The members of Final Groove share a love of music and performing. Each brings years of experience and their own unique talent to the group - resulting in a powerful and energetic performance sure to please any crowd!
Enya Jene'a - Lead Vocals
Enya is a multi-talented recording artist, vocalist, songwriter, and actress. Her artistic expressions reflect an appreciation for nature and the love she has for mankind. Enya began performing when she was five years old in a production of "Annie". She has also been a part of award-winning vocal groups and ensembles and was awarded Most Outstanding Female Vocalist/Performer in several vocal competitions in Illinois. As a musical theater performer, she has played the role of Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro,” Mama in “The Colored Museum,” Effie in a “Dreamgirls,” and several characters in “Black Nativity”. She has performed on well known stages and theaters such as The Goodman Theater Chicago, House of Blues Chicago, Drury Lane Theater Chicago, Apollo Theater New York, Regal Theater Chicago, Alahambra Palace, etc. Whether she’s belting out a classic rock gem, getting the crowd moving with a dance hit or smoothly singing a soulful ballad, Enya approaches each song with an unmistakable passion that makes every Final Groove performance a memorable one.
Dave Oliver - Bass, Lead, Background Vocals
Dave is a veteran of the Chicago area music scene and has been playing bass guitar for over 30 years in various Classic Rock, Heavy Metal and Blues bands including White Lie and Center Drive. His blues-based style provides a solid bottom end to the Final Groove sound. In addition, Dave sings lead on several songs offering a bluesy, rough around the edges vocal style influenced by Steven Tyler, Mick Jagger, Paul Rodgers and other classic rock vocalists.
Jose Ruiz - Drums
Jose has over 20 years of experience providing the beat for original bands such as Shoulda-Shot-Yoko and Bucko 5 which he co-founded. He has also grooved with cover bands such as Suns of Earth, Stereotypes and DareDevil Sunday. He has played at major venues throughout the city and burbs as well as festivals such as the Taste of Chicago, Naperville's Rib Fest and Last Fling. Jose draws inspiration not only from famous drummers such as Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters but also from working with local talent like singer Brian Williamson, bass players Tom Assicurato and Bill Krushing and guitar players Ray Ruiz, Al Torres and Owen Cooper. Most importantly he attributes his success and playing longevity to his family, Emily, Amanda and Colin for their endless love and support. Jose’s combination of power and finesse on the drums lays the foundation for Final Groove’s sound and keeps audiences “grooving” all night long.
Ken Modaff - Keyboards
Ken restarted his music career in the late 1990’s as keyboard player for "Second Opinion". He was a founding member of the band "This End Up", which performed at local clubs including the Roundhouse, Keywester and Mullen’s as well as local festivals such as Naperville’s Rib Fest, Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies and the Taste of Chicago. Ken also performs with "Next Tuesday", playing acoustic versions of pop, rock and country songs at charity events. With Final Groove, he’s excited to be back playing keys in the rock arena.
Steve Yankula - Guitar, Vocals
Steve is a guitarist firmly rooted in hard and blues-based rock. Playing in bands since junior high school, influences and idols range from Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix, to David Gilmour, Steve Vai, and Andy Timmons. Musical styles performed range from classic rock and pop, to hard rock and instrumental jazz-rock fusion. Favored guitars include Gibson, Fender, Ibanez and Martin. Favored amps and effects are by Marshall, Egnater, TC Electronic, Xotic Effects and Voodoo Lab.
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