MAMA JUKE is a gumbo of New Orleans influenced blues, blue-eyed soul, funk, and folk. Actor/singer Elijah Bridges brings elements of bluegrass and rag with his soulful harmonica, acoustic guitar, and voice. Amos Rose is a world traveling multi-instrumentalist who also sings and plays lead Telecaster guitar, and was recently featured by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Brendan O’Grady is an in-demand session musician, and fixture on the greater New York scene since his roots growing up in Yonkers. Drummer Jon Wert is a sought-after musician in the NYC, collaborating with a wide variety of artists in the jazz, rock, pop production shows and songwriter worlds. The result is a four-part-harmony freight train just a-hummin' down the rails. The band has original music as well as a crowd-pleasing repertoire of cover songs. They've held a weekly residency at East Village Social, a St. Marks music hub in the heart of the East Village, since September 2015.
After constantly hiring each other for countless gigs, the band's four founding members played together for the first time at East Village Social for a one-off gig. After turning a house party into a block party, MAMA JUKE were promptly offered the weekly spot, and decided to unite permanently.
Continuing since that fateful September in 2015, the boys can be found on Tuesdays at EVS. MAMA JUKE has played gigs for audiences of all types all over New York City, including several other residencies. We are currently booking other venues all throughout the continental US (and beyond). If you are interested in MAMA JUKE please email us at MamaJukeMusic@gmail.com. And good on ya.
QRO Magazine (June 2018): http://www.qromag.com/reviews/concert_reviews/northside-2018-recap-saturday/ "...Even more unexpected than what came before was MAMA JUKE, fronted by Unit J co-founder Eli Bridges, who brought Louisiana country-zydeco..."
The Daily Country (June 2018): http://thedailycountry.com/interviewsessential-8/essential-8-mama-juke *interview*
Vents Magazine (Jan. 2018): http://ventsmagazine.com/2017/12/31/interview-mama-juke/ *interview*
Stereo Stickman (Dec. 2017): https://stereostickman.com/reviews/mama-juke-live-at-unit-j/ Album review "...Mama Juke have an incredible sound; it’s raw, it’s real, it’s beautiful and vibrant, and on top of all of this – their songs are fantastic, offering classic after classic and with every track proving to be as addictive and uplifting as the last..."
VZN Magazine (Dec. 2017): http://www.vznmagazine.com/newmusic/2017/11/20/mama-juke-vzn-exclusive-interview *interview*
Manhattan Digest (Oct. 2017): https://www.manhattandigest.com/2017/10/19/mama-juke-live-record/ "...Mama Juke is yet another case of how a contemporary Brooklyn musical act can come off as both retrospective and modern..."
Jon's Aunt Judy (Facebook Aug. 2017): "Such a wonderful group of men!!This Aunt is oh so proud !!"
Cassie J. Yelp.com reviewer (Jan. 2017): https://www.yelp.com/biz/east-village-social-new-york
"Come here on TUESDAYS for Mama Juke - the best band East of Broadway (in my opinion.) They have guest performers come in and play with them as well so no show is the same. Last night they did a KILLER rendition of "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green and also one time saw them coordinate a song to a tap dancer's taps. AMAZING."
upfront NY (Dec. 2016): http://www.upfrontny.com/ny-entertainers-of-the-week-mama-juke/
Queens Scene (Dec. 2016): http://www.queensscene.com/current/Music
"...With much anticipation, Mama Juke began their first song, an upbeat number that immediately had everyone’s attention, tapping their feet and bopping their heads to the beat..."
Village Voice (Nov. 2015): http://www.villagevoice.com/event/mama-buick-7880572"...Last months show was like a party volcano...So if you missed out come this friday and get your dose of funk-bluegrass-rock and blue eyed soul..."