Gone Daddy Gone: Family Cross-Pollination at moe.down
moe. hosted its sixth consecutive moe.down gathering in Turin, NY this weekend, offering six-sets spread throughout the Holiday weekend. Keller Williams helped moe. kick-off its festivities by performing his patented Stairway To Heaven and All along the Watchtower segue with the festival host during their Friday set. A day later, Al Schnier played dad onstage inviting his son Ben to play piano during Shanna Robe. Not one to be upstaged by her brother, soon after Ayla Schnier ran onstage to offer a piano solo of her own. Later in the day, Japanese exports Big Frog engaged in a full-band switch with moe. during Happy Hour Hero, while members of Dread Clampett performed on 32 Things. A fitting close to Jerry Month, moe. also debuted a cover of the Grateful Deads Terrapin Station during its Sunday performance.
Over the years, moe. has helped introduce the jam-faithful to a number of credible song-based bands during its Labor Day festivities. Following in the footsteps of Cracker and The Flaming Lips, this year moe. invited The Violent Femmes to perform alongside a breadth of jam-oriented bands including Tea Leaf Green, RAQ, Addison Groove Project and Medeski, Martin and Wood. Bassist Rob Derhak personally introduced the cult-icons by joining the Violent Femmes onstage for Gone Daddy Gone. The Addison Groove Project horn section of Dave Adams and Ben Groppe also enhanced the group during its performance.
Nodding to the weekends family vibe, Medeski, Martin and Wood bonded with some well known musical siblings themselves. Luther Dickinson played guitar for much of MMWs set including versions of 3rd Stone from the Sun and Uninvisible, while brother Cody traded off with Billy Martin. Switching into the political realm, Bearsong Gary was also elected as this weekends moe.down mayor.