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Published: 2001/11/01

Costumes, Contests Enliven Oysterhead and moe. Halloween Shows

Halloween themes prevailed during performances by Oysterhead at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium and moe at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo. moe celebrated its ‘Sensory Overload Show’ by wearing hats and capes emblazoned with symbols representing particular senses. Meanwhile at the Fillmore, Oysterhead also was attired for the holiday, with Trey Anastasio in particular eliciting comment by donning Jon Fishman’s signature dress.
In addition, both bands presented some musical costumes. Oysterhead sandwiches verses of ‘Armies on Ecstasy’ with versions of the Kinks ‘All Day and All of the Night’ and the Police’s ‘Walking on the Moon.’ Later, during ‘Birthday Boys’ Anastasio also offered up lines from some of songs that Fishman often sings with Phish (including ‘Love You,’ ‘Bike’ and ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’). moe’s covers included ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and Frank Zappa’s ‘Stinkfoot.’ In addition, moe hosted a costume contest in the middle of ‘Recreational Chemistry’ with many appropriately garbed individuals (and a few not-so-garbed) joining the band on stage.
Oysterhead plays tomorrow at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. moe’s next gig tonight at the Guvernment in Toronto.

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