I found a strange state of afairs at this years Moe.Down. The classic deadheads are few and far between. with this fall out comes the neo-hippies. now usually at the Moe.Down you'll find two different groups Moe.rons, who love what it is that Moe. does, and the drugies, who roam from festival to festival blowing their minds with all sorts of things without rythme or reason.
This year was different, with Page, Fishman, and Mike being there, there were phishheads. This group has become rather forlorn, bring molly and K into the mix more than usual. (I have always loved phish, and hated phishheads) they seemed to miss the point and would complain between sets that did not include members of Phish.
After these came the UmpFreak (A.K.A- Umphres McGee fans) this lot was rather opressive. After every set by any other band someone would be heard to say they were shit compaired to Umphres. which in my opinion was not true at all. After Ziggy Marleys fantastic set I remarked to a random soul that the show was very uplifting and eased my worried mind. To which this gentelman replied "they were okay, but no one in the world could outplay umphes" when I confesed that I though Umph was good but left early to beat the crowed and make a steak the young man replied in an agressive manor "What are you stupid, or just a fucking Asshole" all I could say was I guess I'm just a moron. he either didn't catch the pun or didn't care for me enough cuase he gave the finger and walked away
The Moe.rons as always were goofy, generous to the best of their capabilities, and very confused by the demenor of the phishheads and Umpfeaks. it was discussed amongs many of the year Moe.Down attendies.
The drugies as always were just the drugies, the faces change but the attitude is the same.
All in all I got the impression that alot of people especially the younger crowd was trying to hard. As if there trying to live up to this great thing that they really know nothing about.
Not to say I have a bad time, indeed just the oposite. It rained all weekend and it was muddy as hell, which made everything an adventure, and the people in the know, who have been doing it for years all found each other and stuck together.
I think the selection of band brought a wierd cross-section of neo-hippies togther, and maybe those groups shouldn't be toghether so much, people don't have much respects for other peoples opinions any more, we've seen it alot on this site. It's almost like the slow steady decline of the movement has left everybody cynical and disallusioned, and they vent their frustrations on everybody who doesn't think exactly the same as they do.
I love the Moe.Down and I'm sure it'll be back to normal next year, but it was just a little wierd this time around. The new comers and the dedicated "heads"(witchever band they may be dedicated to) need to relize that it's 3 days of music, your not going to like every single band, and other are going to love the bands you didn't, Were celebrating all music not just one type or one band. and in all due respect to the phishheads and Umpfeaks, don't talk shit about Moe. at the Moe.Down. they went out of their ways to show us a good time. So what if Umphres only played on night and Moe. played three, it's Moe.'s festival.
So I guess that's what I had to say about that, I don't mean to offend anybody, but these statment only refer to a percentage of "Heads" at one festival, I've never realy witnessed behavior like that before and don't expect to again. Maybe all the mud cracked some people, I don't know, but it was wierd