Bio / The MoFo Party Band Story
Since 1989 The MoFo Party Band has been spreading the blues along Central California’s Highwy 99 via their home of Fresno. Influenced by West Coast and old-school Chicago Blues, The MoFo Party Band provides a sound and show that is all about having a good time. “People tell us they like us because it always looks like we are having fun,” says lead guitarist Bill Clifton, “that’s because we are and we love what we do.”
With four records on the shelf, The MoFo Party Band is currently working on their fifth release, due out in early 2009. Consistently playing over 100 shows a year for more than a decade positions The MoFo Party Band to take their show across North America & Europe. Internet and specialty radio servicing, along with continued in-store promotional stops are being scheduled in conjunction with their live performances.
The MoFo Party Band is led by the Clifton brothers Bill & John. The current line up includes: Bill Clifton on lead guitar, John Clifton on lead vocals and harp, Jake Finney on upright bass and Sky Garcia on drums. Both regional and international press, in addition to niche print publications, have covered the Mofo Party Band over the years. “Invigorating, straight forward, honest stuff!” says Ken Smith, Red Lick Records, Wales, UK.
The MoFo Party Band has played many festivals such as the Sonora Blues Festival, the San Francisco Blues Festival. The Peer Belgian Rhythm & Blues Festival, and an appearance on the B.B. King Blues Festival tour. From playing as the backup band for late Chicago blues legend Luther Tucker, to sharing the stage with blues legends Bo Diddley, Robert Cray, Charlie Musselwhite, Los Lobos, Otis Rush, Little Charlie and the Night Cats, Tommy Castro and others, The MoFo Party Band is a well respected and hard working band on the West Coast blues scene.
The MoFo Party Band is scheduling performance dates across North America & Europe to bring their brand of blues to new audiences.
The MoFo Party Band’s high-energy show will keep blues fans dancing all night long. “These guys are crowd pleasers, and they go the extra mile no matter if it’s a big festival or small club audience!”
“ The MoFo Party Band not only delivers the music, but plenty of extra high energy, old school entertainment. A really tough act to follow!”
* Rick Estrin, Singer / Harmonica Player, Little Charlie And The Night Cats *
“One of the best bands on the West Coast today ! They got their own thing going. Now it’s your turn to take notice.”
* Tom Mazzolini, Promoter, San Francisco Blues Festival *
“The MoFo’s are a REAL blues band that knows how to move people with their high energy, charismatic stage presence and down to earth classic blues style.”
* Tommy Castro *
“The MoFo Party Band is highly energetic and a real crowd pleaser playing the old school blues”
Terri Mills, Reno Blues Society
“ The ragin' blues harmonica and growlin’ vocals of John Clifton, the driving, lightning guitar riffs of brother Bill and a stage persona with rare and dynamic energy, made for a night that will be talked about for a long while.”
* Leon Emo. Madera Tribune
“One of the most deserving-of-wider-recognition bands in country”
Joseph Jordan, Bay Area Blues Beat / Southland Blues Magazine
“ This is a group of dynamic individuals, with an original sound and a hard working professional attitude. They take advantage of the power that blues can invoke, unleashing it with passion that only comes from a true love of music.”
Musick Mountain Blues Festival
“ The MoFo Party Band is a Chicago-style harmonica-driven blues band that delivers the blues the way it was meant to be, from the heart and soul. “
Mr. IZ, HiS Magazine
“What is the sound of the MoFo Party band? It's raw and nasty. It's filled with sharp corners. It's the Sound of grit and salt and mechanic's grease. These guys play mean, man.”
Joe Reinartz, Associate Editor Pollstar Magazine