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Ozzie Williams and the Monroe-Marion Street Band

"Just before Covid-19 hit our country and the shelter in place was a reality ,we were putting together a band for my brother Taj Mahal to do the BLUES CRIUSE . He suggested to combine the two street names together that we have so much history with and we grew up on Marion st. Here it is " "Monroe-Marion Street Band " Great to be named by a living legend like Taj Mahal "

Kind-regards Ozzie


                                


   Ozzie Williams and the Monroe-Marion St. Band 
gives tribute to the classic 60's to 70's Soul and Rhythm and Blues that came out of the Stax, Motown, and Muscle Shoals studios. Artists like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Eddie Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and others created lasting Rhythm and Blues and Soul music that is still popular today.


 " 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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Schedule


Ozzie Williams

And the 

Monroe-Marion Street Band




Schedule



Summer 2022 Schedule


Friday May 27th 6 to 10 pm
The Munich Haus
outside in the Beer Garden
13 Center St. Chicopee Ma.
413-594-8788


Sunday June 12th 5 to 9 pm
The Lake George Tavern
2 Main St, Wales Ma.
413-245-0103



Saturday June 25th 6 to 10 pm
The Munich Haus
outside in the Beer Garden
13 Center St. Chicopee Ma.
413-594-8788


Saturday July 2nd  8 to 11 pm
Black Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen
350 Asylum St. Hartford Ct.
860-278-7427


Saturday July 30th 6 to 10 pm
The Munich Haus
outside in the Beer Garden
13 Center St. Chicopee Ma.
413-594-8788


Sunday August 7th 3 to 7 pm
Westview Farms Creamery 
109 E Hill Road Monson Ma.
413-267-5355


Friday August 19th 6 to 10 pm
The Lake George Tavern
2 Main St, Wales Ma.
413-245-0103


Saturday August 27th 6 to 10pm
The Munich Haus
outside in the Beer Garden
13 Center St. Chicopee Ma.
413-594-8788


Friday September 2nd
The Stone Soul Festival
Blunt Park
Roosevelt Ave. Springfield Ma.


Saturday Sept. 24th 6 to 10 pm
The Munich Haus
outside in the Beer Garden
13 Center St. Chicopee Ma.
413-594-8788


Saturday October 1st 6 to 10 pm
The Lake George Tavern
2 Main St, Wales Ma.
413-245-0103















Audio/Visual


Ozzie Williams 
and the 
Monroe-Marion Street Band

Audio/Visual













Ozzie Williams "Live" at Black Eyed Sally's


Dock Of the Bay




Respect





Out Of Sight




Try A Little Tenderness




Something









The Monroe-Marion St. Band


 


 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 All-Stars, Stone Blue, Marky and the Spice Hogs and The Inner City Blues Band.





Alex Nickols -Bass Guitar/Vocals









James Dixon - Drums/Vocals








George Plouffe Jr. - Keyboards



Doug Lang - Saxophone








Press

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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We're Back For 2022
Very excited and looking forward to getting out and playing some music this year. Ozzie Williams and I are putting the Monroe-Marion St. Band back together and we have some shows scheduled around the area. We also have some veteran musicians joining us to help us deliver some classic 60's/70's Soul, Rhythm and Blues, and blues. Check us out at:
www.ozziewilliamsrrb.com I look forward to seeing you all and sharing live music together!

Ozzie Williams and the Monroe-Marion St. Band

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