TURIN — Moe. is back. After a year hiatus, thousands of jam band fans and alternative rock enthusiasts are again expected at the moe.down music festival at the Snow Ridge Ski Resort on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The 16-band lineup has the moe.down mix of seasoned and up-and-coming artists.
God Street Wine, Drive-By Truckers, Max Creek and Spafford are joined by Hayley Jane and the Primates, Floodwood, Parsonsfield, moePods, Mayoral Speeches, The Karina Rykman Experiment, Cory Wong, Ha Ha the Moose, The Comb Down, Everyone Orchestra, Kat Wright and moe. themselves will fill the Tug with music on two stages beginning each afternoon.
The event is well known for its music, but locally, it is also acknowledged for its contributions to local charities resulting from the three-day affair.
Festivities will begin with the 16th annual moe.down golf tournament at 9 a.m. at the Turin Highlands Golf Course on Route 26, with proceeds going to Folds of Honor, described on the moe.down website as “an organization that provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled service members.”
The $100 per person entry fee includes lunch, beer and an event shirt.
On Friday at 11 a.m. the festival lacrosse game will be held at South Lewis Central High School. Players pay $5 each and raffle tickets will be sold during the game to win a pair of tickets to a moe. show, a moe.down poster signed by band members or a moe. hoodie. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
The moe.down organization will also be collecting sporting equipment, art supplies, school supplies and gently used books, DVDs and CDs to donate to their local youth center, known as B.A.T.S.
“Early Bird” and the least expensive of the three tiers of 3-day passes, four-day VIP packages and the initially available RV camping passes have already sold out, but there are still three-day passes which includes general admission tent camping are still available and additional RV camping passes have been added.
On Saturday only, the popular one-day passes will be available.
The moe.down started in Turin in 2000 by the alternative rock band formed at the University of Buffalo, moe.: Al Schnier, Chuck Garvey, Rob Derhak, Jim Loughlin and Vinnie Amico.
This is the 15th moe.down at Snow Ridge and attracting 6,000 music lovers at its peak with about 4,000 people attending in 2017, the last time it was held, also at Snow Ridge.
For more information about the event go to https://moe-down.org/