Review & Photos | moe. | New York

Words & Images by: Paul Citone

moe. :: Palace Theatre :: 12.30.13 - 12.31.13 :: Albany, NY

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New Years Runs are always something special and moe.’s two night stint at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY was no different. The two night stance brought crowd favorites, amazing collaborations and the always fun cover songs.

Albany is somewhat of a home for moe., making this run at the Palace a very special one. Albany seems to draw a special crowd for the band, due to them playing countless smaller bars and venues (including the soon relocated Valentines) around the capital district area, in the 90's. Drummer, and fellow Niskayuna grad Vinnie Amico, still lives in the area with his wife Debbie and family. Go Nisky!

Eastbound Jesus a local up and coming capital district based band opened the show with a fast paced 45 minute set of acoustic rock. They are currently on tour and will be appearing at Red Square in Albany for a live album recording January 31st. Check them out.

Night one was filled with moe classics such as “Y.O.Y”, “Skrunk”, “Zed Nought Z” and a killer performance of “Opium’! moe. raged through a 17 minute “Timmy Tucker” transitioning into Akimbo winding back in to Timmy Tucker for 17 more minutes of bliss. Very we'll done to get the run started... For the encore the plan was “Spaz Medicine” & “Dr. Graffenberg” but the boys were feeling something a little more exciting. The show closed out with a crushing rendition of “Godzilla” and left the crowd yearning for night 2 to begin.

New Years Eve began with a surprise acoustic performance stepping out front of the main stage in front of the crowd and in their own words “wanted to do something different” and they sure did. We were treated to a 5 song acoustic one mic set, including Vinnie Amico drumming on a cardboard box, of: “Shoot First”, “Blue Eyed Son”, “Willin”, “Backwoods” and “Wildflowers”. What a way to start the last show of 2013! All of this awesomeness was followed by a return to the main stage, for a sweet drum solo by the ever talented Vinnie Amico, that rolled into the tune “Water”. The set also included a swanky twenty minute “Recreational Chemistry"

Second set took us to “Mar-DeMa” which led into the always rocking “Meat". The band closed this set with classics “Four” > “Jazz Wank”, “Spine of a Dog”, and “Buster”. As 12:00 approached we were treated to “Sensory Deprivation Bank” jam followed by the countdown to 2014 celebration. Cheers from the band and a touch of “Auld lang syne” (sung by Rob) and included the horn section of Conehead Budda. First song of the new year? A excellent rendition of Paul Simon’s “Late in the Evening”, horns included. “Late in the Evening” also included Marley Amico on saxophone, Eddie Derhak on Trumpet, Ayla Schnier on the keys, and Ben Schnier on percussion. Its nice to see they are making music a family affair! The Conehead Budda horns joined moe. for the entire set including “Spaz Medicine”, “Not Coming Down”, “The Wizard” (yes Black Sabbath, with Terry Lynch on Vocals), “Nebraska”, “Spanish Moon” and “Threw it all away”.The Horn section included the ever talented Terry Lynch on trumpet, Shannon Lynch on sax, and Shaun Bazylewicz on trombone. As one of upstate New Yorks early 90s Jam Bands, Conehead Budda is resurfacing in a big way. Look for more of their great music to come... The set closer was “Plane Crash” with the horns belting out the intro. The encore began with a powerful version of “Bear Song” finishing with “Wind it Up”. It was an unbelievable 2 nights of music, Happy 2014!

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[Published on: 1/6/14]

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