moe.down | 08.31 - 09.02 | New York

Words by: Bill Clifford :: Images by: Robert Chapman

moe.down 8 :: 08.31.07 - 09.02.07 :: Snowridge Ski Area :: Turin, NY

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The lineup at the eighth annual moe.down, held over the Labor Day weekend, was a source of debate amongst moe.rons leading up to the festival. Amongst the missing from this year's schedule were notable names in the jam community - no Umphrey's McGee, Keller Williams, Page McConnell or Mike Gordon. Instead, this year's acts diverged from the traditional and included The Roots and country-oriented roots rocker Ryan Adams - who two weeks prior to the festival pulled out of his performance. His spot was filled by an equally well-known name, though one whose latest incarnation came in with considerably less publicity.

Despite the different slant to the schedule, the festival none-the-less drew typical numbers, as close to 8,000 attended the upstate New York holiday jamboree. While moe.down 7 was disrupted by Hurricane Ernesto, this year's festival was graced with perfect weather, crystal blue, cloudless skies and sensational sunshine over Snow Ridge Ski resort throughout the weekend and cooler temps to chill spirited souls in the evenings.

Friday

The musical fare on Friday was light, as Acoustic Forum, a collective of former local musicians, including moe.'s drummer Vinnie Amico, reunited under the tent. While their three sets of cover songs were all sparsely attended, Ha Ha The Moose, drew better. A moe. side project made up of Rob Derhak, Chuck Garvey and Jim Loughlin, all donned Flintstone-like moose lodge headgear, masks and capes. This outlet gives its members the chance to go in a heavier and odder direction with moe. songs as well as select covers.

Rolla :: moe.down 8
The first act to take the main stage on Friday was Connecticut's pop-rockers, Rolla. Indeed, far from the open ended improvisational jams many have come to expect of moe.down, this husband and wife duo, along with a bassist and drummer, performed concise pop nuggets with the perfectly pitched dual vocal harmonies of Fuzz (Deep Banana Blackout) and Carrie Ernst, whose voices were meant to be together. The duo was playful throughout, singing while looking in each other's eyes, jumping in rhythm on "Real To Me" and then pausing for effect before the chorus, "Tell me I'm not dreaming because you don't seem real to me."

Late in its set, Fuzz announced special guests; pedal steel guitarist Gordon Stone replaced bassist David Shuman and moe. drummer Vinnie Amico replaced drummer Phil Pitts on hand percussion. This quartet ran through a bluegrass take on The Beatles' "Rocky Raccoon," lead by the sweet, soprano vocals of Carrie Ernst. Here, the appreciative and growing crowd of about 200 rose to its feet, and added its own handclaps. The crowd remained standing as Shuman and Pitts came back, and the band ran through its own recently written "Messed Up" that included opportunities for all six musicians to solo, then affectionately closed its set, sans Stone and Amico, with the love ballad "Salvation," the two vocalists obviously singing to each other.

The Roots :: moe.down 8
Also on the main stage on Friday was Philadelphia hip-hop act The Roots. The legendary Roots Crew paraded onstage Mardi Gras style, lead by a four-piece horn section that included a sousaphone. Not familiar with The Roots, I went into this set with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The energy poured out by the band was returned in full measure by the crowd. The first glow stick war of the weekend broke out and prompted MC Black Thought to add, "There's a whole lot of shit coming up here on stage. I know its all in good fun, but let's try to be careful."

There were lots of time changes and improvising, and all were clearly in high spirits, bounding from one side of the stage to the other and getting off on each other's performances. Late in the set, the entire band came to the front of the stage and drummer ?uestlove offered a champagne toast, handing two bottles to the mob in front to honor departing bassist Leonard Nelson Hubbard, announcing that this would be his final performance with the band.

