MAILED: Nov. 27, 2000
The Mambo Surfers will perform three free concerts at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Dec. 7-9. The shows will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in The Cabin, Davies Center.
The multilingual, multi-instrumental Mambo Surfers share the joy of creating an original, eclectic type of music they call world rhythm jazzy folk. Their wide reach is influenced by styles such as rock, bluegrass, finger-style blues, hot gypsy jazz, Latin, Andean cantos and folk music. The trios vast original repertoire including songs in Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Malayalam and German allows them to display their virtuosity on a variety of stringed and percussive instruments.
Ron Rojo Jones, of Hochungara descent, is a luthier (guitar builder/repairer) who contributes Native American soul and tradition to the bands sound. Playing steel slide, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, harmonica and mandolin, Jones also performs with the duo Acoustic Warriors.
Saji Villoth, originally from southern India, brings Middle Eastern lore and sensibilities to the band and performs on six- and twelve-string guitars, bass, charango, banjo, flute and foot bells. His ambition is to write at least one song in each of the 20 major languages.
Percussionist Bo Johnson is a seasoned actor and comedian who adds humor to the show at every opportunity. Johnson also performs with the Dead Alewives improvisational comedy troupe, the Screaming Penguins theater group, and the band Random Maxx.
The Mambo Surfers CD Twelve Tales From was released in September.
The show is open to all ages. Soft drinks, domestic and imported beer, wine coolers and popcorn will be sold. Proof of age is required for alcohol purchases.
The Cabin program is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 27, 2000