**PAPA MALI's GROOVY GETDOWN** [ft. PAPA MALI, BOBBY VEGA (of Sly & Family Stone, Tower of Power), JAY LANE (of Primus, Further), WIL BLADES (of Stanton Moore Trio), DAVE SHUL (of Spearhead)] + *DR MOJO* + *DJ K-OS*

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  • Ticket Price: $15.00
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Show Type: Funk
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
  • Where: Boom Boom Room 1601 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115
 "All-Star Funk Rock Music Legends together at BooM BooM to Throwdown the New Orleans swamp rock n west coast soul boogie" 
**PAPA MALI's
GROOVY GETDOWN**

PAPA MALI - Guitar/Vocals (7 Walkers, Bill Kreutzman)
BOBBY VEGA - Bass (Sly & Family Stone, Tower Of Power)
JAY LANE - Drums (Primus, Further, Electric Beethoven)
WIL BLADES - Hammond B3 (Stanton Moore Trio, Switch Hitters)
DAVE SHUL - Guitar (Spearhead, Atta Kid)

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*DR. MOJO*
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*DJ K-OS*



**PAPA MALI**
Papa Mali (born Malcolm Helm Welbourne in Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 6,1957) is a New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. He has been a touring musician and recording artist for decades. Yet, he is probably best known as the front man for 7 Walkers, a band formed in 2009 that includes three musical icons: Grateful Dead founding member and drummer Bill Kreutzmann, The Meters’ founding bassist, George Porter Jr. and lyricist Robert Hunter, who penned most of the Grateful Dead’s classic catalog (along with the late Jerry Garcia) and now co-writes much of 7 Walkers material with Welbourne. Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and Willie Nelson collaborator, Matt Hubbard completes the line up. Their self-titled debut was released to critical acclaim in November of 2010. Papa Mali is also known for his own live performances and recorded output, most notably his two albums for Fog City Records (2000’s Thunder Chicken and 2007’s Do Your Thing), both produced by Dan Prothero and the latter featuring some of New Orleans’ most legendary musicians. His work as a producer includes 7 Walkers (Response, 2010), The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster (Blue Corn, 2007) and records by Lavelle White, Omar and the Howlers, Wendy Colonna, The Greyhounds and others.

 
**JAY LANE**
(Drums of Further, Primus, Ratdog, Electric Beethoven)
Jay Lane is an American drummer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a founding member of Furthur, Electric Beethoven as well as the Golden Gate Wingmen with John Kadlecik, Jeff Chimenti, and Reed Mathis. Bob Weir's RatDog, Scaring the Children with Weir and Rob Wasserman, Jay's Happy Sunshine Burger Joint, and the hip hop/jazz fusion band Alphabet Soup. He was one of the first drummers of Primus, playing with the band for around eight months in 1988 and later rejoining the band from 2010-2013.

**BOBBY VEGA**
(Bassist of Sly & The Family Stone, Tower Of Power)
In 1973 Bobby Vega started his professional career as a bass player (he was 16 years old) on Sly Stones’ single “I Get High on You.” A Bay Area musician’s musician Bobby has since played with artists ranging from Joan Baez to Etta James. Bobby filled in when legendary Tower of Power bass player Francis “Rocco” Prestia had to take some extended leave. Bobby’s resume is so impressive it puts him not only on stage with the greats, but after over four decades, has

made him a legend as well. Bobby was added to Bass Player Magazine’s Top 100 Bassists of all time in 2017. He made the cover of Bass Player Magazine in 2016. Bobby wrote a column for Bass Player from 2014 to 2016.

Bobby was recognized in the May 2010 Bass Player Magazine commemorating on the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Jazz Bass. “Bobby Vega is that good. “Put-the-bass-away-work-at-the-gas- station” good.”” – Kenna Shaw, BadAssBassPlayer.com Aug 2009 “Hold on to your hats! Are you listening? Here it goes... Bobby Vega is the worlds most insanely bad-ass bass player. You see what he does and sometimes the notes you hear and the movements he makes don't make sense. Then you ask yourself, "Self? How did he do that?" That's why he's Bobby Vega, and we aren't.” Jim Dunlop Picks, USA September 2009
Voted #1 Favorite Video in Bass Player TV 2008 AND 2009 Readers Polls

**WIL BLADES**
(Hammond B3 & Keys of Stanton Moore Trio, Dr. Lonnie Smith)
From cookin’ with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum internationally. He has been named “Rising Star” for organ in the Downbeat critics poll every year since 2006. Wil has been wowing audiences with groups such as “O.G.D.,” “Amendola Vs. Blades”, “Stanton Moore Trio”, “Steppin” and Billy Martin Wil Blades Duo". In 2007 Blades released his much anticipated debut record, “Sketchy”, on Doodlin’ Records. In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Billy Martin, Anders Osborne, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Betty Joplin, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others.

