Live Show: 6/12/99


Chicago, IL

Reviewed by: Jordan & Joe

The Details

Moxy Fruvous wrapped up the day at the Guinness Fleadh in Chicago Saturday, as the final act on the Irish Village Stage (the smallest of three stages). The crowd was small, given that the band had to go head-to-head with Hootie and his Blowfish, but there were still a couple hundred people there.

The setlist, as I can best recall was as follows (though the order is probably all messed up):

Half As Much
Jockey Full of Bourbon
You Will Go to the Moon
When She Talks
Minnie the Moocher
Michigan Militia
Johnny Saucep'n
King of Spain
Green Eggs and Ham
Love Potion Medley
Encore: The Drinking Song

From Joe Navratil:

Hey all -- I haven't seen too much posted about the Fleadh show, but that's probably because I've had a grand total of ten minutes in the last week to read the newsgroup. Cellular modem, anyone?

Donna (donna) and I decided we needed a serious Fru-fix since it had been months since either of us had seen any shows -- so Donna drove from Cleveland to Ann Arbor, and then we made the trip together to Chicago and Milwaukee before the two shows at the Ark this week. We're co-writing these reviews -- this is the first, dunno when the rest will be posted :-)

So Donna and I made the trip to Chicago Saturday morning, only hours after she had taught me how to drive her (standard transmission) car. I didn't drive much -- Donna did. I still owe her for that :-)

We got in to Chicago about 11:45 their-time, but the gates weren't open yet. They eventually did open. Due to time constraints, I'm going to skip all of the gushing about Elvis Costello and Van Morrison and Taj Mahal and Martin Sexton and the Muck Brothers that I would normally put here and skip right to the Fruvous set :-)

Fruvous got on at 10:15 (scheduled for 9:50, so they were actually about twenty minutes early, Frutime), by which point two women who were at least eight feet tall--obviously about to try out for the WNBA -- had wormed their way to a position directly in front of Donna. Tall folks lack of consideration aside, the set started with an order for all of us to file out of the tent: (Murray) "This band has travelled many miles to be here tonight, and to play to each of you as an individual. So if you could all file out of the tent except one of you, we'll begin the show" or somesuch :-) Here's a correct setlist. Jordan, I saw that you posted one but I seem to remember you saying it was from memory and didn't have a chance to verify :-)

Half As Much
(Banter: getting paid every time Guiness is mentioned on stage)
(Banter: Hootie-ripping)
When She Talks
Johnny Saucep'n
KOS/short GE&H
Love Potion #9
The Drinking Song

It felt a lot like a "Fruvous crash course". Greatest hits, not too much banter (probably because the festival was supposed to clear out at 11 sharp), the new songs they seem to be pushing a lot and the old songs that get the crowd moving. At one point they had a group conference on stage, and decided to nix a slow song (dunno which one), because "That's not what you all want anyway" (Jian). Afterwards, we don't know if the guys actually came out -- it was a long day, both Donna and I were muddy and tired and ready for the drive to Kenosha, which didn't really end up happening but that's an entirely different story.

We both met (well, I met, Donna already knew) Jordan-umlaut at this show, as well as Barb-dweedle and their friend Kumar. Didn't get much of a chance to hang with 'em though, because everyone was being escorted out the gate that was rather conveniently ( :-P ) right next to the Irish Heritage revival tent.

The Music

Opened with The Set Closed with Encore

Misc. Info

Some other tidbits from the performance include:

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