South Tampa's Mo' Gravy will fill in for Clearwater's Roctopus at this month's installment of the , which has been pushed back to Friday because of rain from Tropical Storm Debby.
The live music event, normally held on the last Wednesday of the month, will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. marketing coordinator Kali TenBieg is hoping that locals are looing forward to a night outside after a week of bad weather and flood warnings.
"Hopefully everyone is ready for some fun after the storm," TenBieg said. "This is our 25th year of doing this concert series, and in the past they've been a huge success. This year we've brought in Hot 101.5 to DJ and keep the party atmosphere going when the bands aren't playing. They won't be here this week, but this event is still going to be a lot of fun."
A five-member acoustic band that includes four vocalists, two acoustic guitars, an electric bass, hand percussion, and even some violin, mandolin and harmonica, Mo' Gravy offers a family friendly brand of entertainment.
The band was formed in the early part of 2010 by South Tampa CPA Keith Koehler and fellow business owner Micheal Eggleston, owner of , also located in South Tampa.
The pair met through a mutual infatuation for guitars and started playing as an acoustic bluegrass band before becoming a crossover acoustic band. They’ve added a number of pieces during their short history — two female vocalists and a bass player round out the lineup — giving Mo' Gravy more of an emphasis on vocal harmonies than instrumentation.
The band is Koehler’s first, whereas Michael, or “EGG” as the band calls him, has been performing professionally in the music industry since 1977. He was a concert saxophonist on tour for nine years with various R&B artists, most notably Luther Vandross.
Mo' Gravy plays a bit of everything, from songs by classic rock artists such as Tom Petty and The Beatles to modern artists such as Sheryl Crow and Jason Mraz. They can typically be seen at venues around town, from Hula Bay to .
“We play music that my parents would like, my kids would like and I would like,” Koehler said. "We aren’t a typical band, and I think we’ve found a niche in the market because even though we are a cover band, we’re a diverse acoustic band that can appeal to any age group.”
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