Jam titans moe. have become the old reliable of the live music world. Twenty-three years after forming on the campus of the University of Buffalo, you can always count on moe. to deliver a tight and well-jammed performance on any given night. Case in point was the quintet’s Tuesday night show within the cozy confines of Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl, where moe. showed off the improvisational talents and deep songbook that keep the ever-growing legion of “moe.rons” coming back for more.
[All Photos by Andrew Blackstein]
Though Brooklyn Bowl is a venue smaller than most moe. plays these days, they brought their full production to the venue. The band has a long history with Brooklyn Bowl visionary Pete Shapiro, dating back to moe.’s days as defacto house band at Wetlands Preserve in the early and mid ’90s. Though packed, the intimate environs of The Bowl gave fans a good opportunity to see the teamwork that defines moe. in the current era.
In Umphrey’s McGee’s early days they would often cover moe.’s Rebubula. In the middle of 1999, just about 18 months after forming, UM stopped performing Rebubula and the song remained on the shelf until this past Memorial Day Weekend, when the Chicago-based sextet busted out the moe. classic at the 2013 Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL.
Umphrey’s delivered an impressive, spot-on version of the moe. song and today have shared pro-shot footage of the cover featuring the work of former moe. and current UM LD Jefferson Waful.
Jam stalwarts moe. returned the favor by covering UM’s In The Kitchen a night later.
This past Saturday moe. finished off a five-show, post-Summer Camp Festival run at Ives Concert Park in Danbury, Connecticut. Located on the campus of Western Connecticut State University, the unique and inviting venue is within reasonable driving distance for a huge chunk of the moe. fan-base. The stage is a pavilion located in front of a large pond and behind a moat (moat: a deep and wide trench around the rampart of a fortified place (as a castle) that is usually filled with water), with a very large lawn behind the reserved section – quite beautiful. It was the first show of the year for the venue, which offers a nice selection of food and full, well-priced bottles of wine – something that was clearly being enjoyed by most.
[All Photos by Nick Irving]
During the middle of the first set, The Wood Brothers emerged for a bluegrass heavy cover of The Band’s The Weight which was followed by a well suited and placed version of Water from moe. A highlight of the show was a blistering Farmer Ben into a full version of Rush’s Tom Sawyer. What first seemed like it was going to be a tease to many fans, some laughing, became a full on rocking tribute to recent Rock & Roll Hall of fame inductees.
In talking to a few folks who attended the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois over Memorial Day Weekend, they raved about Allie Kral’s sit-in on Plane Crash (or “that too fucking high song” as it’s known by more casual fans) with moe. on Saturday night of the festival. Kral, who played her last show with Cornmeal at Summer Camp, has guested on Plane Crash in the past and her familiarity with the tune helped propel the Summer Camp version to heady heights.
Exceptional pro-shot video of Allie performing Plane Crash with moe. has just surfaced on the Summer Camp YouTube Channel which shows of not only the extremely impressive performance by Kral and the jam stalwarts, but also the killer light design of Jason Huffer. Check it out…
Over the years moe. has opened for the Dave Matthews Band a number of times and that trend continued this week when the jam stalwarts opened for DMB in Toronto on Tuesday and in Scranton on Wednesday. Many acts use their opening sets to play their most accessible material and don’t stray “out of the box.” Well moe. is no ordinary band.
In Toronto, moe. welcomed old friend Jeff Coffin of DMB to sit in on Happy Hour Hero. Coffin crushes his solo and thanks to one of the best audience recordings I’ve ever heard, courtesy of Lenny Stubbe, we can hear the fantastic version of Happy Hour Hero…
Then, in Scranton, as noted by Jambands.com, moe. ended their set by performing the theme song to the just-completed long-running sitcom The Office. The Office was set in Scranton and you can tell by the reaction of the crowd, that they approved…
We’ve assembled a playlist of the three kickass vids that Kyle has shared on the Summer Camp channel. Check out moe. performing Cissy Strut by The Meters, their own Kyle’s Song (a fitting choice for the counselor’s private set) and The Band’s The Weight backstage with Victor Wooten at Summer Camp…
The fourth annual Hangout Music Fest took place this past weekend on the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. On Friday we mentioned that MTV would be webcasting many performances from Hangout, but on Saturday they changed the schedule and knocked off a number of the acts we were most excited to see including Tom Petty, The Black Crowes and Stevie Wonder. They did however webcast plenty of music and we’ve assembled a batch of them for your viewing enjoyment.
Here’s nearly all of the Trey Anastasio Band’s set…
This morning moe.down organizers have revealed the lineup for this year’s event. Set for August 9 – 11 at Snow Ridge Ski Area in Turin, New York; headliners moe. will bring along bands ranging from Dr. Dog to RAQ to the Del McCoury Band for their 14th annual festival.
Here’s the full moe.down 14 lineup…
moe., Dr. Dog, Del McCoury Band, Conspirator, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Steve Kimock Band, Stanley Jordan Trio, Savoy, RAQ, Floodwood, Mike Dillon Band, Eastbound Jesus, Wolf!, Conehead Buddha, The Stepkids and Pennyshine
Tickets for moe.down 14 are currently available through the moe.down site.
Eastern Artists and moe. will bring the 14th installment of the jam stalwarts long-running moe.down festival to Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin, New York on August 9 – 11. Today, moe. has revealed the first batch of acts that will join them at Snow Ridge this summer.
Jamtronica act Conspirator, moe. side project Floodwood, jazz act The Stanley Jordan Trio and Savoy are the first four bands announced thus far with more announcements expected in the coming weeks.
