The Buffalo, New York, music scene may be best known for the Goo Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, and – going back a few years – Rick James. But one nationally-renowned jam band got its start as a 1990s college bar band at Buffalo’s Broadway Joe’s. That band was moe., now celebrating their 20th anniversary.
The origins of moe. date back to 1989, when three University of Buffalo students played together for the first time at a Halloween party. Chuck Garvey and Rob Derhak, the remaining original members of moe., were joined on this show by Ray Schwartz, and later that winter by Dave Kessler and Steve Hunter, to become Five Guys named Moe.
Hunter and Kessler left the band before their first record, the independent release Fatboy, was recorded and released in 1992; Schwartz left shortly thereafter to go to graduate school. Joined later on by Al Schnier and Jim Loughlin (who left in 1995, only to return in 1999), moe. recorded two albums, 1994’s Headseed and 1996’s live album Loaf, for their own Fatboy Records. After being courted by numerous record labels, the band signed with Sony 550 Music, releasing a second album in 1996, No Doy. They recorded one more album for 550 Music, Tin Cans and Car Tires (1998), before settling back in with Fatboy Records.
Since 1999, the lineup of moe. has been Derhak (bass, vocals), Garvey (guitar, vocals), Schnier (guitars, keyboards, vocals), Loughlin (percussion), and Vinnie Amico (drums). This lineup has produced a superb catalog of albums since 2000, including the 2002 holiday album Season’s Greeting From moe.; the six-volume live recording series Warts and All; the new live series, Dr. Stan’s Prescription, on its second volume; and the recently released Smash Hits Volume One. The band has also racked up kudos from a number of recording industry magazines, including Rolling Stone and Modern Guitar.
moe. is a band that hasn’t forgotten their fans. The band started “moe. in a moe.ment,” a soundboard recording of their sets available in a USB flash drive, in 2009. Available after their shows, the USB recordings are in the $20 range, and sometimes feature videos, pictures, and set lists from the show.
moe. also hosts the annual moe.down festival every Labor Day weekend in New York. After ten years at Snow Ridge Ski Area, in Turin, moe.down XI moves to the Gelston Castle Estate in Mohawk, September 3rd through 5th, 2010. moe.down features a variety of music, from emerging acts to rock icons. The band will also be hosting its first “Tropical moe.down” from January 5th through 9th, 2011 at Paradisus Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic.
sources: “moe.bio,” moe.org
“moe. press kit bio”