In Danger of Being Discovered
Set against the backdrop of a flourishing mid 90’s music scene, “In Danger of Being Discovered” examines what it means to be successful in the music business through the musicians themselves. Using archival footage, live performances and interviews with band members today, we get an insiders look at what it meant to be in the right place at the right time but just miss out on “making it” nationally. In what could have been the “next Seattle”, some dreams were realized, some were lost and the magic that binds every local music scene in every small town was tested. Redefine your definition of success and realize it was a special time where cities like Portsmouth, NH were all… “In Danger of Being Discovered”.
Post Film Q&A with the Film makers.
Plus very special reunion performances by Groovechild & Thanks to Gravity!
Groovechild is an all original band often referred to as genre bending “Biker Jazz,” a mix of influences and styles with free form extended Jams. The band was formed in the late 80’s by Oyster River High school students Jeff Bibbo, Bryan Killough, Andy Lanoie, and Jim Spires in Durham, NH. Following the example of other local and regional acts, Groovechild quickly developed a large fan-base. By 1992, the band, with new Bass player John Leccese, was outselling national artists with their 12 song Demo release “Sick at Last.” The single “Riverside” went on to be the #1 requested song on local rock station WHEB for over seven weeks, attracting the attention of numerous major labels. In 1993, “NH’s Best kept secret” was only the second band to ever sell out the Portsmouth Music Hall (Phish had done so previously) with reps from 13 major labels in attendance. Over the next few years offers were made, but the band ultimately turned down a recording contract and independently released a second album in 1995 - “House of Life” with Drummer Steve Ruhm. Groovechild continued to play sold out performances for the next decade. Over the years the line up changed many times, but always with the two primary founding members intact. Bryan Killough’s jazz influenced guitar work and the lyric and vocal style of Jeff Bibbo are the signatures of Groovechild’s sound. The rhythm section has seen a who’s who of local players. Bass players - James Spires, John Leccese (Assembly of Dust,Percy Hill) and Nate Edger (Vitamin C, John Browns Body). Drummers - Andy Lanoie, Steve Rhum (Say ZuZu, Mr Rabbit) and Ed Arnold. And former Guitarist - Adam Terrel (AOD). After more than ten years apart, the primary 1990’s line up of Killough, Lecess, Ruhm and Bibbo remain The Groovechild many fans remember.
About Thanks to Gravity
Portsmouth, NH based Thanks To Gravity had quite a roller coaster ride in their 8 year career. The first rock band on the Seacoast, NH music scene to self-release an album in compact disc format, the band quickly established themselves as trendsetters, constantly pushing the boundaries of their musical genre. In the time since the band released 4 other discs, 2 independently, one on AWARE Records, and in 1997 the band inked a multi-album deal with Capitol Records. Throughout it all, the band remained rooted in the Portsmouth area, staying loyal to the Seacoast fan base that propelled them to the brink of commercial success. In addition to their recording accomplishments, the band shared the marquee with such artists as Sinead O’Connor, The Dave Matthews Band, Edwin McCain, Train, and Matchbox 20. The group collaborated on projects with world-renowned producers Rupert Hine (Duncan Sheik, Suzanne Vega, Rush), Paul Fox (10,000 Maniacs, They Might Be Giants, Semisonic) and John Alagia (The Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer). In 1995, the band performed a classical piece composed by frontman Andy Happel with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra. Band members currently reside in Portland, ME and Portsmouth, NH.