May 27, 2008 The Fillmore at Irving Plaza, New York, New York
Moonalice poster by Chris Shaw
According to Moonalice legend, three is a very powerful (and lucky) number. It symbolizes the bewildering trinity of sects, hemp, and low-toned music. Every Moonalice tribe member trains in the entire trinity for many years before choosing a “major,” which determines the clan with which he or she will spend the rest of his or her life. Most choose to stay with the clan in which they were born, but the tribe supports those who choose a different path. Always tolerant in matters of personal choice, the tribe also supports those who choose not to. In addition, it supports those who can’t make up their mind.
Whether the context is Blind Mice, Stooges, Musketeers, Wise Men, or Little Pigs, three has changed the world for the better. Why should the Moonalice legend be any different?
The band’s third gig in New York City (in only six weeks) was a Bill Graham Foundation benefit at the Fillmore, née Irving Plaza. Since it opened in 1914, the venue has been home to burlesque, Yiddish theater, and Polish dance, as well as rock ‘n’ roll. It once saw Gypsy Rose Lee (all of her, in the Full Monty sense). It’s on an island that the Moonalice tribe once swapped to Peter Minuit for $24 in trinkets and a piece of Connecticut. (Moonalice legend, 4–19-08.) Coincidently, the gig celebrated Mother’s Day in Bolivia and Sweden, as well as the birthdays of Rachel Carson, Vincent Price, Harlan Ellison, and Batman.