Moonalice returns to Grass Valley with its “American roots jam” music and low-key 1970s’ concert environment. The Saturday dance party will be at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley.
The San Francisco-based band features seasoned musicians with old-school influences, from Big Band jazz to American folk to bluegrass and blues. They believe live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other, according to their bio. In their songs, the band tries to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with musical improvisations evoking a sense of adventure and exploration.
Members of the band Moonalice grew up listening to The Band, The Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd influences that helped them develop a style completely their own.
“We don’t label ourselves, but you might think of it as ‘American roots jam’ or ‘hippie music.’ Our influences are old school, from Big Band jazz to American folk to bluegrass and blues,” said Roger McNamee who plays rhythm guitar, vocals and bass for Moonalice.
The name Moonalice pays homage to Jackie Gleason and “The Honeymooners.”
Moonalice is John Molo on drums and vocals; Barry Sless on lead guitar, pedal steel guitar and bass; Roger McNamee on rhythm guitar, vocals and bass and Pete Sears on bass, keyboards, guitar and vocals.
Moonalice’s single, “It’s 4:20 Somewhere,” has been downloaded more than 3,200,000 times. Moonalice invented the Twittercast concert, broadcasting links in near real time for live concerts and at random times for past shows. The band has done 103 Twittercast concerts, according to its website.
Moonalice played at Jerry Garcia’s 70th birthday concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco and opened for U2 at the Oakland Coliseum. The band’s song “Coconut Wireless” was featured on the hit television series, “Sons of Anarchy.”
Tickets to Saturday’s show are $12 for members of the Center, $15 for the general public. They are available at the Center’s Box Office in person, by phone at 530-274-8384, ext. 14, online at www.thecenterforthearts.org, or at BriarPatch Co-op in Grass Valley.
For more about the band, visit http://moonalice.com.