Moe. are made up of Rob Derhak (bass/vocals), Al Schnier (guitar/vocals/keyboard), Chuck Garvey (guitar/vocals), Vinnie Amico (drums), and Loughlin. The formula is all there. Songs transition into one another. Within each song is a long interlude that eventually streamlines into the same, easy going melody that began it.
It is clear these guys have been playing a while. Out promoting their 10th(!) studio album moe. has a large catalog to sample from. Derhak's voice is pleasant and sets a comfortable tone. The guitars mesh well together and compliment one another quite well.
But all of it left a too familiar feeling. That is not to say moe. is at fault. Judging by the the sizable, diverse and enthusiastic crowd (they are called moe.rons) it is obvious moe. is much loved. Moreover, jam bands are still very much in demand. They are very much like an old, comfortable blanket. At the end of a long day, or week, you know exactly what to expect when you throw the old thing over your shoulders for warmth and comfort. It may be tattered and worn; but you dare not discard it.
Similarly moe. gave its largely white college boy crowd much to love. They sang along. They danced their white boy dances. They drank and smoked enough to give me a contact buzz. Innovative and groundbreaking? Hardly.
Just what the doctor ordered? You bet. Except these days it ain't my doctor is calling for. And it surely ain't the right prescription.
But that is ok. It's good to know that old reliable is still alive and kicking if someday I need a fix again. And since Phil Lesh played three nights at Wellmont right before moe., and Phish could sell out MSG tomorrow if they announced a new gig, it is fair to say jam bands are here to stay.
Me? I look forward to something a little different for my next show. It will sound a little something like this: Matt and Kim "Let's Go"
|Not sure why this was stationed by the sound board. But I liked it.|
|This is what a jam band looks like.|
|Wellmont has done quite well with the light lately.|
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