Hello! My fiance and I are getting married at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, IL on August 17, 2013.
We met and lived in New Orleans, and we’d like to have a New Orleans style brass band play for our ceremony and do a parade from the ceremony space to the cocktail location (both of which are within the zoo grounds). We want to have our guests make a second line behind the band and the wedding party, and we’ll give them handkerchiefs to wave and dance with.
We are interested in speaking to you about this. I heard about you from Tubaluba.
We are looking for entertainment for the inaugural Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest at Angell Park (Sun Prairie, WI) on July 12, 2014. We would need the band for the VIP Hour and a short time after that, roughly from noon to 2pm. I need an estimate of cost, assuming the date is open. The ticket cost to get into the event is $60 but we could include 1-2 tickets per band member if that is something that you are interested in. With the event wristband, you are treated to unlimited samples of bacon entrees, craft beers and BBQ treats. Please feel free to email or call me at 608-243-9593. Thank you,
Jerry R Kempfer
Brett said on Nov 17, 2013 9:56 pm
Are you going to be playing any public venues near madison wisconsin soon?
mamadigdown said on Dec 9, 2013 3:38 pm
THanks for your email. We are doing a set at the Harmony Bar this Thursday from 5-6!
Charlie Flynn said on Dec 30, 2013 9:38 am
Heard your Jackson 5 cover on jazz88 in Minneapolis this morning. Thought for sure it was a band from NOLA…
Would love to be notified of any Mpls gigs.
mamadigdown said on Jan 21, 2014 8:39 am
Thanks for the message! Were glad you liked the tune! We play in Minneapolis a couple times a year. If you want, connect with us on FB, Twitter or our email list and we’ll let you know when we’ll be in town next. There is also a live version of I Want You Back on our album “Live” and it’s available as a free download on Bandcamp. Here is the link: http://digdown.bandcamp.com/album/live
Susan Tumminello said on Feb 19, 2014 2:36 pm
Saw you at the Outhouse in Racine and then in Chicago at the Green Mill.. I think …now have all your CD’s. anytime we need a pick me up..we do it with the Digdowns…keep doin what you do …you are all amazing..
Sue and Jim Tumminello
PS.Yes, we will buy the band Mojitos.. you’ve earned them!!
mamadigdown said on Feb 25, 2014 4:12 pm
Thanks so much for taking the time to message us. It means a lot to have you say those things. Glad you like the band. And yes, we’ll take you up on the mojitos sometime!
Sarah T. said on Aug 7, 2014 12:50 pm
Hey Guys! Interested in booking you for a Birthday Party in Downtown Chicago on September 12th or 13th if you are not already committed. Please give me a call at 615-613-8663. Thanks!
mamadigdown said on Aug 12, 2014 8:03 am
Thanks for the note. Sorry we are responding to it late. Are you still interested in the band for Sept 12th or 13th? Text or call me at 612-325-0987, or email me at email@example.com to let me know. I will start checking in with the guys to see if they are available.
Thanks for getting in touch with us!
Erik Jacobson, Mama Digdown’s Brass Band
Bob & Sandra Goldsmith said on Oct 15, 2014 4:24 pm
We are fans of yours & The Darren Sterud Orchestra..We attended their performance @ The Cardinal Bar in Madison on Sunday October 12. They announced that you were playing @ the Edgewater Hotel on Thursday October 23.. We called the hotel on Monday and were told tickets were n/a. We would appreciate if you could help us get tickets. We would like (4) (2) for Darren’s parents; Bill & Lynn Sterud & (2) for Sandra and I
mamadigdown said on Oct 15, 2014 7:38 pm
Thanks for the email. I have put in an email to the promoter to find out if we can get tickets for you. I will let you know as soon as we know something. Thanks again for the email!
Patrick Johnson said on Feb 11, 2015 11:03 am
Hello Brass Heads,
I am contacting you in regards to an old live recording I used to listen to but lost. I am an old student, many years now, of Darren Sterrud and he showed me a great recording of a song I thought was called “Red Dress”, but while looking through spotify I was sad to see that was not it. Its a slow trad, with a trumpet taking the head and there was a phenomenal trombone solo by Nat (I believe, my memory is foggy), and I cherished that solo a lot! Was one of the best I’ve heard.
I had a dump of files, from Darren, of random trads and tunes from around but obviously that has since escaped me. If anyone, ANYONE, knows which recording I’m talking about I would be adoring if it could be found anywhere.
If anything I give my hellos to Darren and the band, and say please come to Milwaukee more! I’ll definitely have to show for the Nomad gig in March.
mamadigdown said on Feb 11, 2015 11:09 am
Thanks for the message! I think I know just the recording you are talking about. The song is called Careless Love and it is the last track on our “Ascona” CD. It’s a slow tune where the trumpet takes the lead and then Nat, plays a pretty amazing bone solo. Check that out on CDbaby or Bandcamp and see if it’s the one – then let me know.
Hope to see you in Milwaukee sometime!
Dominique Ventris said on Aug 13, 2015 11:35 am
My name is Dominique Ventris and I wanted to see if someone could provide me with some information regarding booking the Mama Digdown’s Brass Band for a wedding next year.
I would need the band to come in towards the end of the wedding and play New Orleans style second line music for about 30 minutes or so to close out the night. Right now the wedding is still in the planning stages so no definite date has been set yet but it will most likely take place between late July to early August of next year and will take place in the Chicago area.
I would like to know the band’s availability and prices for booking.
I look forward to a response.
mamadigdown said on Aug 17, 2015 9:32 am
Thanks for the email. I’m thinking you are from New Orleans? I ask because this is exactly what they do down there- bring in a brass band to close out the night at a wedding. I love it! Anyway, let me check in with the other leader, Roc, about our summer calendar next year and I will get back to you ASAP.
My company, Red Frog Events, is putting on a Fat Tuesday event called “Beads for Hope” to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. We are looking for a Second Line band in the city who might want to make an appearance to really help us bring home the Bourbon St. vibe! I found you all and figured I would reach out and see if you all might be interested in coming to raise some funds for some awesome kiddos! The event takes place Tuesday, February 9th at The Newberry Library.
For two decades, Mama Digdown's has traveled the world spreading the gospel of New Orleans brass band music. While Mama Digdown's nods respectively to the tradition of New Orleans jazz, the street beat they play has earned them the reputation as one of the hottest and hardest hitting brass bands. Mama Digdown's has played hundreds of shows in their time together and is equally at home in concert halls, festivals, clubs and parades.