Kahunaville is a place I had never heard of, but now I am extremely thankful that such an establishment exists. Flush on the Christiana River in Wilmington, DE and equipped with a deck with a generous stage, ample room, three rotunda bars, a night club, banquet hall, restaurant, arcade, volcanoes, ski ball, palm trees, bikinis, beer, and two of the most outstanding bands in our universe. The place puts the "V" in Venue. I had chance to sample the "Big Kahuna Burger" and soak up some of the atmosphere preparing myself for what was about to partake, while a groovy band called Townhall opened up. A Philadelphia based quintet with some serious harmony and instrumental rotation.

Ohio's own ekoostik hookah took the stage, making their debut appearance in the state of Delaware. This gentlemanly sextet also marked the second time they have opened up for moe. on their tour. A very cohesive and vastly talented band, which to me is an inspiration every time I get a chance to see them. As the band started to play, and this might have just been me, but the tide on the river actually increased as the "Good Times, Merry-go-round" covered the Christiana. "Dragonfly" followed and then an exemplification that "Life is Good," and "Life is fine," which coincidentally are my sentiments exactly. We heard a nice "Here Today>Keepin Time>Gone Tomorrow" Kahuna sandwich with some pleasant and emotional overtones. A thoroughly genre bending "Through Hiker" was next as sweet echoes of "I still feel free" rang out through the enthusiastic crowd as healing was omnipresent. Hookah closed out their extensive set with "Lax", a hard rocking reggae groove that shook the foundation and nearly erupted one of Kahuanville's volcanoes. They, of course, aren't real volcanoes, so you can pick up what I am throwing down. An excellent performance from a band that has forever engrained themselves in the archives of the state of Delaware, and in those who reside there. I want to thank Jay Romero and Acoustic Productions for their generosity and kindness.

Our good friends moe. from New York took the stage about 8:15ish as the staff secured floorboards and bar tops, which is always good. Togetherness was everywhere as the band opened up with "Akimbo" and kick started Kahunaville as we heard "Opium", a nice tune from their new album "Dither." The band brought the triple fender attack on us as "Dog Named Joe" honky tonked it's way into an extensive version of "Rise," which segued into a little trip down to "Mexico." It was here we were greeted by our friend Kermit the Frog and it was damn good to see him. An immense set of music form a band that is the epitome of the word "tight."

The second set started with a raucous "Down" putting the crowd into a continuous motion, while beer mug hats were sported for "Nebraska." "They say it's nice this time of year on Jupiter, except for the meteors," I love it. "32 things" jammed on teasing us with some "Low Rider" and a bass line that rocked Kahunaville's very infrastructure. A nice little tennis match took place and from spectators point of view the Gibson took set, match, and point. "Moth" took us on a nice journey of the final frontier as we passed our newfound planet. Primarily a beer planet, with some traces of "H20" on the surface. The band closed the second set with "Rebubula", which I had eagerly anticipated hearing and thoroughly enjoyed. A complete jam that really showed Moe.'s depth and versatility. An awe-inspiring night of music provided by the nations top live acts.

Peace, love, and good vibes were everywhere; unification was all over the place. I want to thank everyone involved in this production, which for me proved to be the best medicine. I love you all and God bless.

Ekoostik Hookah
Good Times Merry-Go-Round, Dragonfly, Life is Good, Godspeed, Here Today>Keepin Time>Gone Tomorrow, Through Hiker, John Henry, Lax

Set 1: Akimbo, She Sends Me>Opium, Rise>Mexico
Set 2: Down>Nebraska, 32 things, Moth>Water>Rebubula
E: Godzilla

-Scott Rosner
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[Published on: 9/18/01]

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