moe. Welcomes Phil Lesh & Reid Genauer At Terrapin Crossroads

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moe. started their extensive Summer Tour on Thursday night with a performance in the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. The band opens the run with three nights in the Grate Room followed by a co-bill with Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band at the venue’s Beach Park outdoor space on Sunday. Phil wound up sitting-in with moe. for the entire first set last night.

Lesh, guitarists Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier, percussionist Jim Loughlin and drummer Vinnie Amico took the stage at Terrapin on Thursday and opened with moe.’s debut version of “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” by the Grateful Dead. Garvey handled vocals on the evening’s first Dead song. Schnier provided a memorable solo towards the end of “Half-Step” before the ensemble made a move towards “Franklin’s Tower.” Phil sang lead on “Franklin’s,” which was last played by moe. at the 2015 Summer Camp Music Festival with special guest Bruce Hornsby.

Chuck Garvey both took a fierce solo and sang lead on the moe. debut of “Althea.” Phil worked in a bass solo, while Loughlin pounded away on the MalletKat. The concert’s fourth song and fourth straight Dead song was Phil’s signature tune “Box Of Rain.” Last night’s “Box Of Rain” was the first tune of the night Phil and the members of moe. performed during their “phil.moe.” set at the 2017 Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia.

Schnier took to the mic after “Box Of Rain” to introduce the band’s “stunt vocalist” Reid Genauer of Strangefolk and Assembly Of Dust fame. Reid led moe. and Phil through “Estimated Prophet.” Genauer wound up vacating the stage for the song’s jam. Phil and moe. explored various improvisational spaces throughout “Estimated” before Vinnie Amico led a transition into “Eyes Of The World.” Al Schnier had his first turn of the evening on lead vocals for “Eyes,” which featured solos from Garvey, Schnier and Loughlin.

While moe. bassist Rob Derhak was off stage for the vast majority of the opening stanza, he joined in for “The Other One.” Rob and Phil engaged in a bass duel during the lengthy “Other One” featuring lead vocals from Lesh. Derhak put down his bass following “The Other One” but stuck around to sing the moe. debut of “Hard To Handle” to end the first set.

moe. focused on originals and didn’t bring out any guests for the second set on Thursday. The five-piece kicked off the frame with a pairing of classics “St. Augustine” and “32 Things.” Next up was the more recent cut “Prestige Worldwide” before the band sunk their teeth into Schnier’s “The Road.” The improv-heavy closing stanza came to a conclusion with a sequence of “Hi & Lo” > “Tubing The River Styx” > “The Pit” > “Lazarus.” Last night’s “The Pit” featured a particularly deep jam with Schnier moving from guitar to keys and back again.

For the encore, moe. went the old school route with Al’s “Time Again.” moe. returns to the Grate Room at Terrapin Crossroads on Friday night. A webcast is available via nugs.tv.

Pro-Shot Videos

[Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo]

[St. Augustine]

Fan-Shot Video (Captured by MustHaveMedia)

[Hard To Handle]

Setlist

Set One: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo* > Franklin’s Tower*, Althea*, Box Of Rain*, Estimated Prophet** > Eyes Of The World* > The Other One***, Hard To Handle***

Set Two: St. Augustine > 32 Things, Prestige Worldwide, The Road, Hi & Lo > Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > Lazarus

Encore: Time Again

  • * w/ Phil Lesh, No Rob
  • ** w/ Phil & Reid Genauer, No Rob
  • *** w/ Phil Lesh

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