When Steve Moore started his band in 2010, after years of performing with the David Christopher Band, he named it Steve Moore & The M.I.A. At that time, the acronym stood for “Missing in Action.”
“In those early days, I had a lot of players I couldn’t hang onto,” Moore says, laughing. “Most of the time they had a better-paying gig, and I’d have another guy missing in action.”
When you hear Moore & The M.I.A. Band this and every Friday at Maynard’s in Margate during the summer, you might notice the key players — all regulars now — are in place. And as their scenario has changed, and their lineup solidified, so, too, has their acronym. These days, Moore refers to M.I.A. as Made in America.
As a man who works as a union electrician by day, the current acronym is important to Moore.
“The band has gone with the flow and the guys have worked hard to make this a good thing,” Moore says. “It’s all starting to pay off now.”
And while the five band members proud to be American, their sound is decidedly Jersey.
“We lean toward Springsteen and Bon Jovi ... it’s a definite Jersey sound,” Moore says. “We’re currently in the studio trying to write a Jersey Shore song about Margate.”
While the band currently plays covers, Moore has years of experience writing his own music. It’s something he did on his own, although he’d like to create original music with the guys of M.I.A.
“I would like to write with the band,” Moore says. “We have a great following at Maynard’s, and if we could convey our original music to them, if you can connect with an audience, well, anything can happen.”
As for connecting with their audience, consider it done.
“Oh, we start out really slow,” Moore says of the band’s nights at Maynard’s.
Heavy on the Sinatra and slow on the tempo, Moore lets audiences finish their dinners with songs such as “Sitting at the Dock of the Bay,” “My Girl,” “Summer Wind” and “The Way You Looked Tonight.”
The band pumps things up after that, slipping in new additions to their already large playlist, including songs such as “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel, Springsteen’s “Rosalita” and “Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie. Their covers span a bit of country, classic Jersey, and great dance songs such as “Oh What a Night” and “September.”
“The dance floor is mobbed by the middle of the second set,” Moore says.
Just in time for a closing song.
“We’ll usually end with Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer,’” Moore says. “That, or ‘You Shook Me All Night Long.’”
STEVE MOORE AND THE MIA BAND
Who they are: Steve Moore: vocals, sax; Mike Corsaro: guitar, vocals; Rocky Pepino: bass guitar; Mike Petiani: keyboard; Kevin Harrington: drums.
Coming up: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays at Maynard’s Cafe, 9306 Amherst Ave., Margate