Upcoming Concerts

  • Nov 26
    Doobie Decibel System @ Great American Music Hall
    San Francisco, CA
  • Nov 28
    Mystic Theatre
    Petaluma, CA
  • Nov 29
    Auburn Event Center
    Auburn, CA
  • Nov 30
    Doobie Decibel System @ Moe's Alley
    Santa Cruz, CA
  • Dec 03
    Doobie Decibel System @ Iron Springs Pub & Brewery
    Fairfax, CA
  • Dec 11
    Doobie Decibel System @ Sweetwater Music Hall
    Mill Valley, CA
  • Dec 12
    Doobie Decibel System @ Mississippi Studios
    Portland , OR
  • Dec 19
    Don Quixote's Music Hall
    Felton, CA
  • Dec 20
    Slim's
    San Francisco, CA
Nov 26
Doobie Decibel System @ Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
Nov 28
Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, CA
Nov 29
Auburn Event Center - Auburn, CA
Nov 30
Doobie Decibel System @ Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, CA
Dec 3
Doobie Decibel System @ Iron Springs Pub & Brewery - Fairfax, CA
Dec 11
Doobie Decibel System @ Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
Dec 12
Doobie Decibel System @ Mississippi Studios - Portland , OR
Dec 19
Don Quixote's Music Hall - Felton, CA
Dec 20
Slim's - San Francisco, CA

Moonalice News

  • Roger McNamee Announces Duo With Jason Crosby - Doobie Decibel System!!!
  • Radio Interview: Roger McNamee of Moonalice
  • Moonalice featured in SF Giants' video for Jerry Garcia Night
  • From Small Regional Band To National Touring Act – For Moonalice, Facebook Was The Key!!!
  • SF Weekly Blog: Candy and Pot: What to Do on the 4/20 Easter Weekend
  • 18 Mind Blowing Posters In Moonalice 2014 4/20 Poster Set!!!
  • Moonalice Returns to BottleRock Napa Festival For Two Shows!!! #BRNV
  • Carolyn Ferris And Roger McNamee Debut Sunday Art And Music Series In Napa
  • Moonalice 4/20 Celebration with Special Guest David Nelson!!!
  • Concert In Celebration Of The National Baseball Hall Of Fame & Museum's 75th Anniversary
Roger McNamee Announces Duo With Jason Crosby - Doobie Decibel System!!!
Radio Interview: Roger McNamee of Moonalice
Moonalice featured in SF Giants' video for Jerry Garcia Night
From Small Regional Band To National Touring Act – For Moonalice, Facebook Was The Key!!!
SF Weekly Blog: Candy and Pot: What to Do on the 4/20 Easter Weekend
18 Mind Blowing Posters In Moonalice 2014 4/20 Poster Set!!!
Moonalice Returns to BottleRock Napa Festival For Two Shows!!! #BRNV
Carolyn Ferris And Roger McNamee Debut Sunday Art And Music Series In Napa
Moonalice 4/20 Celebration with Special Guest David Nelson!!!
Concert In Celebration Of The National Baseball Hall Of Fame & Museum's 75th Anniversary

What To Watch (Archive)

  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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 26, 2014 / Jerry Jam (Bath, NH)
    Really fun festival in northern NH
  • July 9, 2014 / Union Square Live (San Francisco, CA)
    Free show in San Francisco's most famous square.
  • July 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
    With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
  • 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 8, 2014 / Delancey Street (San Francisco, CA)
    Our annual concert at San Francisco's most successful halfway house is always a huge thrill.
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.
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!!!
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 26, 2014 / Jerry Jam (Bath, NH)
Really fun festival in northern NH
July 9, 2014 / Union Square Live (San Francisco, CA)
Free show in San Francisco's most famous square.
July 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
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 8, 2014 / Delancey Street (San Francisco, CA)
Our annual concert at San Francisco's most successful halfway house is always a huge thrill.

How Moonalice came to be . . .

How Moonalice came to be . . .

According to Moonalice legend, we have never shared the backstory on Moonalice. Here it is, from my perspective:

When Elevation Partners started in 2004, Bono and I began a project to help recording artists. Known as "Project Independence," the idea was to enable artists to do something they had never done before: use the balance sheet value of their copyrights and publishing. Artists have always collected royalties, but few have used the present value of their assets. (Historically, record labels and music publishers have gotten all the balance sheet value.) By sharing that balance sheet value in Project Independence, artists would be positioned to buy back the rest of their copyrights from labels that go under. It was a good idea, but a huge threat to the status quo in the music industry. After three years of hard work, we were ready to sign the first two mega-artists to Project Independence when a music lawyer persuaded one of the bands not to sign, which effectively killed the project.

What I discovered was that the leaders of the music industry do not want to change anything. The only way to have a positive impact would be by example. One of my partners on Project Independence, the amazing T Bone Burnett, offered to produce an album if we would create a "new band, with new music and new legend." That's how Moonalice was born.

The idea was simple: create a band the way I would a tech start-up, leveraging technology wherever possible. Thanks to T Bone, our first album was destined to be pretty amazing. Sadly, the music industry had no interest in it. That's when we decided we could no longer afford our manager, publicist and label. We put all of our energy into social networks. I started a group on Facebook and Tracy Sheridan got me started on Twitter. We tried a few things and built the beginnings of our social net. Soon thereafter, I discovered the amazing Gail Barnes who taught me most of what I know about Facebook and Twitter. The experiments were really fun: Twittercasts, Twitter Radio, Moonalice Forum. Then Glenn Evans bought a video camera and things got really interesting. Tim Stiegler introduced us to Livestream. Jon Luini helped me figure out a web strategy, then he brought in PROD to design a site and MobileRider to implement our satellite network and HTML 5. Together, Jon, PROD, and MobileRider created a site with integrated social networking and HTML audio and video players. And somehow along the way, 1.1 million people downloaded "It's 4:20 Somewhere."

That's the story so far . . .

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shaman's picture

hey, Chubby - just wanna say thanx for the great 420 party at Slims and for all you do. it's a great perspective you shared on your bio page. peace and keep it up

larzap1545's picture

A great story, and the rest,as they say, is history. I'm very glad to have rode along on your journey. I love the music. Thanks for sharing your story. Larry