Moe. performs at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Mass., in 2005.

Moe. started out small, playing bars and small venues near their Buffalo home.

Over the years, the band evolved into a touring force, leaving sold-out venues and thrilled fans in their wake night after night.

This is their 20th year, but tonight they won't be playing in an arena; instead they'll be performing at the Waterhole, a small bar in Saranac Lake.


While the show was announced only last Tuesday on the band's website, the tickets — which can only be purchased at the bar — have sold out.

They did say, however, that the first 25 people at the gate tonight will be sold tickets.

Moe., who have fans following them across country on tour each year, are used to filling venues with the capacity to fit thousands of moe.rons — the name fans have affectionately given to themselves.

Defying genres, the band is known for their live acts, playing improvisational music that can stretch a five-minute album cut into a 50-minute exploration of sound and emotion.


In March 2006, moe. held their first official Snoe.down at Lake Placid's Olympic Center.

Besides the concert, the festival allowed fans to skate in a rink located in the building, try their hand at luging and purchase skiing and snowboarding packages for Whiteface Mountain.

The band even played a free afternoon show at the mountain before 3,000 frigid fans.

Snoe.down was held in Lake Placid the following year, as well, with acts such as Little Feat and the Disco Biscuits.

According to moe.'s website, the event was postponed due to construction at the Olympic Center. After a two-year hiatus, Snoe.down was once again held earlier this year, in Killington, Vt.

After the 2008 Snoe-down, the Lake Placid Police Department had discouraged the event from returning to the Olympic village. More than 30 people were arrested in connection with the concert, most on drug charges. Arrests included possession of marijuana, LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, heroin, cocaine and ecstasy.

"There were numerous arrests for drug paraphernalia," Carol Hayes of the Lake Placid Police Department recalled Monday.

The Olympic Center had its own security at the gates, she said, with "soft" drugs often being disposed by them rather than calling on law enforcement.

Besides drug arrests, Hayes said, some tailgating parties in the public parking area needed to be shut down. However, there were no reports of unruly or violent behavior.

"I think it was just a normal-type crowd," Hayes said.

The Saranac Lake Police Department was unaware the Waterhole concert was taking place until contacted by the Press-Republican, but a representative said there will always be concern when there is a large influx of people into the area.


Kimberly Rielly, communications director for the Lake Placid Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Monday that events featuring popular bands like moe. are a positive thing for a community. She said Lake Placid witnessed some of those effects in 2007 and 2008.

"It had a positive economic impact at the time," she said.

The Saranac Lake show at the Waterhole tonight will be an entirely different situation than Snoe.down, she said, as there will be nowhere near the approximately 4,000 people who came to see the band in Lake Placid.

"It's a good event," she said. "The arts are part of the fabric of Saranac Lake."

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