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That_Boy
2 posts
Aug 21, 2008
8:08 AM
For me it was February 26, 2003 in St. Louis, MO at Mississippi Nights. Pretty amazing show for my first one:

Skeeter Jam
10,000 Islands
Free
Six Ways From Sunday
Lazy Fo Acre
How Junior Got His Head Put Out
Fireflies
Brighter Days
Nare Sugar > Jamaican Rap > Nare Sugar
Florida Disc
What Ya Lookin' For
Sad Days & Lonely Nights
Lochloosa
Ho Cake
E: Seminole Wind (JJ A capella)
Blackwater
Air

I live in Peoria, IL so I only get to seem the once a year or so, however 2008 was a great summer as they played both St. Louis and Chicago!

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"If you wanna get up on it, you got to put somethin down on it!"
skotdee
37 posts
Aug 21, 2008
10:58 AM
Great thread!

Kinda fitting my first show was at the Freebird, here in the hometown... This was the day before the famous Jakes Roadhouse show in Atlanta. Look that one up on the archive if ya haven't heard it.

Things have definitely changed since then. I remember we didn't even have tickets ahead of time, just walked up to the door as the show was starting and got right in, no line at all. Boy you can't do that anymore when the boys play the 'bird.

Old school line-up with Fabgrease, Mike & Craig. Trucker Hat & bushy haired JJ sittin on an old folding chair up front. Classic.

Freebird Live
Jacksonville Beach, FL
07/27/2002

Home Sweet Home->
Blackwater
Free
Gal Youngin'
Air
Nare Sugar
Lochloosa->
Florida
Jam (pre Harp & Drums)
Lazy Fo' Acre
Santa Claus True Love & Freedom
Frog Giggin' (w/sheep head story)
Take It Back to the Bridge
How Jr. Got His Head Put Out
Jookhouse
Dirt Floor Cracker
Homework
Ho' Cake


AND, although by no means the first time, another unique couple of shows I got to see was when they played TPC Sawgrass for the Super Bowl media party here in Jax back in '05. I have pictures of the Dallas Cowboys mascot up front head bangin to War. Again, Classic. Oh and of course the actual Superfest party downtown when JJ's dad saw him sing "talkin SHIT" on the local news. He's told that story a few times, great stuff...

Last Edited by on Aug 21, 2008 10:59 AM
UHollis
40 posts
Aug 21, 2008
12:15 PM
Free Show
Easter Night
March 31 2002
Bamboo Room
Lake Worth, FL

PACKED!!!

opened with skeeter, i do know that.
That_Boy
3 posts
Aug 21, 2008
1:11 PM
shotdee-

After reading your post I can definitely tell living in Florida does have its advantages...

Yeah so in '03 in St. Louis walked right up to the door and got my ticket (i think i cost me $7). Probably only 70 people in the joint. So last year the played a little bigger place in St. Louis (The Duck Room), and me being totally naive thought I didn't need get tickets ahead of time. So I rounded up my a few of my friends and 5 of us where meeting 3 more dudes in St. Louis. So now we got 8 peoples, 4 of whom have never seen a mofro show (1 being my brother)and I walkup to the door 1 hour before show time to get told its SOLD OUT. I think everyone gets burnt by a sold out show once and then they never allow it to happen again..Luckily Jack Straw (Grateful Dead cover band) was playing right down the road so it wasn't a complete loss....

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"If you wanna get up on it, you got to put somethin down on it!"
FireFly
8 posts
Aug 21, 2008
4:41 PM
my coworker told me in feb '06 that she was goin to see a band called Mofro at skippers(tampa),I ask her if I would like the band and she said 'yeah'.so we went and so I became a fan.show wasn't sold out either but when I went last year it was . but I got in anyways...

seen many shows since then and turned probably dozens of people on to the band including my mother!
antsyashley
51 posts
Aug 21, 2008
5:35 PM
Hey girl, I know what ya mean! My mom has asked for a copy of Orange Blossoms.

