moe. – January 25, 2008 – Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL
I woke up early in my St. Louis
hotel room, showered, dressed and packed, and went down to catch the
shuttle to the Amtrak station. I arrived there about 20 minutes before
the train was scheduled to depart, only to find that it was delayed
about 1 ½ hours. Argh! But it did arrive at last and I boarded without
incident. The ride was fine but we had several delays on the way. I had
planned on arriving in Chicago in time to catch a Metra train out to my brother Doug's place in Cary. We were then going to drive back to Chicago together.
such plans fell through when the Amtrak arrived 2 ½ hours late. I ended
up taking the 'L' Red Line to the Lawrence Station, right next door to
the Kinetic Playground. I hung out in a bar for a while until Doug
& Ron arrived, then I stowed my suitcase in his trunk. It was starting
to snow pretty good, so we went & grabbed a quick bite then went to
This is where things started to get really good. I was on moe.'s guest list so I was able to just walk in –
very nice start to the show! I had also bought 2 pre-sale tix, so I gave them to Doug & Ron. In
turn, they supplied me with beer all night long. What a deal - my own personal beer grabbers.
Shortly after entering and having a beer, I went to the merch booth to sign up to get on stage with the boys for the Raise a Glass promo. I was 14 out of 20! I made it!
The preshow music was Richard Strauss "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
The Ghost of Ralph's Mom >
Spaz Medicine >
St. Augustine* >
Salt Creek* >
* w/ Allie Kral on fiddle
Allie's fiddle made a great addition on several songs. She really jams. I managed to see Cornmeal last month and they kicked ass! I like
Conviction Song and Cathedral was good, too. Overall a very decent, but
not particularly exciting first set. During the set break I went back
to the merch booth to get some instructions from a crew member and a special wrist band. I met a few of my fellow moe.rons who were going on stage, too.
Timmy Tucker >
Queen of Everything *>
Timmy Tucker >
^ w/ Brendan Bayliss on guitar
*1st time played
now things were cooking! The second set came on strong with high
energy. Brendan from Umphrey's came out to play on Bullet & 32
Things. I'm not a big Umphrey's fan, but I really enjoyed those songs. We
were treated to the live debut of Queen of Everything. I think QOE has
great potential, but needs a little work yet. The Timmy Tucker>
Water was inspired!
So now the second set
was over, so I made my way to stage right to line up with the 19 other
people. We were ushered backstage where we stood for a brief moment,
then we were led onstage! It was very exciting, but I was also very
nervous. I didn't realize that there was such a narrow space between
the performers and the front of the stage. Man those lights are bright!
I ended up basically in front of Al, who was hooking up his mandolin.
He has quite an assortment of effect boxes and I was afraid that I may
step on something & break it. Anyways, after a bit they start playing
Raise A Glass & we all join in on the chorus. Afterwards we're
quickly led off as moe. breaks into Bring You Down. What an experience!!
Raise A Glass*
Bring You Down
* w/ Allie Kral on fiddle
postshow music was Jimi Hendrix "Axis: Bold As Love"
the show, we all go over to the Kinetic Playground to see Jack Straw.
They played a few good songs. I'm wondering around, talking to a few people,
when who do I see but Kyle from John Street Graphics, whom I had met at
moe.down back in September! Great guy, and the subject of Kyle's Song.
He tells me that Rob was there, so I started to get a funny feeling…
sure enough, pretty soon Rob, Al, Chuck & Vinnie are on the stage,
along with Brendan! Yeah!!
Lively up Yourself
In the Street
Then Al sat in with Jack Straw on: Later,
I met Al in the hallway by the bathroom. I know I spoke to him, but for
the life of me I can't remember what I said. Hey, I'd been drinking for
9 hours by then. Wow, what a night! We finally left around . We were close to Barrington
to drop off Ron when we heard a funny sound. Doug's Lexus had a flat.
We got out in the cold & changed the tire. We then dropped off Ron, and Doug & I went to his place, where I crashed on a futon in his
sunroom. I was asleep in seconds. What an excellent day!!!!!
Big Boss Man
China Cat Sunflower>
I Know you Rider