MOE. | 04.17.07 | SAN FRANCISCO
moe. :: 04.17.07 :: Great American Music Hall :: San Francisco, CA
The SF event was enhanced by the breathtakingly beautiful décor of the historic Great American. As you look around inside, the elegant architecture, marble columns and elaborate frescoes shine a crimson red when the house lights are dimmed. moe. emerged from this reddish glow to a full yet spacious crowd. Bassist Rob Derhak stood front and center, staring out at everyone, as Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier tuned their guitars. The eager audience immediately began to bounce as the familiar strains of “Stranger than Fiction” hit the room. A couple songs in, moe. brought out what they do best – long, hard, adventurous jams. The Great American’s sound is amongst the best in the city, and Derhak was dialed in perfectly. Walking around the floor or rising to the balcony, the music was clear, full and thick. Schnier played his keyboard rig several times in the first set and applied vocal effects to blend with Garvey’s harmonies and Derhak’s leads.
Afterwards, rather than preparing to travel overseas, the group hung around for a meet-and-greet autograph signing. Schnier reminded his bandmates they better be in the van early the next morning if they wanted to get on the plane for Japan.
While technically it wasn’t the cleanest show, with some vocal flubs, misplayed notes and just plain miscommunication (Schnier starting “Rebubula” while Derhak played the “Buster” bass intro) it was always just in the moment and never caused them to miss a beat.
Set 1: Stranger Than Fiction, Moth > Bullet, Another One Gone, Yodelittle > Plane Crash*
Set 2: Spaz Medicine, McBain, Kyle > Bearsong, Where Does The Time Go > Rebubula Jam > Buster
E: Not Coming Down, When the Levee Breaks Jam > Rebubula
*With Josh Clark of Tea Leaf Green on guitar
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