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If you're new to the Coalition, here's a few words from the band's bio to get you started down the road of all things UGC:

"UGC mixes the best elements of funk, rock, and old school R&B, and turns them into fresh, rump-shakin' music."

For the full story, click here for a pdf (Adobe Acrobat) file of UGC's bio.



Update: 2014.11.24
After last night's stellar performance at Milwaukee Ale House, we have asked Cheri to sign on as a permanent member, and she said Yes! Please join us in welcoming her to the Upside family.

Double Update!: 2014.09.17
After missing a year, we're back with Upside's 11th Annual Hunger Task Force Benefit, on Saturday 2014.11.22. Joining us on lead vocals will be Cheri Modrow of Eddie Butts Band fame.

Update: 2011.09.01
The date is set for UGC's 9th Annual Hunger Task Force Benefit, it will be held Saturday 2011.11.23.

Update: 2010.09.08
The date is set for UGC's 8th Annual Hunger Task Force Benefit, it will be held Saturday 2010.12.04.

Update: 2010.07.25
Vocalist Jai Marin has joined Upside as a full-time member!

Update: 2010.07.24
Vocalist Jai Marin will be sitting in for a few songs at tonight's Milw Ale House show.

Update: 2009.12.06
Our 7th Annual Hunger Task Force Benefit at Milwaukee Ale House was once again a huge success, setting a new food collection record for the event.

Update: 2008.09.06
Singer/Percussionist Porsche Carmon has joined UGC on a moment's notice. She rocked her first show last night!

Update: 2006.01.06
Troy Leisman has joined UGC on sax; taking over for his friend and ours Matt Ostlund. Watch for Troy's musicianship to kick us up a notch.

Update: 2005.12.10
Our 3rd Annual Hunger Task Force Benefit was once again a huge success! Thanks, people.

Update: 2005.09.30
Monique Desire has signed on with UGC as a full-time member for the next year. She will be sharing vocalist duties with newly discovered singing sensation Sean Berry.

Update: 2005.07.02
Producer/Director Jason Williams has just informed us that our video for "Train to Forever" has won an award at the WAPC Video Festival. We would like to join him in thanking all who participated in the project, including the actors, techs, fans, the Rave, and the East Troy Electric Railroad.

Update: 2004.12.11
Our 2nd Annual Hunger Task Force Benefit was again a huge success! Along with our partners Milwaukee Ale House, we collected $1000 and a big stack of food items to feed hungry people. Once again, you peeps proved you're the best.

Update: 2004.11.25
Check out the new Noize Magazine cover story in today's Shepherd-Express. It features an interview with Steve & John, talking with Graham Fons.

Update: 2004.08.17
New songs have been brewing for a few months. Expect a new CD sometime next spring!

Update: 2004.05.14
Looks like we're finally going to debut the video we shot for Train to Forever, last summer/fall. The tentative date is Friday June 18 at Points East Pub on Milwaukee's East Side.

Update: 2004.04.12
Been a while- John's been working out great and we've finally been writing great new songs again. Looking forward to a busy summer season. Stay tuned for details.

Update: 2003.12.29
Please join us in welcoming our new lead singer and instrumentalist John Vold at the Great Dane in Madison WI tonight. Even Miss Monique is making the trip to help us out on a few songs.

Update:2003. 12.22
The Hunger Task Force Benefit was a huge success! We collected $800, with our partners Milwaukee Ale House to present to Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. That's in addition to all of the food items collected at the door! You Coalition peeps are the best.

Update: 2003.12.11
UGC and Milwaukee Ale House are teaming up to benefit Food for Families on Friday Dec 19. Check out this press release

Update: 2003.11.12
UGC is taking a few weeks off to write and relax. We'll be playing Madison, Milwaukee, and Green Bay in December. Jason Williams is working on the video and it should be out around January.

All of the shots for the Train to Forever Video are done, and Jason Williams is busy reviewing footage to put a rough cut together. Special thanks to everyone who came out to the Rave on Aug 22, and the Monkey Bar afterwards!

Update: 2003.08.14
Here's a pdf file (Adobe Acrobat) with all of the details for the video shoot at the Rave Aug 22.
pdf file (161kb)

Update: 2003.06.25
UGC is doing a video for Train to Forever this August. It will be shot and directed by Jason Williams. Date for live footage at the Rave is Friday Aug 22nd. Put it on your calendars now; we'd love to have you in our video!

Update: 2003.06.01
Check out today's (Sunday) Journal-Sentinal for a nice photo of UGC playing Riversplash yesterday. It's the feature photo on the back page of the Metro section.

Update: 2003.05.18
Check out the music+merch page for an mp3 of Shimmer which was released on an Interstate Music compilation on 5/17.

Update: 2003.04.18
Upside Groove Coalition has been slated to record a song at Interstate Music's recording studio, that will appear on IM's latest CD compilation project. UGC will play a showcase at their New Berlin store on May 17 to celebrate the release of the compilation disc.

Update: 2003.03.06
Upside Groove Coalition has been named Lazer 103's Band of the Month for March! Check it out on their Local Licks page.

Update: 2003.02.28
The new disc has arrived! Get yours Sat at Milw Ale House. Also Check out today's UGC story at OnMilwaukee.com.

Update: 2003.01.10
"Funky Estofado" CD Release Party has been booked!- Saturday March 1st at Milwaukee Ale House.

Update: 2002.12.03
Upside has finished recording and mixing the new disk! from here, it's on to Mastermind Productions to master the tracks with Narada Records ace Trevor Sadler.

Update: 2002.11.06
UGC has selected Al & Willy's Engine Room- the studio owned by Allan Williams and Willy Porter to record their new album. For more info on the studio, write to Allan.

Update: 2002.10.23
UGC has been chosen to be the kickoff band for the Louie's Demise concert series at the Milwaukee Ale House on Nov 27. Stay tuned to upsidegc.com, or watch the Onion for more details.

Update: 2002.10.05
Upside has been recording demos for their full-length debut album. They're currently looking at studios to record at, and are looking at an early spring release.

Update: 2002.04.25
"Jam-rockers Upside Groove Coalition bring their rump-shaking boogies to BBC, 2022 E. North Ave., At 10 Friday ($5). Chicago jam rockers Punsapaya play before UGC, following an opening set by singer-songwriter Rachel Yamagata, from the Chicago free-funk band Bumpus."
-Nick Carter, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Update: 2002.02.26
UGC has copies of their newly minted disk Seven By Five EP available now

Update: 02.02.02
Upside merchandise has finally arrived! check out the new Music+Merch page for more details.


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