Guitarist Kirk Douglas, ?uestlove and the sousaphone player - introduced as Tuba Gooding Jr. - took a turn onstage as a trio and ran through their interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Masters Of War," which had a mid-song tease of "America, The Beautiful." In the four years I've attended moe.down, this performance from The Roots ranks among the best I've seen.

moe. :: moe.down 8
After The Roots, moe.'s one Friday performance was nearly anti-climatic. With a simple welcome to the crowd from Derhak, the band was off into a simple opener, "Stranger Than Fiction." They began to warm-up on "Bearsong," with Al Schnier opening up the jamming, his guitar drenched in effects. The energy level given off by the band, and returned from the crowd, seemed mild at first but picked up with "Tailspin" and the dual guitar intro on crowd favorite "Kyle's Song."

"Opium" was given an especially sweet delivery, slowed in tempo but sung with fervor by Derhak. Garvey's slide guitar wailed and cried, and the eerie backdrop of an endless desert blue sky floating by made the song all that more hallucinogenic. The crowd seemed clueless and indifferent to moe.'s choice to cover The Band's "Don't Do It," which admittedly was somewhat of a dry rendition even considering that it was the first time moe. has played the song. A short "She Sends Me" brought the first night's festivities to a close.

Saturday

"This band is one of the best things to happen to moe.down as far as I'm concerned," said a euphoric Schnier introducing Saturday's main stage openers, The Meat Puppets. "They changed my life in 1983," he added, referencing how this band's early work influenced him. The Meat Puppets ran through a set the included several new cuts as well as the band's early hits. The crowd seemed indifferent, barely moving or dancing, half-heartedly applauding on tunes such as "Plateau" and the set closer, "Lake of Fire." Perhaps after so many years, many fans just weren't aware of The Meat Puppets, and the moe.rons were just reserving their spot for moe.'s afternoon set.

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2007 is the Chinese Year of the Pig, and over in the kid's tent events were "Buster" themed. Wearing pig masks, a troupe of kids marched to the main stage for the early afternoon set from moe., which opened with the kids onstage dancing to "Buster." The kid troupe hung around the side of the stage dancing for several songs, and their enthusiasm seemed to rub off on the band.

On "The Road" the tempo and energy was immediately affecting, firing up the crowd whose fists pumped above their heads. Jim Loughlin plunked away on the MalletKAT, then bounced back on percussion, while out front Garvey and Schneir traded impassioned, rhythmic solos. Derhak pulled out an upright bass on what was otherwise a standard rendition of "Shoot First," while on "Down Boy" Garvey's talk box brought a group of fascinated kids back out front from the side stage. "The Ghost Of Rob's Mom" provided the first opportunity for a drum-percussion solo from Loughlin and Amico, with the crowd adding intuitive handclaps. Schnier picked up an acoustic and gave his most impassioned vocal delivery yet on "So Long," ad-libbing about being at moe.down on "such a beautiful day." Then, on set closer "Mexico," he invited Meat Puppet Kirk Kirkwood to join the band. While it was clear Kirkwood wasn't familiar with the song, he eventually did find his own groove, and together with Schnier and Garvey, laid down some wailing guitar work.

Derhak & K. Kirkwood :: moe.down 8
New England songwriter Ryan Montbleau has been a fixture on the summer festival circuit, and at moe.down, the Ryan Montbleau Band fans showed up in force, drawing the largest crowd of the weekend under the Saranac Tent. They funked things up right away with "Summertime Feeling," as Jason Cohen leaned on the Hammond and synthesizer. There was lots of room for improvisation on the upbeat and often played "You Crazy U," while "Draw The Line" from a forthcoming CD was delivered a bit more traditionally. Juiced by the crowd, Montbleau enticed, "Make some noise, moe.down!" and they responded with gusto.

Throughout, the tempo shifted from high-energy funk rave-ups to mellow, elegant ditties such as "One Fine Color," which spotlighted Montbleau's sultry and subtle vocals. The lyrically lovely "Grain Of Sand" built to an energetic crescendo where he urged the crowd to "let me hear ya scream," and then brought it back down, pleading, "Take a look around. This is all we have," referring to the planet and the theme of the song. Montbleau's set was certainly the festival highlight under the tent for this critic, and he's certainly deserving of a return performance on the main stage in future years.

