Fresh off some huge Jammy nominations, the five guys named moe. completed their support for Robert Plant and began their tour as they have done for years and years, winning Jammy votes along the way. One of the joys of the scene around us is finding a band that blows your mind when you first see and discover them, and moe. proved to be the first jamband that I was very into that wasn’t at an amphitheatre stage in their career. Seeing them share the same stage with Galactic, Gov't Mule and the String Cheese Incident several years back still remains one of my favorite shows to date. From that day forward I have seen moe. every chance I get.

It has been a pure joy to watch them grow from a band I could only describe as “sensory overload” to watching them get nominated and win set of the year (the only nominee from the end-all Bonnaroo!). The past few times they have come to my hometown of Indianapolis, they play at the all ages Murat Egyptian Room.

The Murat is one of Indy’s premiere places to see a show. With two stages, the largest being an auditorium and the smaller Egyptian Room (a stand-only affair with plenty of space and a lovely huge stage), the Murat is the downtown hot spot for national touring acts. The Egyptian Room was the location that moe. joined the rest of the aforementioned jammers on the Summer Session tour. They have played there several times since that day, and in the “early days” the crowd would be rather sparse. Yet every time the show ended you saw wide-eyed people with tired legs from an exhausting extravaganza of all that is jam. The crowds have slowly grown and after their nasty performance at Bonnaroo, tonight was going to see a large increase of current and future moe.rons.

The crowd outside the Murat proved to be larger than most moe. shows I have seen, and as the auditorium was being used for a ballet, the show got off to a fairly late start. The band has continued to sound extremely tight and continually proving that five guys can be downright jamming and come together to create something unbelievable.

The first set provided some old classics like “32 Things” and “Brent Black,” as well as highlighting the “pop-ier” side of moe. with “Gone.” The energy continued on in the second set as “Timmy Tucker” kick-started a stellar three-song run. The energy reached its maximum during “Spine of a Dog” as the crowd went nuts. A moe. show is guaranteed to entertain with a cover and crazy teases throughout the show. Tonight The Band’s “The Weight” was the cover and the show was spiced with teases of “Enter Sandman,” “Bird Song,” “Playin’ In the Band” and the Star Trek theme. This show confirmed moe.’s progression as a major force in the jamband world with no slowing in site.

1: 32 Things, The Ghost of Ralph's Mom, Gone, Waiting For The Punchline, Hi and Lo > Brent Black

2: Timmy Tucker> Kyle > Kids, Spine Of A Dog> Four > Buster E: The Weight

Greg Berman
JamBase | Indiana
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[Published on: 10/22/02]

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