"Mumbo Gumbo, Northern California's premiere dance band, just gets
better and better...This group kicks!...their CD is a danceable
delight, a sparkling set of originals."
Dave Barton, Sacramento
"Fresh and exciting...a
strong mix of Texas-Louisiana Gulf styles."
Larry Kelp, Oakland Tribune
"For getting folks
up and dancing there's no one better than the rockin' Creole and
Caribbean-spiked sounds of MUMBO GUMBO."
Jim Veit, KDVS FM
The roots music of Mumbo Gumbo can
best be described as a spicy blend of Gulf Coast musical influences,
from rock to soul, afropop to lush balladry, zydeco to country.
This musical melting pot of styles creates a celebratory, danceable
noise, best known as the festive "Mumbo Gumbo sound".
Over nearly 20 years, on the septet's eight albums and during countless
gigs around their native Northern California, Mumbo Gumbo has created
something that is less a specific style than a particular feeling:
The sound of sheer joy. Or, as one of the band's songs puts it,
"That big life feeling."
Fronted by two first-rate singer/songwriters, Chris Webster and
Tracy Walton, the band is anchored and driven by one of the longest-lived
rhythm sections in Northern California: drummer Rick Lotter and
bassist Lynn Michael Palmer. With Reggy Marks' sax, Jon Wood's guitar,
and Steve Stizzo's keyboards fleshing out the band's expansive sound,
Mumbo Gumbo has built a reputation not just for danceability, but
for creative depth.
Mumbo Gumbo performs at events of all kinds: festivals, outdoor
concerts, corporate events, private parties, weddings, and just
about anything else. This energetic and good-natured group is known
for livening up any occasion with their blend of original roots
music and a few classic cover tunes.
Mumbo Gumbo is fully self-contained and can adjust to settings of
all sorts and sizes, from the biggest festival to an intimate backyard