Funk band Groovepack at the HSG Jazz at the Uni, an initiative of the Student Union of the University of St.Gallen (HSG), will present the Swiss funk band Groovepack. 19 April 2010. On Thursday, 22 April 2010, at 8.30 p.m. the Funk band Groovepack will play in the University’s A Restaurant. The doors will open at 8 p.m., admission will be free. Accompanied blues heroesThe vocalist and guitarist Steff Müller first performed with the Broomdusters Bluesband. He accompanied blues heroes such as the barrelhouse pianist Champion Jack Dupree, Sunnyland Slim from Chicago, and Henry Gray, one-time pianist of Elmore James. In 2001 Steff Müller founded the Groovepack quintet. Performance at AVO SessionIn 2008, this band performed at the Swiss lifestyle music festival, AVO Session, in Basel. One of the band’s specialities are their improvisations during live performances. Their new album, Funky, provides a mixture of moody blues, lively funk and lyrical soul.Funk as an inspiration for a wide public Funk developed in the USA of the 1960s. It has its roots in soul, rhythm and blues, and the jazz of the 1920s. Exponents like James Brown and Sly and the Family Stone made funk acceptable to the masses. A certain plucking technique that emphasises the first beat is a characteristic feature of funk. Its beats are easy and danceable. In contrast to many other strands of jazz, funk is becoming increasingly popular with young people.