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:
$12 w/SBS card
Gary Mendoza Band
|June 19 -
(New York, NY)
$12 w/SBS card
|June 26 -
|May 15 - Todd Morgan (Sacramento, CA) - $8
“Almost as infectious as its music is the band’s energetic live performances, which often include a dance interlude courtesy of Morgan.”
---Elizabeth Marzum, Sacmag.com
“A true entertainer...the real deal....[his album, Sweet Pretender] is solid front to back”
---Jonathan Carraba, Submerge Magazine
Todd Morgan has been fronting his Pop/Rock & Roll band, The Emblems, or performing solo for more than 10 years in the Sacramento area as well as throughout California and Nevada. He has toured through the southern U.S. as a solo artist and traveled into Canada and northern U.S. states.
Todd Morgan and his band, The Emblems, perform a healthy mix of pop/rock, blues, soul, funk, disco, hot jazz, country and Todd’s first love, early rock ‘n’ roll, to even baroque pop on certain tracks of Todd’s latest album, there is truly something in his music to please and excite most any audience. Todd has been nominated for a SAMMIE three times, in “Pop Band”, Rockabilly” and in 2019 even the “Indie” artist categories, which gives testament to Todd’s diverse skill and musical talents as an artist. In 2015 Todd’s album, Sweet Pretender, was rated one of Submerge Magazine’s “Top 15 Albums of the Year”. The song, “Running Wild”, from the album, won West Coast Songwriters’ “Best Song of the Year” and is currently a semi-finalist in the 2019 Nashville “Music City Songstar” competition.
A creative force, Todd is the songwriter and producer of three albums with a 4th album due to drop in 2019, which, he recorded much of at the historical East West Studios in Los Angeles with final mixing done at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco. Recording and producing music has become a big love and pursuit in Todd’s life right along with his love of live performance. The music that he creates with his band has been described as, “extremely catchy”, “strong and powerful”, and “attention grabbing”.
|May 22 - Tropicali Flames (Sacramento, CA) - $8
"A sound from Sacramento’s past is roaring back, searing like a skillet and steady like a chain gang. It’s the power of wild, restless rhythms, boot-stomping bass struts—and one big shot of saxophone fire. From the dim tables of the Shady Lady Saloon to the crowded dance floor of the Torch Club, the sound is throwing heat on peoples’ foreheads while transporting them to the Capital City’s lost era of swing jazz.
2019 SAMMIES nominee Tropicali Flames is standup bassist Zack Sapunor, saxophonist Danny Sandoval, guitarist Chris Wilkinson and drummer Larry Carr. The group also has a percussionist pinch-hitter, Derek McDonald. All five, including Wilkinson are steeped in the deep and often tangled roots of American music."
Full SNR feature (March 2019) here
|May 29 - Proxy Moon (Sacramento, CA) - $8
“Proxy Moon, a four-piece local outfit, has a jazz-rooted sound
that is sweet and smoky, with the perfect amount of
rustic wear. It’s as if they refused to vacate a
Chicago martini lounge when the wrecking ball tore
staying with the rubble all the way to the
scrapyard and not skipping a beat under a desolate moonlit sky."
Aaron Davis, Sacramento Bee
Proxy Moon's music is rooted in blues, folk, jazz, country - fundamentally American music with an emphasis on original songs featuring strong, interesting lyrics and melodies delivered with spirited musicianship. They’ve been described by turns as esoteric, poetic, and irreverent, with a bit of a burlesque thrown for good measure, and compared to such artists as Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Jolie Holland, and Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks.
Comprised of a core group of five multi-instrumentalist musicians with diverse backgrounds, the band is at home in virtually any genre, and delivers it with a bit of an edge, utilizing both traditional and non-traditional instruments, including one made up of a ball-peen hammer and a heavy iron coupler, popularly known as “the junk”.
Members include Patrick Grizzell, songwriting, guitar and vocals; Steve Bird, upright bass; Ann Wherry, vocals and various instruments; Ingrid Peters, violin and saw; and Chris hall, sax and flute. The newest album is 2016's highly regarded self titled CD, but we hear they are planning to record another batch of songs soon.
|June 5 - Terry Hanck (Chicago/SF/Florida) - $15/$12 w/SBS card
Three Time Blues Music Award Winner
Living Blues Award Winner
International Songwriting Competition Award Winner
Sax. Soul Singer. Blues. Sizzle.
