Genre-defying songstress Ani DiFranco and, yes, Moe., are the first acts to be confirmed for Moe.down, a three-day outdoor festival to be held September 1–3 in Turin, New York, an Adirondack Mountains foothill community about an hour northeast of Syracuse.
"It's toward the end of summer, and the weather is beautiful there," publicist Zachary Roberts said. "Plus it's a chance for a lot of the people who use grassroots ways of getting their music out to get together. I think Ani's inclusion reflects that."
Although no other acts have been confirmed, the influential hip-hop band The Roots and alt-country innovators Wilco have been mentioned as possible additions to the first-ever Moe.down, which Moe. representatives expect to draw 5,000 to 10,000 people.
Moe.'s latest album, the live two-CD set "L" (Fatboy), was released Tuesday.