moe. Superfan Details The Incredible Journey To His 200th Show At Red Rocks

first_imgIf you are lucky enough to find someone or something that fills your life with light, frees you from your bonds and burdens, and gives you the inspiration to carry on, then you’d be a fool not to embrace it with all your heart. For eighteen years, from the first time I experienced the band called moe., to my recent magical 200th show at the revered Red Rocks Amphitheatre, I have done all I can to lose myself in the musical spell they cast. It’s safe to say you wouldn’t be reading these words if it wasn’t for the five friends from upstate New York and the wizardry they work.My name is Rex Thomson, and I’m a writer/photographer/videographer working for Live For Live Music. I’ve been given this opportunity to step out from behind the lens and the third person narrative voice, to get a bit personal on a topic that means the word to me: the band moe. For almost two decades, bassist Robert Derhak, guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey, percussionist Jim Loughlin and drummer Vinnie Amico have been performing the sound track of my life. Thanks to legendary guitar tech Frank Robbins, I even have some of the very tools they used to make that music during my 200th show!No one ends up seeing a band hundreds of times without a damn good reason, and I certainly have a few. First and foremost, the transformation I feel in myself during a show… it’s like being scrubbed clean of all of life’s cruddy residue on a spiritual level. I remember a swirling guitar crescendo at the tail end of a “Rebubula” that made me spread my arms wide to the waves of ringing perfection buffeting me in the crowd. It was completely involuntary, and I watched as if from beyond myself as it happened. It was bliss.Here’s an outstanding version of “Rebubula” from Mountain Jam, after it won a fan contest to pick a song for the set:Bliss is a pretty powerful concept, but until then it had been just that, a thought known but not understood. I’ve since learned of how powerful an effect your sense of hearing has on things like emotions and epiphanies through lots of science words. Long story short, humanity used to keep its collected knowledge and share its most basic concepts through song. We are programmed on a primal level to receive information on a mental and emotional level through music.Whatever subconscious burst of information I receive from those five minds fills me with a lasting inspiration that makes my every thought clearer and intention easier to form. Mixing laughter, fury and jaw dropping displays of musical skill and dexterity, moe. is sending out all the listener can handle and more. The rapport they share onstage makes it all the easier for fans to tune in and join the fun on the more ethereal planes.Without going to far into my final reason the band moe. means so much to me yet, I will say that some cognitive issues I face are all but gone after seeing the band, before slowly returning. Simply put, I am a better functioning, feeling human being after I spend some time seeing moe. play.I am here to tell you that not everyone finds perfect inspiration, but when it hits you, it changes everything. After first seeing the band in 1999, I made sure to catch them at any festival or show that came within striking distance. As the years flew by, the range I was willing to travel grew exponentially, all in an effort to plug into the white hot electric flow I first felt years ago. Saved ticket stubs piled up, and I continually had to find larger and larger receptacles for my treasures.In 2009, an opportunity to photograph the band’s annual Summer Camp Music Festival in Illinois for a fly-by-night outlet gave me my first taste of life BEYOND the front row at a major event. My tendency to go on face melting mental adventures during their shows met the equally powerful experience of focusing on the visual spectacle of the lights and intense performances being laid down by the band and my fate was sealed. After three straight days of massive sets of music, all watched from about five feet away, I knew what I was going to be doing for the rest of my life.I quickly found out that I was nowhere near alone in my burgeoning devotion, emotional uplift or even willingness to travel. Though I was aware that moe., like many bands had a devoted traveling fan base, I hadn’t looked up long enough to learn the faces and names. My new gig changed all that, and the more moe. shows I went to across the nation, the more of the same faces I saw. The best part? They were all slipping into their own beatific trances as the music swept them away.There are a couple of terms used for diehard moe. fans. “moe.ron” is one of the most common, and part of