Before I moved to NYC, I learned about the many subway buskers that perform underground to the city’s commuters via movies and news stories, but until I witnessed Moon Hooch wailing away in person, I didn’t get it. Most days, you’re consumed with work, the rat-race and probably making it home at a certain time to watch your favorite tv show to notice the entertainers baring their souls for the masses; but one day two saxophones and a drummer stopped me dead in my tracks after a long and arduous day and laid waste to my plans to rush home and have a cold drink. The energy I witnessed from Moon Hooch that evening was extraordinary and seemed to have a “Pied Piper” effect on the commuters as the crowd that gathered at the Bedford L was huge and ready to dance.

That once little known band that stopped thousands of folks in the bowels of the city, has seamlessly fit into the aboveground music scene for sometime now and welcome a new EP on 4-6-18 entitled Light It Up. “Acid Mountain” is the first track on the EP and gives us that raw and energetic feel of their live show, which is hard to replicate, but they pulled it off with some incredible musicianship and production. The song is rooted firmly in Jazz, which reflects Moon Hooch’s past, but it’s not your grandfathers jazz, rather a kicked up, funky and totally danceable version of the genre.

“The melody for ‘Acid Mountain’ came to me while I was climbing in the Catskills with my girlfriend at the time. All of a sudden the melody overpowered all of my thoughts and I could hear it clear as day. Later that night I went home and wrote the rest of the tune on Ableton. It actually took a few years of Wenzl trying to convince me to play it until we learned it and performed it as a band. Now it’s one of my favorites in the set.” – Mike Wilbur, Moon Hooch

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Tour Dates:
US West Coast 
March 21 Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live
March 22 San Diego, CA @ Music Box
March 23 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
March 24 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
March 25 Reno, NV @ The Saint
March 27 Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall (sup. Turkuaz)
March 29 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
March 30 Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
March 31 Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
w/ The Accidentals opening all dates except 3/27
Europe / UK 
3 April Lille, FR @ L’Aeronef
4 April Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
5 April Rouen, FR @ Le 106
6 April Cenon, FR @ Le Rocher de Palmer
7 April Paris, FR @ Festival Chorus des Hauts de Seine
8 April Rambouillet, FR @ L’Usine A Chapeaux
12 April Saint-Jean-de-Védas, FR @ Victoire 2
13 April Marseille, FR @ Le Molotov
14 April Cully, CH @ Cully Jazz Festival
15 April Annecy, FR @ La Brise Glace
19 April Oslo, NO @ National Jazz Venue
20 April Trondheim, NO @ Dokkhuset
21 April Bodo, NO @ Sinus
24 April Skien, NO @ Folkque
26 April Bergen, NO @ Garage
27 April Kristiansand, NO @ Vaktbua
28 April Gjoevik, NO @ Kulturhus
4 May Stavanger, NO @ Mai Jazz Festival
5 May London, UK @ Love Supreme Festival at The Roundhouse
6 May Bristol, UK @ Thekla
US / CanadaMay 18 Asheville, NC @ Highland Brewery (sup. Moon Taxi)
June 7 Stephentown, NY @ Disc Jam Festival
June 15 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
June 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
June 18 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
July 1 Montreal, QC @ Montreal International Jazz Festival
6 July Saint-Denis-de-Gastines, FR @ Au Foin de la Rue Festival
10 July Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Round Town Festival
21 July Stuttgart, DE @ Jazz Open Festival
August 10 Croydon, NH @ Wild Woods Music and Arts Festival


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