Felonious Groove Foundation

New Mexico’s premier funk-Latin-rock contingent

Genre: Funk, Latin, Rock

Website Email: Todd@penguinorecords.com

Contact: Todd Eric Lovato at (505) 480-3865


After a decade of award-winning, genre-bending music, the “Foundation” continues to please:

For more than a decade, Felonious Groove Foundation, New Mexico’s premier funk-Latin-rock contingent, has garnered a loyal following throughout the Southwest for its bombastic, freewheeling funk albums and dance-oriented, libation-fueled live performances.

A little older and just a little wiser, the band continues to seal its reputation as one of the region’s most relevant and tenacious bands.

Felonious Groove Foundation has earned a reputation as the Golden Boy of New Mexico's music scene. In December 2007, the band was voted "Albuquerque" magazine's "Best Band Headed for Superstardom." The group's third album, Paper Tiger (Penguino Records, 2006), was nominated for 12  New Mexico Music Awards and took home a trophy for "Best Musical Production in Folk/Americana" for the track I Miss My Girl.

F.G.F. is fresh off the release of “Felonious Groove Foundation Presents…Fantastic Planet,” a full-length album in which the collective reveals a more mature face, one driven by not only the funk and Latin of yore but by banjo and slide guitar-driven .

The band performs under Penguino Records, an independent record label based out of Santa Fe that houses F.G.F., Todd and the Fox and Cali Shaw.

F.G.F. is a sought-after marquee headliner for local venues, as the well-known group is known for its packed shows and fun-loving audiences. The band also keeps its regional following alive through frequent tours of the Southwest, in the neighboring states of Colorado and Arizona. The band has shared the stage with such national acts as Dumpstaphunk (Neville brothers), Arrested Development, Fishbone, B Foundation, Dirty Dozen Brass Band,  (of Dave Matthews fame), Los Mocosos, and (yes, even) the Backstreet Boys.

Felonious Groove Foundation comprises Todd Eric Lovato (vocals, bass, guitar, lap steel, keys, banjo), Soberanes (vocals, guitar), Noah Wolters (vintage keys), Chadd James (saxophones), and Josh English (drums).

The sound of the new F.G.F. album is best explained through its instrumentation, which is made up of a classic rock ‘n’ roll (drums, bass, a pair of guitars), and some added twists. Intrigued by the pathos of alt.country and folk, the throwback charm of arpeggiated synthesizers and vintage keyboards and the irresistible four-on-the-floor thump of dance rock, Fantastic Planet draws inspiration from a variety of instruments including banjo, lap steel, subsonic bass, synths and melodica.

“Fantastic Planet” is the band’s second album recorded with award-winning Andrew Click of Stepbridge Studios behind the soundboard. The album was produced by Todd “Skinnyfat” Lovato. Original artwork for the album was produced by local illustrator and graphic artist Jon Sanchez, a recent finalist in the  Poster Search and a tour poster artist for musical acts like Neko Case, Cursive and .