Festival season is upon us as Upstate New York natives moe. rocked out Killington and Rutland, Vermont last weekend at snoe.down 2013, their annual winter music and sports festival. Hosts moe. performed at Killington’s Bear Mountain on Saturday afternoon, while playing the Spartan Arena in Rutland on Friday and Saturday nights. An acoustic VIP brunch at the Wobbly Barn in Killington was the headlining act’s final performance of the weekend. A slew of other artists were on the snoe.down bill as well including HT faves Dumpstaphunk, Strangefolk and Marco Benevento.
Attendees had the chance to take part in various activities surrounding the festival, including a snoe.down special Ski/Ride program offered to guests. Whether you like to ski, snowboard, tube or just listen to the music in one of the cozy lodges, snoe.down had endless options.
There was once a time when moe. played as many five minute songs as they did 15 minute jammers. When the band was first starting up, there was a raw element to their sound that was as influenced by the likes of Jane’s Addiction as it was by the Grateful Dead. One band the members of moe. bonded over in the Albany house they called home in the mid ’90s was Camper Van Beethoven. In 1995 moe. started covering the opening track from CVB’s 1986 self-titled album – Good Guys and Bad Guys.
For nearly a year Good Guys and Bad Guys was a staple of moe.’s live show as the group played it 21 times in 1995 and then seven more times in the first half of 1996. After that Good Guys and Bad Guys became a rarity as it only showed up once in 1997, three times in 1998, five times in 1999, six times between 2000 and 2004 and only twice since. This morning moe. dusted off the Camper Van Beethoven cover during their acoustic VIP Brunch set at Killington’s Wobbly Barn as part of Snoe.down.
Thanks for the efforts of Taylor C. we can listen to the bust out just hours later…
Let’s look back at a version of Good Guys and Bad Guys featuring members of Cracker including Camper Van Beethoven’s David Lowery, the man who originally sang the song, from Langerado ’04…
The members of moe. and Strangefolk have a long history together that dates back to the ’90s, when both bands shared the bill at a number of shows. Last Thanksgiving moe. guitarist Al Schnier opened for the reunited version of Strangefolk at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Al wound up sitting in with the band on a pair of songs each night that included moe. originals Moth and Mexico. Strangefolk was invited to perform at moe.’s Snoe.down Festival which is taking place this weekend in Vermont. Last night in Rutland moe. welcomed the Strangefolk Duo of Jon Trafton and Reid Genauer to guest on a two-song segment that brought their first set at Spartan Arena in a close.
[Photo by Jen Bernstein]
For the first song of the two-song guest spot, Genauer led Trafton and moe. through a cover of Up On Cripple Creek by The Band. Genauer and Trafton stuck around for the Mexico first set closer. moe. started the day much earlier with a set at Killington’s Bear Mountain before bringing Saturday’s action to a close with two sets at Spartan Arena that followed Strangefolk’s performance at the same venue.
Here’s audio of Genauer and Trafton collaborating with moe. for Up On Cripple Creek…
The lineup for the 2013 installment of High Sierra has been revealed. HT faves Primus, moe., Steel Pulse, Leftover Salmon, Greyboy Allstars, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Barr Brothers and Rubblebucket are just a few of the bands set to play this year’s fest. The 23rd annual High Sierra Music Festival will take place from July 4 – 7 in Quincy, California.
Here’s a look at the full lineup…
Primus • Thievery Corporation • moe. • Steel Pulse • Leftover Salmon • The Greyboy Allstars • Gramatik • Emancipator • The John Scofield Überjam Band • The Infamous Stringdusters • Lee Fields & The Expressions • Allen Stone • North Mississippi Allstars •Pimps of Joytime • Lord Huron • White Denim • Carolyn Wonderland Rubblebucket • The Barr Brothers • Peter Apfelbaum & Sparkler • Sarah Jarosz • Anders Osborne • Aoife O’Donovan • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real Houndmouth • The Revivalists • Futurebirds • The Whiskey Sisters • Miner • Octopus • Nebula • The David Mayfield Parade • Fruition
There’s a supergroup named Yukon Kornelius that includes Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, Stefan Lessard of Dave Matthews Band, Guster’s Adam Gardner and drummer Eric Fawcett. This Saturday, March 16th, the band will perform with O.A.R. at the Ice House Arena at Okemo Mountain in Vermont. Today, Yukon Kornelius has announced two very special guests from two very different parts of the music world will join them on Saturday night.
Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach and moe. guitarist Al Schnier will both perform with Yukon Kornelius on Saturday. DJ Logic will open the show followed by O.A.R. and Yukon Kormelius will take the stage around 7PM. Tickets are still available. The evening’s festivities will be broadcast live on AXS TV.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a moe.jams edition of Stormy Mondays, but a recent gig inspired me to offer up some double guitar rock. One of moe.’s great talents is the ability to turn out what are essentially a classic album’s worth of music within a suite: 30-45 minute jams that act as complete pieces. There’s just something in the group’s pacing that allows for these perfectly digestible nuggets to shine time and again, and on a good night, they’ll play three or four such episodes. A recent case comes from the end of the first set on the second night of early February’s two night stand in NYC. (Special thanks to New York based taper Scott Bernstein, whose recording is featured here.)
[Photo by Alexandra Valenti]
The suite starts with a hot Smoke that opens up more than usual at the end for a driving jam and slowly morphs into the classic pairing of Not Coming Down > Wormwood, with the instrumental tune wandering and drifting and moving into some very cool spaces before landing in a bombastic Moth to close. A tight, engaging chunk of moe. for your Monday, so as always, enjoy!