Blues & Bourbon Wednesday
at the Momo
5:30pm doors | 6:30pm music!
ONLY $8 admission per night!
(1/31 Fundraiser is $15)
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:
(San Francisco, CA)
w/John Cocuzzi on keys
The Switchblade Trio
Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys
|Feb. 7 - Rusty Zinn
A young, red-haired guitarist with a monster tone and technique that belies his relatively young years, Rusty Zinn grew up in the Santa Cruz mountains in northern California. He was introduced to classic R&B through his mother's collection of 45 singles, which included rare discs from Fats Domino and Elvis Presley. While in his teens, his brother brought home recordings by Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, and these proved to be a revelation for the young blues aficionado. He would empty his pockets regularly to purchase blues recordings and became fascinated by the guitar stylings of Robert Jr. Lockwood, Eddie Taylor, Luther Tucker, and Jimmy Rogers. These records prompted him to begin playing guitar at 17. He had some background in music, having played drums when he was younger, but he enjoyed another crystallizing moment when he saw Luther Tucker perform with Jimmy Rogers at a local club. He credits the nightclub showcase with changing his life, and he sought out all the recordings he could find with Luther Tucker as a sideman, which included records by Little Walter Jacobs, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and James Cotton. A year later, when Zinn again went to see his idol, Tucker invited him on-stage. Tucker took the young Zinn under his wing and shared guitar techniques with him. Meanwhile, Zinn was working with several northern California blues bands in the late '80s, and he was often tapped to back touring musicians like Snooky Pryor and Rogers.
Tigerman After joining Mark Hummel's band, Zinn honed his craft through hundreds of shows and thousands of miles. One of the shows with Hummel's band was at the San Francisco Blues Festival, where Zinn was introduced to harp player Kim Wilson. Wilson invited Zinn to come to Austin's Arlyn Studios to play on his 1993 album Tigerman for the Antone's label. Wilson soon put together a band that included Zinn on guitar, ex-Canned Heat bass player Larry Taylor, and former Blaster "Blue" Gene Taylor on keyboards. Zinn toured around with Wilson and his band, surprising Wilson with the dexterity of his playing at such a young age (he was then in his early twenties). In early 1996, Wilson approached BlackTop Records executives about recording Zinn, and fortunately, they agreed with him. Zinn's debut for the Crescent City-based BlackTop Records, Sittin' & Waitin', was released in 1996. Naturally, he's accompanied throughout his first album by his friend and mentor Kim Wilson, who also served as producer. Confessin' followed three years later, with The Chill surfacing in fall 2000. His next two albums were released on Bad Daddy Records, 2005's soul-inflected Zinfidelity, Vol. 1 and 2007's Reggaeblue.
|Feb. 14- Special Valentine's Day Party with Red's Blues with special guest Jon Cocuzzi on piano
Red’s Blues has great feel and all the musicians are excellent. I liked everything I heard,
“Girlish Days,“ “Detroit Blues,” “Why Don’t You Do Right” and “Sally Lou” especially stand
out. “ ---- Grammy-winning blues legend Charlie Musselwhite
.“Rockin' Johnny has become a key figure on the Blues scene. His guitar lines cut with the precision of a scalpel or laser mixing a sweet and menacing phrasing. It is also clear that over the years he has developed the confidence to step up to the front of the scene and not only lead the band but also attract and surround yourself with some of the best up and coming musicians (the mark of some of the best from the past).”
-Alain Recaborde, contributor, Soul Bag magazine (FRANCE)
Blues singer Memphis Minnie and her husband Kansas City Joe McCoy have been sort of spirit guides for Beth Reid-Grigsby and Richard (R.W.) Grigsby, the wife-husband team of Red’s Blues. “Songwriters, performers and partners in life!” smiles Beth, the red-headed, alto-voiced leader of the band, to Richard, co-writer, nationally known blues bass player and husband.
Red’s Blues has a finger-poppin’ attitude—straight outta the golden years when blues, R&B and swing all meshed together and dance floors every night were filled with snake hips and slow drags. Beth, with her sensual, southern voice and classy behind-the-beat phrasing finds perfect rhythmic support with R.W and band. They all know the secret of groove.
