A diagram charting the vast network of musicians connected to the siblings Steve, Colin and Julian Hogan would capture just about the entire Bay Area music scene.
Steeped in jazz, the East Bay-raised Hogan Brothers have played with leading figures in R&B, funk, hip-hop and Latin music.
Omega Rae is a channeler of classic R&B but she first made her name as the lead vocalist of Afro-Mystik, an electronic music outfit signed to Om in the early 2000s. She might just be the hardest-working woman in Bay Area show business these days. In addition to appearing now and again with Soul Mechanix, Curtis Bumpy, and Entourage, she fronts her own band oMega LIVE!
If that wasn’t enough, Rae recently shared stages with Sheila E. and Fred Wesley and sang backgrounds on Sammy Hagar’s new record Sammy & Friends (that’s her on his cover of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus” ) and Dynamic’s Microcosm. Her other credits include hip-hoppers Blackalicious, Zion-I and Lady L.U.S.T. , zydeco/blues outfit Pete Contino Band, and many more.