Blue Moon Marquee writes and performs original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves. Carving a path through blues, jazz, jump jive, folk, country, swing, and Indigenous soul with an authentic spirit, their sound does not idle easily in one clear category or another. It stomps and struts through the wilds, conjuring a blend where Howlin’ Wolf tangos with Django, Earnest Tubb shoots firecrackers with Cab Calloway, and Memphis Minnie throws dice with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. Their lyrics often touch on the underbelly of society, woven with elements of Indigenous storytelling and poetic cadence.
A.W. Cardinal (vocals,guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals,bass,drums) have played everywhere from jazz clubs to folk venues, prisons and dive bars to prestigious festival stages (well, they are at Mission, aren’t they?).