Richmond, Virginia, USA

A combination of contagious jams and eclectic songwriting. MOOSSA is one of those live acts you just have to see to believe. Roots rock without boundaries delving freely into funk, blues and reggae. Great guitar play, singular vocals and a funky back line will leave you begging for more!


Since 2001 the band has created an original mix of song driven funk, folk, reggae and rock. Live performances and studio recordings are laced with “….sunsplashed laid back reggae…back alley funk, (and)… subtle punk soul…grittier then a July evening in Tulsa.” Moossa’s songs are brimming with wicked guitar licks, soulful vocals and thoughtful lyrics culminating in good time positive music. Some of the more popular numbers the band has released over the years include "A Little Bit Higher", "Reno" and "Althea". Each song illustrates a different facet of MOOSSA's eclectic repertoire from seductive reggae to funky r & b and epic jam rock.
A true workingman’s band, the group has performed over 500 times on stages and in locales as varied as their repertoire.
Moossa has enjoyed radio play on indie, college and AAA stations as well as a few select TV appearances such as PBS’ nationally syndicated “THE MUSIC SEEN”. Moossa has shared the stage with the Wailers, Drive By Truckers, Victor Wooten, Stephen Kellog and the Sixers and Soul Live amongst many others.
Past performances include Floyd Fest , the Great American Music Festival , Haymaker and the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival.

With their fifth studio album, Bright Lights and Faded Signs, Moossa continues to produce strong, eclectic, lyric-driven original rock. The album represents the band’s coming of age in a multitude of respects. Songs seamlessly flow one into the next in a collage of snapshots of life’s daily struggles: lost love and family, finding peace and one’s place in the world. The themes are expressed over powerful grooves, riffs, and infectious hooks. There is an inherent unity in the band’s diverse mix that suggests a wide range of influences across many genres, including rock, country and R&B. Bassist and songwriter Ryan Davis penned the majority of the songs and anchors the tunes with strong, clever and melodic playing like that heard on “Center of it All”. Singer Nancy Waldman’s vocal tracks are simply top notch and she controls her powerful instrument with artful nuance on stand out cuts like “Leave it Alone” and “Fall”. Guitarist Trey Batts weaves subtly textured guitar lines throughout the compilation and paints vivid landscapes with tone and tremelo. Trey’s standout work on the record includes a large role in the mixing process of the recording. Band founder John Moossa rounds out the group’s sound with an edgy vocal that rumbles and drawls on “Told You So” and the sweetly manic delivery on “Laughin’ Cryin’”. The album was written and conceived over a series of stripped down rehearsals and then recorded locally in Oregon Hill at Minimum Wage Studio. Minimum Wage owner and Engineer Lance Koehler commands the drums on half of the tracks, and the band’s newest member Dennis Vignola delivers an enthusiastic cadence on the remaining tracks. The band celebrates its tenth year of playing with the CD release party on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at Bogart’s. The CD will be available at the show and online via outlets such as CDBaby and iTunes.

Moossa advocates awareness of Mitochondrial disorders and the mission of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.

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Bright Lights & Faded Signs - 2012
Route 17 -2008
Step Right Up - 2006
Get Away -2003
Last Night - 2002 (John Moossa)

Singles "Break Apart" and "Reno" received serious rotation on over 90 college and AAA stations. "Reno" selected for WNCW "Crowd Around the Mic" compilation that included artists like Gillian Welch, Tim O'Brien and the Indigo Girls

Set List


Sets vary but range from 50 minutes to 2 hours depending on the situation. Expect to hear mainlyoriginal music as the band dips into its extensive catalog. Covers include Weezer, Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Billy Idol, Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash et al.

Current Song List


Burn One Down Ben Harper
So Much Trouble Bob Marley
3 0’Clock Road Block Bob Marley
Coming in from the Cold Bob Marley
Concrete Jungle Bob Marley
Dead Flowers the Rolling Stones
Sweet Jane Velvet Underground
Jane Says Jane's Addiction
People Get Ready Curtis Mayfield
About a Girl Nirvana
Man Who Sold the World David Bowie
Man in Me Bob Dylan
New Pollution Beck
Stir It Up Bob Marley
Just What I Needed the Cars
I Fought the Law the Clash
Graceland Paul Simon
Masterpiece Bob Dylan
All Along the Watchtower Bob Dylan
Cocaine Blues Johnny Cash
Comes A Time Neil Young
Tangled Up in Blue Bob Dylan
Watching the Detectives Elvis Costello
Heavy the Beatles
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight