Cochemea "Cheme" Gastelum
Motherlode was originally formed in the early nineties, as part of a DJ night, at the original Casbah in San Diego. What started out as an underground hang for local hipsters and vinyl junkies, quickly became a collective of young (some too young to drink), punk rock/funk musicians laying down solos to 60's and 70's funk and boogaloo records. Not soon after, Motherlode was formed as the house band, playing live versions of rare, classic soul and funk. Soon they were selling out the club and gaining local recognition. Thus, helping to usher in a serious jazz/funk revival in Southern California.

The members, at one time or another, included: Robert Walter, Zak Najor, Cochemea "Cheme" Gastelum, Chris Stillwell, Printz Board and Brian Jordan. While Motherlode was short-lived, the respective players have gone on to become integral members and leaders of the Greyboy Allstars, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, Black Eyed Peas and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.

Now, four of the original members, along with 20th congress alum Chuck Prada and ex B-Side Player George Sanders, have decided to come together again as MOTHERLODE for four special shows. Come on down; it will definitely be a night of heavy, heavy, funk!

Zak Najor-Drums
Chris Stillwell-bass
Cochemea Gastelum-sax
Brian Jordan-guitar
Chuck Prada-percussion
George Sanders-keys

02.03 | The Temple Bar | Santa Monica, CA
02.04 | The Boom Boom Room | San Francisco, CA
02.05 | The Boom Boom Room | San Francisco, CA
02.11 | The Casbah | San Diego, CA

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[Published on: 2/1/05]

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