“An unreconstructed bad ass to the bone, Hanck is still piling on the awards ... I hope his mantle is strong enough to hold all the
awards coming his way for a long time to come. Killer stuff that knows no end of good times."
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"Terry's one of the few songwriters around today who can make me think, "Damn, why didn't I think of that?!?"
-Rick Estrin (Rick Estrin & The Nightcats)
"His fiery reed work, beautiful tone and effortless, inventive melodies make for thoroughly enjoyable listening....his voice is a
marvel. He can make it growl, ache, croon, moan and tease, and then some. It is a superb instrument in its own right."
- Joseph Jordan, Golden Gate Blues News (SF)
Three-time Blues Music Award winner, Terry Hanck is in the modern pantheon of tenor sax greats. His sound is at the nexus of
classic New Orleans R&B, Chicago blues and soul, West Coast honk and Memphis rock and roll. The guy has a voice that still
make women swoon. His lyrics are ranked among the best in his idiom, just ask fellow writer Rick Estrin! With I STILL GET
EXCITED (TVR/Vizztone Music Group street date: July 12), Terry brings together his stellar band and special guests for one of the best albums of his long career. Terry’s five originals stand shoulder-to-shoulder with some of his hand-picked favorites by Louis Jordan, Sam “Lightning” Hopkins, Bobby
Charles, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and Howling Wolf.
Co-produced with renowned player/producer savant, Chris “Kid” Andersen at Greaseland Studios in San Jose, the “silver-haired
fox” gathered some famous special friends—including harpman Rick Estrin, piano/organ man Jimmy Pugh (Robert Cray, Etta
James, Chris Isaak & founder of Little Village Foundation), guitar master Chris Cain, drummer June Core (Charlie Musselwhite)
and the legendary singer Tracy Nelson to join in with his own brilliant bandmates, Johnny ‘Cat” Soubrand (guitar), Tim Wagar
(bass) and Butch Cousins (drums). A perfect summer record for dancing, driving and being young at heart!
Terry Hanck has always proved that sax and soul are still the rage. He won the 2017 Blues Music Award for “BEST HORN” in
Memphis. He swept both the Blues Music Awards and the Living Blues Award for “Best Horn” in 2016. In May of 2014, won the
ISC Award (International Songwriting Competition) in the BLUES Category for his powerful soul ballad “I Keep On Holding On.”!
In 2014, he was nominated in the 2012 “Best Song” category as well. His live album, FROM ROADHOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE-LIVE! was released in the Summer of 2016. He and his sizzling band played the prestigious 2017 Legendary R&B Cruise, the 50th Annual Summerfest in Milwaukee and the 36th Annual American
Music Festival in Chicago. As saxophonist, singer, bandleader and songwriter, the tall, tan Chicago-born South Florida-based Hanck knows it is good to live
in a world of classic New Orleans R&B, steamy strolls, gorgeous soul ballads and West Coast jump blues. His level of expertise in these idioms make for an unbeatable workout on all his records.
With his solid sender bandmates—Johnny Soubrand (the sizzling master guitarist celebrating his 12 year anniversary with Terry),
and the tight rhythm section of long-time drummer Butch Cousins and bassist Tim Wagar--Terry has never lost his unbridled
enthusiasm and fearless youth---in his playing, singing, songwriting or his warm personality. He has travelled from his hometown
of Chicago to Southern California to the Bay Area and finally to the southeast coast of Florida; from the 1960s Berkeley-based
Grayson Street Houserockers to ten swell years with the great Elvin Bishop. He has led his own band for over 28 years, creating
classic songs that ache with yearning, explode with joy and keep the young and the young at heart on dance floors across
America and around the world.
|June 12 - Gary Mendoza Band (Sacramento) - $8
Gary Mendoza formed his first blues band in San Luis Obispo, CA in 1995. He has been singing and blowin’ harp in local and outside-area clubs, festivals, and private parties and continues to perform to this day. With years of rough living and blues experience under his belt, Mendoza has paid some dues and has garnered a reputation as a true bluesman. Gary’s motto is “blues is like a snake-bite remedy, when you get bit by a snake, they cure you with a little bit of the venom.”It’s the same with this music, “it takes the blues to cure the blues.”
