Gov’t Mule w/ moe. 8.25.16 & moe. 8.26.16
Words By Nicholas Stock (Fat Guerilla Productions)
Photos By Nicholas Stock & Conrad Meyer
Audio By Chuck Miller & Marcus B
Thursday, August 25:
Red Rocks Amphitheatre
A little sidenote for all the new parents trying to make it to the venue to catch the opener, leave even earlier. We got caught in traffic and by the time we dropped off the little one it was apparent we were working against the clock. We pulled into Lower North just in time to hear Blackberry Smoke jamming the Grateful Dead’s “Ramble On Rose.”
Blackberry Smoke Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 8.25.16
Moe. took the hallowed stage for the first time in three years. I grabbed my camera and started snapping away as they went into an unbelievable “Rebubula” opener. They were pulling out the big guns early. This would be a theme throughout the run.
moe. Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on 8.25.16
Set One: Rebubula> Bones Of Lazarus, Annihilation Blues, Haze, Rainshine, Captain America, Moth> Hi & Lo> Brent Black, Thorazine Shuffle, Billy Goat
It’s been 12 years since Gov’t Mule shared the stage with moe. at Red Rocks. As the sun headed below the mountains, the Mule made their way to the stage for a chunky set of music. They opened with a series of classic Mule tunes starting with a tight “Railroad Boy.”
Set One: Railroad Boy> Mule> Soulshine, Banks Of The Deep End, Larger Than Life> If 6 Was 9> Larger Than Life, Kind Of Bird*, And Your Bird Can Sing, Captured> Opium> One Of These Days> Fearless> Blind Man In The Dark**
Encore: I Shall Be Released***
*Happy Together tease
**Shakedown Street tease
***w/ Charlie Starr, Brandon Still, Rob Derhak, Al Schnier, Chuck Garvey, Vinnie Amico & Jim Loughlin
For the encore all of the members of moe. and Blackberry Smoke joined Gov’t Mule for a heartwarming version of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” Music fans floated out of Red Rocks on a bed of clouds. Musically, this was an incredible show all around. Not only did we witness a reunion 12 years in the making, but we got the bands to trade covers in the process. Moe. seemed a bit more relaxed the following night in the cozy confines of the Boulder Theater.
Nicholas Stock’s Photo Gallery
Friday, August 26:
moe. Live at Boulder Theater on 8.26.16
Set One: Defrost> Akimbo, Smoke> Meat> Tubing the River Styx> The Pit> Tailspin> Meat
Set Two: Spine of a Dog> Jazz Wank> The Happiest Days Of Our Lives> Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)> George, Buster> Rebubula^
Encore: Blond Hair and Blue Eyes*, Shoot First*, Blue Eyed Son*, Blister in the Sun*, Sensory Deprivation Bank
^Completes version from 8-25-16
Smoked meat was on the menu. The whole first set was heavy, that’s the word. The “Smoke” came on innocently enough, but the “Meat” was large and well… meaty. It featured the watertight guitar work of both Chuck and Al. Luckily as we emerged from the musical depths and much to the delight of the audience Jim went into a ridiculous vibraphone solo to begin “Tubing the River Styx.” The dark and heavy tones continued with a huge rendition of “The Pit.” “Tailspin” was a dance party freak out for the sold out crowd before they returned to “Meat” to end the first set.
The second set was equally impressive, but it took on a brighter tone all around. Moe. started with a massive “Spine of The Dog” that stretched past the fifteen-minute mark. The audience sang the chorus as moe. ripped into the opening chords. They pulled no punches from the start and this set would go on to feature some of the best improvisation of the entire run. A well-built “Jazz Wank” gave way to Pink Floyd’s “The Happiest Days Of Our Lives” into “Another Brick In the Wall (Part 2).” This was only the second time they’ve played these covers since their Floyd themed set at Peach Music Festival earlier in the month. “George” again took us on a journey as we all zoned in, band and patron alike. They finally took a breath before treating us to another big jam, this time on “Buster.” They finished by segueing into the “Rebubula” that started it all just the day before. It was an epic bookend to two jaw-droppingly good days of music. And if they had stopped there it would have been more than enough. However, as the clock struck midnight, moe. returned to the stage to inform us that unlike the night prior, they “didn’t have to get off the stage.”
Moe. always finds a way to make it unique. For the kid who waited 14 years to hear them play “Blister In the Sun” I’m sure it was very memorable. As a band, moe. continues to innovate and write new and interesting tunes. They’ve just announced a two-night Tarantino-themed Halloween run in Philly. Maybe next year we can do a Thelma & Louise show in Denver… okay maybe not.
Nicholas Stock’s Photo Gallery