Live Last Night: Mambo Sauce

Mambo Sauce has played nearly every music venue, festival, and cultural event in the D.C. area. The go-go fusion band has a Billboard charting single in "Welcome to D.C.," and an enthusiastic fan base throughout the area -- and beyond. The one thing Mambo Sauce doesn't have just yet? An album.

While some go-go bands go years (or forever) without producing a studio album, Mambo Sauce has been working on one, and the people seem ready to receive it. The band's show at Left Bank on Saturday, like all of its shows lately, only built anticipation for the project.

(Read the rest of the review after the jump.)

Mambo Sauce -- which, like the chicken-wing condiment it takes its name from, is a mix of many different things (go-go, hip-hop, R&B, rock) -- is overflowing with talented musicians and prime original material. Alfred "Black Boo" Duncan is currently one of the city's best rappers, and new singer Joi "J.C." Carter (who replaced female vocalist Yendy Brown) complements him well. Bassist Khari Pratt, guitarist Drew White and keyboardist Chris Wright elegantly glide over smacks from conga player Jermaine "Pep" Cole and drummer Patricia "Twink" Little.

The band may be known for the hits "Miracles" and "Welcome to D.C," but its repertoire is much deeper. "Sweet Baby" is a soft ode to single mothers, "We Run This (Go)" is several minutes of fiery trash talk about the band's dominance, and "Damn Joe," with its slinky bassline, is an undeniable party anthem.

Mambo Sauce didn't give a release date for its album during the show, but the group did make one thing clear: When it does finally drop, it'll crank.


By J. Freedom du Lac |  February 8, 2009; 12:21 PM ET Live Last Night
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