MOUNT VERNON — The next event in Ariel-Foundation Park’s 2018 free concert series will be held Saturday and will feature Mo’ Mojo, a Zydeco band, at 7:30 p.m. in the Schnormeier Event Center. Acoustic Edge will open the evening at 6 p.m.
Mo’ Mojo, an Ohio Arts Council supported group, is a hard-driving, high-energy, “Pardi-Gras” Band. The female fronted group features three-part harmonies, accordion, fiddle, guitar, rubboard, sax, trumpet, harp, bass, percussion and drums. Songs are sung in English and French.
Mo’ Mojo takes Zydeco music and infuses it with Americana, Cajun, reggae, rock & roll, funk, R&B and African and Latin rhythms. The group has played for Zydeco dances, large and small clubs, festivals and has toured internationally in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Belize, Panama, Mexico, Barbados and Colombia.
The band is formed of six members, many of whom are multi-instrumentalists. They are: Jen Maurer, vocals, diatonic accordion, guitar; Leigh Ann Wise, vocals, rubboard, trumpet, percussion; Anthony Papaleo, vocals, fiddle, guitar; Joe Golden, guitar, talk box; Darren Thompson, bass; and Will Douglas, drums. Their manager and Mauer’s husband adds harmonica and sax.
Acoustic Edge, from Howard, will open at 6 p.m. Powerful vocalist Heidi McCloud and multi-instrumentalist Mitchell Ball first met in Nashville in a crowded honky tonk in 2009. They felt an instant musical connection, and were surprised to learn that they lived only 60 miles apart back in Ohio. Mitch and Heidi started playing and writing music together almost immediately, and were soon booking shows all around Ohio. The pair then became a trio when they added the upright bass and seasoned vocals of Steve Baxter, who sings lead and backup along with Heidi. More recently, experienced drummer Eric Frisch joined the band, rounding out the group’s pulse and creativity.
Food vendors, open an hour prior to concert start time, include Road Hog Willy’s, Cowgirls Concessions and Kent’s Cones. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at this event. No outside food or beverages may be brought into the Event Center. No alcohol, other than that purchased on site, will be allowed. Pets and smoking are prohibited in the event center and within the fenced area surrounding it. Reserved tables are available by calling 740-501-9293.