LATHAM – In a virtual celebration of the ‘80s featuring the likes of Bret Michaels and Kenny Loggins, Capital Region rocker Moriah Formica is on the bill as “The Next Generation.”
Called ‘80s Radical Sabbatical, the event runs from 1-9 p.m. on Saturday and includes everything from pre-recorded concerts to mixology classes to Vinyl Wino, wine and music pairing with Sebastian Bach.
“The thing I love about it is it’s produced by a really small business and they’ve [put] hundreds of music business contractors and local musicians back to work, including myself,” Formica said. “It was really cool to be a part of something like that, especially because this is such a challenging time for this particular industry.”
Formica, who is known for her powerhouse voice and classic rock style music, got her start in the national spotlight when she was a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2017. Since then, she’s worked with writers who have worked with Daughtry, Halestorm, Shinedown and Skillet and has recorded both in Los Angeles and at Modern Day Music in Clifton Park.
She had plans to tour last year with Michael Sweet from Stryper, however, the pandemic canceled the tour along with many other gigs she had lined up.
So, she turned her attention to the things she could do and, surprisingly, she formed a new all-female rock band called Plush.
“I hit a roadblock and it was great doing the solo thing for several years but I just felt like . . . ‘Am I doing what I always envisioned myself doing?’ And the answer was no. I always pictured myself in a band . . . And we thought that the idea of an all-female rock band was awesome because there can never be too many females in rock,” Formica said.
The quartet recorded its first single, which will be out on Feb. 9.
“I did not think that any of this was going to happen. It’s crazy. Despite there not being much live opportunity there’s has been so much opportunity during this time, which is super ironic,” Formica said.
Beyond that, she’s also turned to Facebook, performing covers of classic rock songs and songs that fans request.
“I started doing a lot of live stream concerts too, that’s kind of how I’ve been navigating through this whole thing,” Formica said. “There’s a positive side because I definitely get to interact with my fan base much more since all we can do is still to social media for now. So that’s been a very positive thing to me during this.”
It was thanks to those covers that she got on the bill for the ‘80s Radical Sabbatical event in the first place.
“It got a lot of attention, particularly the ‘Barracuda’ video that Brooke [Colucci] and I did together, which opened up tons of opportunities,” Formica said. “I guess that that kinda caught their attention. Next thing I knew I was on the bill.”
The event is produced by Clocktower Experiences, a small St. Louis-based business founded by two women. Beyond Loggins, Bach and Michaels, the celebration includes Lita Ford, Grandmaster Flash Ray Parker Jr. and others.
Formica pre-recorded her set locally and included some of her favorite ‘80s songs.
“I decided that I wanted to just do a set of some of my favorite ‘80s classics that just put me in a good mood,” Formica said.
Tickets for ‘80s Radical Sabbatical start at $99.80 per household. For more information visit 80sradsab.com.
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