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 SpanX Show/Holiday Party & Jam
JOIN US IN THIS GREAT PERFORMANCE VENUE IN DTLA! VIETNEMESE-VEGETARIAN
Early Holiday Party and show/jam with Mama SpanX special guests and friends! $15/pp cover $20 per couple and receive free signed copy of STATE of GROOVE! R&B, FUNK & SOUL NIGHT! Mama SpanX LIVE Holiday Celebration!
An evening of original “old school” R&B, Funk & Soul with Special Guests & Jam! "If you revel in the soul-funk-pop of the likes of Tower of Power, James Brown and Sly & The Family Stone, you will find much to appreciate here." Blues Blast Magazine http://mamaspanx.com/ 818 599 3292 FOR RESERVATIONS HIGHLY RECOMMENED!!! Tickets:http://www.saturdaynightjazzdtla.com/events-tickets
Mama SpanX LIVE plus World Class Jam
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 special guests, too, There is no cover and stay for the World Class Jam after our sets. Featuring Steve Johnson, Ben Beckley, Harlan Spector, Steve Sadd, David Abercrombie, Julie Sax, Russ Mullens and Nikki Armstrong.
Mama SpanX Show w/ guests & World Class Jam!
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 special guests, too, There is no cover and stay for the World Class Jam after our sets. Featuring Steve Johnson, Ben Beckley, Harlan Spector, Steve Sadd, David Abercrombie, Julie Sax and Nikki Armstrong.
Mama SpanX LIVE Dance & Listening Party
Get your GROOVE on with Mama SpanX LIVE! An “OLD SCHOOL” Funky dance & listening party! Featuring Nikki Armstrong, Steve Sadd, Julie Sax, Steve Johnson, Harlan Spector, David Abercrombie, Ben Beckley And Special Guests! JOE’S GREAT AMERICAN BAR & GRILL NO COVER –GREAT AMERICAN FOOD AND SPIRITS
Mama SpanX performing for ya! Come out and hear this fun funky group playing a night of groovin' dance tunes! Featuring Harlan Spector, Julie Sax, Steve Johnson, Steve Sadd, David Abercrombie, Ben Beckley and Nikki Armstrong and Special guest John Beedo Dzubak! No Cover in Casting Call Lounge, cool venue on first floor of the beautiful Burbank Holiday Inn
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