So, WHO THE HELL ARE THESE GUYS?

   Interested in hiring Mo'Jo Boogie?   You should read this, but we encouarge you to request a list of references from a long list of venues.

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A Little Background

 

Mo'Jo Boogie is a project band that came together in early 2014 to play benefit for a local non-profit. That event gave reason for these guys to try out what proved to be a fun combination of players. It was with that gig that encouraged them to cut enough time to continue rehearsing with the premise to do something special and fun even though everyone was already busy.  Each player brings a unique perspective to this project, creating a place to experiment with fun grooves, rhythms, genres and musical influences/attitudes. A place to pay homage to our heroes and to bring together a culmination of dynamic influences. Expect to be pulled from Jimmy Smith to the Funky Meters, from Art Blakey to WAR, from Tower of Power to Frank Sanatra, from Elvis to Southern Culture on the Skids, from Walter Trout to The Spinners... you catch my drift.

 

Recognizing that the players were pretty much all tied up as members of other bands, what they were creating would be something special and unique to come together for, something that would be targeted at special venues, events and festivals. You won't see them booked everywhere, all the time.  However, two years later, Mo'Jo Boogie continues to book special events and venues through the region and continues to build a dedicated following.   From the very beginning they connected on a very high musical level AND as respectful friends..., but mostly they just enjoy working together.
 
Their grooves center around Funk, Blues and R&B, stretching the boundaries with a little Elvis, Roots, Surf and Sinatra.  These guys are quickly becoming a SW Oregon attraction at festivals and special events. Catch a show and you'll know why, but bring your dancing shoes and be ready for a time!
 
Made up of some of the area's more popular musicians (Umpqua Valley in SE Oregon), they are each known as hard working players and for bringing a broad set of influences to the music.
 
Michael Paul - Lead Vocals and percussions  /  Michael Mendenhall - Keyboards and Vocals  /  Mickey Beach - Guitar and Vocals
Jeff Chastain - Bass and Backing Vocals  /  GT Albright - Drums and Backing Vocals  
 
 

Michael Paul

Born in LA 1969, Michael has been singing and playing guitar professionally from the age of 16 in various rock and blues bands.  He moved to Oregon in 1991 and studied classical voice under Steve Biethan for 3 years and learned many techniques which broadened his range and control. 

 

Known for his aggressive and sometimes raspy style,  Michael still maintains a smooth approach while delivering a powerful vocal performance filled with passion.

Michael joined Mo’Jo Boogie in February 2014 for the first time in his career as a front-man without his guitar.  The chemistry between Mo’Jo Boogie quickly clicked and Michael can’t recall playing with such a talented group of musicians. 

 

“The first time we got together, I knew this would be something special.  There’s not another group of guys I’d rather play with, and I hope we stay together for years to come.”

Mickey Beach

Mick has been one of the most recognized Rock Blues & Funk guitar players from the Umpqua Valley for decades.  Besides guitar, he has typically been the guy doing the organizing, promotions, and generally serves as chief cook and bottle washer. He’s had the opportunity to bring together some of Southwest Oregon's most talented musicians and the area's most popular local Blues, Funk and R&B bands. Along with longtime bandmate, Jeff Chastain (they have worked together for more than 30 years), they've had a long run of projects such as SBR & the Hornheads, MR DJT, The Spoilers (with Gary Beck) and most recently - Mo’ Jo Boogie. Regarding Mo'Jo, Mick says,  "I just love playing with these guys, it's an honor!"  

The bands Mick have pulled together have been regular attractions throughout SW Oregon and regulars at Arts Festivals, Wineries, Casinos and events around the region including Cycle Oregon, Medford’s Pear Blossom Festival, Eugene Celebration, Umpqua Valley Arts Festival, Douglas County Fair and Fort Vancouver July 4th Celebration.

 

Always working to bring something real to his performances, Mick wanted Mo’Jo Boogie’s aim to deliver infectious grooves, have major fun and keep it lively; things that’s become the band's trademark.

Jeff Chastain

Jeff Chastain, a garage band hero, has been playing with some of the Umpqua Valley’s most popular bands for well over 30 years, and in doing so, has had the privilege to play with some of the area’s best musicians.  Jeff has been considered by many to be one of the most solid and hardest working bass players around.

Music has been an important part of Jeff’s life. He’s been drawn most strongly to Blues, R&B, Funk and Jazz as each of those genres are all about the groove.  Jeff's list of projects include the Gary Beck Trio (Portland's Apollo Theater with Jimmy Smith), Party of Five, SBR & the Hornheads, Mo' Greens, MR DJT, and others.

