Load remaining images Photo: Vic Brazen Last night, following their return to the stage with now cancer-free bassist Rob Derhak earlier this month, Buffalo-native jam favorites moe. continued their sparse run of early-2018 dates with their first of two nights at Portland, ME’s State Theatre this weekend. The crowd was thick and lively all night, filled with t-shirts and signs showing love to Rob and welcoming him back to the world of moe. The love in the room was particularly strong on Friday night, as the crowd matched the considerable emotion being created onstage. When the band addressed Rob’s recent cancer battle during the first set, the venue erupted. Rob lives relatively close to Portland, amplifying how grateful this particular crowd was that their man is healthy and playing once more.Highlights of the first set included the extended opening “Bring It Back Home” (a fitting tribute for Rob), the debut of new song “Who You Calling Scared”, and a cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Dead Flowers” featuring a sit-in from local pedal steel guitarist Bill Waldron that followed. Set two highlights were ripe for the taking, including a massive set-opening “Big World” > “Ricky Marten” > “Time Ed” segment and a fantastic set-closing “Head”. Finally, the band returned for an encore performance of “Godzilla” to close out night one.moe. returns to Portland’s State Theatre tonight for their second performance of the weekend. Next weekend, on February 23rd and 24th, the band will head to Albany, NY for two nights at the historic Palace Theatre. Head to the band’s website for info on their upcoming performances.You can listen to full audio of the show below, and check out a gallery of photos courtesy of Vic Brazen:moe. – Full Show Audio – Portland, ME – 2/18/18[Audio: Taped by Ted Gakidis]SETLIST: moe. | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 2/18/18Set One: Bring It Back Home > Water > Bullet, Who You Calling Scared*, Dead Flowers^, Mar-DeMa > Lazarus, The RoadSet Two: Big World > Ricky Marten > Time Ed, Puebla, Four, HeadEncore: GodzillaNotes:*new song debut^with Bill Waldron on pedal steelmoe. | State Theatre | Portland, ME | 2/16/18 | Photos: Vic Brazen
Online registration is required. Workshops are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit ncwildlife.org/learning. If you’d like to learn more about fishing, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville, NC is offering free workshops for people of all ages and skill levels in September. The Pechmann Center conducts fishing workshops, events and clinics throughout the year. September’s offerings include: Family attacked by wolf while camping in Banff National Park A New Jersey family was camping in Canada’s Banff National Park last week when they were awoken around 1 a.m. by a wolf tearing through their tent. The mother, Elisa Rispoli, said on Facebook that the father, Matthew, threw himself in front of her and their two boys as the wolf bit at his hands and arms. The wolf then clamped onto his arm and began to drag him away from the tent when a nearby camper heard the family’s screams and stepped in to help. The camper, Russ Fee, kicked the wolf in the hind legs, then both men started yelling and throwing rocks at the animal as Elisa and the boys ran to hide in Fee’s minivan. The Rispoli family eventually made it to a hospital where Matthew was treated for puncture wounds and lacerations. The incident marks the first time a wolf has attacked at a Canadian National Park, said Parks Canada. No wildlife attractants were found inside of the tent and it’s unclear why the wolf attacked the family, though a necropsy confirmed that the wolf was nearing the end of its life and in bad health, which likely contributed to the attack. Yellow-banded bumble bee and others denied protection under the Endangered Species Act Fayetteville, NC: 5 outdoor recreation workshops offered in September The Fish and Wildlife Service has released their 12-month findings on petitions to list eight species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency announced that “after a thorough review of the best available scientific and commercial information, we find that it is not warranted at this time to list the Arapahoe snowfly, brook floater, golden orb, Joshua tree, seaside alder, smooth pimpleback, tricolored blackbird and yellow-banded bumble bee.” Though denying the species protection, the Fish and Wildlife Service encourages the public to submit any new information that becomes available relevant to the species and their habitats. September 7- Fish Preparation and Cookery Workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 16+.September 10- Intermediate Fly-Casting Workshop from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ages 13+. Participants must have previously completed the Beginner Fly-Fishing Workshop.September 11- Soft Plastic Lure Making Workshop from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. All Ages. September 17- Pier Fishing Workshop from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Ages 15+.September 26- Fly-tying Forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Ages 10+. Participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.