moe. pre Jam Cruise ’17
My full-time work schedule has kept me from doing much on weeknights lately. For the last few months I’ve spent most of the week in Central Florida on an out of town jobsite. I usually commute home every weekend. But this week, Moe was playing a pre-Jam Cruise double set at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale. I made the three-and-a-half-hour drive home on Thursday night and headed to the venue without a ticket. I hoped the show wouldn’t be sold out, and I had faith in my world aligning once again and it did. I arrived at 9:30 and immediately met some heady peeps in the lot. I asked if they had tickets, and they said they didn’t either. One of the guys from the group had seen them a bunch of times so I felt more relaxed about getting in if he didn’t think he needed a ticket a head of time. Our conversation progressed on the way to the box office, and I told them I had never seen Moe live before. We began to talk about all the festivals and shows we had gone to and in the line, everyone else joined in as we salivated over the upcoming line ups for fests like Wanee, and Lockn’. We said goodbye and told each other to enjoy the show as we got tickets one by one.
When I got inside they were about half way through the first set but I wasn’t there with any specific song in mind to see preformed. I grabbed a Yuengling from the bar and found my way upstairs to meet a couple of friends that were already there. They had gotten a great spot with an amazing view. Check out my Insta for pictures and videos. There were new people for me to meet, as they had brought their cousin and his wife. It turns out he is a huge fan of Moe. He estimated that he’d seen them over 40 times. When Phish took their hiatus a couple of years back, he had been touring with them. He got swept up by Moe and took to the road. It’s moments like these that help to round out the adventure of attending live music events. We drank beers, danced, and laughed the rest of the night.
Moe is right up there with some of the great jam bands like Phish, Widespread Panic, and Umphrey’s McGee and they’ve held persistent in paving the way with their progressive rock style jam. Moe first hit the scene in 1989, releasing their first album in 1992. They still come out and wow crowds. They have a unique chemistry which helps in pushing the music to new highs and comical banter between them and the crowd that draws you in. I’m glad I made it out to this semi mid-week show. I’m definitely a fan for life after seeing moe. for the first time.