Yolo Mambo, winner of the 2018 SAMMIE award in World Music, has been playing around Northern California for over eight years, from outdoor tent festivals, house concerts, corporate poolside parties, weddings, and wineries, to intimate restaurant dining and rowdy dancing. 

The transglobal rhythms of Yolo Mambo will transport you to Brazil, Cuba, Peru, Cape Verde, France, Spain, New Zealand, and the States. Yolo Mambo blends spicy cha-cha, jazz, bossa nova, samba, salsa, and folk with the dynamic vocals of Catherine LeBlanc in languages from all over this Earth.  Catherine has published over 17 original songs, and plays ukelele, plains flute, and percussion.  Completing the instrumental and vocal backing are jazz and world music veterans Carla Campbell on percussion, Phil Summers on Spanish guitar, and Steve O’Neill on string bass.

  1. Yolo Mambo has headlined at

  2. The Palms Playhouse (Winters, CA)

  3. Sacramento Arts Festival (Civic Center, Sacramento, CA)

  4. Robert Mondavi Center for the Arts (Davis, CA)

  5. Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA)

  6. Whole Earth Festival (UC Davis)

  7. Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights (Oakland, CA)

  8. Veteran’s Memorial Theatre (Davis, CA)

  9. Valhalla Grand Lawn (South Lake Tahoe, CA)

  10. Sutter Creek Theatre (Sutter Cr., CA)

  11. Rossmoor Music Series, Walnut Creek, CA.

  12. parties and festivals for all occasions.   

Yolo Mambo has released three CDs, The Roulette of Romance (2009), World Wide (2011), and Twist of Fate (2015).  This year will see our next CD, Ebb and Flow!

The Roulette of Romance is available at shows. World Wide and Twist of Fate are also distributed on iTunes, CD Baby, and local music stores. 

Yolo Mambo is fully self-contained, providing the music, sound, and lights.

Fan Mail!

© 2011-2017 Yolo Mambo.

I really appreciated you coming to our school today to play for our students  You are amazing!  The students enjoyed learning about your instruments and the music from around the world

  Ms. LeBlanc you are a gifted song writer with a beautiful voice.  Ms. Campbell thank you for telling us about your drums and entertaining us with the rhythm and your beautiful voice.  Mr. Summers and Mr. O'Neill you also have wonderful voices and played your instruments with skill.

  I hope you come back to Hillsdale to play for us again.

Mrs M., Hillsdale Elementary School

“Heard this group in concert tonight - GREAT, lovely, fun. Good music. Enjoyable Concert. Impressed with the repertoire.”

Elizabeth S., on GigSalad

“We've been hosting house concerts for five years, but this is the first time I've seen audience members bouncing and bopping in their seats. From the very first song, Yolo Mambo held the audience in their warm embrace and didn't let go. Lead singer Catherine LeBlanc's voice, movement, and personality are delightful. Each band member brings his or her own personal spark to the mix -- so much so that it's hard to imagine any of them without the other three. Yolo Mambo's musicianship, creativity, and genuine goodness of spirit made us feel the joy of being alive.”

Mark Schaeffer, Rose Avenue Acoustic Delights, Oakland

"Yolo Mambo provided an incredible show at our recent backyard house concert. The 100+ crowd absolutely loved hearing Catherine's beautiful voice and Carla's, Phil's and Steve's harmonies and instrumental performances. My nearby neighbors commented that the music through the trees was lovely. I look forward to scheduling another gig with them soon!"

Robin D., Robin’s Nest Concerts, Davis, CA

“Thanks so much for providing such fantastic music for our event.  Everyone really enjoyed Yolo Mambo.  The music just fit the theme and mood of the evening so perfectly, and it certainly would not have been the same without all of you!  I have received a lot of positive feedback from those who attended, and I will certainly keep you in mind for future events.”

Angela H., Granite Bay Golf Club, CA

“Perfect Match

“We were looking for a band that was a sort of Salsa band, but we found something better. The combination of World Music with Latin Rhythms and some selected older ballads was a great combination for my 80th birthday party. Great for background music, listening and dancing later in the evening. One of my guests loved the "subtle Latin beat" to all of the songs.”

