Nominated for: BEST Local Bands
Ask the members of Mumbo Gumbo what they call the music they've been developing for 16 years, and you're likely to get blank stares, confusion, and eventually, laughter. The fact is, they have no idea what to call it. But their growing grass-roots legion of fans at music festivals from the Bay area to the Sierra to Reno and even as far as the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas don't hesitate: It's Gumbo! As their name implies, there's New Orleans' second line and rhythm and blues, sure. But also, there's driving rockabilly and country waltzes. Singer/songwriter-style ballads. Ass-shaking cumbias. Edgy blues rock. Afro-Cuban trance singalongs. Conga-line-inspiring whachamacallits . Mutant gypsy folk.