the band and fans shared love of puns. The other, “famoe.ly.” The difference between them can blur, and in the end, the true meaning is love. These are people who share in something that is nearly beyond words, bonded not by race or creed but by mutual understanding and emotion and I was now a happy soldier in the army.Over the next five years, it would be fair to say I went a special kind of crazy in regards to moe. When the band hosted the annual moe.down festival for their most rabid fans in upstate New York, a tradition formed around a last day election for “Mayor of moe.down” or “Mayor of moe.ville,” depending on who you ask, time of day and sobriety levels. I decided that between my work as a pretend music journalist, my occasional working with bands and promoters, and my connection to the scene itself, I was the first actually qualified candidate for office.The details of my five and a half year campaign across the country are not only too long to go through here, honestly…it’s kinda scary to type. But behind my weird endorsements……full blown campaign commercials……and even the stupid sign I lugged across creation….…there was a secret plan. Wherever I went, whether I approached them or they approached me, I asked people, “Have you ever heard of a band named moe.?” And if they hadn’t, I either urged them to check them out or gave them some of the over two thousand burned CDs I have burned from their live shows and carry with me whenever I can.Through my… zeal… I have ended up interacting with the band on a personal level from time to time. I’ve gotten to request songs for acoustic performances……gotten the band to explain things like how they write set lists……even spent a half hour getting Jim Loughlin to go through his entire percussive toy repertoire!Basically, I’ve tried to make myself useful, and I think I’ve done a good job. Feels like the least I could do, really. I try not to let my crazy appreciation of what they do get too scary for them when I am around, but I am fairly certain they have a crew member in place to taser me into submission if I get out of hand. Can’t really say I blame them.Eventually I was appointed Mayor… but I didn’t stop spreading the love and I never will. When you stumble across something that resounds within you with such a positive, energizing level, all you want to do is bask in the magic and share the love, and that’s what I’ve done. You can read my review of the Red Rocks show that was my much ballyhoo’d 200th HERE. You can read my review of the spectacular follow up show the next night in Boulder HERE. Hell, you can read about the show they played with Yonder Mountain String Band a few days later in Wisconsin HERE.But just reading those reviews won’t tell you the real story. It doesn’t mention that, to see that Wisconsin show, I had to drive about 17 straight hours out of my way, or that I had to sleep in rest stops due to the remoteness of the location and my needing to get to the next event. I don’t do this for the money. I do this for the life and love moe., has inspired me to live. And seriously, when I say they gave me life, I mean it.My mom taught me to always have three reasons to do something, and my third reason for loving the music of moe. like I do is a dozy. My life, like most, has been fraught with obstacles, like most. Mine have taken the form of some rather bleak medical prognoses that hang over me like the sword of Damocles. I’ll say this bluntly: I would not be alive today if it wasn’t for the spark moe. ignited inside me. The litany of surgeries, crises and moments of pure terror I have faced would have crushed me if I didn’t have their song in my heart.To me, a moe. show isn’t a simple entertainment, though there is certainly nothing wrong with that. That’s why they play, after all. They want to share what they can do with the world, and, thanks to my job, I get to help them do just that. I blew past my 200th show and am already at 203, with three more lined up for next month. My next goal is to reach show number 365, so I can know I spent a year feeling that same magic I felt all those years ago, but in the end, numbers aren’t what matters to me.What matters to me is building the fire of love and hope inside me burning bright, to face the long and scary nights ahead. In our primitive days we sang around the fire and danced into the night. Those rituals live on today. Bands like moe. roam the land giving us all the chance to build the strength to face the dark and the joy to truly embrace the light.Special Bonus! As usual al. took a moe.ment to thank the fans and crew on the night of my 199th show, and sent a little love back my way before nailing a wicked weekend closing cover of Cream’s “White Room.” Dig it!last_img read more

