moe. played their second-to-last show before the coming hiatus to an appreciative crowd of long time fans and fresh faces last night at the Huckleberry Jam Festival. While bassist Robert Derhak seeks treatment for a rare but highly survivable form of cancer, the band will take time off for the healing process. Idahoans have been looking forward to moe.’s return to their fair state, and even though the circumstances had a somber edge, they were more than pleased at the stellar performance they witnessed.Last week’s show in New York served as a celebration for the band’s oldest fan base while the Huckleberry Jam gave moe.rons from the further reaches of the nation to come by and wish Derhak well. In the end it was a chance get down with the band for the last time for the immediate future, and thanks to a stocked set list, there was something for everyone.moe. and Aqueous To Join Forces As “moe.queous” At Brooklyn Comes AliveFrom set one opener “Moth” on, the music never stopped. Before they managed to finish “Moth,” the band wandered musically from a spacey solo into the well-received opening strains of “Puebla.” The massive jam from guitarist Al Schnier in the back half of “Puebla” calmed slightly before picking up pace and morphing into a ripping take on the Chuck Garvey led “Annihilation Blues.”Check out some video posted by moe. of their run closing first set below:moe. only paused a moment at best before the psychedelic strains of “Silver Sun” wafted from Schnier’s guitar. Drummer Vinnie Amico displayed his usual depth and control–as no matter the pace needed, the timing was ever-perfect. The last note of “Silver Sun” morphed perfectly into a set closing pair of songs from Garvey, “Four>Akimbo,” a spirited, extended instrumental, improvised intro.Observant fans had noted the lack of Derhak-led pieces in the first set, which though disappointing is perfectly understandable in light of the medical issues he faces. Luckily for all in attendance, his playing hasn’t been affected at all and his vive was up to backing vocal duties and even a couple of leads.Second set opener “Recreational Chemistry” showcased the band at their most expressive. Derhak strummed, plucked and slapped his bass with a frenzied passion that has made him a force to be reckoned with over the last few decades. Percussionist Jim Loughlin delighted as always with his bag of tricks, including his ever sharpening mallet skills as they progressed into the nearly instrumental “Meat.”As the crowd joyfully digested the massive “Meat” they were given, moe. gracefully returned to the final strains of the show opener “Moth” to close the set. Again, with the hiatus looming, it was nice of them to provide a sense of musical closure to their adoring fans who will be counting the days until their beloved band returns to the stage.Here are some second set highlights from the band’s Facebook:One of the greatest messages in any of moe.’s songs comes in the Garvey-sung “Wind It Up,” and it served as the perfect first of the two song encore that closed the show. “As the crowd passionately joined in the sing-around-chorus “Be on my side, I’m on your side,” the message was abundantly clear. They were there to represent a nation of fans who want nothing more than the speedy return to full health from the man who has stood at the center of the stage for as long as moe. has made their magic.Taking the mic for moe.’s last song of the night, Rob Derhak used the moments before to thank the audience and quietly promise to be back “…sometime soon.” Guitarist Al Schnier thanked the festival for allowing them an extra half hour of stage time to thank the fans who traveled from all points to come and see their band off in style.As the last note rang out, Derhak again thanked the crowd and told them he loved them. Though he surely knows after these last weeks of massive outpourings of well wishes that his love is returned, magnified a thousand times over. Cancer is a scourge on all walks of life, and most of us have had someone we know and love affected by the disease’s many forms.I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Mr. Derhak over the years and I know him to be a man of layers. Under a sometimes thick skin is a heart of gold, but under that is someone who enjoys a good fight, a hard knock, and the satisfaction of rising up after taking a blow. That spirit should serve Derhak well in this fight, and on behalf of Live For Live Music, and the nation of moe.rons of who I am proudly a member, I wish him a speedy and full recovery.Get well sir…we will be waiting when you are ready to rock once again!.moe has one final performance at LOCKN’ with Phil Lesh before taking their hiatus.Listen to last night’s full show below, courtesy of mark r. smith:moe. | The Huckleberry Jam | 07-28-2017 | Donnelly, IDSet I: Moth>Puebla>Annihilation Blues, Silver Sun, Four> AkimboSet II: Recreational Chemistry>Meat>MothEncore: Wind It UpEncore II:Captain America[Cover photo by Paul Citone from previous show]
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People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Clement Rohee believes certain executive members of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) such as Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, David Hinds, Dr Clive Thomas and Dr Maurice Odle have lost all right to speak glowingly about Dr Walter Rodney.In observation of the 36th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Rodney on Monday, Rohee strongly criticised those persons for betraying his legacy by now being staunch affiliates of the People’s National Congress-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.“Those who shamefully pretend to be Rodney worshippers and admirers must be exposed for what they are; no more than a cabal ofDr Walter Rodneypretenders and hypocrites who have long betrayed Dr Rodney’s legacies, having sold themselves like Judases for handsome monetary rewards and perks handed to them by those who have Rodney’s blood on their hands,” Rohee declared during his weekly press conference at Freedom House.The politician discredited the messages those individuals released in memory of Dr Rodney in observance of this day. According to Rohee, their “high sounding” messages are nothing but duplicitous.In this regard, he posited that the best way to commemorate Dr Rodney’s death anniversary would be for the government to lay the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report in the National Assembly for debate.“The PPP supports the findings in the Report and will reject any attempt to either water-down the recommendations or denigrate those who contributed to the Commission’s work,” he stated.PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira had signalled her intentions to lay a motion in the National Assembly for there to be a debate on the report’s findings and for the House to adapt the recommendations made in the report in an effort to prevent any future recurrence of what took place when Dr Rodney was murdered.The recent CoI report confirmed the long-held belief that the PNC government was the mastermind of the assassination of Dr Rodney.Government officials however have since contended that the findings of the report are severely flawed.President David Granger and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams have both discredited the findings, indicating that there was some agenda to target the People’s National Congress (PNC).