On Saturday, moe. returned to Portland, ME’s State Theatre for their second performance of the weekend in The Pine Tree State. Following up a show where the Buffalo rockers spelled out “Trump Is A Lying Ass” in their setlist, moe. returned to the State Theatre with a pair of debuts, despite bassist Rob Derhak being unable to sing all weekend after losing his voice.
The quintet opened up their first set with a 30-minute segue of “Moth” > “Hi & Lo” > “Puebla”, taking no time to settle into deep improvisational jam territory out of the gates. With Derhak unable to sing, Emma Derhak, Rob’s daughter and frequent moe. vocal guest, joined to lead the band through a take on her dad’s tune “Okayalright”. With a false start and pause, Emma came out and proclaimed, “I think I may know the words to this. I love this song.” Emma nailed it, with the faithful moe. crowd cheering her on and applauding.
moe. continued pleasing their fans by unleashing their first debut of the night with “Dangerous Game”. The five-piece band took the hard-hitting rocker out for a 15-minute ride, highlighted by some impressive guitar interplay between Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier. With Jim Loughlin setting the groove behind his expansive percussion set up, the band moved forward with “Shoot First”, which was followed up with “Don’t Wanna Be”. moe. rumbled their back into “Moth”, to properly close out the song and bring the first set to a halt.
Following a brief setbreak, moe. returned to open their second set with a monstrous near-50-minute segment, as the band navigated through “The Road” > “Head” > “Montego” > “Head” > “The Road”. The five-piece kept on chugging with the Garvey-led “Where Does The Time Go?”, off of their 2007 The Conch release. The band picked up the pace with their second debut of the evening, “Jazz Cig”, a jazzy instrumental highlighted by Laughlin on the xylophone. An 18-minute rendition of “Four” came next, with Chuck and Al firing off explosive guitar solos. moe. closed out their improv-heavy second set with “McBain”. Following Al’s standard “al.nonuncements” segment, moe. offered up a lone encore with “Wind It Up”.
Listen to Saturday night’s show below courtesy of taper Ted Gakidis:
moe. – 2/16/2019 (Full-Show Audio)
[Audio: Ted Gakidis]
This Wednesday, February 20th, moe. will cotinue their winter tour with a show at Rutland, VT’s Paramount Theatre, followed by performances at Concord, NH’s Capitol Center For The Arts on Thursday, February 21st; Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, February 22nd, and New York City’s Beacon Theatre on Saturday, February 23rd.
For ticketing and a full list of moe.’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.
Setlist: moe. | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 2/16/2019
Set One: Moth > Hi & Lo > Puebla, Okayalright*, Dangerous Game#, Shoot First > Don’t Wanna Be > Moth
Set Two: The Road > Head > Montego > Head > The Road, Where Does The Time Go?, Jazz Cig#, Four > McBain
Encore: Wind It Up
* False Start, w/ Rob’s daughter replacing Rob on vocals
# New Song
Rob had some voice problems and didn’t have any lead vocals tonight
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