|CHRIS STILLWELL, Bass
| WILL BERNARD, Guitar
TJ Kirk, Frequinox)
|CHUCK PRADA, Percussion
Black Eyed Peas)
|COCHEMEA GASTELUM, Sax
20th Congress & F4)
|Erik Bolivar, Drums
'Motherlode' is a Greasy Soul Funk all star band which features
what are considered
some of the hottest
musicians on the Jam-Jazz-Funk scene today. This band was brought
together by Cochemea Gastelum and Boom Boom Room (S.F.) for its
first manifestation as a group in October 2005 for Boom Boom
Room Presents Katrina Benefit Festival ("Frequinox Music Festival").
It is an evolved
creation drawing its members and origin from the band 'MOTHERLODE'
which had originally began in the mid nineties as part of a D.J.
night at the original Casbah in San Diego.
What started out as an underground hang for local hipsters and
vinyl junkies, quickly became a collective of young(some too
young to drink),punk rock/funk musicians playing solos to 60's
and 70's funk and boogaloo records. Soon after, Motherlode was
formed as the house band, playing live versions of rare, classic
soul and funk. Soon, they were packing the club and gaining recognition
quickly. The members, at one time or another, included: Robert
Walter, Zak Najor, Cochemea " Cheme" Gastelum, Chris
Stillwell, Printz Board and Brian Jordan.
AND now… Motherlode' has quickly surfaced and made a huge splash with an ever
escalating 'buzz' surrounding their recent shows in SF. They
are necessarily the band to see if you are a fan of solid groove
music and electric Funk Rhythms that don't stop comin' at ya!
Without hesitation in dropping into its eclectic mix of fiery
tunes by legendary forefathers of Funk and Soul-Jazz such as
Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jimmy Smith and David Fathead Newman, 'Motherlode' absolutely took the crowd by its ears and propelled these
elated revelers into an awe induced trance that brought the entire
audience of over 600 revelers to its feet in a dance frenzy that
lasted the entire show! To say that this band "nailed it" is
a massive understatement of accolades.
Blending Soul-Jazz, Funk and Afro-Beat with Rock and Fused with
an endless onslaught of perfectly placed solos which the band
trades effortlessly from one outstanding body-moving groove to
the next, Motherlode has already earned top marks with the
S.F. music community and has launched itself into the realm of
the modern greats of these genre-blending bands such as GALACTIC,
GREYBOY ALLSTARS and OZOMATLI.
This sensational group of musicians which hail under the name
'Motherlode' dazzles its crowds with a blend of songs, musical
styles and sounds uniquely their own. Hailing from such bands
as GREYBOY ALLSTARS, ROBERT WALTERS 20th CONGRESS, BLACK-EYED
PEAS, TJ KIRK, GARAJ MAHAL, The FUGEES and LETTUCE, the individual
members of Motherlode are at the top of their game.
Collectively this band of musicians is a wonder to see and should
you be so lucky to do so, it is adamantly advised that you catch
this band now: As they are on a fast –track upwards towards
stardom. "This is an Old-school Funky-Ass All-Pro Groovin'
Unit together as 'Motherlode' throwin' it down in the pocket
so tight: you can't even begin to fathom what energy they emit
from the stage with their music…but you certainly dare
not miss it."