moe. Presents Roaring ’20s New Year’s Eve Concert In Utica
moe. delivered a Roaring ‘20s themed New Year’s Eve show at the Stanley Theatre in Utica, New York on Tuesday night. The Buffalo-bred band dressed the part and also delivered songs from the decadent decade as well as a first set that featured guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on acoustics.
With acoustic guitars slung on, Schnier and Garvey as well as bassist Rob Derhak, drummer Vinnie Amico and percussionist Jim Loughlin kicked off the first set with “It” from the band’s 1998 album tin cans & car tires. Schnier then donned a mandolin for two more classics in 1994’s “Time Again” and the Garvey-penned “Shoot First.” Schnier shouldered his acoustic once again for the first 1920s song of the night with “Statesboro Blues,” originally written and recorded by Blind Willie McTell in 1928. Another Garvey song in “Where Does The Time Go” followed ahead of some vintage moe. via Derhak’s “Tambourine.”
moe. came back out for the second set which saw the band going fully electric and get straight into a continuous block of the songs that began with a pair of Schnier-composed tunes in “Tailspin” and “Puebla.” The quintet then headed into more vintage moe. with Derhak’s “Don’t Fuck With Flo” ahead of “Tubing Down The River Styx.” “The Pit” concluded the segue-heavy start to the second set, which then continued with another Blind Willie McTell number, this time a moe. debut of “East St. Louis Blues (Fare You Well).” The fan favorite “Opium” followed ahead of “New Hope For The New Year,” a song the band debuted in early 2018 to close out the second set.
The third frame got started with “Along For The Ride,” a new song that has seen heavy rotation in 2019. The Derhak classic “Nebraska” was then followed by the final ‘20s song of the night, “Mack The Knife.” Kurt Weill composed the song with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht for the 1928 music drama The Threepenny Opera but the tune was recorded by a number of artists from Louis Armstrong to Bobby Darin over the years. The jazz standard was a debut for moe. on NYE 2019. “Silver Sun” followed before the band rung in the New Year with a countdown, the first time they had done so since 2015 according to Phantasy Tour. A run of classics in “Rebubula,” “Four,” “Farmer Ben” and “Timmy Tucker” closed out the third set.
moe. reemerged and delivered yet another vintage tune to close out the evening with “Spine Of A Dog.” Check out video of the show captured by Mike Maciunski below:
East St. Louis Blue (Fare You Well)
Mack The Knife
Farmer Ben > Timmy Tucker
Spine Of A Dog
Setlist via Phantasy Tour:
Set One: It, Time Again, Shoot First, Statesboro Blues, Where Does the Time Go?, Tambourine
Set Two: Tailspin > Puebla > Don’t Fuck With Flo > Tubing The River Styx > The Pit, East St. Louis Blues (Fare You Well), Opium, New Hope For The New Year
Set Three: Along for the Ride, Nebraska, Mack the Knife, Silver Sun, Countdown/Happy New Year, Rebubula, Four, Farmer Ben > Timmy Tucker
Encore: Spine Of A Dog
 w/ al. & chuck. on acoustic guitar
 w/ al. on mandolin, chuck. on acoustic guitar