On Saturday, New York rockers moe. offered up an explosive two-set performance at Morrison, CO’s beloved Red Rocks Amphitheatre. White Denim handled the evening’s opening slot, followed by a set of music from Mike Gordon.

Moe. opened up their first set with an exploratory take on “Timmy Tucker”, highlighted by Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier trading off a series of scorching guitar solos. With Jim Loughlin holding down a funky groove on the xylophone, the five-piece smoothly segued into “Tubing The River Styx”. Vinnie Amico and Rob Derhak locked into a tight rhythmic pocket before Garvey took the lead and set sail into blissful improvisational territory. Following “Tubing The River Styx”, moe. moved forward with “Dangerous Game” and “Jazz Cigarette”, a pair of newer tunes that the band debuted at Portland, ME’s State Theatre in February.

Loughlin continued to dazzled the crowd with his xylophone playing before the band segued into the Derhak led “Water”.  To close out their impressive first set, moe. invited up Gordon to add a second bass on a cover of the Allman Brothers Band‘s “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed”. Amico and Loughlin set the pace behind their kits before Garvey and Schnier locked into “Liz Reed’s” main guitar theme. Picking up the pace, Gordon and Derhak treated Red Rocks to a badass bass duel, as the rowdy crowd erupted with applause. Moe. did the ABB cover justice in a venue that the beloved band played many times over their illustrious career.

Following a brief setbreak, moe. returned to open their second set with “The Road”. The band displayed some impressive vocal harmonies before Schnier got his chance to take a gritty guitar solo backed by Amico’s hard-hitting beats. “The Road” landed into “New Hope For The New Year”, with Garvey taking over the vocal lead. Following a series of peaking guitar solos, Schnier moved over to his keyboard set up and the band connected on “Bullet, with the attentive crowd singing along with the band. Loughlin was on fire all night long, hopping between his percussion kit and xylophone. The improv-heavy set continued with “Crushing”, which segued into the fan-favorite “George”. The band patiently worked through “George” before closing out their main frame with a massive take on “Rebubula”. Despite getting cut off due to a newly enforced strict curfew policy, moe. offered up a cover of The Vapors‘ “Turning Japanese” in the encore slot.

Enjoy full-show audio and some videos below:

moe. – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – 6/1/2019 [Full Audio]

[Audio: marcus]

Mike Gordon – “Crazy Sometimes”

[Video: spaceodyssee2000]

Mike Gordon – “Whirlwind”

[Video: spaceodyssee2000]

moe. – “Rebubula”

[Video: Dalton Michael Vaughan]

Check out some beautiful photos from Saturday night’s show below courtesy of photographer Bill McAlaine.

Next up for moe. is their own moe.down festival at Turin, NY’s Snow Ridge Ski Area on July 4th-6th. For ticketing information and a full list of moe.’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.

Setlist: moe. | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 6/1/2019

Set One: Timmy Tucker >(nh) Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > Dangerous Game, Jazz Cigarette > Water, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed*

Set Two: The Road > New Hope For The New Year > Bullet, Crushing > George > Rebubula

Encore: Turning Japanese

{* w/ Mike Gordon on bass}