The Movement:In April 2015, Columbia, South Carolina’s The Movement released their new single “Rescue” on Rootfire Records. The reggae-rock group will be recording a new full-length album this summer. Formed in 2004 by a trio of Sublime and Pixies fans, Joshua Swain, Jordan Miller, and John Ruff, aka DJ Riggles, launched The Movement with their "alternative reggae" debut album, On Your Feet. In 2008, the group met Chris DiBeneditto, a Philadelphia-based producer who had worked with like-minded acts such as Slightly Stoopid and G. Love & Special Sauce. Relocating to Philadelphia, they recorded Set Sail at DiBeneditto’s Philadelphonic Studios. The album has sold over 10,000 copies to date. The Movement expanded with the addition of Jason "Smiles" Schmidt on bass and Gary Jackson on drums. In 2012, Miller left the group, and the trio, now fronted by Swain, released their fourth album Side By Side, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. In 2014 The Movement released Beneath The Palms, a surprise acoustic album as a free gift to their fans.
Mochester:MoChester is a 4-piece rock/pop driven band from Rochester, NY. The band's name is actually a fusion of the city it started in and Motown, one of its original influences. The members of MoChester consists of Brandon Sheffer on lead vocals and guitar, Jonathan Sheffer on keys, guitar and backup vocals, Ben Overmyer on bass guitar, and Alex Melville on drums. The band was formed in 2001, but is facing a fresh start in 2011 with the addition of Overmyer, and the release of their debut album Stop and Go.
MoChester has played at many well-known venues and events in Rochester, such as the Finger Lakes Racetrack and Casino, the Main Street Armory, the Water Street Music Hall, the Party in the Park Summer Concert Series, and the East End Festival. They have performed away from home as well, playing shows in the Syracuse and Buffalo regions, and even in Los Angeles, CA. They hope to continue building their fan base locally, and strive to continually expand and reach more people outside of the area as well.