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moe. Brings “Godzilla” To Smash Down The Historic Bijou Theatre

first_imgJam 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.last_img read more