the Mad Maggies

Hard to Describe, Easy to Love

The Mad Maggies is a high-energy, danceable, touring band based in Sonoma County, California and Montréal, Québe. Their seriously “genre-fluid” style spans ska, folk rock, California roots, jazz, R&B, klezmer, sea-faring & much more. It’s mostly original, often surprising, always fun.

 “From the moment they hit the stage, the “dance floor” was swarmed with people

dancing and jumping, enjoying the music that can only be described as a cross between the best greasy cheeseburger ever and a highly refined French dining experience. We look forward to having the band back again!  — Kimberly Paternoster, Pt. Richmond Music Festival director

This year the Mad Maggies are celebrating their “crystal” anniversary – 15 years of making beautiful music together. 

The Mad Maggies are:

Johny Blood: tuba, bullhorn 
Ray Fernandez: saxophones
Ian Luke: drums, percussion
Maggie “Mags” Martin: accordionist, vocals, composer, fearless leader
Mark Nemoyten: trumpet
Tim “SepTIMus” Sarter: bass
Gary “GDub” Wium: guitars
with guest Ned Stone: trombone

Listen to “Naked Ladies”,  the tune Mags wrote celebrating the music and joy that fills La Plaza park every year. Naked Ladies are those beautiful pink flowers that bloom all over the area right at the time of the Cotati Accordion Festival.

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“Death” is the Mad Maggies skeleton beanie baby mascot. Look for Death somewhere on the stage whenever the Mad Maggies play.