Also under the tent between main stage acts was Philadelphia-based instrumental dance rockers Lotus. Surprisingly, none of Lotus' three sets were as crowded as Montbleau's one. But this young band - utilizing traditional guitars, bass, keys and drums in combination with sampled electronic beats and percussion - nonetheless were an excellent choice to get the crowd fired up. I bounced in and out of the tent during their sets, and took in most of the final set prior to moe. when the lighting was as much a part of the band's set as the frenetic pace of the music.

Perry Farrell :: moe.down 8
Ryan Adams last minute withdrawal left a major void. However, promoters managed to land Satellite Party just prior to the event. A charismatic frontman, Perry Farrell was obviously excited to be performing in front of such a large crowd. Satellite Party, which also includes a drummer and bassist, as well as his wife and backing vocalist, Lau Farrell, certainly took the award for the best dressed band of the weekend, with Farrell in a white jacket with long laces falling from the sleeves, his wife in short shorts and a black and white leopard print top and Nick Perri in tight fitting white denim pants, and sporting a flying-V style electric guitar. The Satellite Party songs delivered Farrell's eco-friendly message via rock music blended with upbeat dance tempos.

An eccentric and compelling performer, Farrell had something to say between each song. "I knew this was going to be a great party. They told me, 'Ya just gotta come on up!' We're from Venice, California, and we swam here underneath the 'Tahitian Moon'," he said introducing a song. The energy and enthusiasm Farrell put forth was infectious, and the crowd got more into it with each song. Several songs, such as "Only Love, Let's Celebrate" and "Insanity Rains" had Perris head-banging metal guitar stamped all over them.

Farrell went above and beyond by fervently performing Jane's Addiction's "Mountain Song," the first of several Jane's tunes. Noting that he looks forward to summer every year, "because I get to sing this song" as "Summertime Rolls" began with a slow, psychedelic ambiance that built to a magnificent peak and then descended again. Farrell closed his set with a two song encore that included their debut's title track and "Jane Says" with Perri on acoustic guitar. Much like The Roots the night before, Satellite Party set a standard with an ambitious, impassioned set for moe. to follow.

Robert Derhak :: moe.down 8
moe. was certainly up to the challenge. Bathed in blue light, the band began the second set with an extended, highly improvised "Lazarus" > "Skrunk." This song combination would prove to be the most improvisational and open ended of the weekend, the two tracks seamlessly moving from one to the other. Further, lighting director Jeff Waful was as much a member of the band during this set as anyone. Colors bled into one another and then spread to the entire slope in dense textures, the trees that walled in the slopes lit up with spiraling designs.

Derhak re-introduced Farrell as a moe.ville mayoral candidate. Farrell stated, "I promise, if I'm mayor of moe.ville, I'll clean up the oceans. Sound Good?" It was a fitting introduction to Jane's Addiction's "Ocean Size." Played for the first time together in the true spirit of collaboration, it was psychedelic, blissful abandon with wailing guitar solos from Schnier, who looked as though he was having the time of his life. The set wound down with Garvey delivering as elegant a vocal run as he had all weekend on a well received "Wind It Up." Then Derhak brought it all crashing back down on the fan favorite "Plane Crash."

moe. had more surprises up their proverbial sleeve for their third late night set. Derhak ad-libbed about the way moe. became a jamband, noting they used to play without stopping because they were scared people would leave the bar. "We found out if we just kept playing people would stick around, drink at the bar, and then we'd get hired to play again." That comment led into an extended, highly improvised jam on "Big World." Mid-song, moe. traded instruments with the Meat Puppets, and things got weird and psychedelically dark and experimental. Then, moe. found their way back to the stage and back into "Big World."

Farrell with moe. :: moe.down 8
The impulsive and impromptu extended jams continued on "McBain," which featured all kinds of effects drenched guitars from Schnier colored by Loughlin's fluent MalletKAT fluctuations. At another seamless segue into "George," Waful had another chance to shine. From behind the lighting board, a six-foot diameter mirrored ball was elevated, oblivious to most fans until lasers illuminated it and reflected colorful rotating flashes of light around the entire mountainside. It was a unique and amazing technical display that brought the crowd, lost in musical bliss, to another pinnacle.

