Mo’ Mojo is the Real Deal

Guaranteed to make you dance.
Guaranteed to make you live in the moment of the night.

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Mo’ Mojo
A hard driving, high energy, “Pardi-Gras” Band.
The female fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion, and drums. 
Songs are sung in English and French. 

Mo' Mojo takes Zydeco music and infuses it with Americana, Cajun, reggae, rock & roll, funk, R&B, and African and Latin rhythms.

We love festivals! This band can command any size stage and is equipped to lead workshops in fiddle and guitar styles; songwriting; Zydeco, second line, and African rhythms; and Zydeco dance.

Where we play:

Zydeco Dances - One of our favorite things to do is play for dancers. We’ve expanded our presence into the following communities: The DC area; Pittsburgh and Philadelphia (PA), Ithaca, Rochester, and New York City (NY); and Newark (DE)


Clubs - Small or large, local or out-of-state, we love the club experience with dancers, smiles, drinks, and good vibes all around. A local club is what we grew from and we’ll always be appreciative of a venue that let’s us get close and personal with our audience!


Festivals - We’re a band made for the festival experience. This year we’re set to return to Blissfest (MI) and the W.C. Handy Blues Fest (KY) and we’re looking to add others asap; in 2014 we debuted at DelFest (MD); Grey Fox (NY); and Rhythm and Roots (RI). Prior festivals include the Jambalaya Music Fest (PA); the Burning River Festival, Cleveland Garlic Festival, Kent State ‘Round Town Festival, International Children’s Festival, Hessler Street Festival, Fraze Pavilion Swamp Fest (OH)

International Touring - Mo’ Mojo has worked with the State Department and/or the American Music Abroad Program to play the following countries: Haiti and the Dominican Republic (2014); Belize, Panama, Mexico, Barbados, and Colombia (2015). As representatives of an American Art Form with Zydeco music, we focus on both performances and all age workshops.

Our members

Mo’ Mojo has 6 members, many of whom are multi-instrumentalists. They are:


Jen Maurer - vocals, diatonic accordion, guitar
Leigh Ann Wise - vocals, rubboard, trumpet, percussion
Anthony Papaleo - vocals, fiddle, guitar
Joe Golden - guitar, talk box 
Darren Thompson - bass

Will Douglas - drums


Also traveling with the band is our manager / roadie / driver / and Jen’s husband, Sam Rettman, who adds harmonica and sax


* Mo’ Mojo’s is set to release their 4th album, “We All Got the Same,” in early 2015.
* Mo’ Mojo’s 3rd album, “Mom’s Birthday CD,” (Live!) was released in 2014.
* Mo' Mojo’s 2nd album, “Together in Love We Drown,” was released in late 2012. 
* Mo' Mojo's debut album, “Finally!,” was released in 2010.


“A huge thanks for doing such an awesome job at our event at the 21C Gallery & Hotel. I can't tell you how many people complimented the band and asked how we found you! Mo' Mojo added the perfect amount of authentic Louisiana sound to our party!”

Katie Guasco • Visit Baton Rouge
Senior Sales Manager • Tourism Development
359 Third Street • Baton Rouge, Louisiana • 70801
Phone: 225.382.3573 • Fax: 225.338.6131
"Thank you again for a great time at the event held in Louisville. The TAP partners and the Louisiana delegates wanted to dance all night to your music. What an upbeat, energetic and fun-filled night you helped set the tone for!"

Arlene Gould • Natchitoches Area
Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
781 Front Street • Natchitoches, Louisiana • 71457
Phone: 318.352.8072 • Fax: 318.352.2415

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