The first round of artists set to perform at moe.down 13 at Snow Ridge Ski Area in Turin, New York on August 10 – 12 have been announced and there’s a familiar name involved as Umphrey’s McGee will make their fourth appearance at moe.’s annual festival. Ever since the first one in 2000, moe. has done a good job of varying the moe.down lineup each year. It’s rare that bands get asked a second time, let alone a third but Umphrey’s McGee is a special circumstance.
Rebubula, a classic moe. song, was one of the first covers Umphrey’s ever played back in 1998. In 2002, UM guitarist Brendan Bayliss lived out a dream when he performed Rebubula with moe. at the first Bonnaroo. Since then, the two jam scene staple, have gone on to co-headline the Summer Camp Music Festival each Memorial Day weekend. Bayliss had high praise when asked about the moe. for a Relix Magazine feature, “I really can’t stress enough how instrumental moe. has been in my career. I’ve met a lot of musicians and there’s nobody like those guys when it comes to being down-to-earth people not caught up in the rock star bullshit. They’re content with what they’ve created and how they’ve done it, and they should be.”
Umphrey’s last appeared at moe.down in 2009, which followed previous sets at moe.down 7 in 2006 and moe.down 4 in 2003. Buffalo prog-rockers Aqueous, who cite both moe. and Umphrey’s as influences, fellow Upstaters Timbre Coup and reggae act SOJA round out the short list of acts that made up the first round of moe.down 13 artists. Tickets are on sale now for $120.