moe. | 06.15 & 06.16 | NYC

Words by: Rich Lieberman | Images by: Dino Perrucci

moe. :: 06.15.08 :: Governor's Island :: New York, NY

moe. :: 06.15 :: Governor's Island :: New York
Board a ferry from the financial district along Manhattan's southern coastline and in five short minutes you're docked at Governor's Island. A National Historic Landmark, the island was home to the Army and Coast Guard for over 200 years. It boasts two 18th century forts, a prison for captured Confederate soldiers, pre-Civil War arsenal buildings, Victorian structures and early 20th century neo-classical architecture. On this beautiful evening there was a planned invasion of tie-dye and peaceful vibes as fans of jam band powerhouse moe. stormed the shoreline.

As the NYC summer concert season begins to roll with big time artists taking to open air spaces amongst the steel and concrete skylines, moe. stood poised and ready to christen a new outdoor venue and summer concert series. This evening's show represented the first-ever large-scale performance on Governors Island. Over two consecutive days, moe. packed in tons of music for NYC, adding a visit to the Sirius Satellite Radio studios and a Headcount benefit acoustic performance followed by a full show at the Highline Ballroom (see below for Highline coverage).

This was my maiden voyage to Governor's Island and my first impression was a good one. The ferry ride was quick and painless, offering stunning views of the skyline, harbor and the Statue of Liberty. A short walk past a cool looking circular fort (Castle Williams) sits the concert field. The medium sized, V-shaped open space had trees and Victorian period brick row houses lining either side, providing the feel of being in the middle of Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The stage was set at the far apex of the field. Magic Hat beer, food, concert shwag and non-profit tables were conveniently located off to the side in full view of the stage. The Highline Ballroom promotes this concert series and they know how to host a live music event. Stage right, a DJ spun for our pre-show and setbreak listening pleasure, and the Highline waitresses and bartenders also made the trip to provide bar service throughout. The ferry schedule was one area for future improvement. There is only one boat and it makes only a handful of scheduled runs. Since it's the only way to and from the island, one must plan accordingly. However, the weather couldn't have been more perfect for an outdoor concert and the excitement was palpable as moe. took to the stage just after 7 p.m.

Brooks & Derhak - moe. :: 06.15 :: Governor's Island :: New York
The opening power chords to "Tailspin" filled the air and the moe.ron's were off boogying, "spinning around again, caught in the tailspin." This sweet show opener paved the way to the soothing groove and fluid guitar riffs of "Bring You Down."

"Thanks for making your way to Governor's Island! We know it's not an easy place to get to. Thanks for comin' out on a Sunday night in the summer at a place where you have to take a ferry to get here and on Fathers Day. Happy Fathers Day!" offered the band.

The guitars of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey dueled beautifully during "Rise," weaving in and out of each other's lines with precision. RatDog saxophonist Kenny Brooks was announced to the stage, lending his horn to an extended Grateful Dead inspired jam that gradually and seamlessly segued into "Happy Hour Hero" to the crowd's delight. The faithful joined Rob Derhak for "one more bottle," as they sang in lockstep. Brooks' sax was a wonderful addition to the tasty mix that made up a strong first set.

The band picked right up where they left off with a rollicking "Head" to begin part two of the program. The spacey interlude provided a runway to take off as the sun dropped below the trees. Garvey's fiery guitar work would make Carlos Santana proud as the boys slipped into "Time Ed" and circled back to the climax of "Head." With a great setlist, moe. delivered a gem, and a tasty "Brent Black" > "She" > "Brent Black" sandwich closed the second set.

With a tip of the hat to NYC's own Ramones, the band launched into old punk favorite "I Wanna Be Sedated" for the encore. With twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours still to go here in NYC moe. did it up right as they christened a great new venue.

It's worth noting that the promoters for this concert series took numerous steps to help reduce the impact on the national park's environment: Beer was served in biodegradable cups, everything that could be recycled was, a water bottle exchange allowed people to redeem empties for full ones and the concert is accessible (both to the public and crew) only by public transit.

Ready to trade in the ferry for a subway ride, it was onto The Highline Ballroom.

moe. :: 06.15.08 :: Governors Island, New York
Set I: Tailspin, Darkness, Bring You Down, Tambourine, Rise1, Happy Hour Hero1
Set II: Head > Time Ed > Head, Four, Spaz Medicine, Brent Black > She > Brent Black
Encore: I Wanna Be Sedated
1 with Kenny Brooks on sax(RatDog)

Continue reading for coverage from 06.16 at the Highline Ballroom...

