The 2009 MOJA season is upon us, and there are plenty of notable musical events on the calendar. The African-American and Caribbean arts festival's live music series kicks off on Fri. Sept. 25 with the free Reggae Block Dance event — an evening of live reggae and Caribbean rhythms with bands (De Lions of Jah Reggae Band, Dis-N-Dat Caribbean Band), African drummers and dancers, ethnic foods, and international crafts from 7-11 p.m.
On Sat. Sept. 26, vocalist Lalah Hathaway performs at the Cistern (66 George St.) at 7:30 p.m. The Back at Home Gospel Hour program on Sun. Sept. 27 features sets from Gospel Divas, Lynn-Marie Boone, Joy Pryor, Gwendolyn Rodgers, and the Men of Gospel, among others (starting at 4 p.m.). Next week's events include a Jazz Cruise at 7:30 p.m. on Wed. Sept. 30 with Gaylan (the "sultry songstress") on the harbor aboard the Spirit of Charleston.
The biggest gig of the week features legendary Ohio-based disco/funk act The O'Jays in concert at the Family Circle Cup Stadium (161 Seven Farms Drive) on Sat. Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. (remember those groovy hits "Love Train," "Backstabbers," "Use Ta Be My Girl," and "Lonely Drifter?").
MOJA's finale is set for Sun. Oct. 4 at Hampton Park with live performances by Tropical Steel Vibes, ITISSO Jazz Band, and others.
Check out mojafestival.com for full details and ticket information.