Sun, Dec 03 • 6:30PM
The Atlanta Room
MOSES MO / BROOKS HUBBARD BAND / ROB AGOCS
$8 IN ADVANCE / $10 DAY OF
Creativity pours freely from every ounce of Gary “Moses Mo” Moore. Whether he’s igniting scorching hot riffs from his appropriately red guitar with Mother’s Finest, working in the studio producing his own unique brand of rock or sharing the international stage with his fellow musicians from “Carl Carlton and the Songdogs”,
Mo (as he is affectionately known by both friends and fans) quite simply creates. With roots in Dayton, Ohio, Mo followed his parents lead. His Dad played professionally for a while in a Kentucky bluegrass band and his Mom for family gatherings. His defining moment came when he was asked by Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy and Glenn “Doc” Murdock to go to Miami. “At the time of my high school graduation,” Moore said, “there were only two choices for me: go work in one of the many factories located in the area or play in a band. I chose (to) play in a band.”
It was in the clubs of Atlanta, GA in the early seventies, that he and his fellow band mates honed a sound that not doubt was instrumental in renaming the city “Hotlanta”. He worked with the band Illusion featuring Jay Willard, Paul McCoy, Tom Reed, Barry “B.B. Queen” Borden (another former Mother’s alumni), and Bobby Chouinard.
In 2002 Moses Mo released his first solo effort entitled “Cartoon You”. With the exception of ‘Highway Child’ and ‘Nowhere’, he wrote and recorded the songs on the CD within a six month time frame. According to Mo, “What I bring to the stage or studio is the RHYTHM; it's the only thing that matters to me. It has always been about the rhythm”.
It’s quite obvious that Moore is equally at home on the spot lit stages of the world or behind the scenes in the studios, on his own or blending with the bands in which he plays, writing songs or building cars: a down-to-earth guy with a stellar ability to do one thing well…
BROOKS HUBBARD BAND
Hello! My name is Brooks and I write songs. When I'm not playing my guitar and singing, I'm working on being a better person for my family, my friends, and myself. I stay positive and give thanks to the many things in life I am grateful for. I give lots of high fives and hugs because I know our time on this planet is short, so we might as well live it up and laugh until we cry. My music stems from this positive energy I constantly have flowing through my body, and just like a recipe, I blend in many influences to create my own sound. My goal is to use music as a vehicle for positive motion in a world that is far too negative. I'm not saying I am setting out to change the world, but wouldn't it be beautiful if we all stopped our plans once in a while and sang a song together! May your world always be happy :) Peace, Love, & Music-Brooks Hubbard
“Stunning…” “absolutely mesmerizing…” “a charming testament to what makes music so wonderful…” are just a few of the phrases Rob Agocs just made up to try to promote himself.
While he isn’t the most famous songwriter in the region, this up-and-coming musician tries to draw inspiration from his own experiences and imbue feelings of self-worth and hometown pride into his songs, and by association, his listeners. Born and raised in the peaceful suburbs of Atlanta, Rob spent his childhood and adolescence in a world where math and science were at the forefront, and music took a very loud back seat. After getting a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Tech, he decided it was time to turn that around and let music do the driving.
His 2015 self-released debut album, “Proof of Concept,” was the first step in a long, ongoing journey of maturation and self-discovery. What started as a struggle between “honest feelings” and “what songs are supposed to sound like” became an album wrapped up in self-doubt and tied together with a jangly Rickenbacker twang.
It seems to be extremely difficult to be completely honest in songwriting, and in many (if not most) cases, honestly is overshadowed by cheap hooks, riffs, and glitzy production, and music is treated like a product to be manufactured and sold. Real magic happens when the glitz and glamor of a song stem directly from its honesty. At that point, the hooks seem to write themselves.
Rob believes this is at least some of the secret behind what makes the music of some of his inspirations, like Tom Petty and Butch Walker, seem like they’ve always existed – it just took a prophet or two to put pen to paper and microphone to amplifier. That honesty is what he tries to convey in his music, particularly in his upcoming sophomore album, which is currently in production.