The title of this post says it all. Congrats to Mosley Wotta and his fantastic new live band, who beat out Empty Space Orchestra, Kleverkill and Hot Tea Cold for the title of Last Band Standing. Their $30,000 prize package includes a tour van. I hope they put it to good use.
About halfway through MoWo’s set last night, I heard a woman behind me — she looked to be in her 40s — exclaim to the man she was with: “Where did he come from?” I didn’t hear all of the man’s response, but I did hear him say the word “Canada.”
It’s hard for me to imagine living in Bend over the past few years and not being familiar with Mosley Wotta (real name: Jason Graham), given the sheer number and breadth of his endeavors. He teaches, he paints, he hosts events, he wins poetry slams, he works with kids. And, of course, he raps.
Then again, I pay pretty close attention to the local music scene. Not everyone does. So if you’re like that woman behind me and you’d like to know more about Mosley Wotta, I’d suggest starting with the very long profile of him that I wrote back at the very beginning of 2008. Click here to check out that piece. And you can click here to see an archive of posts about him here on the Frequency blog, including info on his new album, a free MP3 download, a music video and more.