MOE. | 04.17.07 | SAN FRANCISCO

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Words by: Nick Boeka :: Images by: Susan J. Weiand

moe. :: 04.17.07 :: Great American Music Hall :: San Francisco, CA


moe. :: 04.17
Closing out an intimate trio of shows, New York's moe. performed to a sold out crowd at the Great American Music Hall before heading to Japan. Working their way up the coast of California with rented gear, the band performed at smaller venues, featuring an exciting mix of classic selections with new material off The Conch.

The SF event was enhanced by the breathtakingly beautiful décor of the historic Great American. As you look around inside, the elegant architecture, marble columns and elaborate frescoes shine a crimson red when the house lights are dimmed. moe. emerged from this reddish glow to a full yet spacious crowd. Bassist Rob Derhak stood front and center, staring out at everyone, as Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier tuned their guitars. The eager audience immediately began to bounce as the familiar strains of "Stranger than Fiction" hit the room. A couple songs in, moe. brought out what they do best - long, hard, adventurous jams. The Great American's sound is amongst the best in the city, and Derhak was dialed in perfectly. Walking around the floor or rising to the balcony, the music was clear, full and thick. Schnier played his keyboard rig several times in the first set and applied vocal effects to blend with Garvey's harmonies and Derhak's leads.


Clark and Schnier :: 04.17
To close the first set, moe. reached back into their songbook for an abbreviated "Yodelittle" which segued into "Plane Crash." Despite having spent most of the year out supporting The Conch, the band focused predominantly on older material. The happy crowd sang along and hit the changes in stride with the band. During the middle jam section guitarist Josh Clark of SF's Tea Leaf Green joined the fray. It was a three-way lickfest as the trio of axes flexed their power in a blistering rock conversation.


Al Schnier - moe. :: 04.17


Jim Laughlin :: 04.17
When the lights dimmed for the second set, the band wasted no time picking up the groove. A 24-minute "McBain" with a huge jam offered percussionist Jim Laughlin a chance to show off his skill on the vibes. The always reliable jam vehicle "Not Coming Down" was a bit of surprise in the encore spot, yet proved to be an inspiring choice. Before closing the evening with "Rebubula" the band was in a full-on Led Zeppelin mode with a "When the Levee Breaks" jam, that made many folks look around with that "Hey, I know this song" expression.

Afterwards, rather than preparing to travel overseas, the group hung around for a meet-and-greet autograph signing. Schnier reminded his bandmates they better be in the van early the next morning if they wanted to get on the plane for Japan.

While technically it wasn't the cleanest show, with some vocal flubs, misplayed notes and just plain miscommunication (Schnier starting "Rebubula" while Derhak played the "Buster" bass intro) it was always just in the moment and never caused them to miss a beat.

SETLIST
Set 1: Stranger Than Fiction, Moth > Bullet, Another One Gone, Yodelittle > Plane Crash*
Set 2: Spaz Medicine, McBain, Kyle > Bearsong, Where Does The Time Go > Rebubula Jam > Buster
E: Not Coming Down, When the Levee Breaks Jam > Rebubula
*With Josh Clark of Tea Leaf Green on guitar

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Comments

phaslam Wed 4/25/2007 05:03PM
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phaslam

moe. rocked the GAMH!!! I've seen them 40+ times now, and this was my favorite in the last couple of years. Keep rockin' boys and get back here soon.

Makisupa_McGee starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/25/2007 05:44PM
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Makisupa_McGee

YES!!! This show was tons of fun and Im real glad to have gotten my tix early enough to go.

Josh Clark of TLG jamms with practically every awesome jamband that comes through SF, and his appearance durring plane crash got the crowd going and def got me pumped for TLG's 420 show at the fillmore (which, btw was one of the best shows I saw all year of many - def get that if it makes it to the archive)

Neither the fans or the band seemd to recognize that it was a Tuesday night...I know I didnt.

I think this was a way for moe. to get back used to playing realy small venues becasue theyre about to play that NYC venue for 5 nights and want to make that really special....anyone lucky enough to go to that is in for a real treat!

TXfarmhouse Wed 4/25/2007 07:08PM
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TXfarmhouse

moe., do I really have to say moe?

timhbomb starstar Wed 4/25/2007 08:21PM
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Is this a review, or a play by play recap of the show?

This was a good show, this story does it no justice.

Rich Lieberman starstarstarstar Wed 4/25/2007 11:22PM
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Rich Lieberman

Reading this got me psyched up for the NYC HighLine Shows. I can not wait! NYC is waiting with open arms!

disc4me89 starstarstarstar Thu 4/26/2007 12:43AM
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my company delivers pizzas to chuck! i can't wait for all good and when they come to moonlight gardens

OysterDead starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/26/2007 08:36AM
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OysterDead

Moe. has seemed to reignite a flame that was dimenishing a few years ago.

Props for Moe. for there look living success!

OysterDead Thu 4/26/2007 08:37AM
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OysterDead

long living success...I can't doe anythink write w/o Microsoft Wurd....

voodoochili12 starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/26/2007 12:24PM
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SEE YOU ALL IN NEW HAMPSHIRE!!!

CDR starstarstar Thu 4/26/2007 01:29PM
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It's Josh Clark not Clarke. Just thought you should know.

jasonrapp Thu 4/26/2007 04:36PM
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jasonrapp

"misplayed notes and just plain miscommunication (Schnier starting "Rebubula" while Derhak played the "Buster" bass intro)"

was that a miscommunication?? I thought it was a planned tease.. it was cool whatever it was...!

Alex.Anastas starstarstarstarstar Thu 4/26/2007 05:21PM
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Alex.Anastas

I'm glad to see that moe. is still kicking it and hasn't forgotten their roots in the mess the jambands scene has become! Keep doing it to it!

johnnyblaze36 Thu 4/26/2007 06:13PM
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What "mess" has the "jamband scene" become? Man I can't wait to see moe. again. Best band in the land, hands down.

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meh

andterp star Thu 5/10/2007 03:47PM
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This "story" did the show no justice....Moth > Bullet was absolutely phenomenal smooth segue...second set highlight for me was Where Does The Time Go > Rebubula Jam > Buster that was no flub, everybody fell for it, havent seen them reverse like that ever, these guys have really kicked up a notch, thought they were falling off and this making this my 29th show, Im glad to see how they are working in the old with the new and just straight up kicking ass again. Hadnt seen them in a place this small since 2/27/01 first show in Wilmington, Delaware, Kahunaville....