Moe. Down VI Festival, Sept. 2-4, 2005

With the drop of temperature and the transformation of foliage in the north eastern part of The United States, it was evident that the music festival season was coming to an end. Regardless of this fact, one of America's biggest jam bands presented a phenomenal festival for their fans.

Six hours south of Montreal, on a ski resort in Turin, New York, Moe. Staged their sixth and most successful festival billed as Moe. Down VI. People from all over North America were in attendance to witness a weekend full of culture, consciousness and music. Upon arriving Friday afternoon, I was in the company of 5,000 fans who were all looking forward to an unforgettable weekend of music.

The weekend kicked off with Vermont's hottest band Raq. Consisting of bass, organs, drums and guitar Raq was a ripping start to a tremendous festival. Full of funk and crazy rock sections the band truly blew everyone away from the start.

Next up, Virginia's finest The Hackensaw Boys graced us with their bluegrass persona as all those in attendance 'got down' in a bluegrass frenzy.

As the sun began to set, the one-man band experience known as Keller Williams took the stage and performed a ninety-minute set that left the crowd speechless. Additionally, his rendition of Phish's "Run Like an Antelope"  "Runaway Jim" brought a sense of nostalgia to the crowd.

By 11 O'clock, the long wait had come to an end as Moe. Took the stage and delivered a monstrous three hour set. Consisting of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars, Rob Derhak on bass, Vinnie Amico on drums and Jim Loughlin on percussion, Moe.'s sound is Rock N' Roll at its finest with a jam band twist. Highlights of the night included an epic "Rebubula," and Keller William's sat in on Bob Dylan's classic "All Along the Watchtower."

Throughout the weekend, fans were continuously reminded of the tragedies that were occurring in New Orleans. Bassist Rob Derhak of Moe. Auctioned off his bass and donations for the American Red Cross were being taken at all times. In a conscious effort to raise money for those in need, Moe. Down VI was able to raise an incredible $15,000 in only a few days.

The last night of Moe. Down VI featured two sets of Moe. mania. I could tell that we were in for a very special night, as everyone in attendance seemed to be in high spirits. Kicking off the show, Moe. opened up with two short versions of "The Ghost of Ralph's Mom" and "She Sends Me." However, the fun was only beginning as Moe. moved along the night electing a Moe.Ville mayor and performing the ever so powerful "Terrapin Station." The night concluded with an extensive display of fireworks during a terrific version of "Meat."

Moe's set list, Sept. 2-4, 2005:

September 2, 2005

Set I: Jazz Wank> Rebubula1> Cornflake Girl> Recreational Chemistry, Wind it up, Salt Creek, Stairway To Heaven Jam2> All along the Watchtower2, Faker> Moth> The Pit> Brent Black> Moth
Encore: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

1 unfinshed
2 with Keller Williams

September 3, 2005

Set I: Spine Of A Dog> Buster, Shanna Robe1, Ayla Schnier solo2, She, Crab Eyes, Hi and Lo> Timmy Tucker3> Kids
Set II: New York City, Head> Timmy Tucker4, Happy Hour Hero5> Rise> Karma Police> Head
Set III: Not Coming Down> Wormwood> St. Augustine> 32 Things6, The Road> Kyle's Song, Akimbo
Encore: Time, Sensory Deprivation Bank

1 with Ben Schnier
2 Ayla Schnier solo on piano
3 unfinished
4 finished
5 with complete band switch with Big Frog
6 with members of Dread Clampett

September 4, 2005

Set I: The Ghost Of Ralph's Mom, She Sends Me, Tailspin> Californ IA> Bullet> Big World
Set II: Y.O.Y.> Down Boy, McBain, Four> Dr. Graffenberg> Terrapin Station1> Rebubula2
Encore: Tijuana Donkey Show, Meat3

1 first time played
2 completed from Friday night
3 with fireworks

Moe. is heading out west this fall doing a co headlining tour with Gov't Mule but will be back touring in the North East after the new year.

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