Anastasia Will Land on B’way in 2016-17 Season

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 Related Shows View Comments ‘Anastasia’center_img What a 2016-17 Broadway season we have in store for us! Anastasia will join a slew of new tuners heading to the Main Stem (including Come From Away, Groundhog Day and The Bandstand). Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak, with choreography by Peggy Hickey, the production has secured a Shubert theater to be announced.No word yet on who is set to headline the Great White Way incarnation. As previously reported, Derek Klena and Christy Altomare will lead the world premiere of Anastasia at Hartford Stage from May 12 through June 12.Anastasia will feature a book by Terrence McNally and the Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty score that was heard in the 1997 animated film. From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical is the story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past while finding a place for herself in the rapidly changing world of a new century. Anastasialast_img read more

The effects of pornography on children and young people

first_imgYoung males are more likely than females to deliberately seek out pornography and to do so frequently Australian Institute of Family Studies December 2017SummaryThere is a lot of discussion about the possible effects of online pornography on children and young people and the messages pornography generates about gender, equality and sexuality. In 2016, the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) was engaged by the Department of Social Services to review what the available research evidence tells us about the issue.Key messagesPornography exists within a broader sociocultural context in which stereotypes about gender, sexism, sexual objectification and violence-supportive attitudes are also at playNearly half of children between the ages of 9-16 experience regular exposure to sexual images Parents and caregivers are less likely to be intimidated by online risks if they are informed and take an active role in their children’s digital lives.READ MORE: https://aifs.gov.au/publications/effects-pornography-children-and-young-people-snapshotVIEW Executive Summary: https://aifs.gov.au/sites/default/files/publication-documents/online_pornography-effects_on_children_young_people_snapshot.pdfKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. Pornography use can shape sexual practices and is associated with unsafe sexual health practices such as not using condoms and unsafe anal and vaginal sexcenter_img The best approach for parents, caregivers and teachers responding to children’s exposure to pornography is to encourage open communication, discussion and critical thinking on the part of children, while educating themselves about the internet and social media Pornography may strengthen attitudes supportive of sexual violence and violence against womenlast_img read more

Egypt Investigating the Cause of the Russian Airline Crash amidst Terrorism…

first_imgEgyptian authorities have dismissed claims by the Islamic state (ISIL) affiliates in Egypt that they had ‘brought down’ the Russian airliner that crashed in the Sinai killing 224 people on board.Egyptian officials are investigating the scene of the crash that left no survivors. With the black box located, Russians and Egyptians have formed a joint committee to establish the cause of the crash of the Russian Airbus 321.The Terrorists groups do not have the means to target passenger planes according to a security and military expert in Cairo. This is in response to ISIL announcement on a video posted on its website stating that the terrorist group had attacked the plane in retaliation to the Russian airstrikes on ISIL in Syria.Earlier reports by the government had ruled out terrorist attack. Initially there had also been reports that the pilot had contacted Cairo Airport requesting an emergency landing citing technical malfunction on board before the plane disappeared from the radar seconds later.Egyptian government has deployed 80 ambulances and helicopters to transport the victims’ bodies to suez and morgues in Cairo.See Also: All passengers aboard Russian airliner killed in Sinai crashlast_img read more

