Moon Hooch Bring High-Energy Dance Party to The Bowery Ballroom

June 11th, 2015

Wenzl McGowen (baritone sax), James Muschler (drums and percussion) and Mike Wilbur (tenor sax) were still in school studying music when they formed the trio Moon Hooch five years ago in Brooklyn. They call their distinctly unique sound “cave music”—instrumental dance-, rock- and jazz-influenced tunes—and first got notice by busking at the L train’s Bedford stop. Essentially making the equivalent of electronic dance music but with acoustic instruments, they worked crowds into such frenzies that the police actually banned them from performing there. But don’t feel too bad for Moon Hooch (above, doing “Number 9” for Jam in the Van) because they ended up hitting the road with the likes of They Might Be Giants, Galactic and Lotus. They’ve since released a pair of albums, a self-titled debut (stream it below) in 2013 and This Is Cave Music (stream it below), which NPR labeled “as funky as it is unlikely,” in 2014. Join the dance party when they headline The Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night. And while doors are at 8, there’s a preshow happy hour in the lower-level lounge beginning at 7.