FAIRFIELD — Brews, laughter and Gumbo, Mumbo style, are on tap Saturday at The Big Solano BrewHaha benefitting the Solano County Library Foundation.
It’s the perfect event for the eight-piece band, Mumbo Gumbo, said Bill Fairfield, who founded the group in 1983. The name reflects the fact the group mixes genres from rock to soul and zydeco to country, into one danceable noise.
“We’re a spicy blend of Gulf Coast influences,” Fairfield said.
Mumbo Gumbo specializes in original tunes. All band members contribute to the songwriting, Fairfield said.
The band’s original keyboard player and songwriter, Fairfield has stepped off the stage and now manages the band. He also helps with songwriting.
It’s been a few years since they set foot in Fairfield. One of the last was the Where is Fairfield? festival.
“We used to play all over the place,” Fairfield said of the Solano County area. “There’s not that many venues to play in the area.”
The party is at the Specialty Event Center, the former Walmart building, which has been converted into a large room for events such as the BrewHaha.
Michalle Shown-Rodriguez, executive director of the library foundation, sought out the band, Fairfield said.
“She used to see us in Reno,” he said. “Our music fits in with good times. We play a lot of festive music.”
Many of the band members teach music, giving them necessary flexibility with Mumbo Gumbo traveling throughout the western United States.
“You have to be able to get up and go,” he said.
The rewards come from seeing the smiles and hearing those in attendance sing along with the band’s original tunes.
Band members live in Davis and Sacramento, Fairfield said. That central location makes it easy for shows in towns from Reno to Santa Cruz.
“It’s just organic, fun music,” Fairfield said of the sound. “You have to dance.”‘
The brews will be represented by a variety of ale crafters. Comic J-Red will provide the laughs.
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