Founded in 2015, MOJOFest was created to celebrate the union of Jamie and Mary Oldaker while benefitting local charities that they are passionate about. Their initials: M.O (Mary Oldaker) and J.O (Jamie Oldaker) make up the anagram where the festival’s name derives from. The event combines the couple’s two biggest passions: musical performances and charitable stewardship, into a community event with something for everyone. In its first two years, the event has helped raised over $20,000 for the Day Center for the Homeless and has featured legendary acts such as the Subdues, Ann Bell, and Gaelic Storm.
MOJOFest’s mission is to celebrate the marriage of Jamie and Mary Oldaker through live musical performances, community engagement, and charitable stewardship.
An award-winning drummer and percussionist, after a stint with Bob Seger in 1973, Jamie began his incredible career with Leon Russell at the historic Church Studio as a session musician. After working with the Gap Band on their debut album, “Magician’s Holiday”, Jamie joined Eric Clapton in 1974 during the recording of “461 Ocean Boulevard.” Jamie has continued his life-long relationship with Eric Clapton and will be joining Mr. Clapton this summer with “Crossroads” Guitar Festival. Jamie is thrilled to bring his festival, MOJOFest to where he got his start with Leon Russell at the historic Church Studio on Studio Row.
2019 Festival proceeds will benefit two local charities:
The nonprofit center focuses on providing the full spectrum of what clients need to overcome homelessness, including a health clinic, personalized case management, and computer access. The facility serves over 300 clients per day.
The purpose of this 501c3 public charity is to support the understanding, appreciation, and advancement of music. The Church Studio, a historic structure converted into a recording studio in 1972 by Leon Russell, supports the affiliated foundation by engaging the community through music programs, festivals, video, film, artist development, education and an array of other programs.