Reno, Nev., Saturday March 19, 2016, local Reno favorites MoJo Green brought some funk and soul to the stage at the Cargo Concert Hall located inside the Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno. Opening the show for MoJo Green was the one and only, DJ Chango (Jonathan Chapin).
At the show the band released their second studio album titled Soul Phatasaxtion which was officially released the same day of the show. The album has nine new original tracks with the full horn driven SoulFunk sound that the band is known for. The band’s debut album, Funk in Public (released in 2013) won the 2013-2014 Northern Nevada album of the year.
Attendance for the show was very good with around six hundred funky/soulful danced crazed fans that turned the concert hall into a funky dance hall. Just about everyone there was dancing and getting down and dirty to every song the band played. As a special added bonus, MoJo Green gave every fan with a ticket to the show a free copy of the CD.
KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting (PBS), brought in their camera crew to the venue to tape MoJo Green’s performance for a future episode of “Cargo Live at the Whitney Peak Hotel” which will broadcast at a later date.
The Cargo show was the first of a Summer long tour in support of the CD with dates in Park City Utah, Ashland Ore., Caspar, Calif., San Francisco, Calif. and San Diego Calif. along with many more stops in between all confirmed. To see all the tour dates (click here).
A little about the band, Mojo Green is a seven piece Horn Driven Soul Funk Machine playing their own version of high energy horn driven dance music. Sharing the stage with some of the nations top touring bands and gracing the stages of the top West Coast Music Venues and Festivals, Mojo Green is quickly becoming a Soul Funk household name.
Over the last few years Mojo Green has played over 200 shows taking their high energy, hard hitting, crazy dance party to venues such as ,The Great American Music Hall, The Grand Opening of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Lake Tahoe, The Armory, The Sierra Nevada Big Room, The Sweetwater Music Hall, Harlow’s , The Crystal Bay Club Crown Room and the historic Celebrity Showroom at the Reno Nugget.
The bands touring schedule has given them the honor of sharing the same stage with powerhouse National acts like The Funky Meters, Left Over Salmon, Lettuce, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Rusted Root, The Motet, Trombone Shorty, Orgone, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Turkuaz, The Monophonics, Tea Leaf Green,Nigel Hall and has gained them the reputation of being one of the best live acts around.
The current line up includes, Tim Bain (lead guitar, vocals), Jenes Carter (lead vocals), Dante Orlando (bass), Fletch Fletcher (drums), Monty Adams (trumpet), Kevin Thomas (bari & tenor saxophone) and John Bennum (trombone).
The set, which went over two hours went like this (from the set list on stage),
“Funk In Public,” “Do What I Want,” “Tim Welcome The People,” “Shake,” “Ride,” “Reflect,” “Triple,” “Take It Slow” (drum solo), “Burgle” (Dante solo), “Mudslide,” “What Cha Got,” “Soul Phatasaxtion,” “Caribou,” “Got It Goin’ On,” “Grind,” “Freaks Come Out At Night” and “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover).
This was another very energetic show by a band that always gets the entire venue dancing the whole time they are on stage. Then when you add in lead vocalist Jenes Carter to the mix, who is by far the most beautiful and sexyest front woman that this examiner has ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot) you can’t help but to have a good time and this coming from a die hard rock & roll fan.
So the bottom line here is, if you like to get funky and dance, dance, dance the night away, you don’t want to miss MoJo Green the next time they come your way. Well worth the ticket price at any rate.
A great time was had by all (including me).
Cargo Concert Hall has really stepped it up by bringing top notch entertainment to Reno and the surrounding area. To see who’s next (click here). If you want to see all the photos of MoJo Green at this show (click here).
All Photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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