Sunday, November 16, 2008

Momma Fest 2008

by Tommy Thunderfoot

10 years ago an amazing thing happened in Charleston - that's right 10 years ago - the opening of Momma's Blues Palace. The joint was jumpin' every weekend and lotsa people got their education in the blues in that room. You never knew who would show up to jam there - Juke Joint Johnny, Smoky Weiner, Keith Namm, Pony Tail John - and those were just the local legends... Needless to say, it was a great time to be in Charleston over the next 6 years. When the club closed, it was an end to an era, launching the people who played on that stage,as well as the fans of the club, into the surrounding area trying to keep the music and vibe of the Palace alive. Momma and Dupree have entered into a semi-retired mode, waiting for their chance to pounce on the scene and breathe new life into a once thriving, art loving city. With the over abundance of cover bands, dj's, and karaoke, there's no time like now. It seems if you're not playing what the juke box is playing, you're not welcome in the music scene in Charleston. It's official, everybody is playing guitar hero, nobody's listening!!!!!!!

Flash forward to the present, some venues around town have closed their doors, others are on the verge of doing the same, cover bands are a dime a dozen, and creativity has taken a backseat to carbon copy garage bands. Is there no end to the madness????????

Enter one of the most amazing nights of music you've experienced in years, happening in a venue with a history including being the only place to party in town 'til the sun came up, and you have the revival of art in music - I'm gonna go out on a limb and call this - MOMMA FEST 2008!!!!!!!

Jo-Jo has been pounding away at the music scene here, growing, changing, writing and building a fan base for years, his band - the Voodoo Junkie's - do it like it oughta be done. Being the "Olympic sized gene pool" that he is, Momma and Dupree couldn't be more proud of their Legacy, also known as "the 401k plan." Come see what JoJo beez cookin' up!!!!!!

TT&A, what can I say,we have been around, made numerous changes, written too many songs to play in one night, and plan to hold up the tent poles for this revival as best we can. I learned to play by hangin' around this family and LISTENING!!!! One thing you can bet - WE AIN'T HOLDIN' NOTHIN' BACK!!!

Momma and Dupree - without them no JoJo, no Tommy Thunderfoot, no show!!!!!!! These are the two people you wanted to see every weekend because, even if they played the same song two weeks in a row, they gave it all they had to make it new and exciting - EVERY SONG,EVERY TIME!!!!!

They taught me the spirit of the jam, true musicianship, and when they thought I'd learned enough, set me on my own journey. I'll never be able to pay them back for what they've given me and helped me achieve. If you've heard them, talked to them, visited with them - ever-, then you know what I mean.

So, you're not just gonna get an amazing show Friday night, you're gonna see musical evolution - even the highest paid cover band in town can't give you that - well maybe if they filmed the show, then copied it later - that would be something, right?

Make your plans, tell your friends and neighbors,and bring your weary souls to the Oasis, this Friday night for the musical revival you'll be talkin' about for years to come. IT'S TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR TOWN FROM MEDIOCRITY AND MINDLESS BACKGROUND NOISE.WE NEED YOU TO SUPPORT CREATIVITY IN MUSIC AND LIFE BECAUSE YOU ARE THE WORLD AND WE ARE JUST THE PAINTERS.

*******MOMMA FEST 2008*******
*******MOMMA FEST 2008*******

See ya out there
The Oasis
788 Folly Raod
James Island

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