I'm a little behind the curve, having lived in Washington, DC and Korea from 2000-2005. Never got to hear about Mofro til I happened upon them online January 2007. I first went to see them open for Widespread Panic April 2007 at Orange Beach, AL. My friend made me super late for the show, so I only caught the last song. I was pissed!! But it's hard to stay mad at anyone when you're at a Mofro/Panic show and camping all weekend. This will only be my 4th Mofro show next month in Fayetteville. I have a lot of catching up to do!!

I don't think I was ready for Mofro until I discovered them. They've made a happy girl happier. And I am so grateful!!

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The devil you know!
DABoccio
8 posts
Aug 21, 2008
6:12 PM
First show for me was:

Mountain Jam
Hunter Mountain, New York
May 31, 2008

They went on right after Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings.

I was late in finding them but I'm making up for lost time. Went to see them in Burlington, Vermont in early July and will be seeing them in Troy, New York in October.

Last Edited by on Aug 21, 2008 6:15 PM
Gr8ful98
6 posts
Aug 21, 2008
7:30 PM
Langerado 2003...and things ain't been the same since.
TN_Cracka
17 posts
Aug 22, 2008
6:15 AM
My first show was at the Exit In in Nashville in '07. A friend of mine made me a copy of Country Ghetto and I was hooked. They played Nashville one week after I got the CD, so I hadn't had much time to listen to their earlier stuff. I will never forget hearing Lochloosa, Florida (killer harmonica jam by JJ), and Lazy Fo Acre live for the first time. If it doesn't give you chills you don't have a soul. I have now seen the boys 4 times, 3 times in Nashville, and one helluva road trip to St. Louis for a show at the Duck Room.
foots7
3 posts
Aug 22, 2008
2:06 PM
Mine was the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, GA 2007.

http://www.archive.org/details/mofro2007-02-23.akg393.flac16

Last Edited by on Aug 22, 2008 2:06 PM
blackoutx
1 post
Aug 22, 2008
2:41 PM
April 13, 2002 @ the Patio in Indianapolis, IN.
where u at
5 posts
Aug 22, 2008
5:21 PM
Social in Orlando Jan. 05
jay s
5 posts
Aug 22, 2008
6:21 PM
Feb 19th 2002, Flagstaff, Az. Opened for Robert Walter's 20th Congress. Daryl and JJ sitting on their lawn chairs and wearin their (Front) porch slippers... Something to be said for the old days, huh?
Jay
mottaboo
1 post
Aug 23, 2008
5:46 AM
My first experience was alongside foots7 at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta. We each drove in seperate vehicles and for the duration of the ride home (the trip was about an hour) we could not get off of our cell phones because all we wanted to do was talk about how awesome the show was.

Mofro is one of a selecet few bands that I deem road trip worthy. I am happy to travel 10+ hours to see a two hour show.
Juniorfoundhishead
18 posts
Aug 23, 2008
6:10 AM
March 3rd 2007 I had tickets for a special private show of John Butler Trio in Allston which is just outside of Boston, the show began at 6 and after I walked down the street to meet my buddy to see a band he had been talking about for a while at a club called Harpers Ferry. I was enjoying the mofro show and then they played lochloosa and I heard the crowd singing, I was blown away by the communcation between JJ and the fans. Funky show and as they say the rest is history...I've seen them about 10 times in a year and a half. I still need to see them down in Florida somewhere.
mofrofans1
Admin
250 posts
Aug 23, 2008
7:36 AM
My wife and I first saw them at Tropical Heatwave (music festival) in Ybor City in 2003. JJ had the hair. I remember how Ho Cake had us mesmerized. We were like "who ARE these guys?" We only caught like 3 songs cause we were at another stage when they first came on, but that's all it took.

