moe. rocks Philly Mar 9, 2012 at Electric Factory
Story by Kelly Wassinger
Photos by Steven Philips
moe. performed Friday, March 9th, at the Electric Factory. The group performed two incredible sets, showing off their amazing ability to switch genres and sounds whenever they desire. The crowd was a mix of old and young fans, all excited about seeing moe. The group’s positive energy and performance were contagious, and the sets were far from disappointing. Moe has a reputation of putting on a very good live show, something that not all artists can do.
moe has been around since 1989 and the band consists of five members: Rob Derhak (bass/vocals), Al Schnier (guitar/keys), Chuck Garvey (guitar/vocals), Vinnie Amico (drums), and Jim Loughlin (percussion). The jam band is considered to be within the psychedelic rock genre and have caught the attention of Phish fans and other jam band lovers all over the world. When asked to describe the groups music in an interview, guitarist Al Schneir explained, “Its an amalgamation of a wide variety of the history of rock..”.
The group has toured with groups like Further, played at Woodstock ’99, and has opened for groups like the Allman Brothers and The Who. They have also played at Bonaroo five times out of the ten years that they festival has been operating.
Since 2000, moe has also held their own festival called moe.down in Mohawk, NY, and has attracted crowds numbering up to 12,000. Artists like Les Claypool, Tea Leaf Green, and The Flaming Lips have all performed at moe.down.
moe’s increasing success and following of both old and young music fans is a sure sign that as artists they know what they’re doing. Anyone who enjoys a rockin’ jam band should stop and check out moe.