The Jonny Mogambo Band
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The Jonny Mogambo Band has been playing throughout Colorado, nationally, and internationally for over twenty years now.You can always catch Jonny Mogambo in the wintertime slopeside performing his high energy solo acoustic act from Vail and Telluride to Aspen and Summit County, Colorado. Or, you may find the Jonny Mogambo Band throughout the club scene in any of its forms from the three piece power trio to the nine piece funk rock rhythm and groove band.
The ski season of 2013/2014 was incredible with huge amounts of snow and great shows all season long at Garfinkels in Lionshead and McCoy's in Beaver Creek. I played some mid winter show in Todos Santos Mexico north of Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific side. It was huge surf, lots of tunes on remote beaches and a cool festival with Peter Buck from REM headlining with lots of cool Mexican bands, good times and a cool surf, oceanside, mountainbiking, hiking the moutains, just what you need in the middle of winter kind of vibe. Yea!
I have great summer lined up for 2014 with gigs from Toronto Canada, Cocoa Beach Florida, Tulsa Ok, Chicago, Northern Michigan and all over Colorado. Please check the calender for recent dates and I hope to see you out there.
Jonny Mogambo History and Great Stories
It's was spring/summer 2013 and we had some great shows and parties lined up and a new Cd out. It's titled "Jonny Mogambo Band - Best of...So Far."We had some great shows lined up for the summer of 2013 from weddings in Colorado to private parties in Dallas, TX, Chicago, Northern Michigan, Madison Ohio, Grand Lake OK, Toronto Canada and Cocoa Beach Florida. You can always reach out to us on Facebook or to order Cd's and book for parties email us at, Jonnymogambo@comcast.net. Whether it's Colorado or Nationwide, it's Mogambo. From Mozart to Mambo, Mo'betta, Mogambo.
Some highlights for 2012/2013 were some excellent parties all over Colorado and nationwide. Stops in Clarksdale Miss., Memphis TN, Charleston SC and Jekyll Island Georgia made for an interesting June. We re-united with Taj Mahal bass player Bill Rich for a great party at the Lazy J Ranch in the Vail valley. Some highlights from past performances where runs through Chicago, Michigan and Madison Wisconsin for mad party in mad town where I got to ride an elephant into the party. Mark that one off the bucket list! Please see the calender for recent and upcoming dates.
It was a great winter for the 2012 season that saw the band doing some great local shows in the Vail valley and Jonny Mogambo playing slopeside five days a week at Garfinkel's in Lionshead and Pepi's in the village. In the spring of 2011 we opened up for Buckwheat Zydeco for the Carnivail festival and we also opened for the Grey Boy Allstars for the Spring Back to Vail concert series.
The Jonny Mogambo Band has toured extensively in the United States and around the world. They have made stops in Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Spain and have played USO tours throughout Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
The fall of 2010 and winter of 2011 have benn incredible with stops in Atlanta,GA., Chicago, Il., Toronto Canada, Cocoa Beach Florida, Lawrence,KS., ., Northern MI., and all over Colorado. In September the Jonny Mogambo solo acoustic rock show debuted at the Telluride Blues and Brews festival playing a "tweener set" before Dana Fuchs band, Jimmie Vaugh and George Thorogood. It was great to play before an audience of six thousand people and get them moving with the Jonny Mogambo solo acoustic rock show. Other highlights this summer and fall where great stops in Toronto Canada for the Camastra summer lake festival and oceanside in Cocoa Beach Florida playing the warm up concert series for the Kelly Slater surf series. Overall, 2010 and 2011 have been a mad wirlwind playing great shows all over the country.
Check out this interview live with Jonny Mogambo slopeside on TV 8 in Vail closing week during the Spring Back to Vail concerts and end of season fesitvities.
Here is an interview I did prior to the band playing the Taste of Vail 2012 at the Cascade Ballroom.
We had some great dates in December and ended the 2010 year playing a New Years Eve date at The Glenmoor country club in Denver. The bass player Bill Rich from the Taj Mahal band joined us for this and with Kyle Comerford on drums and Andrew Vogt on the saxophones, it was a night to remember. Jonny Mogambo is also back to five nights a week in the Vail Valley during his winter time 2011 stay in the mountains. Check out the Calender page for all upcoming show.
When Taj Mahal came through town in the spring of 2009, it was great to hang with Taj and the rythm section of Bill Rich and Kester Smith, two alumni of the Jonny Mogambo Band. Bill played with the band for six years before going back on the road with Taj Mahal and it is a real treat to hang with one of our early idols and we give thanks to Mr. Bill Rich for making the introduction. We also caught up with Bill Rich at the Blues and Brews festival in Telluride this summer where Bill played a Saturday event with the Jonny Mogambo band and then Sunday we hung out back stage with Taj Mahal, Bonnie Rait and some great artists from around the world. There is an incredible vibe in Telluride and The Jonny Mogambo Band brings this with them wherever they go.
We played BB Kings in Memphis on a tour of the Delta hitting Oxford Mississippi and stopping for a spiritual experience at the crossroads in Clarksdale Mississippi playing Morgan Freeman's club Ground Zero in the hometown of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Son House to name a few. We where flown to Las Vegas to play the House Of Blues at Mandalay Bay. We where treated as rock star royalty as we where picked up on the runway in our own private limosine and later rocked the room at the House of Blues. It was a night that all involved will remember. And a highlight from late 2008 was hanging out and talking for hours with BB King after his show at the Volar center in Beaver Creek. It was amazing to share stories and our love and passion for music and the life it has created for all of us!
If you have not seen the new lineup for the Jonny Mogambo Band, get out and check it out as they have added female vocals and horns to the power guitar, bass, and drum funk trio.
Jonny Mogambo has released five CD's, four of which are still available on-line on I tunes and in stores. The easiest way to order Cd's is right here on this web site at the store page. We have a new Cd out titled "Jonny Mogamb Solo Acoustic Rock Show." As it says, it is six song compilation of the solo looping technique that Jonny plays in all his solo shows. The CD, "Songs for Lovers, Drunks & Politicians", released in late 2008, has already sold well and received air play in Colorado, Chicago, IL., Texas, and Maryland. To check out the CD and T-shirts, go to the store page. For recent concert information and showtimes, check out the calendar page or just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get details. Please come out and check out Jonny Mogambo. "Seeing you all out there on the road and in Colorado that's what makes the world go round!
Peace and Love,