Blues & Bourbon Wednesday
at the Momo
5:30pm doors | 6:30-9pm music!
ONLY $8 admission most nights!
April 4th: $15-current Sac Blues Society members/$20-general public
Dance Floor + Food + Bourbon Flights
Momo Sacramento(Above Harlow's)
2708 J St., Sacramento CA 95616
We've lined up a superb Wednesday series of blues artists
from SoCal, NorCal and Delta to Delta!
Come on up and get on down!
Check out this write up about the series in Submerge Magazine:
Two Tone Steiny & the Cadillacs
Julie & the Jukes
Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revue
Saul & Elena Rayo Trio
(Nevada City, CA)
$15 - current Sac Blues Society members
$20- general public
Dos Hombres Funk/Jazz Coalition
"New Orleans Piano Night"
w/John Cocuzzi Courtet
March 21- Two Tone Steiny & The Cadillacs (Sacramento, CA)
Two-Tone Steiny & The Cadillacs is a high energy West Coast blues band. It is a special event every time this highly polished group hits thestage, bringing their own brand of jumping, swinging dance music! This award-winning band has carved a name for themselves by recording and performing their own original music, while staying true to the blues roots that shaped their unique individual style.
-WINNER: 2010 SACRAMENTO BLUES SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL BLUES COMPETITION
-WINNER: SACRAMENTO BLUES SOCIETY BEST SELF-PRODUCED BLUES CD 2010 & 2015
-NOMINATED FOR SAMMIE AWARD 2012-2013-2014-2015-2016
-RELEASED THREE CDS OF ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL
March 28- Julie & The Jukes (Sacramento, CA)
Julie and the Jukes is a Sacramento-area band playing pure, classic blues. A four-piece combo including guitar, harmonica, bass, and drums, Julie and the Jukes bring to life the classic Chicago blues of Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Howlin' Wolf, the Texas style of Freddie King, and electric updates of Robert Johnson. Julie, on bass guitar and vocals, fronts the band. With 14 years of experience in blues bands, she brings energy and charisma to the show. Charles “Chicken Scratch” Oriel, on guitar and vocals, has been playing guitar and singing for 40 years. Nick Walsh on harmonica provides soulful fills and riveting solos. Mark "Rowdy Boy" Halverson, on the drums, creates a lively, in-the-pocket groove.
April 4- Golden State - Lone Star Blues Revue
Electro-Fi Recording Artists, GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR BLUES REVUE featuring MARK HUMMEL (harmonica/vocals), RUSTY ZINN(guitar/vocals), MIKE KELLER (guitar/vocals), R. W. GRIGSBY (bass) & WES STARR (drums)
"The road from Texas to California runs right through T-Bone Walker, no detours about it. Since Walker packed his guitar and moved there in the 1940's, what is termed as West Coast Blues revolves around a style he defined...All respected instrumentalists in their own right, this collaboration is a premium showcase of West Coast Blues. ...the guitar interplay is tasteful and they give each other room. Thespotlight of course will shine on Hummel as vocalist, but he wisely integrates himself in the band for the reliable blues band situation. As this music continues its generational journey, the Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue represent the contemporary keepers of the flame, assuring the blues will never die."
"One of the most accomplished and enjoyable ensembles playing the Real Deal Blues today."
- Blues historian and producer Dick Shurman
Blues Supergroup GOLDEN STATE - LONE STAR BLUES REVUE, featuring Grammy-nominated Harp Blower/Vocalist/ Bandleader MARK HUMMEL with RUSTY ZINN-guitar/vocals(Alligator, Black Top Recording artist),MIKE KELLER - guitar (Fabulous Thunderbirds/Marcia Ball/Double Trouble) drummer WES STARR and bassist RW GRIGSBY is an all-star cross country melding of California musicians Hummel and Grigsby with Texans Funderburgh, Keller and Starr. GOLDEN STATE - LONE STAR BLUES REVUE's self-titled debut album (Electro-Fi Records/April 2016), was recorded by Kid Andersen at the famed Greaseland Studio in San Jose, CA, and co-produced by Funderburgh & Hummel.
