The weekend that Twiggy and I had been waiting for all summer long has officially come and gone and I'm at a loss for words. Now I realize that it is likely just the post-festival blues talking but moe.down 8 was the closest thing to a religious experience that I've ever done did had. I can't believe that I waited this long to get on the .down but now I'm definitely hooked. And half the reason we had such a great time was thanks to the new friends we made. Thanks, eh.
On the way to Snow Ridge (Turin, NY) Twig and I came across some interesting sights. First the foggy bridge crossing over into another dimension, then a quick stop at the Ogdensburg Wal-Mart for some "make friends" goodies and Halloween favourites, then the way cool US Marines helicopter in Lowville and then the weird Ali Baba chapel in the middle of nowhere only a couple of miles from Snow Ridge. Always something to see in the great U.S. of A.
Finally arriving at moe.down at aboot 2pm, Twiggy and I scored a great patch of grass for our tent next to what turned out to be friendliest dawg gone bunch of Americans we ever did done meet. And as if that wasn't enough they just happened to LOVE Canadians. Or at least our accents and our sense of humour, eh. (yep, our "humour" has a "u" eh)
As for the music, Twig and I hit nearly every single band that passed through Snow Ridge (photos to prove it). And even though it was all about moe. I was equally as pumped to see Strangefolk and John Scofield with Medeski, Martin, and Wood. And like a good little moe.ron I did my homework and checked out most of the other bands on the venue well in advance.
Al & the Transamericans rocked live. But then again what would you expect when you combine Al with a solid like Glock (and Vinny on drums).
Ha Ha the Moose was a blast. Great music, hilarious costumes, and wonderful vibe with the audience. And yeah, that's Chuck and Rob from moe. in the photo.
Strangefolk did not let me down. I only wish that I'd found the time to check out some of their Garden of Eden festivals over the last 10 years in Burlington, VT.
The folk show was extra amazing thanks to our new friend Erik Glockler (bassist for Strangefolk) who we'd met at the top of Snow Ridge the day before. He too loved our Canadian accents and we ended up hanging out and aboot with him and his friends Ashley and Ryan for what must have bin a better part of the day. His campsite was conveniently located near one of the Main Stage gates so we stored some beer in his ice filled cooler. As a thank you Twig gave him his Toronto Maples touque -- and this bad boy is not just "any" old touque either, it's fleece and made to look just like a hockey helmet, eh. Well needless to say, Glock LOVED it and immediately decided that he was going to wear it on stage. And he did (check out the photos).
The Meat Puppets were crazy and Curt Kirkwood's guest appearance with moe. on Big World was incredible and strange all rolled into one.
Perry Farrell's Satellite Party rocked old school. Perry (formerly of Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros) really knew how to get the crowd going and his sexy sidekick certainly didn't hurt the mood any either. Sweet. Superhero, the tune from HBO's Entourage, smoked and really got the crowd rocking.
The girls from Uncle Earl nailed a hoe.down at moe.down and their version of The Weight (by the Band, another great Canadian band eh) with moe. and Zach Djanikian of The Brakes was stupendous.
MSMW were solid. A little more structured than I'd hoped for but still it was great to finally see them - and to see them on stage together was definitely a bonus.
Lotus was pure psychedelic. I've listened to a lot of Lotus boots over the years and I'd definitely love to see more of this band.
moe. What moe. can I say? 3 days, 6 sets, and 10 1/2 hours of mind blowing, face melting jamfests! Sweet. (and the 10 1/2 hours doesn't even include the 2 moe. side project bands - Al & the Transamericans and Ha Ha the Moose)
Twig and I soaked it all in from the mosh. Aboot 20 feet out, center stage. You just can't beat the energy and the vibe from this spot. The 2nd set on Saturday we scored a huge cement block to stand on just to the right of the stage (actually it was one of the anchors that held the stage up). Great for photo ops.
moe. was solid. Definitely on their game. They threw down like no other band today can. The light show was smoking and the disco ball was a trippy show as the millions of lights bounced off the crowd and the surrounding trees. The ski hill is a perfect location too. The slope assures that everybody can see the show, even over the tallest heads and the Easter Island faces and Duff beer cans.
'Nuff said. Check it all out for yourselves folks...
Slideshow of the photos here...
moe.down 8 slideshow
Download the bootlegs here...
moe. - Friday, August 31, 2007
moe. - Saturday, September 1, 2007
moe. - Sunday, September 2, 2007
Al & the Transamericans
Perry Farrell's Satellite Party
Medeski, Scofield, Martin, and Wood
and plenty moe. to come, eh...
And if any of you fellow Canadians are thinking of coming to moe.down 9 the only advice I have to offer is to steer clear of Sketchieville and bring your Canadian flag, eh!!
Here's hoping we don't have to wait a whole year before seeing our new friends again, eh.