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Asa W., Rancho Cordova, CA

“I hired Yolo Mambo to play at a dear friend’s birthday party in my back yard.    I could not have picked a better group to play for our event. WOW!!! Everyone (over 100 people young, old and all in between) LOVED the music.  I received many compliments and want to extend them to Yolo Mambo!!!! Your music is fabulous!  You made my guests very happy and for that I THANK YOU!!! I am so very happy I found you  and look forward to seeing and hearing you all again very soon.  Each and everyone of you are so very nice and I felt as though we had known each other for years yet we only met that day! Very easy to work with! No stress, no mess.  LOVE IT!!!!”

Dee Dee P., Citrus Heights, CA

“I wanted to extend my sincere thanks for your performance at the Museum on Thursday.  The audience loved the music and it was the perfect addition to our Bohemian themed event.  I was so impressed at the way your sound fit the festive mood.  In addition to the great sound and repertoire, I thought your stage presence and the overall look of your stage set was both charming and fitting for our event.  Your group was very easy to work with and we would love to have you back for a future event.  Thanks again!!”


- Rika N., Programs Manager, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

“They sound like a well-oiled machine.”

- Joe Craven, announcing our set

“Yolo Mambo was so much more than I could have hoped for! All four musicians were extremely talented, professional and together created the most delightful musical performance. We especially enjoyed the beautiful voice of the vocalist singing in the various languages. They set just the right tone for our party! One of the things that is so engaging about Yolo Mambo is that they really seem to enjoy working together and therefore exude a happy energy and enthusiasm. My guests were enthralled with the music and I could not have been more delighted. I highly recommend Yolo Mambo for your next party or event!!!!”

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- Connie S., Sacramento

““Your music is fantastic!”

  1. -Mark West, Rominger West Winery, Davis

“I wanted to thank you and the band for delivering such a great performance. You put on a great show and the crowd loves it. Thank you again for working with us on this to make it all happen. Look forward to hearing you again soon when I can just sit and enjoy in the audience.”

- Lynda Hinds, RootStock Gifts & Tasting Room

“Hi Catherine - It was so lovely to have you and the band at my birthday party! You all made it very special! Everyone, of course, raved about how wonderful you all were. Everyone really enjoyed it!  Thanks again”

- Stefanie C., Davis

“They performed inside our library and did a wonderful job. They were early and set up quickly - and packed up fast too, which matters since we have to close the building at a specific time. But best of all they gave a terrific concert. They are at ease with an audience, which had a lot of fun. Plus they are just four extra-talented musicians. Catherine LeBlanc has an amazing voice. We really appreciate their coming all this way. We'd definitely book them again.”

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- Margot A., Orinda Library, Orinda, CA

“I really appreciated the various techniques you explore with your music and as an ensemble.  In “Elefantes,” I really enjoyed the playing and singing; excellent feel, very nice phrasing of the melody, interesting arrangement, great ensemble sound, and the music is beautiful and inventive.”

- Jeff W., via email regarding our new CD, World Wide

"We really enjoyed having Yolo Mambo play at our Spring Tasting.  Your music was lively and fun but worked nicely into the background allowing guests to talk and drink without being over powered.  We enjoyed working with you and we'll think of you again."

- Andi C., Putah Creek Winery, Davis, CA

"Many thanks again for the wonderful music you brought to our party! My wife has mentioned over and over how perfect the music was for the occasion, and many people commented to me about how much they enjoyed your delightful songs."

- Crilly B., Davis, CA

“The theme of our wedding rehearsal picnic was french. Yolo Mambo made a point of including french songs as well as a wonderful eclectic playlist that was a perfect backdrop for the relaxed picnic atmosphere. They were both professional and personal in their approach to the day's planning. I really appreciate their willingness to work in an outdoor environment with no available electricity! They made the day exquisite!”

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- Jan K., Napa, CA