moe. Makes New Years Magic in Utica, NY

moe. Makes New Years Magic in Utica, NY

Buffalo jam band titans moe. made their triumphant return to Utica, NY Tuesday night, ringing in the new year with two nights at the Stanley Center for the Arts. Many long time fans and ‘moe.rons’ alike made the trip, giving the show a bit of a ‘home-away from home’ feel. Indeed, the band is no stranger to Utica, as they’ve played the Saranac Brewery around the corner countless times over the years.

Starting the festivities off early, a bit of a tradition, as moe. welcomed fans to the beautiful theater with a special acoustic set, opening with “Time Again” and “Shoot First,” and highlighted by the bands first time offering of the Allman Brothers Band classic “Statesboro Blues.” “Where Does the Time Go?” and “Tambourine” closed out the initial set.

After trading in the mandolins and acoustic guitars, moe. returned to the stage to unleash an all out, feel good, rock n roll dance party. Opening with “Tailspin” and playing straight through “Puebla > Don’t Fuck With Flo > Tubing The River Styx > The Pit” before they would land on their second debut of the night, a cover of Blind Willie McTell’s “East St. Louis Blues.” “Opium” came next, followed by the appropriately optimistic “New Hope For The New Year” to bring the lengthy second set to a close.

After a brief intermission, fans settled back in to The Stanley to see what surprises moe. would uncork to close out the remainder of the decade. Opening the third set of the night was “Along for the Ride,” followed by one of the bands most popular songs, “Nebraska.” Up next, another debut cover, the jazz classic “Mack the Knife” by Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht. The lengthy psychedelic Pink Floyd-esq jam “Silver Sun” brought us all the way to 11:59pm.

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After getting an official time check from “NASA,” Bassist Rob Derhak cold counted the crowd down from 8 to 0, foregoing the standard Auld Lang Syne jam. Amid a shower of confetti and streamers (no balloons), the band took a moment to themselves to hug and toast their loved ones. “We survived!” exclaimed Rob, who it seems like only a short time ago bounced back from a battle with throat cancer. From there, pure musical magic, as moe. delicately began the new decade with the opening notes of their signature jam, “Rebubula.” With smiles for miles, the spotlight would turn to the incendiary guitar playing and singing of Chuck Garvey as the band worked their way into the classic moe. song “Four.” “Farmer Ben” and funky fan-favorite sing along “Timmy Tucker” brought the epic third set to a close. It was now well after 1am, but that didn’t stop moe. from giving fans another reason to celebrate. After returning to the stage for their customary announcements, the band launched into the final song of the night, yet another crowd favorite sing along, “Spine of a Dog.”

Up next for the band from Buffalo, the promise of more new music in 2020 and a lengthy run of west cost dates to kick off their 30th anniversary. Also on the horizon, following a seven year hiatus, the return of Snoe.down, a winter weekend celebration of music and snow sport.

Setlist:

I: It*, Time Again**, Shoot First**, Statesboro Blues*#, Where Does The Time Go?*, Tambourine*

II: Tailspin > Puebla > Don’t Fuck With Flo > Tubing The River Styx > The Pit, East St. Louis Blues##, Opium, New Hope For The New Year

III: Along For The Ride, Nebraska, Mack The Knife^, Silver Sun%, Rebubula, Four, Farmer Ben > Timmy Tucker

Enc: Spine Of A Dog

{* w/ al. & chuck. on acoustic guitar
** w/ al. on mandolin, chuck. on acoustic guitar
# FTP – (cover – ABB)
## FTP – (cover – Blind Willie McTell)
% NYE Countdown
^ FTP – (cover – Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht)}

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