Moes Alley Santa Cruz Nightclub
Mama Magnolia + Redlight District
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Wednesday, October 11th
Rock & Soul Double Bill
8:30 PM, Doors Open 8:00 PM, $7 advance, $10 day of show,

Moe's Alley presents a Rock & Souol double bill with MAMA MAGNOLIA (Denver Colorado) & THE REDLIGHT DISTRICT (Santa Cruz).

ABOUT MAMA- Mama Magnolia is your guide through a groovy and dangerous musical landscape. Their sound pushes musical boundaries while capturing the ear, touching the soul and moving the body. Their powerful blend of groovy rhythms, explosive horn lines, captivating melodies and soulful lyrics will invite you to want more. With a love of shifting meters, polyrhythmic structure, evolving harmonies and complex dynamic shape, they let the music guide them to create danceable and undeniably deep music that is tasty soul candy to those who hear it.

This crew from Denver, CO pulls inspiration from each of their personal genre influences and brings it to the table to create the intertwining and captivating sound that they call home. Soul, rock, jazz, hip-hop, classical - itís in there somewhere. Mama Magnolia finds a way to sneak it in. They want to create music to make your body move and your brain think, but mostly, they want to give you the gift of music. Every show, every event, every gathering of any kind is a family gathering with Mama Magnolia - and the kitchen is full of music, dancing, singing and making noise from the rooftops!

The majority of Mama Magnolia met in music school and played in a variety of musical settings - from big bands to Indian dance class. Then singer, Megan Letts, brought forth the proposition of going steady with this stellar group of humans and musicians. "There was something magical about when the six of us plugged in and played for the first time. No. It was just magic," recalls Megan. And they took that magic and ran! 

ABOUT REDLIGHT- The Redlight District is a psychedelic rock and roll quartet from Santa Cruz, California. The band is comprised of Stephan Sams (vocals), Ravi Lamb (lead guitar), Dan Leitner (keyboards), and Keoki Thompson (drums). Their frenetic live performances blend elements of delta blues, jazz melody, and soul, weaving meticulously embellished, percussive guitar lines with dynamically intricate rock-organ. Thompson brings a relentless battery of off-kilter beats to the table, locking-in with Leitner's bass hooks. These provide a backdrop for Sams' baritone croon, which moves from tranquil melody into manic wails.

The band was formed by singer Stephan Sams in Marina, Ca. After a fateful chance-meeting with the Doorsí guitarist Robby Krieger during which he charged Stephan with starting a band of his own, Sams began a quartet featuring a guitarist, a drummer, and a keyboardist, allowing for his poetry to take flight into motion. Drawing from his roots, many of the first songs were blues-driven vignettes about the poverty and violence he witnessed growing up in Salinas. This lead him to name the band after the infamously dangerous part of town where he spent parts of his youth. Quickly moving to Santa Cruz with close to nothing, he endured seasons of homelessness to become immersed in an artistic community. After several iterations, this eventually afforded the permanent members of the band. Stephan met keyboardist Dan Leitner through fellow musicians upon his arrival from New Jersey. Berklee- graduated guitarist Ravi Lamb joined after meeting the two at a church-turned-co-op. Soon after, fellow Hawaiian transplant to Lamb and determined drummer Keoki Thompson signed on as a hired gun introduced by Leitner, only to remain after the first show together revealed the completion of the band.

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