July 27, 2008
Making their last area appearance before they go on hiatus, New York’s moe. was eager to relive their past, and present new material to a packed and energized audience at Cincinnati’s Coney Island venue- Moonlite Gardens on July 27. The open air venue served as a side attraction to what has become a town staple, a moe. summer concert that marks the season in a vibrant and distinctive manner.
Beginning with "Stranger Than Fiction" from 1998’s Tin Cans and Car Tires, moe. surged forward on stage, delivering improvised rock that made the denizens on the concrete floor weak in the knees. Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier locked their lead guitar solos together until the band blew past the point of no return, and into "Bring It Back Home." A nod to the latest disc, Sticks and Stones, the song "Cathedral" revealed a maturing unit not yet set to rest on it’s laurels when it comes to writing quality material suited for a concert stage.
Returning to Tin Cans and Car Tires, the group powered through a vicious take on "It" before ending the set with a laidback "Faker." New York’s brash alternative heroes reconvened after break to fire up something unexpected: a Frank Zappa cover. Adding spice and bluster to FZ’s "San Ber’dino," bassist Rob Derhak had the entire Gardens in full sway grooving to moe.’s rippling rhythms. Schnier took center stage to serenade the packed balcony with a detailed run through of "Mexico," and continuing in that fashion, Derhak and Garvey sparkled on "Time Ed" as moe. ventured into a spinning, defining version of "Opium."
Cognizant of the hiatus, the moe. followers predicted back to back early tunes to end the show, and got them as moe. turned it’s attention towards the crowd pleasing classic, "Buster" off of 1996’s no doy. Leaving the stage to a rapturous ovation, moe. gathered onstage for one last encore. Again, they chose from Tin Cans and Car Tires, and sent the positive vibes home with a stirring, instrumentally driven "Spaz Medicine" that took on a psychedelic form as the amusement park approached it’s closing minutes.
Set One: Stranger Than Fiction, Bring It Back Home > Cathedral, Understand, It > Faker
Set Two: Runaway Overlude, San Ber’Dino, Mexico > Time Ed, Opium > lylelovit > Buster
Encore: Spaz Medicine