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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at MaineToday.com and a music writer for MaineToday.com and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at Mainetoday.com. You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the WCHS TV show “207” to talk about...music of course.

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Posted: July 2, 2014

Mama’s Boomshack lives up to its soulful name

The seven-piece local band will get the crowd out of their seats at a CD release show in Portland Saturday.

Mama’s Boomshack courtesy photo

Mama’s Boomshack courtesy photo

Wow. July. Hello! If you haven’t had your fill of fireworks, then I’ve got just the ticket: a night of funky soul music courtesy of Mama’s Boomshack, who will be celebrating the release of their debut CD, “Speed of Soul,” at One Longfellow Square on Saturday.

It’s typically a seated venue, but they may have to rethink that when Mama’s Boomshack hits the stage, because I for one can’t imagine sitting for this show. Thankfully, their chairs stack up and can be stored in the corner, which is far from where you’ll be if you hit this show. Chances are better than average that you’ll leave this show sweaty and satisfied and you’ll be hearing horns in your head for a few days after.

First off, Mama’s Boomshack is the best band name I’ve heard in some time. But there’s so much more to love about the band than just the name. It’s a seven-piece outfit with four horn players, male and female lead vocalists and a mighty fine rhythm section. The band formed in 2011 and has been funking out ever since, playing the local club scene regularly.

Vocalist and baritone sax player Todd Regoulinsky fell in love with music as a kid via his dad’s record collection and saxophone lessons. His love of blues, jazz and soul was off and running and he’ll likely never slow down.

Vocalist and alto sax player Lisa Brundage has a jazz performance degree from the University of Southern Maine and has played her heart out all over the place; from nightclubs to weddings, blues festivals and beyond.

Alex Cardamone, James Hebert, Sam Berce and John Berce all picked up their instruments at an early age and will knock your socks off. Drummer Nick Groat is the newest member and he studied at the Midcoast School of Music. Point being, this band means business, as evidenced by its polished, dynamic, lively and funky album.

My current favorite on the nine-song collection of original tunes is “Love Somebody.” With electric guitar, a mess of horns and awesome backup vocals from Brundage, the song gets it done both musically and lyrically. Regoulinsky will have you singing along before the song is over. “You gotta love somebody/You gotta love somebody/You gotta love somebody if we all want to get along.”

I also dig the slower groove “Nothing More to Say” with the sensational Brundage on lead vocals over a bed of horns: “Walking ’round lonely streets while the sun goes down/comfort in the silence of this dead-end town.”

“Speed of Soul” will have you hopping on the soul train and “Back to School” is a funky romp.

Truth be told, I wish we heard the electrifying Brundage sing lead on a few more songs, but I still give the album high marks.

Share in the celebration by lacing or zipping up your favorite boogie shoes and strutting your stuff into One Longfellow Square. Say it with me: Boom!

Mama’s Boomshack CD release show, with Essence. 8 p.m. Saturday. One Longfellow Square. 181 State St., Portland. $10 in advance; $12 door; onelongfellowsquare.com

 

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