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 balladss."Versatility, virtuosity and passion. This is what you need to know about the music of John Cocuzzi."
|Feb. 21-The Switchblade Trio
A soul/blues organ trio based out of Sacramento, CA featuring James Pace on Hammond B3 Organ, Larry Carr on drums and Robert Sidwell on guitar. We play our own arrangements of modern pop tunes in a 60's style groove jazz setting. We also include many songs from the organ jazz greats such as Booker T, Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Richard Groove Holmes.
Each of the members of this band have toured as professional musicians worldwide with various artists including Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Rusty Zinn, Earl Thomas & the Blues Ambassadors, Matt Schoffield, Kevin Selfe, Janiva Magness, Ana Popovic, as well as area favorites: The Hucklebucks, Red's Blues, Rowdy Kate, The Keri Carr Band, The Richard March Band.
|Feb. 28 - Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys
Andy Santana and The " West Coast Playboys" are Delta Groove Recording Artist Andy Santana on vocals, harmonica and guitar; Greg Roberts,Guitarist-vocalist; Grammy nominated bassist Mike Phillips; and Hans Bosse on drums. This is a world class blues band playing rhythm and roots music reminiscent of New Orleans, Chicago, and West Coast influences.
From Living Blues Magazine: "Santa Cruz, California–based singer, harmonica blower, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter and interpreter of other people’s songs—has crafted a real winner with his fourth CD in 24 years, Watch Your Step!, a collection of 13 terrific tunes that should launch him far beyond being a little-known legend on his home turf into national blues notoriety. Santana is a commanding, fat-toned harmonica player in the George Smith tradition and a tough guitarist whose staccato approach brings to mind such Texas pickers as Gatemouth Brown and Johnny “Guitar” Watson. And as guitarist Rusty Zinn (one time Santana sideman who produced three of the album’s tracks) observes in his booklet notes, “His vocals totally lack affectation, but are soulfully sincere.”
Unlike so many current harmonica-led blues combos that are heavily influenced by Chicago blues, Santana delves deeply into 1950s blues and especially early R&B and rock ’n’ roll, particularly of the New Orleans variety, for the songs and the styles in which they’re performed. His outstanding renditions of vintage material include "Playgirl" and "Go On Fool" (both penned by Dave Bartholomew and originally recorded by Smiley Lewis), Carol Fran’s "Knock Knock," Bobby Parker’s "Watch Your Step," Z.Z. Hill’s "One Way Love Affair," Sir Mack Rice’s" Love Sickness," Chuck Willis’ "Can’t You See" and Al Brown and the Tunetoppers’ "Take Me Back." Not only does Santana pick great tunes, but he writes ’em, too. The strongest of his four originals is "You Smell Like Cookies," on which the composer sings: “You smell like cookies / I wanna dip you in my glass / You make me so hungry / I know I just can’t last” over a relaxed shuffle beat anchored by Robi Bean’s drums.
Kid Andersen, who co-produced most of the album with Santana, surrounds the leader with some of the best blues guitar players in northern California. Besides Andersen himself, they include Anthony Paule, Mike Schermer and Bob Welsh. Andersen makes particularly imaginative use of baritone guitar on three selections. Bean, June Core and onetime Little Richard sideman D’Mar take turns behind the traps, and a rotating cast of bassists, keyboardists, horn blowers and background vocalists also play musical chairs, helping to make Watch Your Step! One of the most listenable and boldly authentic sets of old-time R&B sounds to have hit the streets in recent memory. —Lee Hildebrand
With 35 years experience fronting bands in Northern California, Andy has been a featured artist in venues as varied as the Monterey Blues Festival & Monterey Jazz Festival, the San Francisco Blues Festival, the Filmore, the Santa Cruz Blues Festival, the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, Battle of the Harps Victoria Theater San Francisco, San Jose Jazz Fest, the Shoreline Amphitheater, venues from Seattle to Belgium and many, many more.