Papa and Mama Root is a trademark property of John D. Moore. Copyright 2007-2017.
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We want to introduce ourselves…and give your 55+ community a very special entertainment offer!

We are Papa and Mama Root. We have performed old time rock and roll and our originals for over a decade in nearly 700 shows.  We have toured the Northeast doing sponsored pre-game music for teams in several professional baseball leagues including the Eastern League, International League, New York/Penn League, and college wood bat leagues.

While  living "up north" we also performed at center city concerts; at car shows; in conjunction with a wide variety of community/civic events; in restaurants; for fundraisers; and in 55+ (senior) communities. Along the way, we have raised money for scholarships, youth issues, veterans, and senior programs. Since we first began coming down to Punta Gorda, we have also performed for a host of local similar events throughout this area.

We perform a lot of "oldies music", but we are not just any other "oldies band." Our shows are different. Here's why.

Papa and Mama Root is not a "dance band", or "computerized band", with a wall of speakers, pre-recorded parts, and ear splitting sound.  Instead, we offer an old school coffee house/small venue atmosphere alternative.

There are no pre-recorded instruments, or backing tracks, of any kind. 

As Papa and Mama Root, we adapt, simplify, and interpret the great songs, and deliver them live, real and in the moment. We feature Papa on acoustic/electric guitar and harmonica, and both Papa and Mama on vocals. 

Our approach is true 1960's style!  We give audiences the opportunity to sit back, move and groove, and sing along.

Papa and Mama Root performances focus mainly on the songs and artists of rock 'n roll's Golden Era of music (1958-1973)... the years with the hits that make up over 80% of Rolling Stone Magazine's Greatest 500 songs.  Papa and Mama add a "back story" to each selection.

In addition, Papa and Mama also perform their own Americana original songs...musical vignettes that feature a striking sonic and lyrical resemblance to the hits you have loved all of your life. Several original selections off of the "Home Cookin'" and "Second Helpings" CDs have charted in the National Airplay Top 100 Americana charts of air play as compiled by Record World Magazine.

Papa and Mama Root's normal performance fees are affordable and straight forward and are based on the length of the show. However, we are giving you a special offer an opportunity that is hard to refuse... a free performance!

We are scheduling free one hour shows that are just right for events you might already have on your community social calendar.
These "no cost one hour" performances are sponsored by "Beef O'Brady's" right here in Punta Gorda.  Some folks offer us an additional freewill compensation, some don't.  It is not required, but always appreciated!  You can also add a second hour for a minimal cost.

Contact us today to get your performance on the books. 

Call 716 631-2023, or e-mail Papa at  We are looking forward to meeting you and performing in your community as part of an existing event, or stand alone, show.