Blues & Bourbon Wednesday
at the Momo
5:30pm doors | 6:30-9pm music!
ONLY $8 admission most nights!
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:
Rockin' Johnny Burgin
$10 w/SBS card
John "Blues" Boyd
Shawn Holt & The Teardrops
|See you at the Harris Center for the
"Music Heals Blues Benefit for Paradise"
Ray "Catfish" Copeland Band
|February 20 - Rockin' Johnny Burgin (Chicago/Bay Area) - $8
Rockin' Johnny is one of the hardest touring Chicago blues artists, working today, performing up to 250 nights a year internationally. He served his apprenticeship on the West Side of Chicago with blues artists such as Taildragger, and on the road nationwide with Howlin' Wolf/Paul Butterfield drummer Sam Lay and with Muddy Waters pianist Pinetop Perkins. He has since relocated to the Bay Area of California. In 2017 he was nominated for a BMA for Best Traditional Blues CD of 2017 for Howlin' at Greaseland by Various Artists, a tribute to Howlin' Wolf. His seventh CD as a leader, "Neoprene Fedora" was called "an ambitious ocean of ideas" by Blues Junction.
|February 27 - John "Blues" Boyd (Mississippi/Bay Area) - $12/$10 w/SBS card
John “Blues” Boyd earned his middle name the hard way. John’s music and the man himself are throwbacks to a more difficult, but also a more honest and straightforward era. Cousin to bluesman Eddie Boyd, John was born in Greenwood, MS, in 1945 and began working the delta cotton fields at seven years of age. Until he retired from hot tar roofing in 2007 to care for his ailing wife, blues singing and hard labor were the two constants in his life.
When his beloved wife of 49 years Dona Mae, passed in 2014, John naturally turned to the refuge of the blues for solace. In dealing with his grief, John discovered a previously undeveloped talent for songwriting and found himself furiously churning out songs – Sometimes writing as many as eight in a single day!
With a stylistic range at times reminiscent of shouters like Big Joe Turner and Wynonnie Harris and other times harkening back to blues crooners like Junior Parker and an early BB King, John delivers these songs on this new album, THE REAL DEAL with sweetness, ferocity, pure old-school charm and always, unfiltered honesty.
In an era when Halloween “bluesmen” christen themselves with what they imagine to be colorful, authentic-sounding “blues” pseudonyms, John “Blues” Boyd and his name are indisputably The Real Deal.
|March 6 - Shawn Holt & The Teardrops (Chicago) - $20/$15 w/SBS card
Shawn Holt is the son of Chicago's legendary Blues Man Magic Slim. The high energy, hard-driving sound of The Teardrops is still alive and well and if you like what Magic Slim and The Teardrops have been doing for the last 35 years, you can continue to enjoy that unique sound and energy with Shawn Holt, a chip off the old block, fronting his dad's band. In 2014 Shawn Holt and The Teardrops won the Blues Blast Music Award for "New Artist Debut Album for "Daddy Told Me" on Blind Pig Records.
Shawn started playing the blues at the age of 17, when he went on the road with this father and Slim's brother, Uncle Nick Holt and The Teardrops. Shortly after that tour with his father, Shawn realized his genetic destiny (all the Holt's are talented musicians) and formed his own band. He has been watching, learning and playing blues ever since.
Magic Slim and The Teardrops was nominated for the WC Handy "Blues Band of the Year" award more times than any blues band playing today including eight times in the last 10 years. You can't become a Teardrop until Magic Slim says you're good enough. Shawn Holt became a Teardrop this year and when his father was hospitalized during the recent east coast tour, he stepped up to the microphone and continued the tradition.
When Shawn Holt and The Teardrops opened for Johnny Winter in Phoenixville Pennsylvania, 2 hours after Slim had been admitted to the local hospital, they received a standing ovation and the promoter was so pleased with the quality, excitement and level of the performance that he paid the band the full contracted price which had been negotiated for a Magic Slim performance. Johnny Winter insisted that Shawn and The Teardrops complete the tour as the opening act.
The Teardrops consist of Levi William - Guitar/Vocals, Vern Taylor - Drums/Vocals, and Russell Jackson - Bass.
|March 20 - Watermelon Slim (Boston/North Carolina/Oklahoma) - $20/$15 w/SBS card
"A one-of-a-kind pickin' 'n' singin" Okie dynamo!" -Jerry Wexler (co-owner Atlantic Records – Produced Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Solomon Burke):
"(Slim looks) backward all the way to the field holler and looking over sideways to country music, rolling it all up into a smart synthesis that sounds fresh and sharp even though it is only a half-step removed from the sounds of Charley Patton or Jimmie Rodgers." -San Diego Union-Tribune
"No one today makes more compelling blues music than Slim." - Chicago Sun-Times
"Slim is a genuine blues character, something that's in short supply these days... grinding, greasy and swampy accompaniment as Slim puts fresh twists on age-old blues themes."
An ever-expanding career of ramshackle grandeur.