He and longtime band mate Mickey Beach have spanned more than three decades of performing together and are still making waves around SW Oregon with this latest project, Mo’ Jo Boogie.  Jeff feels that Mo’ Jo is one of the best he’s had the fortune to play with; the players fit together musically and on a personal level, and the energy is good.

Jeff’s comment to the readers? – “If you get a chance, you should come out and hear for yourself.  Peace!”

Michael Mendenhall

Michael Mendenhall, aka Mickey Funn, has been playing music professionally for more than 40 years.  His piano and organ style is heavily influenced by New Orleans R&B and Chicago blues.   In the 1980s and 90s, he played with many different bands in Portland, Oregon, including Driving Sideways, Pete Karnes Blues Band, Sheila and the Boogiemen, Jo Newton and the Jomatics, Roadha X and the Eccentrics, and the Funn Band.  He recorded with Pete Karnes, Rhonda Kennedy, and Sheila Wilcoxen.  He toured with the Coasters, the Champs, 50s and 60s Review, and with the Pete Karnes Blues Band. 

GT Albright

Native of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2nd Homes – SF Bay Area - Grants Pass, OR. - Eugene, OR

Primary Instrument:
4, 5, 6, & 7 Piece Drum Set
Additional Instruments & Talent: Vocals (Lead & Backing) / Guitar
(Acoustic & Electric) / Song Writer / Music & Video Producer - Arranger / Editor / Voice Over Talent / Graphics Design / Photography

Veteran Touring and Recording Professional:
Arena Events – Concerts – Night Clubs – Studio Recording

Past & Present Appearance Performance & Recording Associations:
Daryl Hall & John Oats, Star Castle, The Babies, BB King, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Millie Jackson, Y & T, Ronny Montrose & Gama, Greg Kihn Band, Brian Duncan, Sam Andrew, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Vernon Black (Mariah Carey Band), Asleep At The Wheel, Peter Tork, Karen Lovely, Earl Thomas, Bishop Mayfield - Dave Storie Band, Starcastle, Pete Herzog, Ozymandias, Hot Shot, Chumbi, Night Ranger, Neil Schon, Chris Hayes, Curtis Salgato, Hank Shreve Band, Dennis Walker, The Lunatics, Jesse Kennemer, Shawn Montgomery & The New Groove, Soulfood, Skip Jones TOB (The Other Band), Virgil Robinson & Soul Kitchen Paul Biondi & Friends, Mo'Jo Boogie

Producer Associations:
Warren Harris, James Fischer, Sylvia Massey,     
Ron Davis, Stephan Hart, Sylvia Massey, Bob Pagano, Dennis Walker

Major Venue Appearances:
The Oakland Coliseum, Tempe Performing Arts
Center, The Cow Palace, The Old Waldorf, Cascade Theater, The Stone, Roxy
Theaters, Wolfgang’s, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, Jimmy Mac’s, Waterfront Blues Festival, Astor Theater, Rogue Theater,  BMA Awards (Memphis) IBC Showcase (Memphis)

Appeared throughout the United States with the following acts;
Mo'Jo Boogie (Blues, R&B, Pop, Funk, & Soul) 2019 to Current
TOB - The Other Band (Funk, R&B, Pop, Soul) 2019 to Current
Virgil Robinson & Soul Kitchen (Blues Rock, R&B, Funk) 2019 to Current
The Lunatics (Classic Rock - Blues - Soul) 2018 to 2019
Hank Shreve Band (Blues) 5 time CBA Award Winner 2013 to 2019
Karen Lovely Band (Blues) 3 time BMA Nominee 2011 to 2012
GT’s Jamlanders (Improvisational Blues / Rock Fusion Jazz) 2010 to 2011
The Jazzmainiacs (Classic Songbook Titles / Jazz Improv) 2011 to 2012
Bishop Mayfield Band (R&B, Soul, Funk) 2010 to 2011
Dave Storie & The Truth Machine (Pop, Rock, R&B, & Blues) 2009 to 2011
Randy MacKay Project (Progressive Rock, & Blues) 2003 / 2006 / 2015
The Retro Brothers (Classic Rock, Blues, New Country) 2006 to 2009
Chumbi - The Band From The Cosmos (Original Hard Rock) 1976 to 1982
Hot Shot (Top 40, Disco, Pop, Rock) 1976 1977
Ozymandias (Original Progressive Rock) 1972 to 1976
and many others.....................