Now in residence at Bally’s in the Windows Showroom is the five-person a capella group, MO5AIC.
Seemingly as contradictory as the name (one might think of a rap group or contemporary DJ with the “s” being replaced by a “5”), “a capella” as a description of the vocal talent displayed by these finely tuned fellows is an understatement. Unaccompanied by anything other than microphones, amplifiers and the walking, talking, breathing human musical instrument known as Jake Moulton, MO5AIC brings a full sound to the stage leaving audiences to wonder, “why even have a band in the first place?”
As to the odd spelling of MO5AIC, I put two and two together and came up with the reasoning behind the 5: it cleverly represents the five gifted performers who produce a captivating mosaic of music that spans a number of popular genres from 1950s “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin to 2014s “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons—plus hits by artists Sam Smith, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran, and even a tenor aria from “La Boheme”.
MO5AIC was the winner of MTV’s Top Pop Group and performed on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. They have opened for Prince, Stevie Wonder, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas and Jay Leno. They have garnered accolades from other performers including Boyz II Men and Tony Bennett who hailed them as “the best vocal group I’ve ever heard.”
So what multifaceted talents does it take to comprise a musical mosaic of this caliber? Let’s throw down some bios and find out:
JOSH HUSLIG: The Mohawk-haired, self-proclaimed chord-geek/theory nerd has sung and/or arranged for Walt Disney World, Warner Bros., MTV, The Black-Eyed Peas’ “Taboo”, Marc Broussard, America’s Got Talent, Prince, and the Grammy Awards. Josh’s arrangements and vocally driven approach to pop music quickly garnered the attention of show producers and TV execs. Whether covering existing tunes or creating original music, Josh stands apart with his twisted musical inclination that’s helped define the MO5AIC sound.
JAKE MOULTON: Mimicking the sounds of a drum kit as well as beatboxing, Jake’s uncanny reproduction of many instrumental sounds including the guitar, flute, harmonica and turn-tables coupled with his strong musical ear has taken him into the realm of sound artistry. He’s shared the stage with the industry’s greatest talents, including Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Sheryl Crow, Boyz II Men, Kenny G, Heart’s Ann Wilson, and the New York Voices, to name a few.
ROOPAK AHUJA: Roopak continues a family tradition of musicians and artists that can be traced back to 19th century India. After having studied classical Indian music he honed his abilities in Western pop. With appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and other major world venues, Roopak is a seasoned, consummate performer. His voice and compositions are regularly featured on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”, Fox International, and National Geographic Channels. Roopak performed the opening number to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” alongside country music star Hank Williams Jr. for the 2011-2012 season.
HEATH BURGETT: Born in Nashville TN, Heath is the son of a preacher man and lady. He grew up in the small town of Winter Haven FL, where he began singing at a very young age in churches and prisons across the country. Heath’s initial love of Gospel music spawned an appreciation for all types of music – especially R & B. Heath has worked with artists such as Wanya Morris, Yolanda Adams, Kelly Price, William McDowell, Fred Hammond, Sheila E, and Martha Munizzi. From Gospel and Pop, to R & B and Rock, Heath has done it all.
CORWYN HODGE: Corwyn hails from Louisville, Kentucky. His silky smooth vocal flavor, flexibility, and captivating timbre adds another dynamic layer to the group’s sound, whether scraping the rafters or gliding across complex note patterns with stunning precision. Corwyn holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He is a graduate of the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville where he was recently inducted to the Hall of Fame. Some of his show credits include Simba in The Lion King, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and Daniel in Once on this Island.
MO5AIC is great entertainment for families as well as purists. The talented group literally brings music to life: from all that bass and up through the treble.- Christine McKellar
For additional information on MO5AIC, please visit: https://mo5aic.squarespace.com/
MO5AIC will perform an all-ages show at 9:30 p.m. Thursday to Monday in the Bally’s Windows Showroom in Bally’s Las Vegas. Tickets are available through Dec. 7 and can be purchased at any Las Vegas Caesars Entertainment Box Office or by calling (702) 777-2782. Tickets can also be purchased by visiting https://www.caesars.com/ballys-las-vegas