Live Show: 12/31/96


New York City, NY

Reviewed by: Chris O'Malley

The Details

Moxy Früvous playing on New Year's Eve is a tradition, but this time they chose not to play in Buffalo, NY where they usually perform this annual event. This year, they chose to visit New York City's The Bottom Line, a cabaret theatre in lower Manhattan.

Sharilyn (Früchick) joined me in Rochester for the trek down to NYC. After about a six hour drive, we arrived at the venue, chatted with people in line while waiting for the doors to open. Jason Reiser, who lives in Manhattan, met up with us after a bit, as well as Caiti Hazen. The doors opened around 8:30pm (a little later than what was on the tickets), and the four of us joined some people we had met in line at a table right at the center of the stage. The Bottom Line is a large venue, but still quite intimate, and a great place to see a show.

Contrary to what we all had thought prior to the show, Moxy was opening for Betty, and not the other way around. Moxy hit the stage pretty much on time, around 9:30pm. The set was somewhat shorter than all of us would've liked, but they played until 10:30pm or so.

I must admit, I wasn't thrilled about seeing Betty at first. I'd seen them on Comedy Central and wasn't impressed. They took the stage at about 11:15pm, and I was completely blown away. They're funny, intelligent, and, most importantly, excellent musicians/vocalists. It's not the same style as Moxy, but I definitely recommend checking this group out.

Betty rang in the New Year, and played till about 12:15am. The venue was then cleared to get ready for the next performance, although since we all had tickets we just waited at the bar until we could sit down again.

Moxy came back on stage about 1:00am and played a very similar set to the first, with some minor changes here and there. (see set lists below) Once again, they did about an hour worth of material, and then Betty came up again at about 2:30, playing till about 3:30am. Afterwards, we all hung around, talked to Marcus, John, and Moxy, and left at about four in the morning (whew!)

All in all, an excellent evening. I'd like to say HI to everyone I hung with at the show, all the new people I met, Chris Traugott was there, Bill Bowen was there, some other people were also there that I've seen at other shows, but I've never met. Moxy is about 2 weeks away from being done with the third album, which is expected to be released sometime in March of this new year.

The Pictures

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(These came out kind of small, I may rescan them in the future...)

The Music

Set #1 [Length - 1:10:30]

Opened with The Set Closed with Encore

Set #2 [Length - 1:11:30]

Opened with The Set Closed with Encore

Misc. Info

Some other tidbits from the performance include:

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