Moksha is a Hindi word for liberate and it’s also the name of the Las Vegas jam band Moksha which plays Saturday at Tahoe City’s Hacienda Del Lago.
“Moksha is the real deal” said Beatplay, while Las Vegas Citylife noted its ability to put out “unpretentious, fun sway-able funk jams.” Travel Nevada sounded in on its neighbor, writing, “Moksha combines modern sound with that of classic New Orleans for a huge jam session that pleases every crowd.”
Moksha coalesced in the hot summer of 2007, when a handful of musicians drawn together by a common love of funk, rock and jazz formed under one flag. Bassist John Heishman and guitarist Jeremy Parks were in a local band when they joined musical forces with drummer Pat Gray. Keyboardist Brian Triola sat in with the band, and Moksha’s musical seeds were planted.
Moksha quickly gained a reputation for the energy and appeal of their live shows.
“We like to put on a show that we would want to go to,” Parks said.
In 2010, after doing a ton of live shows, both locally and on the West Coast, Moksha hooked up with guitar legend Brian Stoltz (Neville Brothers, Bob Dylan) to record “Mammal or Machine.” The same year, Moksha added singer Sam Lemos and took home the award for “Best Alternative Progressive Band” at the Vegas Rocks! Award show.
The band in 2011 entered the studio with four-time Grammy Award winning engineer-mixer James “Bonzai” Caruso to record the album “Here to Go.”