Check Out Moksha, RNR, Sabriel

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Moksha / RNR / Sabriel

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm











Mōksha [mōke-sha]- Las Vegas’ Secret Weapon

Explosive shows, filled with an arsenal of well-crafted material, have earned Moksha their reputation as Las Vegas’ secret weapon. This well-oiled machine is now emerging from the glitz and glamour of Sin City and quickly garnering a solid following of loyal fans on the West Coast. With guitar, keys, bass, drums, and horns, this unique blend of musicians lives and breathes in a deep pocket of funk rock. Swirling in subtlety, their music paints a sonic landscape that unfolds in the moment and feeds on the dynamic ebb and flow of audience and band interconnection. In other words, they will melt your faces.

In 2010, Moksha joined forces with guitar legend Brian Stoltz (of Neville Brothers, Funky Meters, Bob Dylan and others) in the studio to record their first full length album “Mam-mal or Machine”. J. Evan Wade of the Homegrown Music Network said it best “Mam-mal or Machine showcases lush compositions steeped in blues, rock, and elements of electronica as well. The resulting combinations are ambitious, well-executed, and result in an uncompromising “jam” album full of twists and turns.” The album gathered critical acclaim when the Las Vegas Weekly described the album’s sound as “can only be de-scribed as unstoppable”, while called Mammal or Machine “a sound we can all groove on.” The same year, Moksha took home the award for “Best Alternative Progressive Band” at the Vegas Rocks! Award show.

In 2011, the band entered the studio with four-time Grammy Award winning engi-neer/mixer James “Bonzai” Caruso to record their current album, Here to Go. “Overall, Here to Go seems to be a bit more cohesive,” says Triola, adding, “being able to track together for every song was huge for us since the live dynamic is so important for the kind of music we make.” ‘Here To Go’ fuses all the musical genres that influence each of the band members, into a sound that Simon Eddie of the Homegrown Music Network calls “similar to a classic rock album but with 21st century production. Their sound re-minds me a lot like a cross between Rush and Pink Floyd but the music frequently shifts from reggae and world music to funk, rock and experimental jams.” He then adds ‘The album is slick, timeless and it only gets better with each listen”

Catch Moksha on tour in a city near you!


Moksha Is

John Heishman – Bass and Vocals
Brian Triola – Organ, Keys and Vocals
Pat Gray – Drums and Percussion
Jeremy Parks – Guitar, Lap Seel and Vocals



4 MCs + Bass + Keys + Drums

These are the elements that compose the Hip Hop Funk Soul Experience known as Rhyme N Rhythm. Since the group formed in 2007 they have been pushing boundaries in the Las Vegas music scene opening for national acts such as Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Three Six Mafia, 311, T.I., and many more!



For two days last October, the inaugural Life Is Beautiful festival showcased the finest Las Vegas has to offer in music, art and food. And while hometown heroes Imagine Dragons and The Killers grabbed the attention as main-stage headliners, a young singer-songwriter named Sabriel was creating her own buzz on another stage. Some may have heard Sabriel Hobart perform before. She has a fan base from her appearances at Downtown restaurant Eat’s popular Sunday brunch. But it was at Life Is Beautiful’s Homegrown Stage where Sabriel really got people talking. As the 19-year-old Vegas native (and Las Vegas Academy of the Arts graduate) performed a mix of R&B and soul with the confidence of someone at least twice her age, it was easy to see a star was being born. Her sultry and graceful presence recalls Fiona Apple and Erykah Badu—both influences of hers—but Sabriel’s sound and style are distinctly her own. Whoever saw her perform that night knew one thing for sure: This girl is going places. After Life Is Beautiful, it became clear what direction she’d like to go. “I want to do festivals, because they’re just perfect,” Sabriel says. As she maps out the course of her career, Sabriel keeps a pragmatic view on the industry and her dreams. She recently got a gig with a licensing agency to pen potential lyrics for movie soundtracks. While that will help pay the bills, she’s keeping her eyes on the prize. New fans eagerly awaiting Sabriel’s next move will be happy to know that she is recording her second EP. “Right now it’s about putting in the work,” Sabriel says. “The goal isn’t to make a living making music. I want to be an artist—I don’t want to be a superstar.” –JESSI C. ACUÑA
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