One of the reasons I have never seen Bumpin’ The Mango was that I thought they were a cover band.
They do covers – but they are as much a “cover band” as the Rupert’s Orchestra. That reference might mean something to Atlantans over 40.
They are more akin to the current tours of famous funk & soul acts – most of the original members may be gone, but the band is still killin!
If you like the sound of big horn soul & funk jazz music you can dance to – this is your band!
They did songs by Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Ohio Players, Peter Gabriel, Toto, Sam Cooke, Commodores, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Caldwell, etc. They even got modern with Bruno Mars & Daft Punk.
The rhythm & horn section are tight, and the vocals are held down by one of the most soulful voices I’ve heard in a while- Ian Michael Bruh. I met him last Wednesday at Venkman’s jazz jam, and I’m glad I went to hear them tonight.
They’ve got a Jazz Evangelist on their side now.
Here they are with some Chicago you might recognize. (They do GREAT Chicago covers!)