Moe. and Blues Traveler brought their All Roads Runaround Tour to the Summer Stage at the iconic Stone Pony last Friday, and delighted the crowd with an exciting combined set as well as inspired individual sets. The combined set included classic rock covers from The Beatles, Steely Dan and The Grateful Dead. Philly-based G.Love and Special Sauce kicked off the evening with an acoustic set.
The moe. band members include Rob Derhak (bass), Al Schnier (guitar/keyboard), Chuck Garvey (guitar), Jim Loughlin (percussion), and Vinnie Amico (drums). The Blues Traveler band members include John Popper (singer/harmonica), Tad Kinchla (bass), Chan Kinchla (guitar), Brendan Hill (drummer), and Ben Wilson (keyboards).
Blues Traveler took the stage first, and delivered a number of their radio hits, such as “Run-Around,” “Hook,” “But Anyway” and “Stand.” These songs had the crowd dancing and, of course, reminiscing about the ’90s. Prior to “But Anyway,” Popper announced that he loves NJ and that this song was written in the Garden State.
The combined set followed and brought collaborations with different members of all three bands for each song. The exciting covers started with Steely Dan’s “Reeling in the Years,” with Derhak taking the lead on vocals. In the middle of the set, G. Love joined the party for a rocking version of the Grateful Dead’s “Casey Jones.” His bluesy voice was the perfect compliment to this well known Dead tune. “Jones” was preceded by the The Beatles’ iconic hit “Come Together.” Sung by none other than Popper, the entire crowd was collectively singing louder than the band.
Popper announced that “moe. will be on stage and dispense with you appropriately”. And that’s exactly what moe. did. They kicked off their set with a vibrant “Tambourine,” sung by the ‘all smiles’ Derhak. Moe.’s jam vehicle for the evening was “Tubing The River Styx” > “The Pit” > “Montego” > “Kyle’s Song” > “Kids.” The show really heated up and made the crowd wish for another set. “The Pit” contained a tasty percussion jam by Loughlin. The light show was stellar during “Kids” and “Wind It Up” and both songs contained inspired guitar work by Garvey and Schnier.
Moe. and Blues Traveler enchanted the audience at the Stone Pony Summer Stage with signature jamming and fresh collaborations. The All Roads Runaround tour rolls on, and is not to be missed this summer.
moe. / Blues Traveler Combined Setist
100 Years*, Shoot First**, Reelin’ In The Years^, Dead Flowers^^, Casey Jones%, Come Together%
* w/ Ben Wilson, Al Schnier, Jim Loughlin, John Popper
** w/ Ben Wilson, Chan Kinchla, John Popper, Rob Derhak, Chuck Garvey, Vinnie Amico, Al Schnier
^ w/ Ben Wilson, Chuck Garvey, Jim Loughlin, Rob Derhak, Tad Kinchla, Vinnie Amico
^^ w/ Ben Wilson, Chan Kinchla, Tad Kinchla, Vinnie Amico, Al Schnier, John Popper
% w/ all members of moe, Blues Traveler, and G. Love}
Tambourine > Downward Facing Dog, Porn & Candy, Tubing The River Styx > The Pit > Montego > Kyle’s Song > Kids
Enc: Wind It Up
Setlist courtesy of moe.’s facebook page