**DAVE SHUL**

(guitar of SpearHead)

Original Guitarist of Michael Franti & Spearhead for over 10 years.  Also guitarist of The Congas and Atta Kid.  Incindiary style, brash rockin' with a tinge of Jazz Pop Fusion... Dave Shul is at the top of his game when it comes to pluckin' 'n F$%k#n sh#t up!

**DR MOJO**
Dr. Mojo has played over 300 shows all around the San Francisco Bay Area over the past 10 years, building a faithful following of fans who love to spend an evening with some good-time soul, funk and R&B, Dr. Mojo-style.

*DJ K-OS*
(of P-Funk Allstars fame)

"K-OS, the house DJ since 2013, is filled with energy."
Spread out over a red booth is a trove of jewel cases and vinyl sleeves from nearly three decades at his craft. He picks up a signed copy of George Clinton’s “R&B Skeletons in the Closet” and flips it over to show his name on the album. Next, he finds The Digital Underground’s “Sex Packets” in a stack of CDs and reminisces about his work on their hit song “The Humpty Dance.” He rifles through eras and genres, seamlessly mixing in stories and wardrobe changes that include the retelling of a battle with DJ Qbert and the donning of a black cape bequeathed to him by Clinton. Two turn tables and a mixer sit behind him. There is no cutting-edge technology in sight. “The original computer,” he said, pointing to his head. 

Beyond the task of sifting through his catalog of original and remixed music just to switch out CDs, never mind forming a cohesive track, K-OS has learned to mesh his encyclopedic knowledge with a live band’s sound to add another layer to the audience’s experience. 

“I think of it as making a mix tape for the entire night,” he explained. “I listen to the sound checks and go off that to find the vibe and give the night a flow.”

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  • Papa Mali

    Papa Mali

    PAPA MALI
    (Guiar - vocals - Swamp Funk Rock)
    is a New Orleans based, American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer.
    Papa Mali is known for his own standout shows, as well as maybe best known for his work with 7 Walkers with Bill Kreutzmann of the Dead and currently with the M&M's with Medeski and Stanton Moore and Robert Mercurio of Galactic.  We can share a link for the new record if you would like to hear it (produced by John Chelew who produced a number of records for The Blind Boys of Alabama, Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, and Charlie Musslewhite among many others).


    Papa Mali’s next album is set for release on March 17 via 429 Records. He recorded Music Is Love at The Living Room in New Orleans with producer John Chelew (Blind Boys of Alabama, Vic Chesnutt, Richard Thompson and John Hiatt)

  • BOBBY VEGA

    BOBBY VEGA

    BOBBY VEGA
    (Bassist Legend - of Sly & The Family Stone, Tower Of Power)
    Bobby has been playing and creating for over 4 decades.
    In 1973 Bobby Vega started his professional career as a bass player (he was 16 years old) on Sly Stones’ single “I Get High on You.”
    A Bay Area musician’s musician Bobby has since played with artists ranging from Joan Baez to Etta James. Bobby filled in when legendary Tower of Power bass player Francis “Rocco” Prestia had to take some extended leave.
    Bobby’s resume is so impressive it puts him not only on stage with the greats, but after over four decades, has made him a legend as well. Bobby was added to Bass Player Magazine’s Top 100 Bassists of all time in 2017.
    He made the cover of Bass Player Magazine in 2016. Bobby wrote a column for Bass Player from 2014 to 2016. Bobby was recognized in the May 2010 Bass Player Magazine commemorating on the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Jazz Bass.
     
    “Bobby Vega is that good.’Put-the-bass-away-work-at-the-gas- station’ good.”” – -Kenna Shaw, BadAssBassPlayer.com Aug 2009
     
    “Hold on to your hats! Are you listening? Here it goes... Bobby Vega is the worlds most insanely bad-ass bass player. You see what he does and sometimes the notes you hear and the movements he makes don't make sense. Then you ask yourself, "Self? How did he do that?" That's why he's Bobby Vega, and we aren't.”
    -Jim Dunlop Picks, USA September 2009
    Voted #1 Favorite Video in Bass Player TV 2008 AND 2009 Readers Polls
     


  • JAY LANE

    JAY LANE

    JAY LANE
    (Drummer - of Primus, Further, Electric Beethoven +)

    Jay Lane (born December 5, 1964) is an American drummer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a founding member of Furthur, as well as the Golden Gate Wingmen with John KadlecikJeff Chimenti, and Reed MathisBob Weir's RatDog, Scaring the Children with Weir and Rob Wasserman, Jay's Happy Sunshine Burger Joint, and the hip hop/jazz fusion band Alphabet Soup. He was one of the first drummers of Primus, playing with the band for around eight months in 1988 and later rejoining the band from 2010-2013.

