By Andy J. Gordon
moe. brought their energetic live show to the Hollywood venue on Friday April 8, 2016. The upstate New York rockers put on a magical performance that was accompanied by a trippy, psychedelic light show. The amped up crowd of loyal moe.rons enjoyed the nearly three hour, two set show.
There was plenty of opportunities for the members of this five-piece band to jam during the show. Guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey were featured throughout, often trading licks and extended solos. Rob Derhak on bass and vocals also got the spotlight, particularly during the second set closer “Recreational Chemistry.” Jim Loughlin got some love on a few vibraphone solos and Vinnie Amico did yeoman’s work on the drums.
First set highlights included tasty versions of “Spine Of A Dog” and “Plane Crash.” The second set was a nonstop juggernaut. The band crushed on “Water” and CalifornIA.” As always, they also broke out a few memorable covers. In the first set, they did a blazing version of The Rolling Stones “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’.” At the end of the second set, during the extended “Recreational Chemistry” jam, Schnier launched into the distinctive melody of The Doors “LA Woman” that the rest of the band followed for a few minutes.
Perhaps the biggest applause came at the start of the encore. Schnier made the usual announcements (congrats to Mike on his 106th moe. show) and then spoke about the tragic recent departure of some music legends, most recently, Merle Haggard. He talked about moe.’s love of the Grateful Dead and how their explorations into many forms of music exposed them to the virtues of Country music. The band then broke into Haggard’s 1969 hit “Mama Tried” that was frequently covered by the Dead. The show finally ended with a monumental “Akimbo.”
The band put on a great show. With the mix of newer and older material as well as the carefully selected covers, moe. continues to be a dynamic live band that should not be missed. They are touring throughout the United States. For locations and ticket information go to moe. tour dates.
I: Stranger Than Fiction > Understand, Awesome Gary > Tailspin, Jazz Wank > Spine Of A Dog > Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’, Plane Crash
II: Water > Hi & Lo > Big World > CalifornIA, Runaway Overlude > Recreational Chemistry
Encore: Mama Tried, Akimbo
Photos courtesy of Andy J. Gordon 2016©