Words by: Brian Bavosa | Images by: Dino Perrucci

moe. :: 6.16.08 :: Highline Ballroom :: New York, NY

Al Schnier :: 06.16 :: Highline Ballroom
Slightly over a year since being the first band to open the swanky, Westside venue that is the Highline Ballroom, moe. put concluded their mini-Northeast run this past Monday, hot on the heels of a smokin' show at nearby Governor's Island (read above). Opening with a 40-minute, acoustic set (at which no taping was allowed), the band ran through such treats as "Shoot First" and the appropriate "New York City." Closing with the segue of "Okayalright" > "Time Again," Rob Derhak and company reminded fans that this upcoming election is the most important one we've ever been involved in, and to please register to vote. The special, acoustic set was a very small, very limited engagement for roughly one hundred fans, in support of non-profit, voter registration outfit, HeadCount..

After a rather lengthy break, allowing the rest of the rain-soaked masses to enter the building, moe. returned for the first of two proper electric sets. Opening with one of the best renditions of "Water" I've ever heard, guitarist and HeadCount board member Al Schnier absolutely tore through this number, which also featured the band's patented "we can jam harder than you" philosophy. With some newer material mixed in, the first set seemed to be all about Schnier. On the old school "Jazz Wank" and most prominently on the fan favorite, set-closing "Mexico," I was reminded of just how talented this band - especially Schnier - is.

After the setbreak, the band returned with a bag of cookies and two, full-size cakes that Derhak explained were made for the band by nearby Ruthy's Bakery. They then proceeded to hand out the cookies, while the cake was cut up and distributed to all in attendance. The second helping of music started off with another older tune, "Nebraska" off of 1998's Tin Cans and Cars Tires, and featured Frampton-esque mouth flugel effects from guitarist Chuck Garvey, while the band seemed to stretch the tune well past its normal length. It was so big that it enveloped the often played "Blue Jeans Pizza" in the middle and seemed to go on forever - much like the roads in Nebraska.

moe. :: 06.16 :: Highline Ballroom
Not to be outdone, another jam vehicle (do they have anything but?), "Crab Eyes" featured Jim Loughlin on the song's signature MalletKAT, while Vinnie Amico held the steady pulse on the kit and Derhak pounded the relentless bassline. During "The Pit," Garvey entertained the crowd with some guitar antics and his best exercise in advanced shredding before leading his mates into the show closing "Moth." True to its name, "Moth" started slowly and rose to the flame created by the blistering work of all.

More comic relief filled the start of the encore when Schnier read some stage announcements written by fans, including a happy birthday wish to "creepy, douchebag Mike." A reading of "Threw it All Away" capped off six, consecutive nights of moe. on the road, and a one-two punch in the NYC area, which featured some highs, some lows and some mediocre jams. However, kudos to the band for supporting HeadCount and continuing to chug along as one of the scene's biggest jam outfits before a much-needed tour break after this upcoming moe.down, their annual festival held over Labor Day weekend.

moe. :: 06.16.08 Highline Ballroom :: New York, NY
Set I: Shoot First1, New York City1, Can't Seem To Find1, Okayalright1 > Time Again1
Set II: Water > Bearsong, Queen of Everything, Jazz Wank > Runaway Overlude > Mexico
Set III: Nebraska > Blue Jeans Pizza > Nebraska, Crab Eyes, The Pit > Big World > Moth
Encore: Threw It All Away
1 entire first set was an acoustic set benefiting HeadCount

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beatstock Thu 6/19/2008 01:02PM
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did anyone go to this? how was the acoustic set? would have loved to be there.

thisiswhathappenslarry starstarstarstar Thu 6/19/2008 01:39PM
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I had to miss these two days due to financial reasons ( I opted for the very wet but very fun and FREE Vampire Weekend show at Central Park's Summerstage on 6/15) However, this acoustic set they did sounded like it must have been an AWESOME time. I would have really liked to have been there!!! Ah well, I plan on catchin' Rob and the gang in Danbury, CT July 6th.

FATTY64 Thu 6/19/2008 02:20PM
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GOOD Stuff!! can wait to see them this Saturday w/ Keller in Atlanta gonna be sick!!!!!!!!!!

moejoerisin Thu 6/19/2008 02:54PM
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nice reviews, guys. one small correction for BB - what jim plays is actually called a "malletkat." it's a digital percussion instrument that emits multiple tones, including the "xylophone" (which is really more like a vibraphone) tone.

Chaloupka Thu 6/19/2008 03:08PM
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Moe is the quintessential jamband.

sleewell Thu 6/19/2008 04:05PM
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is wearing your own bands shirt to your gig the same no-no as wearing the shirt of the band you are going to see??

