The Gumbo Gumbas are “A delicious medley of authentic New Orleans Jazz with a side of Creole. We play live music that will make you happy and want to jump for joy. We get our influences from the city that started it all in American music, New Orleans and blend the elements of jazz, zydeco, R&B, country and rock into a big old fashioned southern stew. Our mission is to spread the vibe of NOLA up to the north. There are so many people who have not visited this great music city and we want to expose as many people as we can to the magic that is New Orleans Mardi Gras.”
The Gumbo Gumbas play original compositions and traditional music from the early 1900’s. Our influences are Louis Armstrong, Louie Prima, the great swing bands of the 30’s & 40’s. Along with playing the classic songs of that time period, we offer a history lesson to our audience by talking in-between numbers and telling stories pertaining to the music and the history of New Orleans when the songs were first composed. The music is cross generational, fun to dance to and great to listen to. Our show is great for community concerts and educational institutions as well as dances and special occasions like weddings and birthday parties.
This band was formed as a result of my many pilgrimages to the New Orleans for Jazzfest and French Quarter Fest. My love for the city, the people, food, music, art, and general vibe has inspired me to try and bring some of this culture up north. I am always amazed at how many people from the north have never been to New Orleans or have no idea what the experience of NOLA is like. As a kid I was influenced by Louis Armstrong and Louie Prima. People often associate New Orleans with the French but there was also a very strong Italian presence in the French Quarter. My vision for this band is to bring together many elements of Louisiana music: Zydeco, Dixieland, funk, blues, into one cohesive sound that I like to call Zydeland. I hope that you enjoy listening and dancing to this music as much as I have playing it.
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