Band members are:
Sacramento Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Liz Peel on bass.
Seasoned in the pocket and always on time John Newby on drums
Youngest member and making his way to the top Stephen Kimball on electric and slide guitar
2013: Artist of the Year…. The Elk Grove Citizen “You can’t help but be inspired”…..Raina La Garreta, Lifestyle and Arts Editor, Elk Grove Citizen.
|June 19 - Bobby Radcliff (New York, NY) - $12/$10 w/SBS card
Bobby Radcliff began playing guitar at the age of 12 in Chevy Chase Maryland, after hearing the legendary Magic Sam perform live at the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. Bobby was so inspired by Magic Sam’s performance that he took it upon himself to venture off to Chicago to meet his newfound guitar idol. Bobby found Magic Sam in Cook County Hospital after Sam had suffered a major heart attack. After Sam recovered, he invited Bobby back to his home at 1615 South Harding Street, in the heart of Chicago’s West Side, where he and his family resided. Sam introduced Bobby to the West Side Chicago Blues scene at such venues as The Alex Club and the L & A Lounge.
Bobby spent the first half of the 1970’s performing in Washington DC with his own band. Members of his band included many of the great Washington DC players; Steve Shaw, Victor Spano, Dave Walker, Dick Heintze, Robbie Magruder and Danny Gatton. Bobby recorded his first 45 RPM single in 1974 on the Aladin Label.
In 1977, Bobby moved to New York City and became one of the house musicians at the Lone Star Café working with Kinky Friedman, Bernard Purdie, and the original Blues Brothers, featuring John Belushi and Roomful Of Blues. In 1984, Bobby recorded “Early In the Morning”, his first 33 RPM album.
In 1988, Bobby signed with Black Top Records, of which he recorded five albums; Dresses Too Short, Universal Blues, There’s A Cold Grave In Your Way, Live At The Rynborn and Live At Tipitina’s.
In 2005, Bobby recorded Natural Ball with producer Bill Bowman on the Rollo Label.
Bobby currently resides in New York City Freaking Me Out! (Krellno Records) released in 2011, and THROUGH THE YEARS VOLUME 1: (2017)
|June 26 - Vanessa Collier (Philadelphia, PA) - $15/$12 w/SBS card
“There’s a young lady [Vanessa Collier] came onstage with me, I forget where I was, but she’s playing an alto saxophone, and man, she was amazing.”
– Buddy Guy
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa Collier and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Vanessa is blazing a trail, racking up an arsenal of honours, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch.
It’s not simply the accolades she has accumulated so far, although they’ve been many — three Blues Music Award Nominations (BMAs) for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year (2018) and Horn Player of the Year (2018 and 2017), a Blues Blast Award nomination, the Jammingest Pro Award bestowed by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, First Place for lyrics in the International Songwriting Competition, Best of 2014 Blues Breaker on Dan Aykroyd’s BluesMobile — it’s the fact that she has accumulated all these honours even while her career is still in its infancy. A 2013 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she’s toured nationally and internationally, released two critically acclaimed albums (2014’s Heart, Soul & Saxophone and 2017’s Meeting My Shadow), and will release her highly anticipated self-produced third album, Honey Up, in July 2018.
These days, Collier spends much of her time on the road, performing at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. Her talents have taken her to the Blues Music Awards Show where, in the words of the Blues Foundation, Vanessa “blew the doors off the Blues Music Awards!”; Ottawa Blues Festival, where she earned two front page newspaper photos and rave reviews after her foot stomping debut there; twice on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, where she earned the Jammingest Pro Award and was a featured artist with Tommy Castro’s Blues Review; Briggs Farm Festival, where she was the “most popular Briggs Farm act in 2017” (Elmore Magazine), and the list continues. In 2017, Vanessa was also a featured artist in three major tours across Europe as part of Ruf’s 2017 Blues Caravan.
As for Collier, she says she’s happy performing on stages across the world, hoping that she can make a difference with fans and followers along the way. “I am driven to do this because I find it a total form of expression and connection,” she explains. “I love connecting with an audience and feeling their energy and I hope to inspire people to follow their dreams and passions, to find what brings them joy, and then to pursue it doggedly.”