Mambo’s Combo Celebrating 30 Years
Had to be over 30 years ago when I produced the 1st video for the Combo. Mastered on 3/4″ tape all that remains is a copy of a copy of a copy. https://vimeo.com/232197274 Back then I was trying to figure out if there was a Minneapolis sound, some of the band members had strong opinions on that & this was a golden time for Minneapolis music.
Dr. Mambo or Tim Emerson started the band shortly before I produced that old video. Early history started with Tim, Bruce Jackson, David Eiland & Margret having a thing for R&B. Melanie, Cynthia Johnson & Debby Duncan were all power house singers now add Billy Franze & Bobby Vandell & you get a Minneapolis Motown sound thing. Lots of band members have come & gone. Bunker’s Bar & Grill has stayed about the same.
“We have always had the best female vocalists.”
“we know people…music creates this global family and Minneapolis has this special niche-live here for more than 10 years & you understand what I’m talking about.”
“Bunkers is a destination, a landmark and the Combo has 30 years in working that reputation.”
“Cody, the sound man helped us create this perfect wall where volume is perfect on the vocals & people can actually talk at the bar.”
The story of Bunker’s Bar & Grill & their house band the Combo is 30 years young, how long will it continue is your guess. Word on the street is this October Bunker’s will host a “Celebrating 30 Years” a party not to forget. Keep an eye on their web sites & facebook.