Fans on the scene in the early ’90s remember Groove Weasel for its offbeat songs and borderline slapstick stage antics, which, at times, took shape as musical stand-up comedy. The band also won four Rockford Area Music Industry (RAMI) awards in its eight-year run.
Groove Weasel began in 1992 when brothers Rick and Dave Heffner joined Jim Koomar to form a power-pop outfit suitable for any stage. Before disbanding in 2000, a few lineup changes kept the band going and moving into several musical directions, including writing and recording impromptu originals that became part of a “never know what you’re gonna experience” live show. “She Likes My Car,” “Just Kill Me” and “Lying,” along with the ruffles of vintage tuxedos, daunt of an occasional makeshift drag persona and driving melodies, shaped opening sets for the Elvis Brothers, Edwin McCain and a host of regional acts.