--James Nadal/All About Jazz
Harmonica man/singer/Harmonica man/singer/songwriter/bandleader/author/impresario MARK HUMMEL was born in New Haven, CT but moved to Los Angeles as a newborn. Hummel took up an interest in blues harp & rock-blues music in high school but soon discovered the originators like Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson & Little Walter. Soon after, Hummel frequented the Ash Grove club on Melrose Ave. in LA where he saw (in a three month period) three blues legends he would later work with on a regular basis; Charlie Musselwhite, Brownie McGhee (w/Sonny Terry) & James Cotton. Hummel moved to Berkeley in 1973, because of a more lively blues scene and started to perform regularly in ghetto clubs with many old timers. In 1976 he formed The Blues Survivors with Johnny Waters and JJ Bad Boy Jones. JJ left in 1977 and was replaced by Sonny Lane. This band lasted till 1981, when Hummel would go full time with music. By 1985 Mark Hummel's Blues Survivors hit the road full time & continue till the present (Hummel's memoir, "Big Road Blues: 12 Bars on I-80" recounts many road exploits). In 2014 Blind Pig Records released "REMEMBERING LITTLE WALTER" (a recording of a Hummel Blues Harp Blowout.) The CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and won two Blues Music Awards. Hummel's latest CD "THE HUSTLE IS REALLY ON" features GS/LS. "Mark Hummel came of age in the early 70s, at the height of rock and roll,like many of his peers went and bought a harmonica and hasn't stopped playing since. A specialist in West Coast Blues he's a seasoned showman who knows more than a thing or two about how to please an audience." - (The New Yorker)
Vocalist/guitar phenom RUSTY ZINN resides in Oakland and has been on the blues scene since 1990, when he absorbed guitar from Chess Session guitarist Luther Tucker. Hummel gave Zinn his start in 1991, taking him all over the world and into the recording studio, both as a band and behind blues legends Jimmy Rogers, James Cotton and Billy Boy Arnold. By 1993 Kim Wilson hired Zinn into his band, where Rusty appeared on the Antones' TIGERMAN LP. Zinn debuted in 1996 as a frontman singer on Black Top Records SITTIN & WAITIN, following it up with a second CD in 1999 " "CONFESSIN",before the label folded. Rusty was nominated for a Handy Award for "best new artist" in 1999. Rusty's vocals and guitar playing garnered rave reviews. Alligator Records recorded Rusty's THE CHILL in 2000. Zinn's "in demand" sound landed him recording sessions with Kim, Rod Piazza, Little Charlie & the Nightcats, Hummel, Jody Williams, Phillip Walker, Fingers Taylor, Wee Willie Walker, Johnny Dyer, Johnny Jones, Indigo Swing, T 99 Nelson, Pinetop Perkins & Lou Pride. The last few years Rusty has pursued reggae and recorded with Sly & Robbie, Hux Brown among others.
Guitar youngblood MIKE KELLER resides in Austin where he's led his own band The Keller Brothers, plays in Little Elmo Blues Band, a sideman for Paul Oscher's group plus did five years as a Fabulous Thunderbird, played two and a half years with SRV's band Double Trouble, four years with Doyle Bramhall, recorded and toured with Marcia Ball for a year and a half and toured with the late harp genius Gary Primich. Mike's solos are top notch in GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR.
Rounding out the GOLDEN STATE-LONE STAR BLUES REVUE are RW GRIGSBY on bass & famed Austin, Texas drummer WES STARR (Anson And The Rockets). Between these two old Rome, GA natives, they've played with a who's who of famed musicians - Omar & the Howlers, Jr. Brown, Jimmy Vaughan, Asleep At The Wheel, Gary Primich, Kim Wilson, Mike Morgan, Carlene Carter, Hal Ketchum, Earl King, James Cotton & many more!
Preview GOLDEN STATE -LONE STAR's debut CD: https://soundcloud.com/markhummel/sets/new-private-playlist-10/s-eXP9G
April 11 Saul & Elena Rayo Trio (Nevada City, CA)
Tucked in the foothills of Northern California, Saul and Elena Rayo offer a blend of original world music, mixed with back-porch blues. Their unique interwoven harmonies and arrangements are both raw and refined, soulful and heady and truly dance among the musical genres. Together, their music is both captivating and danceable.
Saul Rayo is of Nicaraguan heritage, a blue-collar fisherman/builder from the Mission District of San Francisco; a self-taught roots, blues, finger-picking guitarist with a passion for writing political songs.
Elena Rayo hails from the Midwest, a middle-class scholar, with a Cambridge master's degree, and a classically trained violinist from the age of five. Elena’s songs engage with heartfelt lyrics and entrancing melodies.
The Rayos' virtuosity and variety allows them to perform as a dynamic duo or a rocking 5-piece band. Their music ranges from sultry, quiet tunes to rock-the-house dance music with a tribal beat, a Celtic bent or a Latin twist. The Rayos sometimes perform with accomplished musicians Thomas Schuebel, lead guitar, Lou Meyer, keyboards and vocals, Chonie Vargas, bass and vocals, and Ajeet Campbell on bass.
April 18 Dos Hombres Funk/Jazz Coalition (Sacramento, CA)
It's that 1960s organ trio thang that is catching Sacramento cache suddenly! A brand new band (with some members of Whiskey & Stitches) that focus on old school funk, blues, soul and Jazz.... the intoxicating repertoire includes songs by the great Jimmy Smith ("The Sermon, "James and Wes," "Organ Grinders Swing, Midnight Special"), and Lou Donaldson ("Midnight Creeper," "Alligator Boogaloo"). Think the best old school and acolytes Medeski, Martin & Wood!
Dos Hombres Jazz/Funk Coalition is:
Steve Mooreweathers - Organ
Kevin Coughlin - Drums
Steve Brooks - Guitar
April 25 "New Orleans Piano Night" w/ John Cocuzzi Courtet (Sacramento, CA)
We are very happy to bring a "New Orleans Piano Night" to the Momo with John Coucuzzi and His Courtet! They'll be doing a bunch o' bluesy, jazzy New Orleans grooves! John Cocuzzi has New Orleans flavor and East Coast class, playing with passion and intensity on piano, vibes and drums, entertaining crowds nationwide and in Europe. Dynamic style. Diverse rhythms. Swingin' & burnin' jazz. Jumpin' blues & boogie-woogie.Lush & sultry ballads."Versatility, virtuosity and passion. This is what you need to know about the music of John Cocuzzi." The Courtet is piano, stand up bass, drums and sax/clarinet!