Specials!


The Groove Merchants Band

The Groove Merchants Band

Jimi ‘Prime Time’ Smith at the 2015 Lowertown Blues Festival!

On Saturday, July 25, Mears Park perks up for the 2nd Annual Lowertown Blues Festival. This year’s headliner is the legendary Elvin Bishop. Bishop is a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band and has played with the likes of John Lee Hooker and The Allman Brothers and had his spot of pop success. (“Fooled Around and Fell In Love” in 1976.) Also on the stage that day will be: Big George Jackson, Jimi “Prime Time” Smith, Jimmi and the Band of Souls, McNally Smith’s MSCM Funkheads, Lisa Wenger and her Mean Mean Men, and Walter Trout. There will be the sounds of the blues blaring from Lowertown and the food to go with it. It is an all day affair, and make sure you catch some or all of it.

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Source: St. Paul Almanac