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The best kept secret in music


"When the Opener takes All"

If you headed over to Castaways in Ithaca, NY on Saturday October 4th, 2003, no doubt you were waiting with anticipation for A Groove Project. Maybe if you showed up early you felt slightly annoyed having to wait for over an hour for the band to start. But if you listened closely, you would have been swept away with the realization that not all opening bands suck.
Walking onto the stage in a halting stream, an unassuming band from Rochester, NY began strumming to an almost nonexistent audience. MMA began to sing into the night, beginning with the Bob Marley classic, "Burning' and a Lootin'," and then progressing into originals such as "Pacifier" and "John Dubbs."
Although the opening song seemed like a clear indication of what style of band this is, they set themselves into a completely new category as they melted beautiful guitar riffs and a sonic-dream string movement in amongst bopping reggae, intense brass accompaniment and bluesy female back vocals.
Starting somewhere around 9:30, MMA played for close to two hours, pressing out music that varied so much at points people were forced to stop their grooving and ask if they were still listening to the same band. The eclectic music influences vibrated through the air in a cascade of powerful instrument usage. Drummer Buddy Honeycott slammed out rhythm as guitarist Wil McKenna brought the audience through a haze of ambient guitar sections with bassist James Searl moving light fingers through the air. Also included were the keyboard skills of Matt Goodwin, and the combined force of both tenor and baritone saxophones and alto/tenor backup form Elissa Strassman and Denise Scott.
Particularly moving in this set was “Urban Cowboy”, a soulful cry from guitar to vocals, washing over the now-filling crowd and out onto the smoky porch. Starting with a slow funky reggae melody, the pace sped and slowed simultaneously, moving the tune from rhythmic reggae to unmistakable rock and roll. Blending the tow may seem somewhat of a challenge but anything is possible with a jazzy trumpet piece accompanied by an encroaching Latin vibe. While not completely dominated by the strength of the rock scene, “Urban Cowboy” transcended the normalcy of what is now passing as rock music and returned to the roots, giving off a “Pink Floyd just got high” feeling.
Rising and falling beats did nothing but further the passion of the song that existed with simplistic lyrics. Not completely letting themselves go with this song, the musicians did manage to pull off the depth of soul the song required while maintaining that certain air of “cool” which seems to pervade their music.
By the end of this song there was an insane buzz running through the crowd—amazement and awe were scrawled across every grinning face and movement seemed inevitable. Moving on to “Boom Box” and other hits such as “Kharma Tax”, MMA did more than steal the show from Addison Groove Project. They demonstrated that sometimes the best band goes on first.

Intervier: Rosie Barkie - Buzzsaw Haircut Magazine

"Local Reggae Act Attracts Capacity Crowds"

If you've been paying attention to what's happening this less than perfect summer, you'll know that Mountain Mojo Authority, since the end of July, has played twice to capacity crowds who danced all night at the Southside Grill in Woodville, NY.
MMA is fast becoming more than just a local act spreading its gospel as far as Alabama on the Gulf Coast and north to Maine. MMA builds on a reggae base with an elastic line-up that features five strong male and female vocals on top, a swaggering brass section that counter-punches the rock solid foundation laid down by the guitar, keys, bass, and drums.

Intervier: Duncan Walls (Park Avenue Festival Coordinator) - The Naples Record

"Reggae Act Performs With Authority"

Who says you have to be from Jamaica to produce funk-a-licous reggae?
Check out the Mountain Mojo Authority- a group of local 20 something’s who prove that reggae music can come from any climate. When the band took the stage at Mcfadden's, on a recent Friday night, it quicly upped the crowd's energy level.
Bassist James Searl describes MMA as an "American reggae band" influenced by all types of music from Nirvana to Bob Marley. The group has come along way since forming four years ago. With 150 shows under its belt and as the winner of three local band contests, it has every reason to celebrate.
Kyle McCullough, 18, of Fairport, NY, says,” I just love coming out and seeing these guys, no matter where they play!" Tim Jones of Rochester, NY, who has been following the band for awhile now, says, " I just know that MMA will hit it big." In the meantime, guitarist Wil Mckenna states, “we’ll keep bringing good music to people to make them happy." Adds Searl: "We like to make ourselves and others feel good in a time of a lot of negativity."

Interviewer: Kayla Zerby - Insider Magazine

"The Bean Scene: Get Up, Stand Up"

I was recently thrilled to have experienced a diamond in the reggae rough. Hailing from Rochester, Mountain Mojo Authority gives me the same buzz that Steel Pulse once did. Their past two performances gave me constant chills, and the hairs on my arms stood straight up as soon as I heard they would be back at Jellybeans this Friday. MMA has relit a spark under my reggae-obsessed engine. The band is configured of eight group members including two female back-up vocalists, electric wailing, and saxophone duo. Remember to check this great band out on Friday night. Whether you walk in a fan or not, you will definitely walk out having bought a CD or two.

Intervier: David Diehl - Music News: Geneva


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* Since May of 2000, the band has enjoyed a devoted following in regional radio and colleges and clubs of more than a dozen east coast states, from Maine to Georgia.

* Such states that they frequent are: ME, VT, NH, NY, PA, DE, MA, MD, VA, NC, TN, AL, and GA.

*In 2001, they won Rochester New York's "Most Popular Song" contest out of 75 bands (the song was put on the play list of 90.5 WBER reaching over 30,000 college students).

*A year later, they went on to defeat 300 groups in the "Battle of the Bands" contest in Rochester, NY. The contest was sponsored by Milestones Music Room, 96.5 WCMF, and the Democrat and Chronicle.

*In September '02, they also won the Battle of the Bands vs Dj's headoff in Ithaca, NY, overtaking 10 other bands and DJ's.

*In September 2004, they headlined the Naples Grape Festival. The event drew a record setting 125,000 people.

*They've also had the distinct pleasure of being interviewed 7 times and playing live on Upstate NY's premiere syndicated rock station, 96.5 WCMF with Brother Wease. The "Radio Free Wease" crew has described them as being "one of the best bands to ever come out of Rochester, NY."

The crew, rooted in Rochester, NY, has rocked stages with the likes of: Max Creek, That One Guy, Little Feet, Donna the Buffalo, Dr. Didj, Big Leg Emma, Ulu, Zox, Oshe, Gordon Stone, and Addison Groove Project.

Airplay on these Radio Stations:
96.5 WCMF in Rochester, NY
90.5 WBER in Rochester, NY
89.7 WITR in Rochester, NY
88.5 WRUR in Rochester, NY
106.7 VIC in Ithaca, NY
WVUD FM in Delaware