Moe.down music festival is back in Turin June 30-July 2

After a nearly three-year hiatus, Moe.down 16 will return to the Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin, from June 30 to July 2.

Moe.down is described as three days of music, camping and fun. For those of you not familiar with Moe.down, it’s a music festival headlined by the band Moe (generally stylized as “moe.”), an established fixture in the American jam band scene. Nestled on the western edge of the Adirondacks in Turin, the Moe.down is one of the biggest summer music festivals in upstate New York and is expected to draw thousands.

According to the promoter Chuck Chao, of Creative Concerts, “Moe.down offers people the chance to hear some great music at a great venue and really, it’s just a good time all around. We took a few years off, but always anticipated starting it up again for the fans.”

Scheduled to play seven sets over the entire weekend, moe. will be playing a large catalog of their songs along with several special guests. And don’t be surprised if some last-minute guests are announced.

“Special guests are always a possibility,” Chao said. “The guys [moe.] will play with anybody, so that’s what makes it fun. Anything can happen.”

This year’s line-up includes bands such as Blackberry Smoke, Fishbone, Railroad Earth, Ryan Montbleau, Wild Adriatic, Floodwood and many more.

For any first-timers, Chao recommends coming prepared. “Anybody that’s coming should know to bring protective gear, from tents to clothes and jackets. It’s upstate New York, so be prepared for any type of weather and bring good footwear!”

According to Chao, the return of Moe.down is a return to their roots. The first Moe.down in 2000 was first conceived as a weekend reunion for the band to host their friends, family, and other musical cohorts, so this year’s festival will once again focus on moe. and their true fans, who they call their extended “famoe.ly.”

In terms of “famoe.ly,” the band has a strong local following, too. In 2010, moe. played to a sold-out crowd at the Waterhole in Saranac Lake and also held their winter festival, known as “Snoe.down,” in Lake Placid in 2007.

Those interested in attending the 16th annual Moe.down will be happy to know that the Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin is a two and a half-hour drive, and tickets are available for day and weekend passes. Additionally, a limited number of Early Bird tickets are available at $130 and Early Bird VIP at $340. RV passes will be available at $100.

Visit www.moe.org/festival for more information about tickets and VIP packages.

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