Jam band heroes moe. blew into Knoxville, TN last night to delight their fans with a peek at a new song and loads of classic jams at the historic Bijou Theatre. The Bijou has been operating as a venue since 1909, but the building itself was previously a hotel that hosted live music events starting 200 years ago. Over that mind numbing span of years the building has played host to presidents, music icons and now the five guys from upstate New York called moe.Not ones to live in the past, the band decided to bring something new to the party. First off: brand new rugs. In an effort to really tie their stage together, the band freshened up their accoutrements and softened their work area. Guitarist Chuck Garvey was so taken with his that, during a particularly fiery solo, he took a moment to get down and explore his new playing surface.With new footing firmly in place, moe. kicked off the jams with the staccato intro to “Tailspin,’ drenching the sonic landscape with wailing, distortion laden guitar licks from Garvey and Al Schnier. As “Tailspin” sputtered towards the Earth, they segued perfectly into a lush and dreamy “Lost Along The Way.” “White Lightning Turpentine” gave Garvey a chance to show off his blues chops while bassist Rob Derhak shepherded the tune back and forth between its calmer sections and the more outrageous rocking portions to the delight of the crowd.Perennial audience favorite Nebraska got the energy nice and high and fueled a strong run to the set closing one-two punch of “Calyphornia” into the underplayed classic “head.” From the first notes of “head,” it became apparent that the band was intent of stretching out a bit and really letting themselves enjoy the tune. The extended instrumental break featured some stunning vibraphone work from percussionist Jim Loughlin and some of moe.’s patented “Two bodies/one brain” front line of guitarists. Cheers and applause showered the band as they left the stage for a much needed break, before getting down and dirty for the second half of the night.Though there was a ripping “Rainshine” and fun reads on the frenetic “Same Old Story” and “Gone,” the big story of the second set was a sneak peek at new tune “Prestige Worldwide.” Though the lyrics are still a work in progress, the music was a fierce call back to the most epic moe. jams throughout the years. Every member had the chance to shine, with Loughlin and drummer Vinnie Amico both taking turns at the forefront before the instrumental breaks were taken over by some inspired back and forth from Garvey and Schnier. While Derhak seemed content to lay back and hold down a truly funky bass line for the rest of his brothers in arms to riff off, he was clearly enjoying the way the music swirled around him onstage.The western themed “Shoot First” launched the closing stanza of tunes with the always enjoyable tale of the gunslinger mentality in the modern world. Closing out the second set with an extended take on the sing-song jam “Kids.” Sensing the end was nearing the fans doubled down on their grooving and met the song closing jam head on in a game of musical chicken. Neither side blinked and the collision of fan rage and band joy was a perfect circle of love given and received freely.Deciding that they should be sure to leave the venerable hall in total ruins, the band called in the king of the monsters himself, “Godzilla,” for their encore. From the instantly recognizable first notes the audience went into a frenzy and their intensity was matched by the band. With Garvey torturing his guitar against his mic stand and the veins in Derhak’s head straining under the pressure of his immense vocals moe. laid down one of their fiercest takes ever on the beloved cover. Guitarist Schnier took the mic afterwards to thank the crowd for helping make the night at this historic venue one they won’t soon forget. Judging from the shell shocked faces in the crowd it was a sentiment echoed by all in attendance.Setlist: moe. | Bijou Theatre | Knoxville, TN | 1/31/17Set 1: Tailspin>Lost Along The Way, White Lightning Turpentine, Nebraska, Where Does The Time Go?, Calyphornya>headSet 2: Rainshine, Same Old Story, Gone, Prestige Worldwide, Shoot First>Rise>KidsEncore: Godzillamoe. continues their winter tour tomorrow night, February 2nd, with a performance at Penn’s Peak. They’ll stay in the Northeast through the weekend, and will resume their touring in mid February with shows in the Southeast and more. They’ve also got some big plans for later in the year, including some Jazz Fest late nights, a Phish late night, some headlining sets at Summer Camp and the return of the moe.down Music Festival. All sorts of details can be found on the band’s website.
William J. McCray , 53, of Wellington, passed away, March 31, 2013 at the Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 12th at the Hawk-Shelley Funeral Home & Crematory of Wellington. Burial will be private. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawfuneralhome.com.William McCray Jr. was born on May 13, 1959 the son of Horace McCray and Lettie Mae (Tolbert) McCray-Holmes in Chicago, Illin. William worked at computer repair most of his life.Survivors include his wife Janey McCray of Wellington, sons; William Moore III, Steven Asbury, Joshua Asbury, Christopher Asbury and Matthew Nelson all of Wellington, three brothers; Willie McClinton Sr, Horace McCray and Sammy Davis all of Chicago, IL, two sisters; Mary Heather Binford and Annette Davis of Chicago, IL, Aunt Jack and Uncle Sim of Yazoo, MS as well as several nieces and nephews.
Government has promised to provide rehabilitation work to roads at Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini) following protest action by residents of that community over the state of the access roads. That is according to Region One Chairman Brentnol Ashley.Residents of the community have been up in arms over the deplorable state of roads. According to Brian Gomes, a minibus driver of Port Kaituma, for several years they have been suffering as a result of the deplorable road conditions. He says, as a minibus operator, every day he has to purchase spare parts for his vehicle because of the roads. “Every single day something brake, something loose, something you got to tighten,” he related.A vehicle manoeuvring through a Port Kaituma roadAccording to Gomes, it was during the campaign period leading up to the 2015 General and Regional Elections that residents were promised better roads should the coalition win the election.“During the campaign trail, they told us at one of our meetings after going around and seeing the deplorable state that the road was in, that we have Jagdeo highways here and when they get into office we will have better roads and so far the road conditions worsen; no changes at all… over a year has passed since elections and we see no improvement. We keep suffering and the conditions with the roads, it worsens.”“During our protest two weeks ago, one of our demands was that we need the President’s presence here in Port Kaituma because he is the one that promised all the good things of life when he gets into office and so far nothing we receive. Nothing changes in Port Kaituma,” Gomes told Guyana Times.Chairperson of the Matthews Ridge/Aruka/ Port Kaituma Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Margret Lambert says it is not only the roads but also bridges in the community that need fixing. According to Lambert, following the protest action that was taken by resident and vehicle operators, the NDC made a commitment to undertake some rehabilitation work.She said they will be using the services of bulldozers from two residents. The NDC will have to pay $1 million for one of the bulldozers while the service of the other is a donation to the Council. The material which will be used for the initial road rehabilitation project will come at no cost to the NDC; however, they will have to pay for fuel and labour costs.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Ashley noted that two contracts have been signed between the Public Infrastructure Ministry and two contractors for the rehabilitation of roads at Port Kaituma. “To be specific of how much the contract sum is I will not be able to say because I have not received any bill of quantities or the scope of work for this project as yet,” the Regional Chairman noted. (Andrew Carmichael)