GROOVE THERAPY: THE STORY

A Musical Journey

Groove Therapy gets your event shaking with a modern spin on classic soul, R&B, funk, rock, and blues.

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MEMBERS

JULIE STONE

Lead Vocalist

A San Diego native. Julie was born into music. She comes from a family of musicians. Brought up singing in church, she has come a long way from being terrified to be in front of a crowd, to loving to entertain!  Some of her influences are Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Mary J, Jill Scott, Adele to name few. Jazz, blues, and soul are some of her favorite genre to sing. Groove Therapy begins here.

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JOHN NIEKRASZ

Keyboard and Vocals

Inspired mainly by artists like Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, and Thelonius Monk, John’s keyboard playing infuses a jazzy syncopation and energy into the Groove Therapy mix. Improvising on the piano from an early age, he got his start on the band scene the usual way for a keyboardist –– by playing guitar in a heavy metal cover band in junior high. He followed this up with a 60’s cover band in high school, a stint directing an a cappella ensemble at college, then finally getting back to the keyboard in a late-90’s swing revival band Sinister Dexter, still active in the Bay Area. As evidenced by his contributions, he will do pretty much anything to get in front of a crowd and make them dance.

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GREG WEILERSBACHER

Guitarist and Vocals

Began playing guitar at the age of 10 by learning songs by the Beatles completely by ear.  By 16 he was playing in lead guitar in rock bands and continued for three decades playing venues around the United States and in Canada in blues, country, funk, classic rock, and R&B bands.  As lead guitarist in the Groove Therapy, he adds harmony and lead vocals providing texture and depth to the band.

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RICK CRISOSTOMO

Drummer and Vocals

Worked in various rock, funk and jazz bands in the San Diego
area and is an active player in local churches where he has had
the opportunity to work with many accomplished artists. His
work on two CD releases with the jazz fusion band ToppDown
has brought him much critical acclaim.
Influences include: David Garibladi, Dennis Chambers, Will
Kennedy

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KENT SMITH

Bassist

I’m a Husband, Dad, Bassist and sometimes a pretty good friend. I’ve had many great influences: Ron Carter, Jaco, Staney Clark, Chris Squire…. Originally from Dayton, Ohio but San Diego has been my home for over twenty years. Since being in San Diego I’ve had the honors to have played with many talented musicians, including these incredible members in the Groove Therapy. 

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GET IN TOUCH

RICK 858.204.1072, GREG 619.302.1411