Mojoflo has never been about grand concepts or narrow focus - their free-flowing hopscotch from jazz to blues to funk to hip-hop to rock is more about satiating the diverse musical palate of an eight-piece ensemble. Versatility is the name of their game.

Mojoflo has never been about grand concepts or narrow focus - their free-flowing hopscotch from jazz to blues to funk to hip-hop to rock is more about satiating the diverse musical palate of an eight-piece ensemble. Versatility is the name of their game.

One thing they have in common, though: They jump at every chance to rock an audience, hone their chops and have a hell of a time.

"We're all like-minded in that respect," guitarist George Barrie said. "We want to play out."

They certainly have made a habit of it. Mojoflo is a Columbus mainstay little more than two years since emerging from jam sessions among Capital music students. A group that once played out about twice a month now juggles three to five gigs a week, including weekly residencies at the Bexley Monk (Tuesdays) and the Second Wind Lounge (Sundays).

All those shows have made Mojoflo a brassy, sassy force to be reckoned with and prepared them for the grueling all-day recording session that birthed "Whatcha Think About That?", the group's second EP, to be released Friday at Skully's alongside sets from The Floorwalkers and Stretch Lefty.

The band retreated to Lexington, Kentucky, with producer Austin Briggs to bang out eight tracks in 17 hours. They returned a few weeks later for a 20-hour marathon mixing session.

"It was good hell," singer Amber Knicole said. "I haven't had hell like that since my musical theater days."

Next up after the new EP: A pair of vinyl singles, some regional touring and eventually an "old-school" LP in the vein of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

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