The Black Moods headlines Apache Lake Music Festival

By: 
DARRELL JACKSON, Staff Writer

Photo courtesy The Black Moods
Local band The Black Moods headlines the Apache Lake Music Festival Oct. 27 in Roosevelt.

Local band The Black Moods is slowly becoming one of the top rock and roll bands around and is getting the reputation as one of the hardest working bands in music.
 
Since its formation and release of its first album in 2012, The Black Moods has performed at hundreds of dates at festivals, club shows and touring venues.
 
Whether headlining for more than 3,000 fans or performing an acoustic set on a patio overlooking a small group of dedicated fans, the band puts its heart and soul into every performance, serving up a homegrown blend of rock and roll.
 
“We pride ourselves as three guys who play their own instruments and perform real, old fashioned rock and roll,” lead guitarist and singer Josh Kennedy said during a recent phone interview from California where the band is touring. “I like to say we are just an old fashioned rock and roll band, which this world needs more of.”
 
Kennedy said his love of music came from his father, who played in bands when he was younger, and pointed him towards one of his biggest musical influences.
 
“When I was 13, my dad told me to come check out a band that was playing on the American Music Awards,” Kennedy said. “It was Arizona’s own Gin Blossoms and I was hooked. I actually told my dad I was going to play guitar for them one day.”
 
When he was a teenager, Kennedy said he met Gin Blossoms singer Robin Wilson and actually spent time on tour with the band.
 
“I actually toured with them as stage manager and guitar tech,” Kennedy said. “On my 21st birthday, I got to play guitar with them and that made me realize I could do anything and I knew I wanted to play in a band.”
 
Comprised of Kennedy (lead guitarist/vocalist), Paul Fenix (bassist/back-up vocalist), and Danny “Chico” Diaz (drums), the trio blends various rock ‘n’ roll styles that span from the past four decades to form their own signature sound that resembles what would be the musical offspring of Bad Company and the Foo Fighters.
 
The band independently released its first album in 2014 and recently released the single, “Bella Donna,” which is getting national radio airplay.
 
“It’s ironic that we are getting a lot of radio airplay nationally, but Arizona radio is not playing us,” Kennedy said. “We have a huge following in Arizona, to where we see some of our fans at other cities, but we just are not getting much radio airplay in our home state, which if kind of funny.”
 
Kennedy said the band is focused on its live show, which is filled with high energy, infectious guitar solos and attitude that can keep the crowds’ attention for hours.
 
Having received acclaimed praise from fans and critics alike as equal parts natural talent and live performance superstars, the group delivers powerful guitar riffs, melodic bass and pounding drum to old fashioned rock and roll music.
 
Fresh out of the studio with producer Jim Kaufman (Helmet, Megadeth, Disturbed), band has been touring since its debut album was released in April 2014.
 
“Our new single, ‘Bella Donna,’ was produced with the aspect of capturing our live sound on record,” Kennedy said. “We wanted it to sound like our live shows and we actually recorded it in our garage, so it has that garage band feel to it and (Kaufman) pushed me vocally to not worry about my voice breaking, so it is really raw.”
 
The band will headline the Apache Lake Music Festival, a two-day event showcasing the best bands in Arizona, Oct. 26 and 27,  playing the second day, along with five additional upcoming shows in state.
 
“We have a great following in Arizona and blessed to have such a great reaction when we play in our home state,” Kennedy said. “Once people see us live, they may come to our shows not knowing much about us, but they leave singing or buying our merchandise and we pride ourselves on that type of success.”
 
When asked where he sees The Black Moods in the next few years, Kennedy was quick to answer.
 
“Hopefully we will be playing Madison Square Garden because that is on my bucket list,” Kennedy said. “We also want to play overseas, some of my favorite bands are from overseas, because we haven’t played overseas yet and that is also on my list.”

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