Upcoming Concerts

  • May 26
    Doobie Decibel System @ A Benefit for Music Heals International @ Sweetwater Music Hall
    Mill Valley, CA
  • May 27
    Union Square Live
    San Francisco, CA
  • May 29
    Chico Women's Club - Benefit for KZFR
    Chico, CA
  • May 31
    Bottlerock Music Festival
    Napa Valley, CA
  • Jun 10
    Jackson Wellsprings
    Ashland, OR
  • Jun 11
    Jackson Wellsprings
    Ashland, OR
  • Jun 12
    Alhambra Theatre
    Portland, OR
  • Jun 13
    WOW Hall
    Eugene, OR
  • Jun 17
    Union Square Live
    San Francisco, CA
  • Jun 18
    Summer Concert Series
    Moraga, CA
May 26
Doobie Decibel System @ A Benefit for Music Heals International @ Sweetwater Music Hall - Mill Valley, CA
May 27
Union Square Live - San Francisco, CA
May 29
Chico Women's Club - Benefit for KZFR - Chico, CA
May 31
Bottlerock Music Festival - Napa Valley, CA
Jun 10
Jackson Wellsprings - Ashland, OR
Jun 11
Jackson Wellsprings - Ashland, OR
Jun 12
Alhambra Theatre - Portland, OR
Jun 13
WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
Jun 17
Union Square Live - San Francisco, CA
Jun 18
Summer Concert Series - Moraga, CA

Moonalice News

  • 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
  • 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
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
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

What To Watch (Archive)

  • 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
  • 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 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 2, 2014 / Truckee Amphitheater (Truckee, CA)
    This beautiful venue near Lake Tahoe was packed ... huge fun!
  • 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 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
    With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
  • 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!!!
  • July 8, 2014 / Delancey Street (San Francisco, CA)
    Our annual concert at San Francisco's most successful halfway house is always a huge thrill.
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
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 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 2, 2014 / Truckee Amphitheater (Truckee, CA)
This beautiful venue near Lake Tahoe was packed ... huge fun!
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 25, 2014 / Midnight Ramble, Levon Helm's Barn (Woodstock, NY)
With Larry Campbell and the Midnight Ramble Band. Spiritual.
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!!!
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