As part of Newport’s Monster Nights Downtown Entertainment Series, KASU Public Radio and Arkansas Steel Associates have teamed up to bring you Monster Groovez Concerts. The concerts will take place on the third Tuesday of the month in May and June. We will skip over the summer heat of July, and resume the series in August, September, and October.
All concerts are free and last from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The concerts will be held downtown Newport, at the Terry Scroggins Memorial Stage in Front Street Park. In case of rain, the performance will be moved inside to Frankie’s Place, 306 Front Street, in Newport.
Monster Groovez will continue on Tuesday, August 20, at 7:00pm, with a performance by Blues guitarist Gerry Moss.
In addition to guitar, Gerry is accomplished on Banjo, mandolin, bass Guitar, dobro Guitar and keyboards.
Gerry has enjoyed teaching music and how to perform to young people with a patience and enthusiasm that has inspired them to meet their full potential.
MOSSMAN performs as a 3 or 4 piece group. Each member of MOSSMAN contributes enormous skill and experience. Drummer John Ware was a member of the bands for Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Michael Nesmith. MOSSMAN performs with abandon, yet is tight. Their performances are liberated but not reckless. You may view the MOSSMAN videos on this site (“Red Rooster” & “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover”). These videos will say more about MOSSMAN than words can tell.
Gerry also performs with bands named Red Barn Ramblers and Reckless Red.
One of Gerry’s previous bands, “the Famous Unknowns,” was the house band at B.B. King’s Blues Club in Memphis, TN for over 2 years. A subsequent band, “Gerry Moss And The Drive” was also a regular at B.B. King’s.
As a solo artist, Gerry has been the opening act for Leon Russell (3 times), Richie Havens (twice), Mose Allison, and Robby Krieger (guitarist for the Doors). Terry has been the band leader for David Lynn Jones’ band. He was also the bass guitar player for Lloyd Price (Personality, stagger Lee, Lawdy Miss Claudy).
Gerry has performed in shows with R&B and blues artists such as Bobby “Blue” Bland, Albert Collins, Rufus Thomas, Edgar Winter, Joe Walsh, Steve Winwood, Johnny Rivers, Mose Allison, Albert King, and Buddy Guy.
Gerry has also performed with C&W artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Hank Williams, JR., and Clint Black’s band.