    In 2002, Lane was named "drummer of the year" by the California Music Awards.

  • WIL BLADES Hammond B3

    WIL BLADES Hammond B3

    WIL BLADES 
    (Hammond B3 & Keys)
    Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area’s first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the world. For several years, he has been named in the Downbeat critics poll under “Rising Star” for organ. Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and “Groove” Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. Wil has performed and recorded with John Lee Hooker, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Karl Denson, Will Bernard, Charlie Hunter, Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne Scott Amendola and many others.
      Over the past fifteen years, Blades has grown to be one of the most in-demand organ players on the Bay Area scene. In addition to leading his own trio, he works regularly in duo situations with drummers Billy Martin (Medeski Martin and Wood) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers); and in trios led by guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Stanton Moore. He’s performed and recorded with a host of jazz and blues greats including Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Donald Harrison, Nicholas Payton, Karl Denson, Charlie Hunter, Jason Marsalis, Herlin Riley, and many others.
      Not long after Blades’ arrival in California, Dr. Lonnie Smith came to town to play a week of shows at the renowned club Yoshi’s with fellow organ great Jimmy McGriff. “I went to every single set,” Blades says. “The music was so soulful, it was addictive.” Finally mustering the nerve to approach Dr. Lonnie, Blades found an eager mentor; the two continue to play duo shows to this day.
      “A lot of older guys really want the music to be carried on, and the old school method was not jazz college, it was mentorship,” Blades says. “Lonnie has really taken me under his wing. It’s always an amazing experience to get to play with him; he really is one of my heroes.”

      From cookin' with Blues legend John Lee Hooker, organ summits with B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith, television and radio appearances, young Wil Blades is gaining critical acclaim and international recognition. Blades, a native Chicagoan, has become the San Francisco Bay Area's first call organist and is rapidly gaining momentum throughout the country. In 2007, he was named in the Downbeat critics poll under "Rising Star" for organ. For the past several years, Wil has been wowing Bay Area audiences with groups such as "O.G.D.," "Motherbug", "Amendola Vs. Blades", "Steppin'." In addition to performing with legendary artists such as John Lee Hooker and Dr. Lonnie Smith, Wil has performed and recorded with Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Joe Louis Walker, Don Braden, Betty Joplin, Will Bernard, Scott Amendola, Stanton Moore, Oscar Myers, Eddie Marshall, Herbie Lewis, and many others. Born in 1979, Wil began playing drums at the age of 8, guitar at 13, and then found his true calling on Hammond B-3 at 19. While studying Jazz at New College of California with Herbie Lewis, Wil landed weekly gigs at John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Room in San Francisco. Barely of legal age, veteran musicians, such as Oscar Myers, took him under their wings. Being self-taught on organ, the weekly gigs proved to be the best lessons of all. In the years since, Wil has received tutelage from Jazz Organ master, Dr. Lonnie Smith. "Yeah, he does it...he's on it. He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, [of] the B-3." Wil has kept the traditional sounds of Jimmy Smith, Larry Young, and "Groove" Holmes alive, while creating a more personal, modern sound. In Wil's words, "I feel indebted to the tradition and masters of the Hammond Organ, but while trying to keep it going, I'm also focused on bringing my contemporary influences to the table." His playing is rhythmic, funky and bluesy, yet his original compositions are harmonically intriguing and unique. Wil currently leads his own groups around the Bay Area and is dedicating his time to teaching the Hammond B-3 Organ privately and at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. Musical collaborations include groups with guitarist Will Bernard, Jazz legend Idris Muhammad and a duo project with drummer Scott Amendola.

    WHAT THEY BEEN SAYIN’ ABOUT WIL
     
    “Yeah, he does it...he’s on it. He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, [of] the B-3.”
    -Dr. Lonnie Smith
     
    "That boy's cookin'! That boy's cookin’!"
    -John Lee Hooker

    "With Field Notes, Blades joins other contemporary organ trios like Medeski, Martin and Wood by paying homage to the soulful roots of the sound while at the same time establishing himself as composer and performer firmly focused on the future at intersection of jazz and funk."
    -The Vinyl District

    "Field Notes is keenly focused yet brimming with ideas. It extends the B-3 trio tradition by using the rudiments of greasy tuneology in tandem with a wider jazzman's palette of colors and textures that creates new lyric possibilities for hip, funky grooves."
     -All Music

    “Wil Blades has to be one of the most promising cats on the music scene today. His pulsating, hard groovin’ style on the Hammond B-3 is reminiscent of many great players, but with a flair that is distinctly his own.”
    -Upcoming.org

    "Wil Blades is already a legend on the Hammond B-3 organ...On his debut album, Sketchy, released in August on Doodlin' Records, Blades showcases a smooth, funky sound that recalls heroes like Jimmy Smith without being slavishly derivative.“
    -SF Weekly