Mama SpanX is a multi – member soul/rock/funk group made up of highly experienced and virtuoso musicians from the various musical genres. With strong influences by artists/bands such as Tower of Power, James Brown, Gladys Knight and Ike and Tina Turner the bands musical emphasis is on strong melodies/lyrics and grooves that at the same time highlight and feature the individual players as well as an exciting stage show. 

Mama SpanX  Background: 
Leader/singer/songwriter and New York Blues Hall of Fame vocalist Nikki Armstrong, known for her soulful vocals and high energy performances, got the concept while collaborating over several years with Soul/Jazz Guitarist/Producer Melvin Sparks. Melvin, a major influence on the jam band scene, came up with the name "Mama SpanX ". After Melvin’s passing in 2011 and then performing all over the eastern seaboard and abroad, Nikki finally began forming the band in 2015. 
The first artist to join was Drummer/composer/arranger Ben Beckley. Nikki and Ben had collaborated previously, songwriting and producing in LA before Nikki relocated to New York. 
Dixie Frog recording artist/Blues guitarist Steve Johnson and his girlfriend, Latin/Jazz Saxophonist Julie Sax then joined. The couple and Nikki had played together frequently on the New York scene before Steve and Julie relocated to the LA area. 
To contribute to the soul and gospel aspects of the band, three prominent fixtures on the LA Blues and R&B scene, Saxophonist Steve Sadd, Trumpet/Trombonist Russ Mullen and Keyboard/Organist Harlan Spector became the next assets to the group bringing their chops and versatility. 
The search for the ideal bottom end to the group took almost 6 months. Six string fret-less Bassist, David Abercrombie added the perfect pocket for the band! 
This 8 pieces team of like-minded musicians forms the main core of Mama SpanX. See Bio page for more info Nikki and the SPANKERS!


"Mama" featured Big City R &B AUG-Sept Issue & 2017 Comp CD! 

Big Interview w/ Nikki Armstrong in latest issue and Summer of Love Comp CD just released.

And we are in GREAT company here! You can pick up a copy free when you subscribe or renew to the best R&B music mag in the world!

More Airplay Mama! 

We'd like to officially SPANK all the wonderful Dee Jay''s around the globe for playing are "Old School" trax!

In 6 days Mama SpanX STATE of GROOVE had 5 ALBUM features almost back to back!

STATE of GROOVE is Everywhere! 

 State of Groove is getting picked up a played all over the world!

Of the Top 50 AirPlay Direct downloads= Blues / Jazz / R&B Albums - for July 10th 2017) Charted #4 last week for State of Groove and now #5 for this month! Top 20 for singles too! APD Global Radio Indicator Charts ™ .

AND we had 5 album features in one week. These stations, U.S. and other countries, playing 3 to 4 cuts at a time and 2 stations playing 8 or more in one show!


New State of Groove Review! 

"They deliver old-school funk at its best: hot, emotional, spiritual, bluesy, and joyful. With State of Groove, Mama SpanX brings us a music too often missing from today’s soundscape." 

Thomas M. Kitts St. John’s University  

Check out the whole review here:

Mama SpanX "Dance Your Ass Off" night! Apr. 22, 2017 Holiday Inn Burbank 

Yep...doing a thang!  Gonna make you dance your butt off all night but also taping for content! Dancers unite and be part of the video; Mama SpanX "Bring back the Old School Explosion!" Bring your best dance moves and groove to MX Originals from "State of Groove" and our versions of some of the best old R&B and Funk! Get your CD signed, get a digital download card for only $5 at the event!
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Mama SpanX Show and World Class Jam

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Ventura Music , 11268 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, California 91604

Get into the State of Groove with Mama SpanX LIVE! We will be playing song from the CD, our reditions of our favorite covers, new tunes and


DOORS OPEN AT & 7:30, EVENT/Show starts at 8pm Food and wine and beer....musical opener at 8 pm and 9pm is Mama SpanX set. There is no cover and stay for the World Class Jam after our sets. Featuring Steve Johnson, Ben Beckley, Harlan Spector, Steve Sadd, Russ Mullen, David Abercrombie, Julie Sax and Nikki Armstrong.

Parking across street for a few bucks...