Music: moe.

Two decades ago, a group of musical buddies thrown together randomly at the University of Buffalo coalesced into a swinging little band called Five Guys Named Moe, which morphed, for a thankfully brief week, into Haggis before settling on the simple name

Two decades ago, a group of musical buddies thrown together randomly at the University of Buffalo coalesced into a swinging little band called Five Guys Named Moe, which morphed, for a thankfully brief week, into Haggis before settling on the simple name moe. (with a quick detour to the moe. guitar army, but that was more of a fan thing).

With little deliberation and an adventurous spirit of improvisational caprice, moe. fashioned a new Jam sound out of disparate elements from the American Rock experience — bits of Zappa, touches of the Grateful Dead, heaping helpings of the Southern Rock tradition and flecks of anything lying around in their practice space or frontal lobes.

Although moe. flirted with the major-label system for a heartbeat in the 1990s, the vast majority of the band’s accomplishments have been notched without any corporate assistance (some would call it meddling) and they’ve succeeded on a grand scale largely on their own; in addition to running their own label, the moe. members have started a number of their own festivals (in addition to attending the many that already exist) and cruises.

moe. performs at Madison Theater Saturday. Go here to read Brian Baker's full Sound Advice.

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