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Mama Lenny and the Remedy at Lagoon

July 31, 2014

Mama Lenny and the Remedy's songs hop, bop, jive, and soar. They won't settle for playing a song every 15 minutes or so that wakes up the crowd. Prepare to be awake through their entire concert at the Lagoon series on August 6.

Mama Lenny and the Remedy is known for its gritty vocals, finely layered harmonies, soaring guitar riffs, blaring trumpet lines, and melodic keys.Wednesday, August 6
6:30-8:30 p.m.
West Lawn of the Lory Student Center

Soulful sound of the 60s

The local band Mama Lenny and the Remedy is basking in the glow of a huge compliment. 

Music critics have compared them to Otis Redding, the astronomically talented soul, rhythm, and blues star of the 60s (Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay, Try a Little Tenderness).

“We don’t mind at all!” said band member/trumpet player Greta Cornett. “Redding is one of our favorite musicians.

“We’ve been compared to other musicians such as Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, The Supremes, and Adele. I think it’s because we have a soulful sound with backup singers which is reminiscent of the 60s. And, we have a strong female presence in the band.”

How we know we're doing allright

Mama Lenny and the Remedy will belly up to the stage at the Lagoon on August 6. The band, which is very popular with late night, 21+ crowds, is thrilled to be playing at the Lagoon.

“Summer shows, especially earlier ones, are so much fun to play,” said Cornett. “There are new people in the audience and we love playing for kids.

"The goal of any band is to have audiences respond to your music. Children in particular, have no filters, and are typically pretty honest in their reactions. So if we look out and see the kids dancing, then we know we’re doing something right.

“We’re a high energy band and want to get the crowd involved in what we’re doing. One of the songs we do that really gets people excited is our cover, I Want You Back, by the Jackson 5. It gets audiences dancing and singing along."

Audiences call out for originals

"But our originals also get big responses," said Cornett. "It’s pretty cool that we’ve now become established in town and that people know our originals and shout out requests for them.

"We have an original song that gets some regional radio play that crowds respond enthusiastically to. It's called Not a Girl."

Quirky name

Mama Lenny and the Remedy’s band name is also, notably original. Is there a  reason they chose it?

“Mama Lenny is our lead singer, Laniece,” said Cornett. “She’s a mom to two beautiful children, so that part of our name was easy to come up with. Trying to find something to fit with that proved to be a challenge.

“Since we’re very girl-power oriented, we’ve had some very deep (and hilarious) discussions over the years about feminism and the liberation of women. We talked about women having the “fever” and needing a cure for what ails them."

Maybe the lyrics to Peggy Lee’s popular single, Fever, say it the best:

Never know how much I love you
Never know how much I care
When you put your arms around me
I get a fever that’s so hard to bear.


CSU’s sponsors for the evening are the Vice President for Student Affairs, CSU Bookstore, University Center for the Arts, and Music, Theatre, and Dance program. Stop by their booth for information about their programs, events, and SWAG. Don’t forget to register to win other great CSU prizes.   

Pizza Casbah will be onsite serving pizza, gyros, and snowcones.

The Lagoon Concert Series is owned by Mantooth Company and co-hosted by CSU. 

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