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The Soul Shakers are also the rhythm section for the band Groove Commission

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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.  The band is comprised of vocalist Tara Cooney, guitarist Charlie Hilbert, keyboardist Zach Sprowls and The Soul Shakers Rhythm Section- drummer Sharon O’Connell and bassist Bill Coleman.

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, Coco Montota, and original songs.