The mood lulled on the achingly beautiful "Faker" - an odd song to follow the previous jams - but the energy rebounded on a smooth transition, so smooth it went almost unnoticed into the live staple and fan favorite "Timmy Tucker." Though somewhat anti-climatic after this set, the two song encore of "Spine Of A Dog" and "Spaz Medicine" had the moe.rons singing loud and proud. For any trader of live moe. recordings, Saturday nights set two and three are must haves.

Sunday

Unlike other festivals, which usually end early on Sunday afternoon, moe.down strategically takes place over a holiday weekend, giving fans one more day to rock out and return to the working world on Tuesday. After a late Saturday night, Sunday's mid-afternoon wake up was the blues flavored folk of Amos Lee. A crowd of over 200 gathered at the main stage to take in the Philadelphia troubadour's set. The bluesy "Bottom Of The Barrel" featured Michael Bellar leaning into the keys, while the lovely acoustic shuffle "Supply And Demand" got the crowd moving, and a newly written song, "Listen," came across as a political call for action.

Strangefolk :: moe.down 8
Later, Lee noted, "I like to do songs about the day. So we're gonna do 'Easy (Like Sunday Morning)' since it's Sunday." On The Commodores cover, he enticed the crowd to sing along. Lee invited a guest named Mulu, a fellow Philadelphian, to sing with him. They ran through a sensual, r&b inflected "Caramel," trading off verses then singing the chorus together. Midway through, they broke it down and did soulful but comical impersonations that included Rick Astley, Billy Ocean and others. Lee was the perfect Sunday afternoon come around set after a late night.

Also hailing from Philadelphia, The Brakes made a stop at moe.down under the tent. A crowd of about 75 had gathered to take in the band's brand of acoustic roots rock. Schnier joined the young band for a mid-set cover of Traffic's "Empty Pages." Schnier joked, "I think they're all like 13 years old and write great songs. I'm jealous of every one of you." Not surprisingly, it got a bit of notice when he joined the band, and the tent got a bit more crowded. The soulful "Into The Ground" featured a moving trumpet solo, while the pop oriented "Younger Days" got the crowd on their feet. It was a bit of a disappointment that a larger audience didn't hear this deserving band.

John Medeski :: moe.down 8
Strangefolk put on, what was for many, Sunday's highlight. John Trafton's electric country jaunt "Fallin" got things started with an upbeat tempo and great mix of his electric guitar and a drum solo. By the time this song had finished, a crowd of well over 500 had assembled, pulled in by the music. While the slope felt full, there was more than enough individual space for dancing. Acoustic guitarist Luke Montgomery took over on "Entitled." His vocals are a bit sultrier, but no less energetic or passionately sung. Don Scott's sinuous piano was the centerpiece here, along with lush three part vocal harmonies. The sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. Though we were in upstate New York, Montgomery's haunting lovelorn scorcher "Sweet New England" had a stark relevance. Given a 90-minute set, Strangefolk had lots of room to improvise on their nine songs. Bassist Erik Glockler took the lead on "Anchor" with richly textured, resonating tenor vocals accentuated by soulful piano. Kirk Juhas, who plays keys in Al & the Transamericans along with Glocker, joined Strangefolk on the funky piano ditty "Rather Go Fishin'."

Not long after this, I found myself standing in front of five gals with southern accents holding stringed instruments such as a mandolin, a banjo and a fiddle. I awoke as one of the five asked the crowd, "Have any of ya'll ever been to church in the south?" Uncle Earl then blew me away with the traditional gospel ditty "Warfare." Though these five musicians were far from their home, they nonetheless felt right at home kickin' up the dry earth with the so called "dust kickers." Indeed, their set drew one of the largest crowds under the tent on Sunday.

