The Ex-Mayor Of moe.down Recounts This Year’s Top moe.ments

first_imgSATURDAYmoe.’s day set has traditionally been all about the next generation. The Kids Tent All-Stars once again made an appearance, though now some of the children have grown up enough to take their place alongside the adults on actual, non-inflatable instruments. Check out the next generation of rockers as the proudly proclaim the “We are famoe.ly” Bleow:“Spine Of A Dog>Buster”“We Are Famoe.ly”Directly after moe.’s day set, one of the best sights of the weekend wasn’t on any stage, it was on the mud slicked hills and foot path. A ton of hay was delivered to help solidify the grounds, and after a plea from moe. for volunteers to help spread it over, hundreds of fans swarmed the pile and quickly had the field on the path to recovery.Blackberry SmokeAtlanta, Georgia’s southern rock rising stars Blackberry Smoke are being talked about as the next big thing in a genre in need of fresh blood. Check out highlights from their stellar set below:Blackberry Smoke, “Ought To Know”Blackberry Smoke, “Six Ways to Sunday>Good One Comin’”Blackberry Smoke, “Sleeping Dogs Lie>Come Together>Sleeping Dogs Lie”moe. Night SetAnother night set saw another round of incredible visitors. Long time friends Fishbone came back out to help moe. get nice and funky, while Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr brought a southern rock swagger to an epic “Opium” before Otto Schrang from The Mike Dillon Band took “Recreation Chemistry” to new places with his stellar visit to Loughlin’s percussion world.moe., “Freddies Dead” With Fishbonemoe., “Opium” with Charlie Starrmoe., “Recreational Chemistry” with Otto Schrang SUNDAYThe last day featured some of the wildest variances in music, as the anarchic Mike Dillon was followed by the Americana stylings of Railroad Earth. Both acts have worked with moe. in the past and show the dynamic diversity the band is capable of. If you can comfortably go from punk rock lunacy to string salutes to mother earth, it is safe to say you can pretty much do anything musically.The Mike Dillon BandMike Dillon welcomed moe.’s Jim Loughlin for some intense mallet madness during his day opening set in the tent. Check out some of the furious percussion below:Mike Dillon Band, “Insanity” with Jim LoughlinTwiddleVermont’s beloved Twiddle won themselves new fans and delighted their faithful with one of the strongest sets of the weekend. Check out some of the love below:Twiddle, “Polluted Beauty”Twiddle, “Orlando’s”Twiddle, “The Fantastic Tale of Ricky Snickle”moe.When you have been doing the whole “traveling rock star” thing for 27 years, the chances your memoe.ry might get a little hazy are increased exponentially over the standard deterioration brought on by simple aging. That said, the brain freeze suffered by bassist Derhak during the tune “New York City” in the clip below is likely one of the most epic suffered on a stage this year. Anytime you are forced to Google your own lyrics during a track, you have to worry you may have a problem. I’m chalking this one up to an early morning Lacrosse pick up match he participated in with the fans though…those games can get kind of rough.moe., “Crab Eyes>New York City”Before the band could return for their second set there was one vitally important task to be taken care of…the election of the next “mayor of moe.down.” As I mentioned earlier, for the last three years I have had the honor of serving as the vital link between the fans and the band. It’s one of the highest positions of power in the festival world, and I have striven to uphold this lofty audience. Though I was more than happy to finally relinquish the title, some sneaky soul snuck me onto the ballot at the last minute.I could go on and on about the reasons I spent so much time, energy and mental health seeking the office and serving, but in the end it was all about love. The love I feel, the energy I get from the band’s music, the smiles and blissful expressions of my fellow .rons, the hard work put in by the most dedicated crew in the business…it all comes from the same place. Whatever it is in the combination of the five members of moe., their instruments and gear, and a shit ton of electricity that makes my very soul smile, I know that it was easily the smartest thing I ever did, running for and winning my coveted title.The mayoral election is different than most,  as it is not limited to humans. Heck, I lost to persons, places and even things in my years pursing the office. After multiple rounds of voting, at long last a new mayor was crowned…bass player Derhak’s…uhm…”.bulge.” I want to congratulate the .bulge on running such a stiffly competitive race. I for one am proud to be followed by as impressive a candidate as the .bulge, though hopefully not to closely. Check out the fun of the election hi-jinks below:“Election”moe., “Mexico” with