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Thu 6/19/2008 05:44PM
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I will always love Rob's casual bass playing

FreshFlavor starstarstarstarstar Thu 6/19/2008 07:21PM
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I generally don't listen to much Moe. while just hanging out...but I love a great Moe. show. Can't deny these guys talent as individual musicians...but moreso for their cohesiveness during songs. Their jams, segues, and stew bring some pretty unreal energy. Since Chucky has been sober I think they finally have shown some truly inspirational moments as the best the scene has to offer. Long live Moe. enjoy your well-deserved break after this summer.

Bryan24 Thu 6/19/2008 07:58PM
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^^^ i never knew about chuck having a problem, what was wrong w/ him? drugs or alcohol?

k3spot starstarstarstarstar Thu 6/19/2008 09:20PM
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rich - your words perfectly captured sunday's experience: a ferry ride to greatness! dino, thank you for the stimulating images. what a duo - the travelling journalizing jam warriors!

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} Fri 6/20/2008 04:37AM
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bryan... back in the day. they snorted coke off each others asses :)

I remember that quote from one of the band members..

anyway, I wish I could catch a show this summer, I cannot go tonight to atl, I have another band I want to see more.. I hear too, after this tour, they will break up.. not just take a hiatus.. my MOE crazy friends told me that..

I hope its not true..

FreshFlavor starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/20/2008 07:41AM
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Bryan actually it was a pretty serious alcohol problem. I'm sure alot of people remember Chuck falling over a bunch of times when playing Moedown 2004. It was really sad to see...cause the guy has so much talent...but now he's gotta be well over a year/two clean. The Song "Deep this Time" is about Chuck's experience with sober life and how he's taking it seriously this time. Great stuff.

moecheeseplease Fri 6/20/2008 11:56AM
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i thought rob sang deep this time

crawf Fri 6/20/2008 01:39PM
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exactly. it's all pretty much the same song/jam, nobody even knows who plays what. i thought deep this time was about their one and only attempt at complex songwriting

tgratefulapple Fri 6/20/2008 09:10PM
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I dont know if its just me but i went to the 6/19 in s.c. and it seemed like rob and al are jawing back and fourth more and more everytime i see them. is it just me or do any of you agree?

christophebaise Sat 6/21/2008 04:21AM
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Chuck is the best!!

jesposito Sat 6/21/2008 01:05PM
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I hope their July 4th and 5th run in Asbury park is as awesome as this one!! anyone else checking it out?

moethug Sat 6/21/2008 01:16PM
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gratefulapple, i def. agree. at the highline show they were going at it

moejoerisin Sat 6/21/2008 02:39PM
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they've always been a very high banter band.

spaceface7 starstarstarstarstar Sat 6/21/2008 10:34PM
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went to the three nights before this. and they were fuckin sick. all three nights chuck-side (its the place to be)

06/12/08 - Riverside Festival @ The Park - Rochester, NY

Set 1: Stranger Than Fiction > The Ghost of Ralph's Mom > Sticks & Stones, Y.O.Y., All Roads Lead to Home > Moth

Set 2: Yodelittle > McBain > Understand, Cajun Moon*, Sensory Deprivation Bank > Recreational Chemistry, E: Spine of a Dog

* with Reid Genauer (Assembly of Dust)

06/13/08 - Saranac Brewery - Utica, NY

Set 1: She Sends Me, Captain America > Seat of my Pants, Deep This Time > Bring it Back Home > Wicked Awesome

Set 2: The Road > Kyle's Song, Lazarus > George, Bullet > The Road,

E: Time, Fire

06/14/08 - Saranac Brewery - Utica, NY

Set 1: Dr. Graffenberg> Akimbo, Down Boy, So Long > Not Coming Down > Wormwood > 32 Things

Set 2: Where Does the Time Go? > Cathedral > Waiting for the Punchline, Kids, Faker > Plane Crash, E: Buster

danpfunk Sun 6/22/2008 09:09AM
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I was at the show in Jax beach Friday and Chuck was chugging a beer right before the encore.

That was an awesome show in an awesome venue....I wish I would have made it to ATL.

blee18 Mon 6/23/2008 07:58AM
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MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Fri 6/27/2008 11:52AM
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crawf.. you have to be kidding, have you ever listend to their albums. You have no credibilty with a ridiculous comment like that.

shaaayna Sun 7/27/2008 03:15PM
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moe. killed it at Governor's Island! Hope I get to see them again soon...