moe. hosted the latest installment of its Snoe.down festival in Vermont this past weekend. The Buffalo, NY-based group played a pair of two-set shows at Rutland, VT’s Spartan Arena, as well as a rare outdoor winter set at Killington Resort. The latter event celebrated the 30th anniversary of Killington’s Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge and featured such songs as “St. Augustine,” “Skrunk,” “Not Coming Down,” “Wormwood,” “Okayalright,” “Akimbo,” “Crab Eyes,” “Happy Hour Hero,” “Seat Of My Pants,” “Sensory Deprivation Bank” and “Down Boy” (Al Schnier began the set by saying “this whole lot better than playing in single digits on Whiteface Mountain,” referencing 2006’s Snoe.down). During its second show at the Spartan Arena, moe. revived its cover of The Meters’ “Cissy Strut” for the first time in nearly decade during “Stranger Than Fiction.”
In addition, the members of moe. played an acoustic set for VIP ticket holders Sunday morning at the Wobbly Barn. The band offered stripped down takes on “Salt Creek,” “Shoot First,” “Gone,” “Shake Your Hips,” “Tambourine,” “Captain America,” “She,” “Deep This Time,” “Meat” and “Buster” (which featured Rob Derhak and Al Schnier’s children on vocals).
A number of other bands performed throughout the weekend, including Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Railroad Earth, Assembly of Dust, Hot Day at the Zoo, The Bridge, Leroy Justice, The Heavy Pets, the McLovins, Moonalice and Red Rooster, among others. moe. drummer Vinnie Amico also sat in with Lynch during its set.