Mama’s Boomshack is what the lovechild of James Brown and Sly Stone would’ve sounded like – a 7-piece band featuring a 4-piece horn section and a rhythm section with more punch than a set of polished brass knuckles. Based out of Portland, Maine since 2011, we’ve been bringing original funky soul music and classic old-school funk to the masses throughout Southern Maine and New Hampshire.
In the winter of 2014, we stepped into The Halo with uber-producer Jonathan Wyman for a week of recording and mixing. What emerged is Speed Of Soul, a 9-song manifesto of original funky soul music. The album is currently available in CD form at Bull Moose locations (Portland, Scarborough, South Portland, and Lewiston) as well as through their website. Listeners can visit our Bandcamp page to download the album in various lossless formats or purchase downloads through iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and other online stores.
Todd Regoulinsky // vocals and baritone saxophone
Todd began a love affair with music at an early age through equally important paths – old LPs from his father’s collection and saxophone lessons. Both paths fostered a love of blues, jazz, and soul music – but ever since he got hold of Tower Of Power’s East Bay Grease in high school, there’s been no looking back. Through the years, he has studied saxophone with many great teachers such as William Humphrey and Stephen Guerra but is largely a self-taught vocalist.
Matt Kennedy // alto & tenor saxophone
Matt Kennedy has spent the last 30-plus years a professional musician starting in his hometown of Denver, Colorado and later as a fixture in the blues and roots scenes of Portland, Oregon, Vermont/New Hampshire, Baltimore, MD, and Washington DC before settling in Portland, Maine, Matt has studied sax with Roger Greenberg, Vince Gnojek and Jim Stoltie. The stage his truly his second home – he is also an occasional stage actor and sound designer in the Portland theater community.
James Hebert // vocals and trombone
Since picking up the trombone in elementary school because it “didn’t have any buttons”, James has made playing music his passion. Most of his knowledge of playing music came from local Maine trombone legend, Don Doane, whom James owes most of his success as a trombone player. Studying classical and jazz styles from several professionals, including Chris Oberholzter, James has taken his knowledge through his musical career to perform in a variety of places, including Symphony Hall in Boston. Graduating from the University of Maine in Electrical Engineering, music still remains James’ passion as he continues to play in a variety of groups in the Portland area including Mama’s Boomshack and The Fogcutters Big Band.
Dave MacClean // guitar
Dave has cut his teeth as a guitarist playing in bands for over 30 years in a range of styles. Since joining the band in 2014, he’s brought his own unique take and style to both original and cover songs.
John Berce // bass
After learning to play bass at 15 listening to KISS, AC/DC, & Aerosmith, John gigged full-time in the Maine band Magic (voted Maine’s “best” band in 1984 by a local music magazine) for two years. After getting married and going into a sleep-work-sleep coma for 10+ years he picked up the bass, signed-up for jazz theory lessons, and started playing again. The past few years I’ve played and subbed in various bands including The Bonnie Edwards Band, Zack Pomerleau Blues Band, Retrospecticus, Ransomed, & the Grace Community Church Band. Main bass influences: Paul McCartney, Sting, John Paul Jones, Jaco Pastorius, Geddy Lee.
Chris Dealman // drums
As owner of The Drum Shop in Portland, Maine it’s easy to see how Chris came to join the band in the middle of 2014. An experienced percussionist of many years, he comes to the Boomshack by way of some of the bigger names in the Maine music scene.