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More than a century of collective musical experience is what gives Mumbo Gumbo its eclectic sound.

The Sacramento-based group is playing a free concert 7:30 p.m. July 21 for David Walley's 150th anniversary.

"Everyone has an extensive history of playing different kinds of music, and everyone has wide-varied interests," vocalist Chris Webster said. "All our different backgrounds bring different styles into the music."

Mumbo Gumbo has played together for 22 years with band members ranging in ages from their late 30s to late 60s.

"Our drummer has a strong jazz background and appreciation for world music," Webster said. "Our saxophone player is from New York and played all over the world in the Air Force Band."

The seven-piece band features the accordion, washboard, saxophones, boogie piano and rhythm section.

"The reason we're called Mumbo Gumbo is because we're a big stew of lots of kinds of instruments," Webster said. "It's mostly an Americana roots-based, fun music with a lot of New Orleans influences."

The band mostly plays around Northern California, but has performed in the Reno/Sparks area and Carson Valley.

"We love the Minden and Genoa area," Webster said. "We've played there several years in a row and love it up there."

Mumbo Gumbo will play two, one-hour sets July 21 from its latest CD, "Fun-pak."

"That record is a compilation of some of our previous albums and four new songs," Webster said. "We really enjoy how happy our music seems to make people. It's very family-friendly."

What Webster said the band enjoys most about performing is the connections they make with their fans.

They recently played a wedding for a woman who first heard them play when she was 8 years old.

"People who have met at our shows have gotten married," Webster said. "That's what we enjoy is the connections we make. We enjoy our fans."

Along with Webster, band members include Tracey Walton on vocals, Rick Lotter on drums, Lynn Michael Palmer on bass, Jon Wood on guitar, Reggy Marks on saxophone and Steve Stizzo on piano and accordion.

The resort's birthday bash kicks off at 6:30 p.m. July 21 with a barbecue for $12 which includes chicken, tri-tip and ribs.

Mumbo Gumbo will take to the outdoor stage at 7:30 p.m.

David Walley's Hot Spring resort is located at 2001 Foothill Road in Genoa.

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