Swing through the ‘60s with Mitch and the Moodswings

By on September 26, 2018


Mitch and the Moodswings will perform some of the top hits of the 1960s on Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. at the Eicher Arts Center. The venus is located at 409 Cocalico St., in Ephrata’s Grater Park.

The rock and roll, soul and Motown music the band performs includes the 1964 hit single recorded by the Temptations, “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” Chuck Berry’s 1958 composition, “Johnny B. Goode,” and the 1966 song “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” which was a hit record for Gladys Knight & the Pips and later for Marvin Gaye.

“You can’t do this music without a smile on your face,” vocalist Mitch Mohler said. “We have heard countless times, ‘You have made us feel young again.’ That’s why we still do this. That and the fact that it’s just a blast.’

Adding their talents to Mohler’s are vocalists Lori McCarty and Olivia Marstellar, Rich Fitz on keyboards, Howard Boots on saxophone, Alex Stewart on drums, Tom Day on bass, and Dan Palaferro on guitar. Dean Weaver, the sound man, also joins in on guitar.

Marstellar and McCarty began singing with the Moodswings about five years ago. Their contributions have grown in importance, Mohler said, and sometimes he refers to the band as “Mitch and the Moodswings and the Marstellar McCartiettes.”

Mohler grew up in Denver. He said the spark that lit his interest in a musical career was seeing the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan’s TV show.

“They made it look like fun,” he said, “and it was.”

The Sept. 30 show is part of the 2018 series of admission-free Sunday afternoon entertainment events at the historic Eicher House. Weather permitting, the Moodswings will perform on the Eicher Center’s deck. The public is urged to bring folding chairs to the show.

Refreshments will be provided. Donations to the non-profit Eicher Arts Center, will be accepted.

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