Neo Blues Fusion with an Infectious Groove

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Meet the Band

‘The Groove Cats’ is comprised of five musically driven individuals whose sound is surpassed only by their desire to make music. Their eclectic sound is based on the blues tradition, but embellished, to establish an innovative and expanded interpretation of that tradition. Original material reflects a diverse mixture of styles and influences that include a fusion of rock, funk and jazz in addition to the blues. The members of ‘The Groove Cats’ are seasoned professionals in the music industry, their experience spanning years of music both locally, and coast to coast.

Heather Pabalate

Lead Vocals

Heather amazes all who hear her sing. Her versatility in the vocal arena allows for a wide range of musical styles to include jazz, rhythm & blues and rock as well as the blues. Her experience includes over 20 years of performing with various entertainment agencies and production companies as well as being lead vocalist for ‘R&R Band’, ‘Vess Russ Project’ and ‘Vertical Circle’. Heather has had the opportunity to share the stage with the likes of Kim Waters, Angela Bofill and Ike Cole. She also spent several years as a studio vocalist, which resulted in a self-titled CD in 1994. Heather brings her brand of sultry yet funky lead vocals to the party in addition to having strong background vocal abilities.

Ron Hanchin

Bass, Vocals, founding member

Formerly with the ‘Blues Cats’, ‘Galaxy’, ‘Crimson Velvet’, and ‘What Next’ among others, Ron has been playing bass professionally in a variety of bands for over thirty years and has shared the stage with many nationally known acts – ‘Aerosmith’, ‘Three Dog Night’, the ‘Fabulous Thunderbirds’, ‘Ruth Brown’, the ‘Buddy Guy Band’, ‘L’il Ed And the Blues Imperials’, ‘Kenny Neal’, ‘Leon Redbone’ and ‘Joanna Conner’ to name a few. His band the ‘Blues Cats” won acclaim from their CD “It Ain’t Easy” which was released in 1993. After playing in several bands that stretched his musical styles, he has decided to return to the blues… because it’s just more fun!

Alan Baisley

Guitar, Vocals

A veteran guitarist, singer, composer and music teacher, Alan was classically trained at the age of 11 in England, and has been playing his chosen instrument ever since. He is accomplished in most every style, but favors Blues, Rock and Jazz. Alan played lead guitar for area favorite ‘ForPlay’ until leaving to further a Gospel recording career performing on and co-producing several CD’s. He has his own band, ‘ADB Overture’ which features his wife Debra on Vocals. When the Groove Cats put out the call for a new guitarist upon ours moving to D.C., Alan came to the rescue and joined the band. As he puts it, he is now free to pursue a long awaited desire to explore a rock/blues format, one of his favorite styles.

Rob Oliver

Harmonica, vocals

Playing his first performance in the Hampton Roads area over 20 years ago, his love of music has only increased over time. A multi-instrumentalist, and teacher, he has enjoyed playing different genres throughout the years in various acoustic and electric acts. Ever since being gifted a harmonica and having its soulful sounds, his lifelong admiration for the Blues has turned into a great passion for playing this diverse style of music.

Ivan Evans


Ivan, better known as “The Hit Man” lays down his signature “in the pocket” groove and beat that dives the sound of ‘The Groove Cats”. Originally from Baltimore, He brings over thirty years of professional musicianship to the group. Formerly a member of the ‘Blues Cats” and ‘Crimson Velvet”, Ivan has also played with other well known local artists including ‘Gator Almond & the Spice of Life”, ‘Black White Blues” and ‘Girls Night Out”.

Kurt “Baba” Patterson

Drums and Percussion

Having played with Ron many years ago, Kurt has returned to lay a funky groove to the Groove Cat’s music, sharing the percussion duties with Ivan. Kurt is a dynamic and energetic multi-percussionist in wide variety of styles. He has been playing Funk, Jazz Reggae, Rock, African and Blues music for almost 40 years.

Song List

  • Work Song- Charles Ford Band
  • At Last- Etta James
  • Never Trust a Man - Koko Taylor
  • Keep Your Hands Off Him- Koko Taylor
  • Hey Bartender- Koko Taylor
  • You Can Have My Husband But Don't Mess Around With My Man- Koko Taylor
  • I Can Love You Like a Woman But I Can Fight You Like a Man- Koko Taylor
  • Sure Had a Wonderful Time Last Night- Koko Taylor
  • Somethin' Strange is Going On in My House- Koko Taylor
  • Used to Rule The World- Bonnie Raiit
  • Talkin' Woman Blues- Coco Montoya
  • Ain't Doin' Too Bad- James Cotton
  • No More Doggin- James Cotton
  • Help The Poor- Robben Ford
  • I Ain't Got Nuthin' But The Blues- Robben Ford
  • Nothin' to Nobody - Robben Ford
  • Mr. Magic- Amy Winehouse
  • Respect Yourself - Staple Singers
  • Never Come Back - Rob Stone & The C Notes
  • I Live the Life I Love and I Love the Life I Live- Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames
  • Jail- Heather Pabalate
  • Satisfied- Heather Pabalate
  • As Long As I'm Movin'- Jamie Wood
  • Take Me As I Am- Ron Hanchin
  • Well I'm Goin' Home Alone Again Tonight- Ron Hanchin
  • Why The Blues- Ron Hanchin
  • Standing On Shaky Ground- Delbert Mclinton
  • The Thrill Is Gone- B.B. King
  • Little Wing- Clapton/Hendrix/Sting
  • Blues Disease- Knockout Greg & Blu Weather
  • On the Same Page- Rob Oliver
  • You Can Keep Your Hat On - Randy Newman