As MammoJam enters its 15th year it's fitting that we continue that legacy of local music with the The Ursula Ricks Project, 33 West, Roses n Rust, and our great friends the Reserves.
Over our first 14 years MammoJam's success is due, in great part, to the generosity of the local and national music community. From Trombone Shorty, to Big Sam's Funky Nation, Erin McEweon, and the Virginia Coalition MammoJam has proudly presented some of the top emerging bands in the country to Baltimore's famed 8x10 stage.
This year we celebrate MammoJam's roots with WTMD and Baltimore's talented local artists who have taken the stage to support breast cancer treatment and screening for women in their own great city. Our local music tradition started with the Grilled Lincoln's and has included the Bridge, Nelly's Echo, The Reserves, Ellen Cherry, Caleb Stine, June Star, and Old Man Brown to name a few.
As MammoJam enters its 15th year it's fitting that we continue that legacy of local music with the Spirit Parade, Brooks Long and Mad Dog No Good, and our great friends Roses n Rust.
Ursula Ricks is the most sought out female blues artist on the east coast. Known by many for her 4th Saturday live sets at the Cat’s Eye and more recently, as the host of the Cat’s Eye Blues Jam, Ursula has also gained renown as a songwriter with a keen eye that taps into the reality of growing up in the city and our collective search for justice. Her CD "My Street" on the Severn Record's label is a catalogue of songs that each has it's own way of hitting you square in the jaw with questions like 'where has this woman been?' and 'when can I hear her again?' MammoJam is honored to have Ursula back for her 5th festival performance.
Roses n Rust was founded on a chance meeting during one of guitarist Russ Causey's solo gigs when lead singer Anna B. took the mic for a Sheryl Crow cover. The result is a full band that blends contemporary and classic rock with a soul and sensibility that makes Roses n Rust feel like you've been listening to them right next door your whole life. And in a sense, we have been through their headlining role at the annual Hoodstock Music Festival and their monthly gig at Sobo Café.
From pop to soul to R&B the world class musicians of 33 West will once again come together to bring the entire 8x10 back to their feet for their second MammoJam performance.
In late 2003 MammoJam was a great idea with a little momentum and no bands. That changed when Dave Greksouk enthusiastically agreed to bring the Reserves to our inaugural festival making them MammoJam’s first band. As their catalogue expanded with acclaimed albums, Where Have All the Dreamers Gone and Life so did their influence. They were featured XMU's R/A/D/A/R Report as one of the top unsigned artists in the country and played shows from Charlotte to New York. Over their 5 performances the Reserves not only provided musical stability and depth, they made MammoJam a regional festival, bringing us a steady lineup of DC and Northern Virginia artists like No Second Troy, Virginia Coalition, Vikki Nova, and Nicki Gonzales. And for that they are one of our most important bands. We are excited to have them back to showcase their honest lyrics and well crafted songs from their entire catalogue and their new release, Weekend Love Affair.