NEOBA announces winners of blues challenge
CANTON, Ohio – The Northeast Ohio Blues Association (NEOBA) held a blues challenge on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at The Eagles, 6979 Sunset Avenue, NW, in North Canton. Eleven acts competed for the event, including: 9-Volt Hot Rod, Mojo Mary & the Evolution, SpYder Stompers and Sugar Pie, Mojo Theory, Memphis Cradle, Luther Trammell and John Sutton, Miss Kira & the Lucky Strikes, J.J. Vicars Band, Skip Werke, Juke in the Box, and Code Blue.
The winning acts were: Mojo Theory of Columbus in the band category, and; Luther Trammell and John Sutton of Strongsville in the solo/duo category.
The acts will go on to represent NEOBA, a Blues Foundation affiliate, at the 33rd International Blues Challenge (IBC) scheduled to take place January 2016 in Memphis, Tenn. The IBC is the largest gathering and showcase of blues talent in the world.
MOJO THEORY: TURN THIS THING AROUND This is the third CD this great band from the Columbus, Ohio area has brought to the Blues world. The title of this CD says it all about the band. They have reinvented themselves as all great artists must do in all genres of music to continue to move up in the realm of entertainment. As an owner of their previous CD’s Time To Play The Blues and Mojo Theory II, I could not wait to listen to Turn This Thing Around. What I heard was solid Mississippi Delta Blues. Throw in some Boogie-Woogie, R & B, and just a little Nashville on the short side. In other words, this is a great selection and a well-produced CD. There are no covers on this CD. Lyrics and music were provided by David, Mark, and C.J.
Mark Richards (lead singer) has an incredible soulful voice. Add to that David Warnock (lead guitar), C.J. Justus (bass guitar), and Todd Mollette (drums) all with blending backup vocals. The newest artist they brought on board is Jeff (“JMO”) Morris. Jeff’s great keyboard ability and backup vocals add a fresh music kick to Mojo Theory.
All of these members have lived in various areas of the country and have a varied history in all genres of music – Gospel, Delta Blues, Rock & Roll, R & B. They all came back to the Blues to stay.
I have seen this band perform through the eight years they been together and they always put on a great show. It does not matter if they hit the stage for forty people, 500 at a festival, or a regional Blues competition. I have seen them hit the stage for over a thousand fanatic Blues fans. They proved they were one of the top ten best Blues bands from all over the world at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. I saw them play to standing ovations in 2011 and 2013 at the finals in the Orpheum Theater.
Read the history and buy the music. This is the band to listen to.
MoJo Theory, with its crisp rhythm selection and a dynamic front man, took the top spot in the blues band competition Friday night at the Pomeroy Blues Bash. The winning group of seasoned musicians from Columbus was a semifinalist in the 2009 International blues Challenge in Memphis.
Their win Friday night before a packed parking lot of blues enthusiasts, qualifies them to compete again in the January Challenge under the auspices of the Pomeroy and Blues Jazz Society.
This is the largest blues event in the world, commented Jackie Walker, president of the Pomeroy Blues and Jazz Society and if they do good down there it will be very good for Pomeroy. That really excites us.
Music group MoJo Theory knows how to bring a fresh variety of original material in the blues tradition.
Over the course of a five year career, this group has been selected Finalist (2010) and SemiFinalist (2009) at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN. released 2 CD’s of original music, appeared live at blues clubs in several states, and headlined local and regional festivals.
Discover original material featuring Slow-burn ballads, rock, Boogie-woogie piano, Soul and Blues from MoJo Theory that pays respect to the Blues storied past, while forging its own vision of the future.