Jonathan Sheffer

Jonathan Sheffer

Keys, Vocals, Guitar

From a talented family, Jonathan has been passionate about music and performing since a young age. Today you can find him leading a great local band, Mochester. The band’s core is comprised of brothers Jonathan Sheffer, keyboard, guitar and backup vocals, and Brandon Sheffer, lead guitar and lead vocals, who originally formed the band. Its lineup has changed slightly since then, when Ben Overmyer, on bass, and Alex Melville, on drums, joined the group. That was about six years ago, before the band produced its debut album “Stop and Go” in 2011. The pair used to play in a different band together before joining MoChester, and all four members have been playing music since they were in middle school.

It just blows people away because on Monday, they come in all quiet and shy, and Friday they're doing guitar solos in front of 300 people!

MoChester is a 4-piece rock-reggae driven band from Rochester, NY. The band's name is actually a fusion of the city it started in and Motown, one of its original influences. While the Motown groove provided early inspiration for the group, their current sound has a mainstream flair that has been compared to a blend of O.A.R. and Incubus, with a west coast swagger reminiscent of The Dirty Heads and Sublime. Their arsenal of original material stretches across numerous genres, from their anthemic groove-rock single “Crackerjack Tattoos”, to the reggae-infused jam “Saturday Night”. In addition to their work in the studio, other highlights for the band include being chosen to film a live performance for the 3rd season of WXXI's "OnStage" television series, and sharing the stage with the likes of national touring artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Passafire, Ballyhoo!, Badfish - Sublime Tribute, Tower of Power, and the Ryan Montbleau Band. Notable performances for MoChester include Rochester’s East End Festival, Lilac Festival, Clothesline Arts Festival, Park Ave Festival, Monroe County Fair, HOG Fest, Fairport Food & Music Festival, Canandaigua Music & Arts Festival, Finger Lakes Music & Wine Festival, and Party in the Park.