Hey That Boy, thanks for starting this--great thread! And welcome aboard if I forgot to already. estanley will explain the hazing ritual. To date, there's been no deaths or serious injuries.

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MofroFan1

Last Edited by on Aug 23, 2008 7:53 AM
That_Boy
4 posts
Aug 23, 2008
12:32 PM
Clay,

No thank you for starting this awesome site. So glad to find people who share the same love for this unbelievable band.

I can still remember when my friend gave me a copy of Blackwater. I probably listened to it for 3 weeks straight and haven't been the same since.
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"If you wanna get up on it, you got to put somethin down on it!"
aclarke
10 posts
Aug 23, 2008
2:55 PM
That 2003 Tropical Heatwave set was good. That particular heatwave was one of my favorites. Lots of good bands playing.
They just came in from NOLA from jazz fest weekend after playing a late night set. I saw them roll up from the side of the stage free keg/load in area. Lagging big time. I think even Mr. Gilmour was helping the band that tour.
My recording came out pretty good but went MIA a couple days after the show. I think I have the last song and that's it.
mofrofans1
Admin
252 posts
Aug 23, 2008
4:18 PM
Hey aclarke, yeah that was a great year at Heatwave wasn't it? That had to be a lot of fun to watch them pull up and everything. They had an old schoolbus--is that right? Too bad about your recording! A lot of Tampa people discovered them that night. After that is when they started to fill Skipper's up. Damn, man, you first saw 'em in 2001, huh?

That Boy, my pleasure...somebody was going to eventually! (Oh, and I did the same thing with Blackwater, and then totally wore out Lochloosa too.)

Great story Junior; for not living in Florida you're doing pretty damn good to see them that many times in that short of a time. If one is hardy enough, a Florida resident can see them about 15 or so times in a year. There's plenty of us on here that will make our favorite "recommendations" when you're ready to come on down!

I'm with you Mottaboo. While we haven't made the 9 hour drive to Atlanta yet to see them, it's only because it was either on a weeknight or we had conflicts; we've gone about 6 hours max to see them (thus far!)

Jay...old days? NO, you're just old.

where u at...WHERE U AT?

foots7...I just like saying foots7.

DABaccio...check out the archive for a show at the Culture Room in March of 07. Sharon Jones comes out toward the end and sings with JJ. There's also a video of it on YouTube. Oh man, I was there and it brought down the house.

Firefly, I got to think we've run into you at Skipper's.

UHollis, Gr8ful98 and skotdee--ya'll are just sick.


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Last Edited by on Aug 23, 2008 4:20 PM
aclarke
12 posts
Aug 24, 2008
12:58 AM
went to see john ellis and double-wide at skippers and fell on mofro. queen bee on drums.

blackwater 2003 Tropical heatwave
http://www.sendspace.com/file/4sb780

Last Edited by on Aug 24, 2008 1:03 AM
estanley1
16 posts
Aug 24, 2008
7:39 AM
Thanks for the link...didn't have that one.
mofrofans1
Admin
258 posts
Aug 24, 2008
7:45 AM
I second that emotion...

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MofroFan1
jimbo
8 posts
Aug 24, 2008
11:48 AM
CLAY,
No, that was a old '79
flat nose WINNOBEGA,with a 440 ci
HEMI. HE-HE,that sucker drank more
Fuel,than FAY dropped rain.AC,That reminds
me of an old war story about Queen Bee,on
their way to CALI.Her wardrobe took up
so much room,including Bath room,no
where to even take a SQUIRT.

LATER,JIMBO
dirtcracker
5 posts
Aug 25, 2008
6:58 PM
i saw them open for Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals on May 6, 2003. i remember JJ breaking almost every string on his guitar on one song. i knew right then that if someone could put that much passion into playing, i could put just as much passion into listening.
UHollis
47 posts
Aug 26, 2008
10:41 AM
yo ac
what are the odds of you putting that TH show on the archive?
i have a grip of your flac/shns, but have been waiting for u to upload 'em.

ac - didnt read you post above until now. bummer.
wonder if i have a copy of that show?did u ever let it loose?

