Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Mocha
Acme Feed & Seed
Fri, Jan 12 11:00 pm


Taking inspiration from the groove-pop that soundtracked America’s late 90s and early 2000s, Nashville’s Mocha has become a force to be reckoned with since its creation in 2014. The band’s feel-good sound and live performances have been described as an “exuberant arrangement sure to make anyone want to get up and dance.” Smooth vocals over lush, bouncy instrumentals have become a hallmark of their ever-versatile and evolving sound. Made up of members Sakari Greenwell (vocals, production), and Sheila Graves (bass, production), Mocha was formed during Greenwell and Graves’ freshman year at Belmont University’s School of Music in Nashville. More than just recording music, the band prides themselves on having live instrumentation at their shows--whether it's in a one-room club or expansive field space. As Mocha slowly grew in notoriety, the band solidified their presence in Nashville’s club scene by playing at popular venues like Acme Feed & Seed, Exit/In, 3rd and Lindsley, and Mercy Lounge. In 2015, the band had the opportunity to open for Chance the Rapper and T-Pain at Vanderbilt’s “Rites of Spring” music festival. A year later, the group was also given the opportunity to perform at Musician’s Corner, Nashville’s long-running outdoor concert series. Now a two-woman group, Greenwell and Graves are working on an upcoming self-titled album which they will write and produce. The two cite their mutual love for Prince, Chaka Khan, Parliament and other genres to make a mixtape that will showcase different elements of sound, yet still be a dance-worthy groove.

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