Maine followers of the diverse, endlessly touring international jam band scene are in for a treat – roots rockers Gov’t Mule and progressive rockers moe. are set to play the Bangor Waterfront on Thursday, June 21. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, April 24, and range in price from $31.75-$51.75, available online at waterfrontconcerts.com, via Ticketmaster or at Mark’s Music in Brewer.
From modest beginnings in a Buffalo basement over two decades ago to today’s
multifaceted success, the members of moe. (pictured at left) have never lost sight of the goals that they aspired to from their very first show: to deliver honest, heartfelt music and to ensure the audience has a good time. Comprised of original members Rob Derhak (bass, vocals), Chuck Garvey (guitar, vocals), and Al Schnier (guitar, keyboards, vocals), with the addition of drummer Vinnie Amico and percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Jim Loughlin, moe. has amassed thousands of fans worldwide, who maintain a Phish or Grateful Dead-esque level of reverence for the band and follow them around festivals nationwide. Their new album, “What Happened To the La Las,” came out in January 2012, and maintains the band’s signature expansive rock sound.
Gov’t Mule has been slinging southern rock and blues within a jam band-friendly framework since 1994, when Allman Brothers Band members Warren Haynes and Allen Woody began their side project. Nearly two decades later, Gov’t Mule has become a staple act at music festivals across North America, with Haynes inviting in guests including members of the Black Crowes, Parliament/Funkadelic and ZZ Top, who add various funk and blues rock elements to the band’s sound. In particular, the band is known for its many experiments in covering and re-imagining classic songs from the Who, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and more. Like moe., the band has developed a devoted live following.