Last Edited by on Aug 26, 2008 10:43 AM
aclarke
15 posts
Aug 26, 2008
11:42 AM
files got corrupt on my HD and misplaced the originals. i may have them somewhere in my mess that is my CD collection, but haven't found them yet. I may not have labeled them with name/date or even at all.

ya, i need to upload some more stuff. some stuff is on my PC HD (which is collecting dust) and some on DVDr. All on in flac or shn. i just put up a bonerama w/ stanton moore set VA Beach http://www.archive.org/details/bonerama2006-07-13.bonerama2006-07-13.C414BXLS.flac16 a couple weeks ago which took me forever as the archive kept disconnecting me.
I have to see which ones are up there and which ones arent from what tough guy Stan put up.

Last Edited by on Aug 26, 2008 3:17 PM
estanley1
19 posts
Aug 26, 2008
7:22 PM
GDamn...nice.
FireFly
10 posts
Aug 27, 2008
3:08 PM
yeah clay I'm pretty sure we bumbed butts somewhere in front of the stage.I try to dance and jump around somewhere in front center.

peace out ,
ute
swkelley
12 posts
Oct 23, 2008
8:11 PM
My first Mofro show.....Jazz Fest '02!

Mofro
5/4/02
Old Point Bar
Algiers Point, La

Down at the Jookhouse (not Jookhouse)
Free
Lochloosa >
Florida
Homework
Lazy Fo' Acre
"little improv"
Home Sweet Home >
Blackwater
Nare Sugar
Santa Claus, True Love & Freedom
Air >
Frog Giggin'
How Junior Got His Head Put Out
Dirtfloorcracka
Take It To The Bridge
Gimme That Drop
Ho Cake
Gotta Know
Sweet Little Woman
Brighter Days


Thanks to my good friend Jazz Fest Johnny for putting on this show during Fest and telling me about "this band you just got to come check out".

Available for free download here:

http://www.archive.org/details/jjgreyandmofro2002-05-04.aud.flac16

Last Edited by on Oct 24, 2008 10:17 AM
antsyashley
250 posts
Oct 23, 2008
10:41 PM
Thanks for posting that swkelley. JJ tells a great story about Daryl halfway through Frog Giggin'. Great show!

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swkelley
13 posts
Oct 24, 2008
10:16 AM
And an even funnier story about a friend of his that tried to rob his place of employment.....too damn funny!
Mo
13 posts
Oct 24, 2008
1:13 PM
10/09/2003 at The Funk Box in Baltimore, MD. Opener was Spookie Daly Pride. Both bands rocked the joint Hardcore! I'll never forget that show, even tho I was twisted offa Jim Beam.

I remember meeting JJ before the show. I was reading a paper, sitting quietly by myself and he came up to me and introduced himself cuz my husband (at the time) had met him up at the bar and told him we were huge fans and were really lookin forward to our first show. I had gotten an autographed copy of Blackwater for my B-Day that year and JJ actually wrote 'Happy Birthday' on it. I told my ex that I didn't think the signature was real cuz it looked like girl handwriting 8-)

So anyways, JJ comes up to me, starts talkin and I just look at him like 'Why the Hell are you bothering me?' It was pretty much just a defense mechanism cuz I've been bothered a lot by dudes at shows, it was nothing personal. So he proceeds to tell me that he really did sign my CD and I told him he had nice penmanship or some shit, LOL! Well, needless to say, even tho I treated JJ kinda icy, he was still very nice to me.

Peace and Luv,

8-)

Mo
dirtyolcrowe
8 posts
Oct 26, 2008
7:10 PM
my first show was July 2005 at the LC pavillion in columbus.

they opened up for the black crowes!

awesome show!!

has to be my favorite of all time!
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Cheers y'all
Dirtyolcrowe


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