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The Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins has come back from the dead!!

Resurrection of Screamin Jay Hawkins
                            LogoThe great blues singer, crazy man, original shock-rock performer and the songwriter who penned the classic, “I Put A Spell on You,” died in 2000. But, that was then, this is now, and bluesman Mike Armando, who was Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s guitarist in the 1970s, has recreated the legendary shows with a new group, appropriately called, The Resurrection of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Tribute Band. This show is an authentic recreation and people attending will think they're seeing Screamin’ Jay resurrected.

The idea for the tribute band was inspired by Steve Bergsman’s upcoming biography of the singer called “I PUT A SPELL ON YOU: THE BIZARRE LIFE OF SCREAMIN’ JAY HAWKINS,” which will be published by Feral House Publications.  Steve Bergsman will be at some of the shows to sign books.

“Steve Bergsman interviewed me extensively for the book, and afterward it motivated me to form the tribute band,” says Mike. “I know people will want to read about Screamin’ Jay because he truly was bizarre, but I thought it would be great if I could show fans his music and what his famous shows looked like.”

Screamin’ Jay grunted, groaned, snarled and even moaned with intestinal pain during performances. Sometimes he would appear in aboriginal dress, with a bone through his nose and casting voodoo spells. He was always accompanied by Henry, his staff topped with a skull. He sometimes performed swirled in a cloud of smoke and, most famously, he would emerge from a coffin to sing his best known song.

“When we play theaters, it will be up to the local venues to decide if they want the coffin since it is an extra cost,” Mike explains.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was a prolific songwriter and his huge songbook has rarely been heard outside of “I Put A Spell on You.” Mike plans to perform some of the more well-known compositions like “Constipation Blues,” “Alligator Wine” and lesser-known nuggets like “Feast of the Mau Mau.” Although some dedicated fans might prefer “Armpit #6” or “(She Put The) Whammee (On Me).”

“The hardest part of forming a Resurrection of Screamin Jay Hawkins
                              video pictribute band was finding someone to be Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, but when I met Shakar “TheRealShakar” Brumfield, I knew he was the right person because he was an actor as well as a singer,” says Mike. “Back in 2016, he won the Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night Making a Star” competition.” Other members of this extremely talented band include Michael Johnson on saxophone, Andrew Golba on bass, and Gene Linefsky on drums.”

The band is not just performing the music of Screamin' Jay Hawkins but creating a time machine of one of rock’s true wild men. “In fact, Screamin’ Jay may even pop out of a coffin,” Mike says.
“Let the resurrection begin.”

It’s a show you will long remember!!


For old fans of Screamin’Jay Hawkins, this band has captured the off the hook creativity of Jays music . New fans will be treated to a style that could only have flourished in a better time for music.
- Robbie Dupree  " Steal Away"

Forget about zombies! With the Resurrection of Screamin' Jay Hawkins Tribute Band, the man who invented shock-rock is back and he is gonna put a spell on you. Don't miss the most exciting stage act since Screamin' Jay Hawkins first emerged from a coffin.
-   Steve Bergsman, author of I Put a Spell on You: The Bizarre Life of Screamin' Jay Hawkins and a dozen other books.

Mike Armando is a  great jazz and blues guitar player. Working with Screamin’ Jay for years has clearly influenced his life and music.
 - Tommy Castro - Tommy Castro & The PainKillers



Press Release
  Tommy Castro talks about Screamin Jay Hawkins on WBGO

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Resurrection of Screamin Jay Hawkins: Alligator Wine & I Put a Spell On You


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