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Nick DiFranco - Guitar, Lead Vocals

Nick began playing guitar at the age of 12 when his Dad came home with a baby blue Hagstrom guitar and a questionable Gibson amplifier.  He plugged in the guitar, turned on the amp, strummed a basic chord and said “this is it”.  Very soon after, the amplifier gave up but Nick persevered and to this day Nick still thinks “this is it”.

Through self-study, honing his skills on Motown, soul, funk and the familiar rock Gods, Nick quickly progressed and gained the proficiency to play with the “older kids” from the street corner.  They took him under their wing and assured his parents that everything would be OK. Right!

With the band What Next, Nick was a staple at the famous Surf Ballroom on Nantasket Beach.  Nick says “there was nothing better than being in high school and playing for a high school crowd”.

Nick stayed with What Next all though high school and while he attended Berklee College of Music majoring in arranging and composition.  

Since then Nick has played numerous venues throughout the east coast with bands such as Fantasy, Touche’, Thumbs Up, Bedrock, and Grand Larceny, where he met current Groove Street Drummer Stephen Vogt.

Nick has played with many talented musicians covering a wide range of styles and now feels he has found his musical home back where it all started; with funk and soul that can be found down on Groove Street.