Zydeco Dance Party w/ Mo’ Mojo BLU goes Big Easy with Akron's-own "Pardi-Gras" flavored band, infusing Zydeco music with Americana, Cajun, reggae, funk & more! Come celebrate the sounds of New Orleans (the birthplace of jazz) at BLU!

Friday, February 23

Mo’ Mojo is a hard driving, high energy, “Pardi-Gras” Band. The female fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums. Songs are sung in English and French. The band takes Zydeco music and infuses it with Americana, Cajun, reggae, rock & roll, funk, R&B, and African and Latin rhythms.

Mo’ Mojo tours nationally and internationally, performing at festivals, dances, and venues in the Midwest, the East Coast, and the Carribean. They also serve as musical ambassadors with the U.S. State Department and/or the American Music Abroad Program to bring their brand of Zydeco to the following countries: Haiti and the Dominican Republic (2014); Belize, Panama, Mexico, Barbados, and Colombia (2015). As representatives of an American Art Form with Zydeco music, the band focuses on both performances and all age workshops.
Featuring Jen Maurer (vocals, accordions, guitar), Leigh Ann Wise (vocals, rubboard, percussion, guitar, trumpet), Anthony Papaleo (vocals, fiddle, guitar), Joe Golden (guitar, talk box), Darren Thompson (bass), Will Douglas (drums), and guest Sam Rettman (harp & sax).

8:00 pm


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