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]
It was already a record-breaking system, being the 30th named storm of this year’s extraordinarily busy Atlantic hurricane season. Such activity has focused attention on climate change, which scientists say is causing wetter, stronger and more destructive storms.In Honduras, compulsory evacuations began before the weekend and by Sunday evening 63,500 people were reported to be in 379 shelters just in the northern region, while the whole country was on high alert.Nicaraguan officials said that by late Sunday afternoon about 1,500 people, nearly half of them children, had been evacuated from low-lying areas in the country’s northeast, including all the inhabitants of Cayo Misquitos. Authorities said 83,000 people in that region were in danger.- Advertisement – Wind and rain were beginning to be felt Sunday night in Bilwi, a coastal Nicaraguan city where people crowded markets and hardware stores during the day in search of plastic sheeting, nails and other materials to reinforce their homes, just as they did when Hurricane Eta hit on Nov. 3.Several residents of Bilwi expressed concern that their homes would not stand up to Iota, so soon after Eta. Local television showed people being evacuated in wooden boats, carrying young children as well as dogs and chickens.Authorities warned that the risk was high because Iota would probably come ashore over areas where Eta’s torrential rains left the soil saturated with water and more prone to new landslides and floods.Eta already wreaked havoc. It hit Nicaragua as a Category 4 hurricane, killing at least 120 people as torrential rains caused flash floods and mudslides in parts of Central America and Mexico. Then it meandered across Cuba, the Florida Keys and around the Gulf of Mexico before slogging ashore again near Cedar Key, Florida, and dashing across Florida and the Carolinas.Iota was forecast to drop 8 to 16 inches (200 -400 millimeters) of rain in northern Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and southern Belize, with as much as 30 inches (750 millimeters) in isolated spots. Costa Rica and Panama could also experience heavy rain and possible flooding, the hurricane center said.Eta was the 28th named storm of this year’s hurricane season, tying the 2005 record for named storms. Theta, the 29th, was far out in the eastern Atlantic Ocean, and became a remnant low Sunday.The official end of hurricane season is Nov. 30. – Advertisement – A fast-strengthening Hurricane Iota is sweeping over the western Caribbean and has become a very dangerous Category 4 storm early Monday as it heads for the same part of Central American battered by a similarly powerful Hurricane Eta just over a week ago.Forecasters said Iota continued to show signs of strengthening and could be a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane by the time it reaches Central America.- Advertisement – Evacuations were being conducted from low-lying areas in Nicaragua and Honduras near their shared border, which appeared to be Iota’s likely landfall. Winds and rain were already being felt on the Nicaraguan coast Sunday night.Iota became a hurricane early Sunday and rapidly gained power, and was expected to pass over or near Colombia’s Providencia island during the night. It became a dangerous Category 4 hurricane Monday morning, and the U.S. National Hurricane Center warned it would probably reach the Central America mainland late Monday.The hurricane center said Iota had maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 kph) in a 4 a.m. EST advisory. It was centered about 170 miles (275 kilometers) southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua-Honduras border and moving westward at 10 mph (17 kph).- Advertisement –
To say the Wisconsin women’s soccer team is young is an understatement. Out of the 26 players on the Badgers’ roster, only eight of them are upperclassmen, just two are seniors. Needless to say, with 18 players who are sophomores or freshmen on this year’s squad, the Badgers and head coach Paula Wilkins have already had to rely a great deal on younger players this season.However, so far for the Badgers, having to rely on players, especially those with no experience at the college level, hasn’t had many negative consequences as Wisconsin is off to a 3-1-1 start.Nowhere is the youth more prevalent than the Wisconsin back line, which has already seen two freshman play key roles in the early stages of this season. Those two freshmen are Kylie Schwarz and Morgan Taylor, and although they both may be freshman, the similarities, and just how they got to be Badgers, end there.There’s Schwarz who played high school soccer for Wayzata High School in Plymouth, Minn., but also spent time playing club soccer as well. Not only did Schwarz play both club soccer and high school soccer, but she also played two different positions on the two teams. On the high school team Schwarz played forward, but during the club season she spent time as a defensive midfielder and center back.According to Schwarz, spending time on both offense and defense has given her unique insight into playing center back with Wisconsin.“Playing forward and center back, seeing both sides of it, I think it’s helped me become a better center back because I know what the forwards want to do, what they don’t like defenders doing to them, so it helps me see both sides of it,” Schwarz said.As far as how Schwarz went from playing for two different teams in Minnesota to being a starter for the Badgers in her first season was something she didn’t really think a possibility a few years ago.“I visited all over the country, and to be honest … because I’m from Minnesota, I was like, ‘I’m going as far away as possible. I’m going to California,” Schwarz said. “Paula was just like, ‘Just stop by. You never know.’ And as soon as I stepped foot on campus I was like, ‘This is it.’“I can’t even describe it. I was more excited to come here than anything and it still has exceeded my expectations.”When she got to Wisconsin, Schwarz wasn’t sure what her role would be as part of the Badgers’ squad, and actually thought it was a mistake when she saw Wilkins had her name down to start first game of the season. But that was certainly no mistake by Wilkins as Schwarz has gone on to start the first five games for the Badgers with one of those starts coming at outside back.Schwarz delved into the difference between outside back and center back.“I think center back … you have to be more like authoritative and give a lot of information. You’re constantly talking and moving people around where you want them to be and where you want them to sit. Outside back it’s a lot more attacking. You have to have that attacking mindset to get forward. I think for me, I like being able to sit back and see everyone in front of me. I like having that leadership role,” Schwarz said.And then there’s Morgan Taylor, or “Mo” as she’s referred to by her teammates and coaches.Unlike Schwarz, Taylor played only club soccer throughout her high school years.As she noted, Taylor came to Wisconsin last spring to participate in spring practice with the team and adjust to the college level. But the decision to graduate high school early and enroll at Madison, which few athletes ever choose to do, was one that Taylor had planned before she even started high school.“I kind of had it in my mind to get out of high school as soon as I could before I even started high school,” Taylor said. “So freshman year I planned to take the hardest classes I could; get everything done with and then just take the easy road junior, senior year. And so I had all my credits in and I was ready to come here so I graduated early.“It was tough and just not having any time to transition from high school to college too was tough. I struggled a bit, but it was good getting me ready for now and the level of play and the speed of play.”Taylor had played center back all throughout her club soccer days, but so far in her time with Wisconsin has played outside back. Although it has been a learning process because she had never played outside back, according to Taylor she enjoys the position more because it allows her to focus more on attacking and moving up the field.It’s clear there are many differences, but despite the differences between Schwarz and Taylor and the different routes to Madison, the only thing that matters for Wilkins and the Badgers is the similarity: both are freshman. With youth comes a great deal of learning, but considering the two are already starting, it seems there’s a bright future ahead for Wisconsin and it’s back line.