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Pretty cool poster by America's favorite graphics artist, Larry the Cable Guy:

(MF1, can you fit this smaller on the page?  I'm useless here. I just recently learned that you can watch a VHS tape more than once if you use something called a rewind button)



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Gotcha covered there CM. Say what about Larry the Cable Guy? Way cool poster.

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Say what about Larry the Cable Guy? Just making reference to another of the day's bad puns, located in the lower right 1/4 of the poster.


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Ah yes, now I get it!

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I heard there's some sort of VIP/Charity show going on before this show where JJ's going to be playing solo. I don't know anything further other than I heard it ain't cheap because they're trying to raise money for a cause. I'll holler out if/when I hear more.

Anybody going to this show?
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Ah yes, now I get it!

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I heard there's some sort of VIP/Charity show going on before this show where JJ's going to be playing solo. I don't know anything further other than I heard it ain't cheap because they're trying to raise money for a cause. I'll holler out if/when I hear more.

Anybody going to this show?

Please do holler out if/when.
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From a site selling tickets to the show:
JJ Grey & MOFRO is a soul/funk/R&B/blues/southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida composed of JJ Grey (vocals, electric piano, acoustic guitar and electric guitar, harmonica), Andrew Trube (electric guitar and slide guitar), Anthony Farrell (Hammond Organ), Anthony Cole (drums) and the "Hercules Horns" Dennis Marion (trumpet), Art Edmaiston (tenor saxophone) and Todd Smallie (bass guitar).
 
What's up with Hercules Horns?  Are those guys a brand now?

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From a site selling tickets to the show:
JJ Grey & MOFRO is a soul/funk/R&B/blues/southern rock band from Jacksonville, Florida composed of JJ Grey (vocals, electric piano, acoustic guitar and electric guitar, harmonica), Andrew Trube (electric guitar and slide guitar), Anthony Farrell (Hammond Organ), Anthony Cole (drums) and the "Hercules Horns" Dennis Marion (trumpet), Art Edmaiston (tenor saxophone) and Todd Smallie (bass guitar).
 
What's up with Hercules Horns?  Are those guys a brand now?


They have been known as that for as long as they have been with the band from what I remember.  Hercules Powdercamp is where they came up with the name.  I remember the first tour with Art and Dennis, the Country Ghetto Tour, JJ would announce each one individually and then collectively as the Hercules Horns.  Always loved that name and wish they would use it more. 

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JJ's doing a solo show before this show. Info here
http://forums.mofrofans.com/post/JJ-Solo-show-in-Bozeman-on-July-8-5895309
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  1. Everything Good Is Bad
  2. Beautiful World
  3. Mississippi
  4. BD,
  5. War
  6. I Believe
  7. Hide & Seek
  8. Dirtfloor
  9. Lochloosa
  10. Country Ghetto
  11. Sweetest Thing
  12. Slow Hot Sweaty
  13. Orange Blossom
  14. Ho Cake
  15. Encore:  Fireflies
  16. Junior

It was a long 6 1/2 hour drive from Sun Valley.  A lot of barren rocky land.  Went by what I assumed was a (former?) nuclear test site.  Craters of the Moon was really different, maybe a region of long-dormant volcanoes (volcani?).  Missed the US Sheep Experimentation Station (I'll try to refrain from any baaaad remarks).  We're definitely in the west.

Venue was an older multi-use center that used to be a big school.  Theater, art studios and galleries, etc.  In fact cowboy church was letting out as we were arriving.  Show was in the "ballroom".  Ceiling was too low for the room to be a basketball gym, but about that size of floor.  Maybe the former cafeteria?  And it was really really warm in there, even before people showed up.

Most every show has been memorable, just for different reasons.  This one memorable for the crowd.  Definitely the youngest I've been to, with at least 80% of 'em 25 or younger.  Must have been Montana State students.  Anyway what was missing in sheer numbers (perhaps 250-350 people total) was made up for in HUGE energy and enthusiasm.  And LOUD!!!  Just a tremendous audience environment, although the cheap drinks ($1.50 Busch lights, $4 call liquors) certainly resulted in a few minor misadventures for some.

As for the set itself, pretty standard.  Mississippi (every other lyric reference changed to Montana) was a nice insert.  When planning to see so many shows this year, I had been a little concerned about the music getting boring and repetitive for me.  But the band does a pretty good job of keeping everything fresh, continuing to add nuance, mixing things up here and there within a song.  Especially the horns.  For this night's Lochloosa, instead of Farrell starting it with those familiar keyboard chords, JJ started it off on his new guitar, handed off to Aaron, pulled out the harp, and from there went to the first verse.  No verbal introduction, but none needed.  In total contrast with the night before, all these kids knew about that special 'lil place in Florida.  Keeps it all interesting.  And on Ho Cake, after sharing the keys with Farrell a little extra longer and then setting up the final verse by talking about Granny's cooking, JJ got off on a tangent talking about how you can get poisoned from eating polk salad if it aint cooked right.  Then riffed vocally a little on Polk Salad Annie, before launching into a full verse and chorus, with Art just nailing it.  And the crowd's awesome responses seemed to keep the band fresh in an otherwise sweltering room.  Really really fun show.


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Mr. Moore, I awlways look forward to your persepctive on shows.  I thank you for taking the time to share your stories and adventures with us sitting back home wishing (me anywho) I had the ability, time, funds to go off for a while and just travel following Our Boys. 
......... One day .......... 
 ......one day ........ 
 ...one day ...


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poke salad.

and it is a toxin, no matter how you cook it.

thanks for the review.
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They need to start mixing the setlists up more and playing some cover tunes or something.  The setlists are getting stale for a band with as many songs as they have. 
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I don't disagree Stan. But glad to see that Whitehouse, That Boy, Footsteps/Turpentine and a couple others and get a little into the rotation. I hope they'll mix it up a lot at the W. Palm show (except I wish they were headlining.)

Really great review of things Craven. I assume you must've leaft your handy dandy pocket geiger counter at home. Hey I went to a Sheep Experimentation Station one time! They threw me out. But we don't talk about that.

I've been to some shows where the audience is mostly young. Instead of feeling I'm old enough to be people's father I feel like I'm old enough to be their grandfather. God I can only imagine how you must feel.

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But the band does a pretty good job of keeping everything fresh, continuing to add nuance, mixing things up here and there within a song.  Especially the horns. 
I agree, especially considering what I said above. That's why I feel the band belongs in the jam band sub-category. Dennis and Art just jam their asses off. Ain't like it's planned, they're just feeling the music, the crowd and everything and just rocking. And same for the other guys too. It does help to keep the songs fresh.

hollis I continue to be amazed at your knowledge of southern food!
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