This Friday jam stalwarts moe. will bring their What Happened To The LALAs? Tour to the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, a city the group first played nearly 17 years ago. Friday’s concert marks only the second moe. show within city limits since 2008, so we wanted to celebrate this rare appearance by looking at the band’s history with The City of Brotherly Love.
The Upstate New York-based band made their Philadelphia debut at J.C. Dobbs on South Street on September 21, 1995 with new drummer Mike Strazza and returned a few months later on February 16, 1996 sporting a different drummer (Chris Mazur). J.C. Dobbs was sold shortly thereafter, so moe. headed to the Middle East in March, May and September of ’96. In 2007, moe. stepped up to the much bigger Theater of Living Arts on January 23 and did so well they booked two shows at the 1,000-capacity venue that May. Clearly a band on the rise, moe. headlined the large Electric Factory on November 28, 1997, just over two years after first playing in Philly.
moe. in Philadelphia: Venue Segues
J.C. Dobb’s (09/21/1995, 02/16/1996) > Middle East (03/29/1996, 05/17/1996, 09/20/1996) > Theater of Living Arts (01/23/1997, 05/08/1997, 05/09/1997) > Electric Factory, (11/28/1997, 06/12/1998, 12/31/1998, 10/30/1999) > Tower Theater (10/31/2000) > Electric Factory (04/19/2002, 04/20/2002) > Theater of Living Arts (04/21/2002) > Tower Theater (12/27/2002, 12/28/2002, 12/30/2003, 11/05/2004) > Festival Pier (07/23/2005) > Electric Factory (01/20/2006, 01/21/2006) > Festival Pier (06/09/2006) > Electric Factory (02/10/2007, 02/01/2008) > Tower Theater (10/09/2010) > Electric Factory (03/09/2012)
Capacities: J.C. Dobbs (190), Middle East (?), Theater of Living Arts (1,000), Electric Factory (3,000), Tower Theater (3,119), Festival Pier (6,500)
Only includes shows open to the public within city limits
Including Friday’s show, moe. will have played a total of 11 gigs at the Electric Factory over the years. In April ’02 the group followed two sold-out performances at the Electric Factory, which featured special guest John Popper, with an undersell at the much smaller TLA. For Halloween ’00 moe. performed at the Tower Theater for the first time and covered Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd while The Wizard of Oz was shown on large monitors. The Tower also housed a pair of moe. shows towards the end of 2002, one at the end of 2003, a November 2004 gig and most recently the band’s last Philadelphia performance on October 9, 2010. Penn’s Landing’s Festival Pier hosted the only two outdoor moe. shows open to the public – a set opening for the Allman Brothers Band in 2005 and a co-bill with the North Mississippi Allstars in 2006.