Mama SpanX is a multi – member soul/rock/funk group made up of highly experienced and virtuoso musicians from the various musical genres. With strong influences by artists/bands such as Tower of Power, James Brown, Gladys Knight and Ike and Tina Turner the bands musical emphasis is on strong melodies/lyrics and grooves that at the same time highlight and feature the individual players as well as an exciting stage show. 

Mama SpanX  Background: 
Leader/singer/songwriter and New York Blues Hall of Fame vocalist Nikki Armstrong, known for her soulful vocals and high energy performances, got the concept while collaborating over several years with Soul/Jazz Guitarist/Producer Melvin Sparks. Melvin, a major influence on the jam band scene, came up with the name "Mama SpanX ". After Melvin’s passing in 2011 and then performing all over the eastern seaboard and abroad, Nikki finally began forming the band in 2015. 
The first artist to join was Drummer/composer/arranger Ben Beckley. Nikki and Ben had collaborated previously, songwriting and producing in LA before Nikki relocated to New York. 
Dixie Frog recording artist/Blues guitarist Steve Johnson and his girlfriend, Latin/Jazz Saxophonist Julie Sax then joined. The couple and Nikki had played together frequently on the New York scene before Steve and Julie relocated to the LA area. 
To contribute to the soul and gospel aspects of the band, three prominent fixtures on the LA Blues and R&B scene, Saxophonist Steve Sadd, Trumpet/Trombonist Russ Mullen and Keyboard/Organist Harlan Spector became the next assets to the group bringing their chops and versatility. 
The search for the ideal bottom end to the group took almost 6 months. Six string fret-less Bassist, David Abercrombie added the perfect pocket for the band! 
This 8 pieces team of like-minded musicians forms the main core of Mama SpanX. See Bio page for more info Nikki and the SPANKERS!


Mama SpanX hit at Bluesnroots corner Review Netherlands Nov 17 2017 

The band Mama SpanX, which New York has as a base, has not existed for so long. Somewhere in 2015, Nikki Armstrong and Ben Beckley laid the foundations for the band. Their collaboration goes back to Los Angeles, where they combined songwriting and producer work together. Nikki, originally from Riverhead, Long Island, moves to Boston and then Los Angeles for her music study. In addition to her music studies, she develops her dance and acting talents. After her study she settles in New York where she forms…

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Another Lick for Mama & Crew from Midwest Records Review 11/10/17 


MAMA SPANX//State of Groove: "One hard core genre blending blues loving babe, Ms. Spanx and her cohorts never heard of closing time as they deliver a party that just doesn't quit. All your fave blues and blues rock bases are covered here and leader Nikki Armstrong shows why she's already in the New York Blues Hall of Fame while her reputation is still spreading. A white girl that has the chops to deliver a modern show room blues/soul experience, this is how to enjoy pre-pop Tina Turner now that those…

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Mama gets "picked up" in Brazil! 

And is being regularly featured on 
Rádio Morena FM as well as this article in Regiao, the major press:  
**Morena FM launches Mama SpanX in Brazil** 
"THE Band that brings a whiff of novelty into the pop scene, rescuing a groove mixed with rare blues and soul in the market. "There's a blue song seasoning from Memphis and New Orleans with touches of Motown soul. It's hot, emotional, spiritual, blouse and up, "Popular Music magazine said. 
Soul, rock, blues, funk, groove. The beat is irresistible and influenced…

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Mama SpanX Show and World Class Jam

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Ventura Music , 11268 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, California 91604

Get into the State of Groove with Mama SpanX LIVE! We will be playing song from the CD, our reditions of our favorite covers, new tunes and


DOORS OPEN AT & 7:30, EVENT/Show starts at 8pm Food and wine and beer....musical opener at 8 pm and 9pm is Mama SpanX set. There is no cover and stay for the World Class Jam after our sets. Featuring Steve Johnson, Ben Beckley, Harlan Spector, Steve Sadd, Russ Mullen, David Abercrombie, Julie Sax and Nikki Armstrong.

Parking across street for a few bucks...