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DECATUR — Here Come the Mummies has been a popular act with the Decatur Celebration audiences since 2011. The eight-piece funk band draws big crowds every time they hit a Decatur stage.

Because they are so loved in the area, some might think they would feel comfortable to shed a little of their mummy wrapping when they come to visit.

Some would be wrong.

“Oh no, no. These are what you call 'baked-in' at this point,” said Mummy Cass. “It’s less flesh and more like “human jerky,” but we get by, we get by.”

“If you tried that, our flesh would peel right off the bone along with,” said Midnight Mummy.

Here Come the Mummies will return to the Decatur Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 6, on the Funfest Stage.

The nine-piece group never breaks from its mummy personnas, appearing on stage fully wrapped and ready to go. The group's interviews are conducted only by email. 

The actual identities of the mummies are an unreleased secret, although it is typically said among the band's fan base that they hail from Nashville and employ at least one Grammy Award winner.

The band is just as happy as their fans to be coming back to the area.

“Friendly folks, a city-wide party, tasty snacks,” Midnight said. “What’s not to like?”

“Plus they pay us,” added Cass.

Here Come the Mummies offers a humorous yet ghostly show performed by a group of professional musicians. But they should be professional by now; they claimed to be 5,000 year-old. The band of eight Egyptian mummies perform their brand of original undead funk wrapped from head to toe in old white gauze. So there may not be any bodies under the wrapping.

Each band member brings their own style and personality to the stage performance.

For example, drummer Eddie Mummy is shy, according to Cass.

“But can topple the stage over with the power in his drumming,” he said.

Midnight is a ham; Spaz is thoughtful and reserved. Cass hates tedium. The Pole is a teddy bear. “Mummy Ra is a genius at the sax,” Cass said. “The Flu is into fine Art, Garfunkel, and Eydie Gormé cooking.”

Here Come the Mummies' music is as fun and unique as their alter-egos. Their original music has a sound reminiscent of blues and funk bands throughout the ages.

The mixture of influences include classic rhythm and blues musicians from the 1950s and 1960s such as James Brown, Ray Charles and Otis Redding. Others bands include a sound similar to Here Come the Mummies. Cass listed those funk bands as influences, including The Commodores, Ohio Players, Stevie Wonder, Parliament and Prince. Actor Sherman Hemsley also made his list.

Here Come the Mummies has been the opening act for a variety of bands from soul singer Al Green to rock group Cheap Trick. Here Come the Mummies have also performed at the Super Bowl Village and large festivals like Voodoo Fest, Musikfest and Riverbend. They are also a regular on the "Bob and Tom Show" radio program.

Here Come the Mummies likes to have fun on stage, since that is when they come alive. Songs such as “Kinda Lingers” and “Libido Knievel” has the audience laughing as well as dancing.

“It’s a party in your eye-holes and your ear-holes,” Midnight said. “And possibly your nose-holes.”

“Nostrils. They’re called nostrils,” Mummy Cass clarified.

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"Together Decatur" Columnist and Food and Drink Reporter

“Together Decatur” columnist and food and drink reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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