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.
Hailed as one of Baltimore's strongest songwriters, Letitia VanSant’s lyrics and songs are fortified by her distinct voice and sparse indie folk and Americana arrangements. Her first MammoJam performance will feature songs from her national debut Gut It To The Studs which is another critically acclaimed offering that includes winning the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition, (Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Anais Mitchell), the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest (Gold; Folk Category), Falcon Ridge (Emerging Artist), and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest (1st Alternate). We have been fans of Letitia and the message in her music for several years and are looking forward to her peformance on March 2nd!