Warner hits second fastest Test 50 in history

first_img… Pakistan 410 runs short of their unlikely victory target of 465.By Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – David Warner clubbed the second fastest half -entury in Test history to help fire Australia to the verge of a 3-0 series sweep over Pakistan at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday.The tourists were 55 for one at close of play on the rain-disrupted fourth day of the third Test, still 410 runs short of their unlikely victory target of 465.In-form opener Azhar Ali, who had made 11 not out, and nightwatchman Yasir Shah, unbeaten on three, were at the crease at stumps, after debutant Sharjeel Khan had chipped the ball to a midwicket fielder for 40 off spinner Nathan Lyon.Warner needed just 23 balls to score his half-century — two more than the record set by Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq against the Australians in Abu Dhabi in 2014 — to help the hosts knock off 241-2 before declaring after tea.Steve Smith (59), Usman Khawaja (79 not out) and Peter Handscomb (40 not out) also poured on the runs after Warner was dismissed for a swashbuckling 55 off 27 deliveries.“The way the guys batted today, especially Davy of course, to get those runs as quickly as possible and do some pretty unselfish batting, got us in the position we are in now,” said paceman Josh Hazlewood, who took 4-55.“The wicket’s still pretty good, but I think there’s enough there to create nine more chances, if it’s reverse swing or spin.”Earlier, after the opening session was washed out for the second day in a row, Younus Khan completed an imperious 175 not out before running out of partners as Pakistan were dismissed for 315, still 223 behind Australia’s first innings 538-8.Australia started the day with the bad news that they had lost opener Matt Renshaw for the rest of the match because of a concussion after he was hit on the helmet while fielding on Thursday.WARNER BLITZKhawaja opened in his place but spent his first 40 minutes mostly a spectator as Warner, who on Tuesday become the first batsman to score a century in the opening session of a Test in Australia, again laid waste to the Pakistan bowlers.Warner slapped a four over midwicket from the first ball he faced and had added 10 more boundaries by the time Wahab Riaz removed his off bail some 42 minutes later.In one stunning over, the left-hander smashed spinner Yasir for two sixes and two fours from the first four deliveries before adding a single off the fifth for good measure.Younus’ knock had, by contrast, been a necessarily gritty affair as his team collapsed around him.The 39-year-old, who on Thursday completed a set of centuries in each Test-playing nation, batted for 443 minutes and faced 334 balls, scoring 18 fours and three sixes.Pakistan had resumed on 271-8 after the rain delay and thwarted the Australians for more than an hour until Yasir (10) and Imran (0) departed within three balls of each other.“We want to finish this Test series on a good note, so I think it will be better for us if we show some fight,” Younus said.“It will not be easy because (its) the fifth day … in Sydney and they have two spinners and good fast bowlers as well. It is our wish that we finish this Test match on a good note.”AUSTRALIA 1st innings 538 for 8 decl. (M. Renshaw 184, D. Warner 113, P. Handscomb 110) PAKISTAN 1st innings (o/n 271-8)Az. Ali run-out (Starc, Handscomb) 71Sh. Khan c Renshaw b Hazlewood 4B. Azam lbw b Hazlewood 0Y. Khan not out 175Misbah-ul-Haq c sub. b Lyon 18A. Shafiq c Smith b O’Keefe 4S. Ahmed c sub. b Starc 18M. Amir c Warner b Lyon 4W. Riaz b Lyon 8Y. Shah c Smith b Hazlewood 10I. Khan b Hazlewood 0Extras: (b-3) 3Total: (all out, 110.3 overs) 315Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-6, 3-152, 4-178 ,5-197, 6-239, 7-244, 8-264, 9-315.Bowling: M. Starc 26-7-77-1, J. Hazlewood 27.3-7-55-4, S. O’Keefe 20-3-50-1, N. Lyon 33-3-115-3, H. Cartwright 4-0-15-0.AUSTRALIA 2nd inningsD. Warnerb Riaz 55U. Khawaja not out 79S. Smith c S. Ahmed b Shah 59P. Handscomb not out 40Extras: (b-3, lb-3, nb-1, w-1) 8Total: (for 2 wickets decl, 32 overs) 241Fall of wickets: 1-71, 2-174.Bowling: I. Khan 6-2-43-0, Y. Shah 14-0-124-1, W. Riaz 7-0-28-1 (nb-1, w-1), Az. Ali 5-0-40 -.PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 465 runs)Az. Ali not out 11Sh. Khan c Warner b Lyon 40Y. Shah not out 3Extras: (nb-1) 1Total: (for 1 wicket, 16 overs) 55Fall of wickets: 1-51.Bowling: M. Starc 4-0-18-0 (nb-1), J. Hazlewood 5-1-8-0N. Lyon 5-0-27-1, S. O’Keefe 2-1-2-0.last_img read more