Brian Hardgroove is well-known for playing bass with the band Public Enemy, but few folks are aware of his passion for the drums.
“Drums were my first love,” Hardgroove recalls. “My first gig was when I was 16 years old in Queens, New York and played drums at an outdoor apartment complex party. I’ve played the drums professionally at various times in my career.”
Hardgroove gets his drums out for the August 16 performance with Santa Fe Bandstand when he, Jono Manson (lead vocals, guitar), John Kurzweg (lead vocals, guitar), Stephen Dewave Peace (bass) and Andy Kingston (keyboards) play together as One Night Band.
“We’re doing songs for America,” Hardgroove explains. “What I love about Jono and John (who are co-producing the show with Hardgroove) is that they are clear about where the country is at socially, and they’re not afraid to let the public know how they feel.”
One Night Band’s show is divided into three sections. There’s the promise of what could have been, where we are now and the promise of what could be. Hardgroove promises a passionate performance of classic songs that most audience members will know. On the playlist are tunes by America, George Harrison, Pink Floyd, U2 and other bands.
Although Hardgroove, who grew up in New York City and is also a music producer and educator, hasn’t been performing in town, he’s been very active in the community as an artist-in-residence with Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Hardgroove brought Public Enemy to play at the university in 2010. He stopped touring with the band about four years ago but continues to travel extensively to play music and produce albums.
Enjoy Santa Fe Bandstand performances by Native American drumming circles & The Levi Platero Band on August 15 and Felecia Ford on August 16.