The industry agrees on all fronts. Watermelon Slim & The Workers have garnered 17 Blues Music Award nominations in four years including a record-tying six in both 2007 & 2008. Only the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray have landed six in a year and Slim is the only blues artist in history with twelve in two consecutive years. In Spring 2009 he was the cover story of Blues Revue magazine. .
Two of Slim’s records were ranked #1 in MOJO Magazine’s annual Top Blues CD rankings. Industry awards include The Independent Music Award for Blues Album of the Year, The Blues Critic Award and Canada’s Maple Blues Award for International Artist of the Year among others. Slim has hit #1 on the Living Blues Charts, top five on the Roots Music Report and debuted in the top ten in Billboard. One of Slim’s most impressive industry accolades may be the liner notes of The Wheel Man eagerly written by the late legendary Jerry Wexler who called him a “one-of-a-kind pickin’ n singing Okie dynamo.” Slim has been embraced for his music, performances, backstory and persona. He has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, The BBC’s World Service and has been featured in publications like Harp, Relix, Paste, MOJO, Oklahoma Magazine and Truckers News as well as newspapers like The London Times, Toronto Star, Chicago Sun-Times, The Village Voice, Kansas City Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Michelle Shocked’s JAMS Magazine.
Slim was born in Boston, his father was a progressive attorney and freedom rider and his brother is a classical musician. He was raised in North Carolina listening to the housekeeper sing John Lee Hooker songs. Slim attended Middlebury on a fencing scholarship but left early to enlist for Vietnam. While laid up in a Vietnam hospital bed he taught himself upside-down left-handed slide guitar on a $5 balsawood model using a triangle pick cut from a rusty coffee can top and his Army issued Zippo. lighter as the slide.
|March 27 - Ray "Catfish" Copeland Band - $8
"Ray “Catfish” Copeland and his band are a rocking good time, putting their own stamp on roots music nuggets. They have excellent taste in picking covers and the range of material, John Prine to Lazy Lester and Bob Marley to Bob Dylan, speaks to their depth and fluidity. They make it all sound like their own.” -Alan Paul, author of the New York Times best-seller , One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band
The many rivers of song that flow through this stellar American roots music band just might be enough to finish off California’s drought. It surely brings rockabilly, rock and roll, blues,gospel, honky tonk and psychedelia together in a dazzling and powerful way. Ray “Catfish” Copeland’s got one boot in blues mud, one boot in a county creek. In this second album, Don’t Ever Take My Picture Down, “Catfish” and his seasoned band have built a choice follow-up to their 2015 debut, Got Love If You Want.
The band has carved an identifiable Americana sound and flow—hand sown and homegrown on the sunny front porch, in the back 40 swamp by way of Chuck Berry through Creedence Clearwater, to some swirling and gorgeous Clarence White country psychedelia ala The Byrds.
His playing path has always been constant--in the mid to late 70s he was in the 1st incarnation of Little Charlie and the Nightcats, then the Nate Shiner Blues Band and with Mark St. Mary's Zydeco Band. Ray toured in 1978 with blues piano legend Floyd Dixon. In 1980, he formed The Blue Flames along with Johnny "Guitar" Knox, and played during the glory years in seven Sacramento Blues Festivals. He also accompanied such blues luminaries as Big Mama Thornton, William Clarke, Luther Tucker, Little Joe Blue and Buddy Ace.
Catfish and the Crawdaddies then formed in 1995 and released three self-produced CDs between 1998-2007. His song "Crawdaddy, Crawdaddy" (from 2003’s Venus Blues), written about the Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival (then called the Crawdad Festival) received the “Song of the Year” Award from Blues Unlimited Magazine. Catfish and the Crawdaddies appeared at the Sacramento Music Festival the past 20 years and at all the Isleton Cajun & Blues Festival since 1999.
Singer Marilyn Woods started singing in the Pentecostal Church as a child, learning all the spirituals and popular music of the 30s and 40s from her grandmother and mother. Woods’ rich alto is yearning but confident. Her wise interpretations on both “For No One” the delicate Paul McCartney song and “What A Shame,” an early Rolling Stones song, make new womanly meanings possible. And on her wonderful duets with Catfish, (their country-gospel take on Skip James’ “I’m So Glad,” the mysterious Robert Petway’s “Catfish Blues”, Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm,”) her tone colors are sometimes reminiscent of Nicolette Larson.
Steve Randall specializes in American roots music these days and is known as a Telecaster player doing country, blues, rock and swing--he even toured with a Tunisian band (still country music, just a different country.) He is truly Sacramento’s James Burton—his hybrid picking (rolling his fingers and using a pick at the same time) is fleet and complex, he never runs out of ideas. He's received multiple Sacramento Music Awards, including Hall of Fame notoriety and Critic's Choice Awards for Guitarist two years in a row. His influences are too numerous to mention, but he would say he ended up somewhere between “Richard Lloyd and Richard Thompson if they played a Tele thru a Vibrolux.” With a rock and rhythm solid, award-winning section of Larry Schiavone on drums and Greg Roberts on bass, their unique sound is complete.
The good time nature of the band surely fits a generation that now listens to classic rock radio, still has our old vinyl and regularly values friends, a good dance floor and a cold one.