Derhak & Schnier :: moe.down 8
I found my way back to the main stage for a mellow, funky and jazzy set from Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood. Having recently released a sophomore recording together - the first since 1998 and also the first to bring the avant-jazz trio back to more traditional jazz leanings - this quartet performed an instrumental set that had the moe.rons shaking their asses. The groove oriented "Little Walter Rides Again" led off with a rhythmic drum solo and densely layered organ swells. Scofield opened up a bit on guitar on "Tequila and Chocolate," while Medeski's keys were tense. The mood mellowed way down on a lovely, almost sacred take on John Lennon's ballad "Julia," which emerged drenched in thick church organ. While not everyone's cup of tea, this set was a mark of what a diverse and eclectic festival moe.down has become.

Though neither of moe.'s two sets on Sunday matched Saturday night in intensity, they did begin with a bang - a boom boom boom and a bang bang bang to be precise. "Crab Eyes" opened the first set with Loughlin shining on the MalletKAT as Garvey's guitar cried, Amico holding it all together on the back end. The band really didn't take any risks till well into "Kids." Schnier's vocals however were worn out, dry and hoarse, the beautiful, dry weather having kicked up tons of dust. Where moe. excels is at filling the space between things, something clear on the heavier, funky delivery of "The Pit" and "Meat," on which Garvey's guitar seemed to find new nooks and crannies to delve into. Here, they seemed to be opening up and letting the moment get a hold of them for the first time that day. Closing set one, moe. welcomed up Uncle Earl, as well as Zach Djanikian of The Brakes to sing on The Band's "The Weight." Rayna Gellert added sweet fiddle and the fans sang along to the chorus.

Uncle Earl, Djanikian with moe. on "The Weight"
Loughlin plugged the gaps nicely with bongos on "Blue Jean Pizza," and Garvey laid down a long, fluent guitar solo with lots of room to breath to start the second set. Schneir found all kinds of room to noodle on the synthesizer on "Recreational Chemistry," though the tempo was slowed quite a bit perhaps due to Schnier's shot vocals. Musically, they were very playful. Band members swapped instruments with crew members mid-set, giving them their moment to shine. Waful, whose voice wasn't exactly bad but wasn't a real singing voice, lead the crew through a solid rendition of Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere." Other highlights of the second set were the high-energy delivery of "Rebubula" the encore of "Akimbo" and the mellow "Letter Home," which closed the festival.

While moe.down 8 may have lacked some of the bigger jam names of past years, the lineup was indeed a tell tale sign of the diversity that moe.rons have come to expect. There were plenty of pleasant surprises this year like The Roots and Perry Farrell; and first time acts like the Ryan Montbleau Band and Strangefolk proved welcome additions to the moe. family. The fans behaved themselves and the mountain staff welcomed us with open arms. Graciously, Mother Nature provided glorious, warm sunshine throughout the weekend. Really, by all accounts, moe.down 8 was a wonderful festival experience.

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Comments

Beaser starstar Tue 9/11/2007 08:07PM
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Beaser

This was my 3rd moe.down and a great one at that...I wasn't at all disappointed by the lineup and had a great time...what i dont get is why it matters so much exactly how many people were at each show...

STEG187 starstarstarstarstar Tue 9/11/2007 08:37PM
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STEG187

This was a great review. Thanx for mentioning Hub, the Roots monumental show, and of course Perry Farrel and Nuno. You know your shit.

More reviews from this writer will be appreciated.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 9/11/2007 10:00PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

Agree with Steg. Strangefolk? It's been a minute for them to show their faces around Philly? I think they last showed thier faces at the Troc in '01.

alw7 Wed 9/12/2007 02:45AM
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good review,one correction . Nuno Bettencourt left the band in July '07. the guitarist we saw at moe.down was Nick Perri.

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 04:44AM
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hehe. ryan adams was there. ha ha!!

okalrightic starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 06:43AM
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great review! I disagree about the energy on saturday night, in my opinion sunday was far better. All in all moe.down kicked ass as usual...how about some more chuck songs next year?

