The Oasis Bar & Grill (788 Folly Road, 843-225-2522) switches gears this Fri. (Nov. 21) from the usual underground metal/punk fare to something more rootsy when they host a local blues showcase. The club welcomes the folks behind the much-missed Momma’s Blues Palace venue, which closed in 2004. Singer/bassist Jojo Wall and his current band The Voodoo Junkies — featuring guitarist Jimmy “Poppa Dupree” Wall (formerly the Easy Street Blues Band), guitarist Curtis Vanoy, and drummer Butch Gallier — are set to co-headline with vocalist Rhonda “Momma” Wall (under the band name Momma & The Family) and blues-rock combo Tommy Thunderfoot & The Accelerators (with guitarist Stone Cold Sarah Cole).
“I am proud to announce that Mama will make a triumphant comeback at the Oasis,” says Jojo. “During that time [at the Blues Palace], Momma gained a devoted following and the Charleston music scene was alive and vibrant. Our next gig is Jan. 24 at Home Team BBQ. I hope to get a lot more through Momma’s Blues Revival and the attention it will generate.”
“The joint was jumpin’ every weekend and lots of people got their education in the blues in that room,” says Thunderfoot of the old venue. “You never knew who would show up to jam there — Juke Joint Johnny, Smoky Weiner, Keith Namm, Pony Tail John — and those were just the local legends … Momma and Dupree have entered into a semi-retired mode, waiting for their chance to pounce on the scene and breathe new life into a once thriving, art-loving city. I’m gonna go out on a limb and call this Momma Fest.”
Music on Friday starts at 9 p.m. Cover is five bucks.