26th Annual Mardi Gras Mambofest: "The Girl Groups and Singers of New Orleans" with Rhythmtown-Jive and the "K-Girls" (from Big Bang Beat & the Soul Delights) at Sweetwater Music Hall


Above: Rhythmtown-Jive

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Time: Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Phone: (415) 388-3850

Mardi Gras Mambofest

This is our big annual weekend party on the build up to Fat Tuesday. Pulling out all the stops, on a musical gumbo of funky New Orleans R&B, brass band, zydeco, gospel, roots rock and boogie... at the the Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA.

The Mardi Gras Mambofest show by Rhythmtown–Jive is a celebration of many styles of New Orleans music: from the rhythm & blues of Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns, through the lively 30's jazz of Louis Armstrong to the funk of the Meters. This combo has a long relationship with New Orleans music, having recorded many original compositions in that vein (one co-written with Zigaboo Modeliste of the Meters) and having backed Earl King and Lee Allen. Various members of the group have also worked with Dr. John, Ernie–K–Doe, Queen Ida, Gary “U. S.” Bonds, Johnny Adams, Herb Hardesty, Zigaboo Modeliste and Leo Nocentelli. The annual Mardi Gras Mambofest shows on or around Fat Tuesday have drawn rave reviews and capacity crowds anticipating a wild and festive occasion with bead-tossing, outrageous costumes, and even second line parading of the Rhythmtown–Jive Marching Brass. This show has appeared multiple times at BGP's famed "New Orleans By The Bay."

Many in the San Francisco Bay Area and up and down the West Coast may be familiar with the "....shoutin' and honkin' jump-jive..." of the traditional small combo version of Rhythmtown-Jive (once Five Guys Named Mo), but the Mardi Gras Mambofest show adds the famed vocal stylings of Rahni Raines (John Waite, Rick James, Kingfish), the Towering Trombone of Mike Rinta (Sly & the Family Stone, Jimmy Vaughn), and the Boss Tenor Sax of Ken "Snakebite" Jacobs (Frankie Ford, Kinky Friedman, New Orleans Nightcrawlers).

With vocal duets and harmonies as well as hard-driving sax–based instrumentals, the Mardi Gras Mambofest features original compositions inspired in the New Oreans tradition as well as the music of Fats Domino, Dr. John, The Neville Brothers, Clifton Chenier, Shirley & Lee, Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas, Paul Gayten, Little Richard (yes, his big hits were all from New Orleans), Kidd Jordan, Charlie & Inez Foxx, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Professor Longhair, Lee Dorsey, Frankie Ford, Barbara George, and Smiley Lewis.

The Band Features

TIM ESCHLIMAN• bass, vocals, percussion
KEVIN ZUFFI • vocals, keyboards
MICHAEL PELOQUIN • tenor sax, harmonica, vocals
MIKE RINTA • trombone

...plus Special Guests the "K-Girls" of BIG BANG BEAT: 
K-Girls are-
Keta Bill
Katie Guthorn
Kathy Kennedy

BIG BANG BEAT is a the legendary San Francisco based review that perform favorites of the 60′s Motown sound and the fabulous funk of the 70′s through to dance hits from the 80’s and 90’s. They are lead by dazzling female singers decked out in sequined dresses, plus a crack horn section, a precision choreographed stage show, and a zany, non-stop energy that has made this highly acclaimed band a virtual fixture at clubs, conventions, fund-raisers and corporate and private parties throughout the U.S.A., and now increasingly around the globe.

Special Notes

Tickets cost: $15.00 - $17.00. Venue Information: Sweetwater Music Hall, 19 Corte Madera Ave., Mill Valley, CA, 94941