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 07:16AM
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OH MAN, moe.down was crazy! perry ferell was the funniest musical set i have ever seen, could not stop laughing or staring at his beautiful wife... wowzzers.i was outta my mind. it was surprising to see so many fires on saturday night, although it was cold as shit out. i thought the lineup and the scheduling was great, i just wish they could have the tunes keep going on after moe. some late-night shit please! i think thats the only improvement they could make to moe.down.

Yamitai Wed 9/12/2007 07:29AM
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Yamitai

yo man you have got to give Lotus more credit than that. they ripped it up like mad. all three sets they brought it and they rocked it hard. they are a very talented group who proved themselves once again that they are up there with bands like umphreys and keller.

moebiscoplease Wed 9/12/2007 07:36AM
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moebiscoplease

great festival.. perry seriously stole the entire festival IMO, brought unbeliveable energy

also why are you hating on lotus? they drew far more people than ryan mont and seriously added the psychadelic grooves all night

lotus>perry>lotus>moe.>lotus>moe. sat night insane

Btterswtantelope Wed 9/12/2007 07:49AM
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Did you miss the Al and the Transamericans set on Friday, which IMO was one of the best of the weekend?

I also thought moe. was better on Sunday, although Friday and Saturday did have their highlights. The 32 Things was by far one of the best songs of the weekend.

nycguy7 starstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 08:52AM
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How can you forget the meat puppets band switch. The hightlight of the weekend in my honest opinion.

johnnygoff starstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 09:24AM
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johnnygoff

Perry Farrell and his new "ultra loaded Satellite Party" are great! (minus Bettencourt who was not there) A big splash of fun, hard rock in the hippy jam arena and a sweet fill-in considering Ryan Adams and the Cardinals bailed weeks before. Ha-Ha The Moose and Al and The Transamericans were great moe. side projects at moe.down 8, with HaHa's costumes being the talk of moe.down camp. Lotus really did open up a lot of ears at this festival, from people I talked to and moe. sets were great all weekend with Saturday's matinee being my highlight when the "Buster" kids came out for their pig parade. Also, thanks to Ryan Montbleau and STrangefolk for the new england additions to moe.down. Nice REview and Even better in person! Have you been a critic of moe or moe.down? STop talking or start attending their shows. You won't be disappointed.

cybergem starstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 09:29AM
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Just as an FYI, the artist that came out with Amos Lee is Mutlu with a t. Otherwise a great review of a GREAT weekend!!

Frank Wed 9/12/2007 09:53AM
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Frank

Hehe, al and the trannies.

goddog Wed 9/12/2007 11:11AM
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"Don't Do It" is actually a Marvin Gaye song.

Luthur starstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 12:07PM
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"How can you forget the meat puppets band switch. The hightlight of the weekend in my honest opinion."

Um, did you actually read the article?

JimmyDean Wed 9/12/2007 12:41PM
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JimmyDean

It was my 3rd down too! Great weather and great music as always. moe.rons..you make the world go round !!!!

sirrickthegreat star Wed 9/12/2007 02:19PM
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madaeb1 starstarstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 02:51PM
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madaeb1

I usually stray away from comment boards, but, my god "sirrickthegreat", give it up. A few words of advice:

1). Get a job

2). Buy A Ticket

3). Take A Shower

I think Al, Chuck, Rob, Vinnie, And Jim would be laughing at your dirty, stinky, jewelry slanging, ass if they could only see what you just posted. NICE LIFE!

crawf Wed 9/12/2007 02:55PM
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also, "everybody knows this is nowhere" is a bob dylan song, dumbbutt.

Ilikephish531 starstarstarstar Wed 9/12/2007 06:40PM
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Ilikephish531

wow. Selling jewelry? Cant you see how rediculous that sounds? I for one am completely on security's side with this one. You're a real peice of work there friend, blamin it on the band and all. Sounds like you're doin us all a big favor by not comin to any more moe. shows. fantastic article by the way.

cliftonhanger420 Wed 9/12/2007 08:21PM
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actually "everybody knows this is nowhere" is a neil young tune, not bob dylan. marvin gaye did write "don't do it", but the band made it famous.

i probably wouldn't dance to the meat suckits either, but moe. rocks and so does perry ferrel. does anyone know why ryan adams dropped out?

