As moe. prepares for a 2-night run at Albany’s Palace Theatre beginning tonight (2/24), coinciding with the fifth annual “moe.day,” the city has announced that it is temporarily renaming N. Pearl, the street on which the Palace Theatre stands, to moe.street, effective immediately. The decision honors the deep ties between moe. and the City of Albany, which began with the band’s early days living together on Central Avenue in the ‘90s. Their first performance at the Palace Theatre took place on February 23rd, 1996, as part of a “Rock The Vote” concert, and this Saturday will mark the band’s 17th appearance at the venue, in addition to a short video concert they filmed in the Palace Theatre Lobby in the fall of 2020.
“We are overwhelmed with the love the City Of Albany has given our band over the years,” comments guitarist Al Schnier. “From declaring Feb 24th as ‘moe.day’ to this, the dedication of ‘moe.street in front of The Palace Theatre, we are humbled and deeply honored.”
Albany’s annual moe.day was established in February 2018, to celebrate the band’s first appearance in the city following bassist Rob Derhak’s treatment for oropharyngeal cancer. Today, less than two months after the return of guitarist Chuck Garvey to the road full-time following his stroke in 2021, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan declared moe.day “alive and well.”
moe. is a one-of-a-kind band that has never been easily categorized. Their sonic adventurousness and tongue-in-cheek humor are distinctly and undeniably their own. Praised by American Songwriter for their “mind-bending musicality,” moe. is treasured for their mesmerizing musical synergy, unfettered showmanship, and smart, resonant songcraft.
moe.’s longevity is no doubt due to the family spirit shared between its members and its engaged fanbase, the Famoe.ly, a bond that has been fortified through decades on the road. moe. has performed innumerable headline tours, international festival sets, music-themed cruises, and sold-out shows alongside countless household-name artists. They’ve also promoted and headlined multiple festivals of their own, including snoe.down and moe.down. The band’s vibrant blend of inventive musicality and genre-blurring is on full display on two recent releases, their 12th studio album, 'This Is Not, We Are,' and the 'Not Normal' EP.
moe. is Al Schnier (guitar, vocals) * Chuck Garvey (guitar, vocals) * Rob Derhak (bass, vocals) * Jim Loughlin (percussion, vibes) * Vinnie Amico (drums) * Nate Wilson (keys)