Upcoming Concerts

  • Sep 04
    Golden Sails
    Long Beach, CA
  • Sep 05
    SOhO Restaurant & Music Club
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • Sep 11
    Lockn' Music Festival
    Arrington, VA
  • Sep 17
    Doobie Decibel System @ Zodiacs
    Petaluma, CA
  • Sep 18
    Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room
    San Rafael, CA
  • Sep 19
    Unity Festival on the Russian River
    Guerneville , CA
  • Sep 20
    San Geronimo Valley Community Center
    San Geronimo, CA
  • Sep 23
    Union Square Live
    San Francisco, CA
  • Sep 24
    Doobie Decibel System @ Sweetwater Music Hall
    Mill Valley, CA
  • Sep 25
    Doobie Decibel System @ The Cutting Room
    New York, NY
Sep 4
Golden Sails - Long Beach, CA
Sep 5
SOhO Restaurant & Music Club - Santa Barbara, CA
Sep 11
Lockn' Music Festival - Arrington, VA
Sep 17
Doobie Decibel System @ Zodiacs - Petaluma, CA
Sep 18
Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room - San Rafael, CA
Sep 19
Unity Festival on the Russian River - Guerneville , CA
Sep 20
San Geronimo Valley Community Center - San Geronimo, CA
Sep 23
Union Square Live - San Francisco, CA
Sep 24
Doobie Decibel System @ Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
Sep 25
Doobie Decibel System @ The Cutting Room - New York, NY

Moonalice News

  • Bread & Roses Gives an Award to Moonalice!
  • Moonalice in San Francisco Chronicle!
  • Bass Player Magazine promotes Moonalice and Jason Crosby & Friends!
  • Moonalice Rocks BottleRock!!!
  • Bands to Watch at BottleRock: Moonalice
  • Moonalice Rocks Twitter's Periscope!
  • Moonalice in Monterey Herald
  • Moonalice on The Dish!
  • Roger McNamee Announces Duo With Jason Crosby - Doobie Decibel System!!!
  • Radio Interview: Roger McNamee of Moonalice
Bread & Roses Gives an Award to Moonalice!
Moonalice in San Francisco Chronicle!
Bass Player Magazine promotes Moonalice and Jason Crosby & Friends!
Moonalice Rocks BottleRock!!!
Bands to Watch at BottleRock: Moonalice
Moonalice Rocks Twitter's Periscope!
Moonalice in Monterey Herald
Moonalice on The Dish!
Roger McNamee Announces Duo With Jason Crosby - Doobie Decibel System!!!
Radio Interview: Roger McNamee of Moonalice

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Oct 6, 2013 / HSB (San Francisco, CA)
    HSB: the largest free festival in America draws more than 1/2 a million people. Our adrenal glands were working overtime!!!
  • July 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
    With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
  • July 26, 2014 / Jerry Jam (Bath, NH)
    Really fun festival in northern NH
  • July 2, 2014 / Truckee Amphitheater (Truckee, CA)
    This beautiful venue near Lake Tahoe was packed ... huge fun!
  • Aug 5, 2013 / AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
    We played two sets before the Giants game. Our band loves baseball, so this giant fun for us (pun intended)
  • July 30, 2014 / The Cutting Room (NYC)
    Amazing venue in Manhattan's garment district. Jason Crosby joins us.
  • Jul 3, 2013 / TRI Studios (Weir Studio, CA)
    If you don't know Moonalice and want a quick introduction to our music, this show is as good as you will find.
  • July 9, 2014 / Union Square Live (San Francisco, CA)
    Free show in San Francisco's most famous square.
  • Dec 29, 2013 / Sweetwater Music (Mill Valley, CA)
    Our Psychedelic Sunday shows at Sweetwater occur at 2 in the afternoon - a fantastic time for serious psychedelic music
  • July 8, 2014 / Delancey Street (San Francisco, CA)
    Our annual concert at San Francisco's most successful halfway house is always a huge thrill.
Oct 6, 2013 / HSB (San Francisco, CA)
HSB: the largest free festival in America draws more than 1/2 a million people. Our adrenal glands were working overtime!!!
July 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
July 26, 2014 / Jerry Jam (Bath, NH)
Really fun festival in northern NH
July 2, 2014 / Truckee Amphitheater (Truckee, CA)
This beautiful venue near Lake Tahoe was packed ... huge fun!
Aug 5, 2013 / AT&T Park (San Francisco, CA)
We played two sets before the Giants game. Our band loves baseball, so this giant fun for us (pun intended)
July 30, 2014 / The Cutting Room (NYC)
Amazing venue in Manhattan's garment district. Jason Crosby joins us.
Jul 3, 2013 / TRI Studios (Weir Studio, CA)
If you don't know Moonalice and want a quick introduction to our music, this show is as good as you will find.
July 9, 2014 / Union Square Live (San Francisco, CA)
Free show in San Francisco's most famous square.
Dec 29, 2013 / Sweetwater Music (Mill Valley, CA)
Our Psychedelic Sunday shows at Sweetwater occur at 2 in the afternoon - a fantastic time for serious psychedelic music
July 8, 2014 / Delancey Street (San Francisco, CA)
Our annual concert at San Francisco's most successful halfway house is always a huge thrill.

Tell Me It's Okay

Credits: 
Music and lyrics by Roger McNamee

Some times I lie awake and wonder what the world is coming to
It's been a wild ride; now I fear the bills are coming due.

Oh, there's trouble in my Valley.
Oh, there's trouble in my mind . . .
Tell me I'm okay.

I need to know what makes life real, what is the essence of my being
I struggle every day to deal with all the weird stuff that I'm seeing

Oh, there's trouble in my Valley.
Oh, there's trouble in my mind . . .
Tell me I'm okay.

How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?
How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?

Some times I lie awake at night and dream of things that might have been
I wonder why it is that someone has to lose so you can win

Oh, there's trouble in my Valley.
Oh, there's trouble in my mind . . .
Tell me I'm okay.

How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?
How am I supposed to know what is real and what's for show?
Won't you tell me it's okay?
Won't you tell me, won't you tell me won't you tell me it's okay?
Tell me it's okay . . .

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Here's the back story to Tell Me It's Okay.

I wrote it in late 2000 or early 2001. The song is about dealing with economic calamity. When the internet bubble burst, our part of California melted down economically. People said and did things that really bothered me. A huge number of our friends were laid off without anyplace to go. Just like now.

The first line of the chorus was suggested by a friend. The parallel guitar parts I worked out myself. The FOBs recorded the song with no jam, but a long guitar solo at the end by Bert Keely. The jams at the beginning and in the middle of the song evolved at Moonalice shows. We didn't play the song at the first five Moonalice concerts - for some weird reason I was reluctant to play my FOB songs - but then we tried it at a free show in San Francisco.

T Bone Burnett didn't care for the song, so we never went past basic tracks in the studio. As a result, we thought it would be good to include the video produced by Elliot Mazer. Believe it or not the video is entirely live EXCEPT Pete's keyboard part (note that he also plays bass!) and GE's harmony vocal.

Tribe Comments

Kip Bailing's picture

What's the meaning of the designation, "Festival Version," that sometimes refers to this terrific song?