Multi-SAMMIE Winning Band. Multi-Best of Sacramento awards. The band won the SAMMIE award as best Sacramento-area band for nine consecutive years until they retired from competition so other bands could have a chance to win. Originally called the "Spydels", the band changed its name in 1991 to "Mumbo Gumbo" to reflect its New Orleans and Carribean musical influences. They have released eight CDs on Ruby Records, a Davis-based record label, including their newest "Fun Pac", released in May 2009.
As this band's web page describes the music:
...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.
Mumbo Gumbo plays clubs, fairs, festivals, and nightclubs, and their music was used on a couple of episodes of "Northern Exposure." The band played twice annually at the Palms Playhouse for years and continues that tradition at the Palms in Winters.
The band's founder, Davis resident Billy Fairfield, puts on the annual "Home for the Holidays" Christmas music show fundraiser at the Veterans Memorial Theater for the Davis School Arts Program.