August 17, 2007 The Red Onion, Skagway, Arkansas
Moonalice poster by Chris Shaw
According to Moonalice legend, tribe members answered the siren call of Klondike gold at the end of the 19th century. They headed to the top of the Inside Passage, to the frontier town of Skagway. The tribe members took one look at the trail to gold country and had second thoughts. The trail is about six inches wide and goes straight up for nearly a gazillion miles. Suddenly the traditional Moonalice trades — music and hemp — seemed more attractive than ever. They certainly had value in the port from which miners began the backbreaking journey to gold country. The modern Moonalice band arrived in Skagway on a beautiful day and immediately headed to the Red Onion. A Skagway fixture from the very beginning, the Onion has a storied history of drunkenness and debauchery. It seemed like the ideal location for a gig. The place is tiny, so the band worked with a tiny backline and no recording equipment. We lost track of the set list, too, but a reasonable facsimile can be found below . . . .
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