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/13/2007 05:48AM
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HA HA.....THE MOOSE!!!! I will never miss another haha the moose set... ever. that shit was as heavy as primus!

TraderDan (djc) starstarstarstar Thu 9/13/2007 06:50AM
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TraderDan (djc)

My first moe.down and I had a killer time all weekend. I thought the line-up was great, including the late inning additions of Perry Farrell and Moon Boot Lover were off the hook. Yes, Farrell's wife was incredibly hot but in my humble opinion, Peter Prince & Moon Boot Lover's performance under the tent was the most smokin' thing I witnessed all weekend. Also was real pleased to finally hear Amos Lee in the flesh... that guy is irrefutably a genuine article. And finally, just a couple quick corrections on the Montbleau Band's set... "Summertime Feeling" is actually a song called "All Wet", and to be completely accurate, "You Crazy U" is really "You Crazy You". Otherwise, I really enjoyed the write-up... nice job overall.

karacter0 star Thu 9/13/2007 09:46AM
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Cleofus Thu 9/13/2007 10:04AM
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Cleofus

"Not familiar with The Roots, I went into this set with low expectations". not familiar with the Roots? What kind of bubble have you been in for the last 15 years? c'mon now....

bgiggey starstarstarstarstar Thu 9/13/2007 04:02PM
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bgiggey

great weekend full of great music. i was kind of bummed not to see a few things...more of a review on acoustic forum, a better review on lotus, and reviews for two of the best bands of the weekend...peter prince and mbl and ra ra riot. im really suprised not to see any blurb about ra ra riot (was was insaaaaaaaaaaaaane) and peter prince, where people we just getting down! acoustic forum was the highlight of friday for me, i thought they sounded great. lotus KILLED it, everyone was raving about them, and the tent was packed. i thougt lotus would get more of a indept review since so many people were on board for their show.

also, i really like the idea of a late night set after moe. having lotus come back after a moe. set would give a bunch more people things to do late into the night, besides chill around their camp. thanks for a great moe.down 8 everybody!

sleightda5 starstarstar Thu 9/13/2007 07:02PM
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I just thought someone should say something about the crew jam on sunday... that was sweet! the crew held it down way better than the meatheads did on sat- i thought they totally killed to vibe. overall it was a great festival - highlights IMO were msmw, roots, and moe on sunday. I thought their sets on Sun were the best by far. They played a bunch of songs they were playing when i first started listening to them and i danced all weekend. late night set is a great idea!

RMK starstarstarstar Fri 9/14/2007 08:44AM
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RMK

Great review Cliff. You definitely captured the spirit of the weekend. Nobody could see all the music that was there, and you wrote about what you saw in a fair and accurate way.

FYI: During The Roots' trio, they also went into Jimi Hendrix's "Machine Gun" during Bob Dylan's "Masters of War."

Disco ball was INCREDIBLE!!!

Cig starstarstarstar Fri 9/14/2007 04:40PM
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You lose a little credibility without a State Radio review from Saturday...c'mon now.

sirrickthegreat star Sat 9/15/2007 04:59AM
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sirrickthegreat star Sat 9/15/2007 05:02AM
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Cheezefreek starstarstarstar Sun 9/16/2007 07:28AM
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Cheezefreek

Good storeis told by all. My 1st .down and surely not my last. got a lil cold at night, but hey, it's upstate NY. Not too many mentions on Amos Lee . Montbleau was fun. Ha ha The Moose-ridiculously funny ... Mr. Her...Would you eat a poo in the name of freedom ? Perry and his HOTT wife..so much good stuff to mention.... Faker->Timmy Tucker That second set Sun night WOW! Uncle Earl ...Strangefolk .. All in all, great time

samboard starstarstarstarstar Sun 9/16/2007 01:20PM
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samboard

perry and the sattelite party own it and its good to see him continue where he belongs, spreading his message of love, party, peace, and ecofriendly living!

as wekkm the rest of the review was great. good work.

