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Mojo Filter returns to Loma Tavern on Oct. 19

October 3, 2018

Musicians may come and go, but Mojo Filter has shown despite the passage of time that they’re here to stay. Rock band Mojo Filter will be making a return performance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Loma Tavern at 2634 Wx Rd. on Friday, Oct. 19.

“It’s kind of like a party every time we play, that’s the way it is in Loma and that’s the way it is everywhere we go,” band lead singer Patrick Crawford said.

The Lincoln based band will be celebrating 22 years of making music this year. The group formed out of Crawford’s and group lead guitarist Ian Lapsley’s friendship and passion for music. Other current band members include Gary Wright on drums and bass guitarists Mike Hevener, Craig Falls and Cody Claridge.

The band covers classic rock groups like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Moody Blues and performs original songs of their own. One of the band’s songs is called “The Loma Rag.” The song is inspired by the Loma Tavern and has some polka influences in the piece.

Loma Tavern owner Mary Fallon said both the band and the tavern are appropriate for all ages. She said Mojo Filter has performed at the venue before and will continue to visit in the near future.

“They come like family, they’re kind heart people and are a lot of fun,” Fallon said about Mojo Filter.“They get everyone singing and dancing and having a good time, and that’s very important for any band. They can be the most talented band, but if they don’t make that connection, a personal connection with customers, that’s kind of the key.”

While Crawford said he considers himself a dinosaur in the world of music, that doesn’t stop him from jumping around on stage and interacting with audience members. He said the highlight of the show is when Lapsley takes his guitar and plays it behind his head.

Crawford said it’s the audience member’s reaction to the band’s music that gives him the most joy. Jackie Smith of Lincoln made a review of the band on Facebook on Sept. 19, writing:

“Awesome music! Ian (Lapsley) is an exceptionally gifted and talented guitar player. Fabulous people and great groupies!”

Despite performing for over two decades, Crawford said he will always plan on stopping playing music anytime soon. If he had to retire, he said he would pursue his other passion in life, writing. But for now, Mojo Filter is here to stay.

“I’ve been playing music all my life,” Crawford said. “It’s been a great ride.”

The Mojo Filter concert is free to attend. The band will have t-shirts available for purchase at the show.

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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