Ozzie Williams

Due to Covid 19 concerns we are cancelling all our dates for 2020. Hopefully 2021 will look better for us all! See you next year.

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Ozzie Williams 


   Ozzie Williams is a tribute to the classic sounds that came out of the Stax, Motown, and Muscle Shoals studios in the early 60's. Artists like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Stevie Wonder and others created lasting Rhythm and Blues and Soul music that is still popular today.
Fronted by Vocalist/Percussionist Ozzie Williams, and backed by a 4 piece band, RRB keeps the classic sounds of Soul, Reggae, and Rhythm and Blues alive with their performances. RRB stands for Roots, Rhythm, and Blues. Backed up by veteran musicians Marcus Childs, Dan Wallack, Ray Moore, and Gary Johnson, Ozzie Williams will take you on a musical journey from Memphis Tennessee, to Sheffield Alabama, to Detroit Michigan, to Chicago Illinois, to the Mississippi Delta to Jamaica and back.

 " Musical harmony is a universal form of emotional stimulation within all living beings it is best when expressed through rhythm movement and the sound of your soul" - Ozzie Williams







Ozzie Williams, the band’s lead vocalist and percussionist was brought up in a very talented family where music and art and education were very important. Ozzie grew up listening to classic Soul, Reggae, and Rhythm and blues as a kid. His siblings went on to be Major Artist and Music Artists such as Blues performer Taj Mahal and also his sister Carol Fredericks who went on to be a famous singer in Paris France. Ozzie, who remembers going to see Taj and hearing him playing the old blues masters on guitar, has performed with Taj on two major European/US tours and also played on a major recording for the Sony record label.  Ozzie has also fronted other bands like Ozzie Williams and the Marion Street Band and played with various local bands which include “Lip Service”, “New Breed”, “Lots of Papa”, and “Joe Tex.




“My musical taste?” Ozzie muses. “Hmm. How about wide and deep and eclectic.”

For two years in the 1980s, Ozzie played drums in Taj’s band.
“I saw a lot of the world,” Ozzie says. “It was fun being with my brother. But life on the road isn’t as much fun as the romantic notion of it. My brother amazes me. I wanted more conventional life. But one that included music."

Tom Shea is a columnist for The Republican. He can be reached at
 tommyshea55@yahoo.com.
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Due to Covid 19 concerns we are cancelling all our dates for the rest of 2020. Hopefully 2021 will look better for us all! See you next year.








The Roots, Rhythm, and Blues Band


The Roots Rhythm and Blues Band (RRB)  


 Marcus Childs - Guitars



Marcus Childs shares a love of classic Rhythm and Blues, Soul and Motown with Ozzie and adds his flavor and experience on guitar. A longtime musical collaborator with Ozzie, Marcus, a veteran of the Springfield Ma. blues scene has also played with blues rockers Blue Devil Bluez, Ozzie Williams and the Marion St. Band, Shorty and the Allstars, Stone Blue, Marky and the Spice Hogs and The Inner City Blues Band.



   Gary Johnson - Drums    


Gary has been playing Drums in the Massachusetts and Connecticut area for decades. He has had the pleasure of working with MCA recording artist Frankie Hill and the Spydells, Just to name a few of the bands that Gary has been associated with during his career: Flipp, The Instigators, The Dave Burnette Band, The AKA Band, Shorty and the Allstars, Jack Veronesi, Tommy Whalen, The Radiators/Bullhorns, The Inner City Blues Band. Gary has also been the house drummer at the Black-Eyed Sally's Blues Jam in Hartford Ct. for 12 years. 

   Dan Wallack - Bass Guitar


Chicago  area 1968-1973
drummer with "Little Pat" Rushing, Lucky Lopez, John Wrencher, John Lee Granderson
in clubs on the south and west side, and outdoor gigs in "Jewtown"(Maxwell street).
with Jimmy Reed in Detroit

NYC  1975-1982
bass player with Cigarette, a free form rock band
in clubs, and lofts.
scores for modern dance/theater/poetry performance.
the Odd Couple, trio
1983 extended break
w. mass

"returning to the music, mining for autochthonic spirits"

Dan Wallack


Ray Moore - Saxophone


Ray Moore, from Springfield Ma. joins us on the Tenor and Soprano Sax. Playing Sax from the 70's, Ray has played R&B with several local bands including most recently The Jus Us Band. Ray has also played with Inner City Energy, Earl Davis and the Top Hat Band,The Dynamic Sex Machine, Sunlight and Shade, GTX Unlimited Band, Soul Steve and the Ovations, and Johnny Q and the Q Jays.











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Ozzie Williams "Live" at Black Eyed Sally's


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Theodores


By George Lenker | Special to The Republican

Theodores’ in Springfield has quite the one-two punch coming up on Sept 27-28 when Texas blues (by way of Connecticut) teams up with the Stax/Motown sound on Friday and Saturday, respectively.


Sept. 28, Theodores’ will bring in Ozzie Williams RRB, a tribute to the classic sounds that came out of the Stax, Motown, and Muscle Shoals studios in the early 1960s. Fronted by vocalist/percussionist Ozzie Williams, and backed by a four-piece band, RRB keeps the classic sounds of soul, reggae and R&B alive for today’s audiences. “RRB” stands for Roots, Rhythm, and Blues. The band includes veterans such as Marcus Childs, Dan Wallack, Ray Moore, and Gary Johnson.






















HOLYOKE — Music, food and shopping are a handful of activities that were part of the Celebrate Holyoke 2019 festival at Heritage State Park.
The three-day will continue until Sunday, Aug. 25 and includes the Heritage Park Water Deck and Holyoke Merry-Go-Round.
Visitors have a wide variety of food and beverage such as the Holyoke Hummus Co., Frituras Latinas, Dino’s, the Silk Deli, Chill Out, the Beer Guy Brewery, and the Connecticut Yankee Concessions, to name a few.
Singer/songwriter Arlo Guthrie was headlining the festivities along with Johnny & the Flashbacks, Fancy Trash, Ozzie Williams, Eleven, The Eagles Experience, Opal Canyon, The Salsa Train Qrquestra, Los Gigantes de la Plena, Basement Cats, Appalachian Still and Sweet Daddy Cool Breeze and more.
Officials expect more than 15,000 visitors for the three-day period.










Vocalist Ozzie Williams performs at the 2019 Stone Soul Festival taking place at Blunt Park on Roosevelt Ave. in Springfield on August 30th(Ed Cohen Photo)









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