moe. November 25th 2011 Highline Ballroom New York, NY

moe.

New York City. Thanksgiving weekend. The Holiday spirit begins to fill the air downtown while the shoppers scurry, but for moe.rons the hustle and bustle is on 59th street as they begin arriving at Terminal 5. A two night Post-turkey day run in the city was a long time tradition for moe. up until 2005, and after six long years we would gather again. This gave the heads something to be grateful for this season, and brought true meaning to the lyrics, “New York City I’m comin’ home again!” Special guests, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk opened up the evening with a set that would get us all groovin’ before the headliners took the stage for the night. A remarkable fact about this band is the young musical talent that comprises them. Ivan’s cousin Ian Neville on guitar and drummer Nikki Glaspie are both quite skillful musicians and look to be barely out of high school. The band is rounded out with Ivan on keys and a double shot of bass to maximize the funk.
moe. then took the stage and quickly started into a 15 minute version a newer favorite in the rotation, the jazzy- space rocker “Skrunk” which also included a nice vocal jam from guitarist Al Schneir. About halfway through the set to no surprise they worked into none other than “New York City,” which received many a cheer from the representing crowd. The highlight of the set came as the band invited out a surprise guest on guitar, Andy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters, sporting a new moe. t-shirt proudly. While Andy may flatpick his acoustic for the Stringdusters, he is no slouch on the electric and can certainly shred his telecaster to bits. He gained new respect from the crowd as he busted through solos with the band on the a fitting song with a bluegrass feel, “Waiting for the Punchline.” The set then came to a close as the band also brought out Ivan Neville on the Wurlitzer electric piano for a rocking rendition of the Rolling Stones “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.” As the band left the stage, we already knew the six year stretch between this once annual weekend would make up for lost time.
The band took the stage once again and wasted no time getting into my favorite new tune the bass driven anthem, “Billy Goat.” Peaking out at nearly twenty minutes the jam led right into a dark segue from “Tubing the River Styx” into “The Pit.” Jim Loughlin’s xylophone work and Chuck Garvey’s deep tone guitar solo left an eerrie feeling over the crowd as the lights sunk to a dark red over the stage. The band rolled on through the set, including a reggae version of Al’s “Letter Home.” The crowd really got treated by a set closing segue from fan favorites Spine Of A Dog” into “Buster” and then into “Haze.” The latter song has recently been reworked with bassist Rob Derhak on lead vocals and is a signature track of the anticipated new album “What Happened to the LA LAs” out in January. After a brief encore break the band returned for a final time to give the eager fans one more until tomorrow, a rockin “Akimbo” which pulled out all the stops.

A great show to start off the run, which could only set the bar for night two!

11/25/11 Terminal 5:
Set 1:
Skrunk >
Bullet >
Downward Facing Dog >
New York City
Waiting For The Punchline1 >
Can’t You Hear Me Knocking1 2

Set 2:
Billy Goat >
Tubing The River Styx >
The Pit
Letter Home3
Spine Of A Dog >
Buster >
Haze
Encore:
Akimbo
1w/ Andy Falco on Guitar
2w/ Ivan Neville on Wurlitzer
3reggae version

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