Mihali Savoulidis & Ryan DempseyThe weekend ended with a bang, thanks to the fireworks that marked the finale with a suitable element of finality. We had all been scared that our beloved weekend getaway with moe. might not ever return, and now, at last, we were all experiencing the warm after glow of the return. The music moe. made over the weekend was exactly the reason why we had all been so saddened by the temporary hiatus. In fact, the incredible skill, dexterity, and passion moe. showed over the 7 sets they played, rain or shine, provided a perfect example of why we all fell in love with the band in the first place.Few bands manage to last as long as moe. has, and fewer still remain as vital and as relevant. The secret seems to be the band’s willingness to evolve and to never take themselves too seriously. Humor has always been a strong component in the band’s sound and it has been said that laughter is the best medicine. As long as there are sources of joy from the music of moe. in our lives, it is obvious that we can make it through any dark times until the sun shines once again.Oh, and if you enjoyed the melding of moe. and Twiddle then don’t forget the upcoming Colorado run that will feature three epic nights of music from the two bands at the Boulder Theater and Red Rocks! After a two year hiatus, the moe.down music festival returned with seven blistering sets from jam band icons moe. along with stellar support from Fishbone, Railroad Earth, Twiddle, Kung Fu, Mike Dillon and more. The mountainous back drop of the Snow Ridge Ski Resort was echoing with the sounds of soaring guitar jams, wild percussive freakouts, and most importantly, the heartfelt cheers of an elated fanbase. More than anything else, moe.down is about family, or famoe.ly….we’re a very punny bunch.When I write the word “We” in the context of moe. fans, or moe.rons as we are more generally known, I mean that in the most sincerely personal way. If you’re looking for an unbiased and journalistic review I’m afraid you are out of luck because I am probably the most biased reviewer this event could possibly have. I love moe.down so much I spent five years of my life trying to capture it’s highly coveted “Mayoral” office–and then spent the last three years doing my best to see it return. My name is Rex Thomson and I’m addicted to moe.Hear Ye, moe.rons: An Open Letter From The Mayor Of moe.down In The Twilight Of His Termmoe.down was founded on a fairly simple premise: a small festival dedicated to the band’s hardcore fans and their love of moe. and music in general. If music is emotionally-installed, then the music these moe.rons hear translates to pure joy in their hearts and minds. I know that when the guitar duo of Chuck Garvey and Al Schnier are weaving their slinky guitar lines, or Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico are twisting and turning the beats in on themselves, or Rob Derhak is slapping his bass with his trademark manic intensity, the rest of the world falls away and I am lost in a world of pure sonic bliss.Of course, after being forced to wait two extra years for our return to Turin, New York and the mayhem on the mountain, this year felt especially new. After such a long build up, thousands poured into the small ski resort, gleefully ignoring the rain showers that were forecast and were, indeed, falling intermittently already. The early arrivers showed the first sparks of what was to be a weekend-long parade of the cooperative community by helping cars get through the mud to get everyone in safely. Neighbors helped pound in tent stakes and stretch tarps to prepare for a wet and wild weekend with wide smiles and hearty laughs.FRIDAYThe approach to the main stage was slippery, and as fans slid their way in to watch sets in the tent from bands like Hayley Jane and the Primates and Kung Fu, it was easy to see who had started their party early by the amount of mud on their backsides. As moe. guitarist Schnier brought his side band Al & The TransAmericans to the main stage, most everyone had made it in and the front of the stage was full of emotional reunions and heartfelt hugs as people from far and wide came together again to bask in the music being made. Even the sun popped back out to give the audience a much needed chance to warm up for a long night to come.Al & The TransAmericans, “Everything Here”Al & The TransAmericans, “Guitar”Al & The TransAmericans, “Ain’t Wastin Time No More”moe.One of the best parts of any moe.down is the unique collaborations that come from it. moe. hand selects their lineup with purpose. The musicians they invite to share the stages are friends and people whose work they also enjoy, and the spirit that comes from that mutual admiration infects everything that goes on during moe.down.moe., “The Chain” with Ryan Montbleau, Haley Jane & Kirk Juhasmoe., “San Bernadino” with Kung Fu’s Tim Palmieri, Beau Sasser and Robert Somerville moe., “Billy Goat”moe. returned to the stage for a special night one treat, a five song acoustic-tinged encore that featured a mix of covers and classics. Check out a couple of tunes from their final Friday moe.ments below:moe., “Raise A Glass”moe., “Blister In The Sun”last_img read more

