moe. was set to play a drive-in concert at Vernon Downs this weekend, but much like every other concert over the past four months, it was cancelled. Instead, the Buffalo-bred jam mainstays made lemonade and live streamed a concert from an old church the band turned into a studio and dubbed Big Blue.
The band’s drive-in concerts, set to take place Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st in Vernon, NY were cancelled earlier this week. Many saw a direct connection between this cancellation, as well the cancellation of a run of Twiddle drive-in shows in New York, and the infamous Chainsmokers “drive-in” concert in The Hamptons earlier this week that saw little social distancing and drew the ire of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Considering moe. had already practiced for the concerts and were together anyway, they decided to put on two live stream concerts. On Saturday, the band released pro-shot footage of “Dangerous Game” from Friday’s live stream. The song, featured on the group’s latest release THIS IS NOT, WE ARE, came halfway through the first set in the midst of a series of segues that included “Tubing The River Styx” into “The Pit” then “Dangerous Game” followed by “Bear Song” which rolled into a rare cover of Lou Reed‘s “Take A Walk On The Wild Side”.
After an extended intro where Al Schnier leans on the classic blues riff, the song kicks off. Meanwhile, the sound of horns in the background lead the viewer on a a scavenger hunt to see who is replicating the sound, only to find percussionist Jim Loughlin in the back corner using a malletKAT. The focus isn’t on Jim for long, as the instrumental section sees Chuck Garvey take center stage with a Fender Stratocaster, taking full advantage of the guitar’s inherent blues capabilities.
Watch moe. perform “Dangerous Game” from Big Blue below. Tune in tonight for another live stream via TourGigs.
moe. — “Dangerous Game” — Live From Big Blue — 7/31/20