PAULA HARRIS & THE BEASTS OF BLUES

"The Hottest Band and most exciting act to hit the blues in years!"


PAULA HARRIS & the Big Funkin' dance party

It's all about the brass and shaking your........hiney!

Paula  her funky band are known for their horn section, the "Big Ass Brass" in which ALL the horns hold Grammy Awards. Their sound is frequently compared by press and media to another famous California band, "Tower Of Power", probably because their sound was crafted by Mic Gillette and Tom E. Politzer of the Tower's famous horn section. which created the funky sound of East Bay Grease often associated with Paula's horn style.


The demand for dance bands, especially HORN based dance bands is always high. To answer that it was a natural move for Paula & Crew to take one small step away from their Americana roots and one step closer to the funk-jazz-soul that many of their influences pioneered.  This  Big Ass Brass Show is a night of well known and loved shake-your-booty music that is sure to keep any party hopping.  With songs from Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Delbery McClinton and more. It is a joyous funky romp through a the Soul, R&B and Funk genres. This show has sold out for the last three New Year's Eves. and is a must for any corporate or private dance oriented event.

SOUL 4 the Season

"The Must-See holiday show of the year featuring Fred Ross , Lydia Pence ,
Paula Harris & Dana Moret! It's jam packed full of soul and Christmas Cheer"

In a world where nutcrackers, classical programs and shows for children frequently abound during the Christmas Season....haven't you as an adult ever wished there was something for you with a little more “oompf”? That is exactly what you get when you combine 4 of California's strongest voices and most dynamic stage personalities into one big soul packed Christmas show.

“Soul 4 the Season” is a holiday journey that will take you from moving spiritual Christmas numbers to lighthearted impudent favorites. Even a few slightly naughty selections will be offered. This concert makes deliberate effort to stay away from the “Children’s” aspect of the Christmas season. And while it IS aimed at a more mature and musically discerning audience, the show is suitable for all ages.


“Soul 4 the Season” Features the soulful vocals of Fred Ross.  Fred has delighted san Francisco and kept them dancing for more than 15 years leading the all star cast at the Starlight room. He's also known for his work with Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker as well as Aretha Franklin, CHaka Khan and many more! His soulful sound is a perfect mix with the classic holiday songs he will be presenting. Also in the series is the equally legendary lead singer of “Cold Blood”, Lydia Pense. Lydia has been enthralling audiences for more than four decades. Her raspy unique voice is instantly identifiable and her soul and blues geared numbers will delight her fans with this new facet to her talent. Paula Harris has a world class act who has gained International attention and acclaim in the blues world. She has been featured on more than 3000 stations globally and was nominated for multiple Blues and Music Awards with her debut Album. Dana Moret is a dynamic, versatile singer whose Band Mr December is known to deliver everything from Funk to Rock in their immensely popular concerts. She has also gathered a fan base from her work with Bill Graham bands “Stoneground”, “Big Brother & the Holding Company” and “Sons of Champlain”.


They pack a punch individually but together they are the must see Christmas show of the year!



Paula Harris Stands out among the Bay Area's best as one of the most unique and funky blues bands to ever arise from Northern California. After bursting onto the scene in 2012 with recognition at the International Blues Challenge as one of the top three bands in the world, her debut album's horns were born from members “Tower of Power” and heavily influenced by her love of Funk, Jazz, and Soul Blues. They received multiple blues and music award nods as well as international attention and airplay in 2013. Her world class band delivers deep, dirty, grooves that dares her audience not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex arrangements with catchy hooks that are simple enough to allow anyone to enjoy. The rhythm section and horns dig deep into the sound of “East Bay Grease” mixed with a heaping dose of New Orleans “Swampyness” to create a modern and outside the box approach to Blues. And they have more fun doing it than should be legal. It's one of the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet and the band's chemistry is off the charts. THIS is what the phrase “Cooking with Grease” is all about! Paula's immense range, power and control over her vocals kick the whole sound into overdrive.

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& the sons of swagger

"A mix of traditional and modern Jazz & Blues in a show that's elegant, provocative, dynamic, slightly naughty and downright sexy!"


Paula Harris & The Sons of swagger Trio is a blend of Modern and Traditional Jazz and Blues mixed with a heaping side of soul! The format focuses on the more provocative side of both genres and features original tunes as well as elegant jazz selections from the Great American songbook paired with Impudent songs from chanteuses of the 40's to 60's, Classic soulful covers given a jazzy acoustic twist, passionate blues selections and beautiful ballads from one of the most outstanding vocalists in Northern California. Paula has an onstage chemistry that is witty and hilarious which rounds out the show with a humorous element that fits the slick and sly vibe of the show. It is a fan and festival favorite!


The band is an all-star group of Nate Ginsberg has toured and recorded with legends such as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Graham and Randy Newman. He crosses the genres of Jazz , Blues, R&B, Soul and Funk with ease and finesse. He takes piano playing to a jaw-dropping concert level. Derrick "D'Mar" Martin is the driving force behind the fantastic energy and pulse of this show. Derrick has played with a who's who in the music industry including a 17-year stint with Little Richard. He is truly one of the best drummers in the world ( no exaggeration!) He's known for jumping over the drums and taking the beat into the audience on tables chairs and anything else available. Rich Girard is a master of the upright fretless bass who has worked on Windham Hill Records for acts as varied as the Talking heads, Cleo Laine and Roy Rogers. This band is not sidemen! This is a trio of band leaders who have come together for an explosive musical result. Add Paula's 4-octave powerhouse vocals and it is an experience not to be missed.


This is also a smaller format suitable for smaller venues or those with a limited budget. 

Mama Soul was formed to give some of the leading ladies in the  Northern California music scene the opportunity to get to know each other,  work together,  and to build a support network for each other within the industry. Each show features a unique cast of ever rotating female  leads that are pulled from the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Soul and Indie. Mama Soul  features both vocalists and instrumental talent and also tries to showcase a mix of established performers as well as introducing up and coming talents. This show also does tributes to iconic divas such as Etta James and Aretha Franklin.


Each show will have three or more fabulous ladies playing with a four piece  rhythm section. This show can be tailored for your event needs. For example, we can do a mix of all Jazz ladies and have 2 vocalists and a sax player. Or have a Jazz vocalist, a blues vocalist and a horn player as your lead featured. Let us know what you need and we will give you the perfect show. 

MAMA SOUL

Ladies celebrating ladies in the music industry.