DAVE CHRISTIAN

Guitarist, Songwriter, Producer 

Born in Charleston, West Virginia. Dave started playing guitar at the early age of 10. His playing style covers all the bases from classic Rock, through Funk and Jazz. He played in several bands while a member of the US Air Force, including the band “Raven Rock”, and a tour of Germany, as a member of the rock group “Matrix”. His skills as producer/recording engineer have graced many Bay area Gospel, R&B, and Rap music projects, including, The Triumph Family, Rev. Fleetwood Irving (Stellar Award Nominee), rapper, Chunk, C-Funk, Tenda Tee, Mowtown artist Colin England, and Two Live Crew’s “Mr. Mixx”. Also as a dance music producer, he has produced tracks for Mixx-It, Nu Gruv, and Turbo Beat records. His own label, Rezin8 Records, has produced several House/Dance tracks that have filled the dance floors in clubs around the world.

"Everyone dances when the Groove Objective starts playing. Our guests always walk away saying 'Great band!' Raya is great and easy to work with. The band members are cool too Nice guys. Good peeps. Talented musicians."
Rey Alden - Director of Donor Relations, UC Hastings College of the Law

 

"A great hit! Showed up on time, played great music for 5 hours, and also kept the crowd engaged. We will be asking The Groove Objective back next year!"

John Culhane, Berkeley Humane Entertainment Chair

"Thanks Groove Objective for providing a wonderful musical accompaniment to our cocktail hour and for the fun dance music!  You definitely got people on the dance floor and helped to create a truly festive environment for our community celebration." Nicola Burt - Assistant Director of Development, Peninsula Jewish Community Center

 

“Raya and the Groove Objective were great! They have a wide variety of music, and really got the “Boat Rockin'!” 

Sharon Schuyler - Business Development and Marketing Specialist, NorCal SBDC Lead Center

“Raya, with her superb vocals, exudes charm and charisma, and the band takes the audience on a musical journey that makes you want to get up and dance! This is one band you don’t want to miss!" 

Lisa Silver - Chair of the Castro Valley Lymphoma Leukemia Fundraising Society 

 

“A Cool Solid Funky Fabulous Band of talented musicians and entertainers.  They fill up the cafe with dancing happy customers every time they play! Raya raises the roof with her smooth vocals."

Lynda - Owner, High Street Cafe, Alameda CA 

RAYA ZION

Lead Vocals

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel. Raya has been singing since she was born. Her first professional performance was at the age of six at her older sister’s wedding. For the past 30 years, Raya has performed in college, as well as, religious choirs. It was when Raya first saw Tina Turner that she decided to be a rock and blues queen. Although she doesn’t do as many costume changes as Ms. Turner, Raya’s passion and deep emotions for the blues makes her performances worth watching. Raya’s life motto is “you gotta pay your dues if you want to sing the blues” or “Don’t Do The Crime If You Can’t Pay The Time.”

MICHAEL LEE

Keyboards, Vocals 

A Bay Area native, Michael first got the music bug when he played accordion in public at age 6…he’s now semi-reformed, moving on to other keyboard instruments. Through the years, he has played in numerous cover and original bands in Northern California. At UC Berkeley, he studied and researched esoteric music applications of computers and electronics. He plays a wide range of genres from classical, jazz, funk, reggae, rock, and all combinations mixed together.

Vasco Asturiano
Bass

Vasco Asturiano first picked up a guitar at age 17 and couldn’t put it down. Two years later he discovered the world of bass and hasn’t looked back since.

With an aptitude for versatility, Vasco’s experience spans the opposite ends of the music spectrum and has landed him positions in a wide variety of bands, from Days After the Storm, a Netherlands-based alternative rock five-piece band to Amistad, a modern Flamenco ensemble, from the Morphine cover band Night Shark to Ever After Strides, a Bay Area 3-piece rock band.

 In 2005, he was accepted into the Jazz Bass course at the prestigious Amsterdam Music Conservatory in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, graduating in 2008. In 2012, his band Gorgeous George, a high-profile Amsterdam-based Indie cover band, won first prize in the National Battle of the Cover Bands.

 

Over the years, Vasco has toured with various bands throughout the United States, England, France, Portugal and the Netherlands. 

Robbie Lucero
Drums

Robbie starting playing drums at the age of 11 drawing inspiration by watching and listening to rock drummers such as John Bonham, Alex Van Halen, Stewart Copeland, Tommy Lee and Neil Peart and quickly realizing his passion and in what direction to pursue his passion. 

Robbie has played in various original rock and cover bands throughout Sacramento and the Bay Area.  A seasoned performer, Robbie has played in venues and festivals holding 30-10,000 seats.  When not playing with The Groove Objective he is consistently recording and collaborating as the house drummer for End Over End Studios in San Carlos. Robbie draws influence from Steve Gadd, Keith Carlock, Bernard Purdie, Dennis Chambers and is in constant pursuit of challenges to make himself a better drummer. Robbie’s motto, ‘Do it with passion or don’t do it at all’

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