CeilingFan247 Sun 9/16/2007 02:17PM
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4th moe.down for me, and they seem to keep getting better and better. I love this festival, and I love moe. Best fest of the summer for sure.

The security this year was actually the best it's ever been (in the last 4 yrs at least) and the were way more mellow. I never got padded down or wasn;t touched once.

And if you don't have money for a ticket, don't come. They won't care if you've been on tour, they have to do there jobs.

moe.down forever. Congrats, Hodge!

Suave starstarstarstarstar Mon 9/17/2007 02:12PM
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Suave

WOW Sirrick way to stand up for the world by going on tour... the world is such a better place now becuase of you going on tour and not doing shit but getting fucked up and selling jewlery.

Good Review . moe. rocks

elmophish Tue 9/18/2007 10:52AM
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"Mom.....I gotta go"

"Where are you going?"

"moe.down"

"wait a minute.......is that the place you go where you all dress up with your fur hats and your trippy dippy psychedelic turkey leg eatin' glow sticky thingies and you take your crisco oil and slide it all over your ass and then you slide your lime green greasy ass on down the mountain and then you roll your heads on down the mountain and then you all start funky dunky with your moe and your ha moose and then you freeze your lime green greasy ass off in your tents?"

"Yeah mom...."

"Oh.....I know that place......just be careful"

"ok mom"

You did it! Thank you moe. Looking forward to NYE and Moe.9

elmophish Tue 9/18/2007 11:00AM
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"Mom.....I gotta go"

"Where are you going?"

"moe.down"

"wait a minute.......is that the place you go where you all dress up with your fur hats and your trippy dippy psychedelic turkey leg eatin' glow sticky thingies and you take your crisco oil and slide it all over your ass and then you slide your lime green greasy ass on down the mountain and then you roll your heads on down the mountain and then you all start funky dunky with your moe and your ha moose and then you freeze your lime green greasy ass off in your tents?"

"Yeah mom...."

"Oh.....I know that place......just be careful"

"ok mom"

You did it! Thank you moe. Looking forward to NYE and Moe.9

elmophish Tue 9/18/2007 11:01AM
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"Mom.....I gotta go"

"Where are you going?"

"moe.down"

"wait a minute.......is that the place you go where you all dress up with your fur hats and your trippy dippy psychedelic turkey leg eatin' glow sticky thingies and you take your crisco oil and slide it all over your ass and then you slide your lime green greasy ass on down the mountain and then you roll your heads on down the mountain and then you all start funky dunky with your moe and your ha moose and then you freeze your lime green greasy ass off in your tents?"

"Yeah mom...."

"Oh.....I know that place......just be careful"

"ok mom"

You did it! Thank you moe. Looking forward to NYE and Moe.9

elmophish Tue 9/18/2007 11:19AM
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Argh! I'm really sorry about the mulitple posts, I kept hitting the button. I also would like to apologize for my use of the word "ass" which I tend to keep to a minimum.

PCPrabbit Tue 9/18/2007 01:21PM
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PCPrabbit

History of "Don't Do It" or "Baby Don't Do It":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don%27t_Do_It

RedMule starstarstarstar Wed 9/19/2007 10:10PM
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RedMule

Good summary. It was however the first year that there were cops on the road stopping cars on the way in. We all thought moe.down was our one safe haven from the cops, but they're learing i guess.

Lotus = Sickness!!

Perry Farrell = Booooooooooooooooring!

Nice one Yamitai

junglist starstarstar Fri 9/21/2007 11:44AM
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junglist

This weekend was great The Roots were amazing. moe. played great as usual. Overall, this weekend kicked ass.

petemora Wed 10/3/2007 08:31AM
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Its too bad sirrick didn't get in. He'd be an asset to any festival. Crappy jewlery, abusive foul mouth, hot tempered, no money. Fans, musicians, and promoters probably can't get enough of his ilk.