Harmonica Buzz and the Great MO' Kauffey from Canada to Perform at the New Eaton Rapids Ampitheater


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What:Harmonica Buzz with “The Great" Mo' Kauffey - 7:00
When:Friday, September 5th, 2008
Eaton Rapids Amphitheater
Where:315 W. Knight Street Eaton Rapids MI 48827
Price: n/c
Phone:(517) 643-0892

Canadian Mo' Kauffey meets up with Lansing's Harmonica Buzz for a week's worth of performances around Michigan. Rooted and real, the two will perform as a guitar and harmonica duo for a free concert on Friday, September 5th at The City of Eaton Rapids' new amphitheater. “There's something about a guitar, a harmonica and two voices that gets right at what blues music is about." says Kauffey. “It's just right there and real" adds Buzz “and Mo' is a lot of fun to play with." Mo Kauffey's unique percussive style is not to be missed while Buzz bobs and weaves around the rhythmic patterns created by his thumb. “There really aren't many people who play like Mo'" says Buzz “and the foundation he lays down with that old, Silvertone guitar of his is perfect for what I do with my music and harmonica."

The two began playing together in 2004 doing gigs as Mo' passed made his way from Colorado to Canada where he and his wife now reside. In 2007 they performed at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in Galt, Ontario as part of a Mississippi John Hurt Tribute concert which has been released as a CD by the Grand River Blues Society of Ontario.

“We each have a number of CDs that cover a wide range of music," says Mo' Kauffey “but we've never had the time to play together on one together ... so this is cool."

Harmonica Buzz also appears on a track of the disc with Peter Case, a long time favorite of Buzz's.

“To hear my harmonica next to a guy I've been listening to for over 20 years was really special for me." tells Buzz “That playing with Peter Case, a guy who has been up for Grammys, wouldn't have happened for me if it wasn't for Mo' Kauffey and his generosity and it is really great to finally appear on a recording with Mo' ... we'll have to do more of that."

Quotes, Press & CD Reviews:
Mo' Kauffey
(Guelph, Ontario)
Whacha Gonna Do (2003 CD)
“With his tall, skinny frame and weather beaten face covered by an ample beard, it's easy to imagine that Mo' Kauffey and his guitar just blew into town on a freight train." Jason Schneider ~ Nightlife Magazine “Mo's Better Blues" Nightlife Magazine

“In an age of computerized media overkill, when so much of what passes for music is little more than product, it's all too easy to forget that music's true purpose is communication, not commerce. Which may not render a gem like Mo' Kauffey's “Watcha Gonna Do" any more of a delight ... the disc - and indeed, the man himself - seems a throwback to a more innocent age, when friends would gather to make music together as a matter of course ..." John Taylor ~ MNBlues

“Like sitting in a rocker on the front porch. Like an afternoon at your favorite fishin' hole. Like a float trip down a lazy river. Mo' Kauffey's country blues is about as easy going as music can get. Don't go thinking that means his music is boring, because it's not. But his album 'Whatcha Gonna Do' offers up quiet pleasures rather than lightning and thunder. His voice is effortless and soulful. His guitar work intricately weaves its way through the music. His guests offer delicious textures without overpowering the songs. This tasteful collection of tunes will have you hankering for mo' Mo'." Bill Reed ~ The Gazette

Harmonica Buzz
(Lansing, Michigan)
Long Way to Memphis (2004 CD)
“Harmonica Buzz was accompanied by local guitarist Tom Toman and a very special guest all the way from Colorado, Mo' Kauffey. . . Well, what they came up with worked like magic. They turned in a fine set of 'front porch' Blues including an all-house sing-a-long of 'The Cornbread Jinx', a staple in the diet of any hungry blues fan." Jason Strothiede - The Blues Ambassador

“Harmonica Buzz is J.T. Sunden, a Michigan roots and blues harmonica player whose reverence for the form doesn't prevent him from having a whole lot of fun on Long Way to Memphis, his debut album. There is a wonderful, back-porch feel on this disc, but its seemingly loose style actually belies some crisp ensemble playing, and what may appear haphazard here is actually calculatingly exact. This is a hard road to walk, between casual and precise, but it works here, and Long Way to Memphis has charm to burn. “ Steve Leggett ~ All Music Guide ~ 4 1/2 Stars

“Harmonica Buzz loves to explore the multiple boundary-crossings among folk, blues, bluegrass and country music. His performance ... promises to drop listeners right into this thicket." Lawrence Constenino - Lansing City Pulse

Sunday, August 31st, 2008 BLUES FOR DYSTROPHY Benefit @ The Green Door All Day Music Event w/ lots of Great Acts Starting @ 2:00 Harmonica Buzz w/ Mo' Kauffey @ 6:00
2005 East Michigan Avenue Lansing MI 48912
$5 Donation @ the Door

Monday, September 1st, 2008
The Chrysler Arts, Beats and Eats
Mo' Kauffey w/ Harmonica Buzz - 3:30
Downtown Pontiac MI 48342
Price: Free

Festival 4 Day Labor Day Weekend Music Festival 8 Stages w/ over 200 Performances
Thursday, September 4th, 2008
The Green Door
The Buzz 'n Mo' Show w/ Mo' Kauffey and Ervin Boyd - 9:00
2005 E. Michigan Ave Lansing MI 48912
“Buzz's long time favorite hangout ... not to be missed."

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