UW’s humbled ground game eager to start anew

first_imgSophomore running back James White (20) had a quiet Saturday night against the Buckeyes, rushing just five times for 16 yards.[/media-credit]Just less than two years ago, the Wisconsin football team went on the road and was shockingly held to only 99 rushing yards in a very un-Wisconsin-like manner.Last weekend against Ohio State it happened again, except this time Wisconsin was held to only 89 yards.For a program like UW that is not only built on the run, but notorious for its bruising running game, 89 yards just won’t cut it.“Yeah, [it’s] very frustrating,” running back Montee Ball said. “Any running back will say the same thing; of course you want to make the big plays and stuff like that, but you know Ohio State did a great job blowing things up. We hurt ourselves for not playing with urgency.”Ball has led Wisconsin’s rushing attack and has garnered national attention for his ability to find the endzone. This season, he has 18 touchdowns and 853 rushing yards on 142 attempts. He averages 106.6 yards per game and six yards per carry.But last weekend was a different story.Ball ran for 85 yards on 17 carries, and almost half of those yards came on a late-game dash for 40 yards. While he finished with one touchdown on the ground and an average of five yards per carry, for most of the game he was averaging only one.For center Peter Konz, determining the exact issue that caused the wheels to fall off is difficult.“I don’t know; it’s hard to pinpoint one thing,” Konz said. “They were very targeted on the run game. They wanted to stop the run game because they thought they had some good guys in their backfield.”While OSU’s secondary was having a successful night, Ball was still able to break free for a big gain eventually. On Ball’s 40-yard run, Konz set a formidable block so the junior to squeeze up the middle into an open backfield.Taking it up the middle and straight down the field is a trademark of Wisconsin run game. But against Ohio State, both Ball and White were either forced or called to run outside more. Unable to consistently turn the corner and go straight down the field, the run game suffered.“They were blowing the inside up,” Ball said. “They were making me move, making me run side to side, which that’s not my game at all. They exploited me there.”But because of the defense the Buckeyes were showing, Chryst felt going to the outside was the best option.“I think early in the game, you go off of what you’ve seen,” Chryst said about calling for a run up the middle or outside. “You try to balance what they do and you try to balance it with the kind of things that fit you as a team. … There were times when it was a little bit of a guessing game. For example, if they’ve shown a tendency to blitz on the open side or the field side, just cause you haven’t seen it, every run has to protect against that.”With the way they struggled on the ground that week and faced a heartbreaking loss one week earlier, the Badgers have no shortage of confidence they can make the necessary adjustments to prevent such an offensive breakdown from happening again – whether it’s for the rest of the season or another two years.“We just weren’t communicating as an offense as a whole,” running back James White said. “We weren’t executing the plays and it’s going to happen some times, but we’re going out there this week trying to correct those mistakes and get ready for Purdue.“[We need] to stop worrying about the big picture and go back to the little details. That’s what is going to get you as far as you want to go and executing as an offense as a whole.”White has seen a significant drop in his carries since the beginning of the year, mainly due to the hot streak Ball is on. White only has four touchdowns this season and 474 yards on 85 attempts. He averages only 59.2 yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry.Saturday night was a rough one for White, who ran the ball five times for a gain of 16 yards.White’s numbers epitomize the run game against OSU and any time a major factor of an offense is missing, the whole will most likely stumble.Prior to Saturday night, Wisconsin had rushed for over 100 yards in 22 straight games. Without the legendary ground game, the Badgers simply appear off kilter.Regardless, Ball knows that as one streak ends, another one must begin.“We’re going to create another one,” Ball said. “What we’re focusing on is starting fast and [making] sure we get another streak going here.”last_img read more