At this time, What Mama Said would like to officially announce that as of April 2014, the group will be no longer making regular appearances together.
We are choosing to not use the words “retire” or “breaking up” because those words seem so concrete and imply some sort of negativity, which is not the case here. This decision has been a long time coming and simply needed a catalyst to be put into motion and we feel as though the time is now.
This March will mark the 7-year anniversary for WMS, which is a very long time for any group to stay together and we are flat out tired and are ready for the next chapter in our lives. What started out in Mike’s basement as a “side project” amongst friends with acoustic guitars (anyone remember our early acoustic shows?!?!) quickly took off and turned into something more than any of us could have imagined. For a bunch of “Weekend Warriors” with regular day jobs, who only take the stage weekly out of sheer enjoyment, the desire to play music and for the rush of performing live, we are very proud of what we have accomplished during the past 7 years. We are very fortunate to have experienced a high level of success and a schedule packed with top venues, all without the benefits of a full-time management company behind us and we owe that to YOU, our fans and friends. In a business full of politics and greed, we set out to do things OUR way and our loyal following and fan base allowed us to do exactly that. Again, we thank YOU.
We are in the process of booking our remaining schedule through the first quarter of 2014 which will be posted on our website very soon along with a Farewell Show. Stay tuned for details.
Will this mark the end of What Mama Said? Who knows? We remain great friends and at the end of the day, we are musicians. You can expect to see Joey and Mario making regular appearances at the Chesapeake Inn next summer and don’t be surprised to see Jay, Mike and Paulie again on a stage near you in the future.
As for the immediate future, the band has shows booked and we fully intend to ROCK your faces off over the next four months until this ride is over! Check out the schedule at whatmamasaid.com over the next several weeks for updates, text your friends, make plans and let’s finish this party in style!
We love you all and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the last seven years! It’s been an amazing experience that none of us will ever forget.
Joey, Jay, Mike, Paulie & Mario
Upcoming ShowsSaturday Dec. 14th
The Chesapeake Inn
Chesapeake City, MD
8:30pm - 12:30am
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