Upcoming Concerts

  • May 19
    Nectar Lounge
    Seattle, WA
  • May 20
    The Get Down
    Portland, OR
  • May 21
    WOW Hall
    Eugene, OR
  • May 28
    BottleRock Festival - Allianz Stage
    Napa Valley, CA
  • Jun 03
    Golden Gate Bandshell
    San Francisco, CA
  • Jun 05
    Redwood Mountain Faire
    Felton, CA
  • Jun 10
    Friday Night Live at the Plaza
    Cloverdale, CA
  • Jun 11
    Fairfax Festival - Green Park Stage
    Fairfax, CA
  • Jun 12
    The Hog Farm Hideaway
    Laytonville, CA
  • Jul 08
    Oregon Country Fair
    Eugene, OR
May 19
Nectar Lounge - Seattle, WA
May 20
The Get Down - Portland, OR
May 21
WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
May 28
BottleRock Festival - Allianz Stage - Napa Valley, CA
Jun 3
Golden Gate Bandshell - San Francisco, CA
Jun 5
Redwood Mountain Faire - Felton, CA
Jun 10
Friday Night Live at the Plaza - Cloverdale, CA
Jun 11
Fairfax Festival - Green Park Stage - Fairfax, CA
Jun 12
The Hog Farm Hideaway - Laytonville, CA
Jul 8
Oregon Country Fair - Eugene, OR

Moonalice News

  • Moonalice Minute: Lester & Dylan Chambers (Episode 1)
  • Songfacts podcast: Lester Chambers!
  • Summer of Soul -- Featuring Lester Chambers & The Chambers Brothers -- wins Academy Award!
  • Wonderful TV interview with Lester Chambers!`
  • Three Great Interviews with Pete Sears!
  • Moonalice Artistic Director’s Art Goes Viral in Ukraine
  • Moonalice Artistic Director’s Art Goes Viral in Ukraine
  • Best Concerts Coming to SF: Paul McCartney, Robbie Coltrane, John Mayer ... and Moonalice!
  • Bringing It Backwards: Interview with Pete Sears
  • Moonalice Plays First Indoor Shows in 2+ Years! With Photos!
Moonalice Minute: Lester & Dylan Chambers (Episode 1)
Songfacts podcast: Lester Chambers!
Summer of Soul -- Featuring Lester Chambers & The Chambers Brothers -- wins Academy Award!
Wonderful TV interview with Lester Chambers!`
Three Great Interviews with Pete Sears!
Moonalice Artistic Director’s Art Goes Viral in Ukraine
Moonalice Artistic Director’s Art Goes Viral in Ukraine
Best Concerts Coming to SF: Paul McCartney, Robbie Coltrane, John Mayer ... and Moonalice!
Bringing It Backwards: Interview with Pete Sears
Moonalice Plays First Indoor Shows in 2+ Years! With Photos!

What To Watch (Archive)

  • Apr 10, 2022 / Skull & Roses Festival (Ventura)
    According to Moonalice legend, this festival has been a long time coming. When last we gathered here, in...
  • Apr 22, 2022 / 2021 Encore 4/20 Re-broadcast Celebration (Online)
    Join us in celebrating the high holidays with this rebro...
  • May 7, 2022 / Good Old Days Festival (Pacific Grove)
    According to Moonalice legend, the good old days have returned to Pacific Grove. It is an opportunity to...
  • Apr 16, 2022 / Soul Revival’s Grateful Easter Weekend - Day 2 (Ukiah)
    According to Moonalice legend, we have assembled in anticipation of Easter, a holiday with deep pagan roo...
  • May 8, 2022 / Good Old Days Festival (Pacific Grove)
    Mother’s Day Show According to Moonalice legend, today is Mothers Day! The sun is shining on Pacifi...
  • May 14, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
    Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...
  • Apr 15, 2022 / Soul Revival's Grateful Easter Weekend @ Yokayo Ranch (Ukiah)
    According to Moonalice legend, we are gathered here for Soul Revival’s Grateful Easter Weekend. Easter...
  • Apr 25, 2022 / Rolling Stone Sessions on Twitch (Rebroadcast) (San Francisco)
    According to Moonalice legend, Rolling Stone invited us to play a livestream on Twitch on a Monday aftern...
  • Apr 23, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
    This was an unscheduled show. Wally Ingram tested positive before the Moonalice rehearsal on Thursday, w...
  • Apr 30, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
    Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...
Apr 10, 2022 / Skull & Roses Festival (Ventura)
According to Moonalice legend, this festival has been a long time coming. When last we gathered here, in...
Apr 22, 2022 / 2021 Encore 4/20 Re-broadcast Celebration (Online)
Join us in celebrating the high holidays with this rebro...
May 7, 2022 / Good Old Days Festival (Pacific Grove)
According to Moonalice legend, the good old days have returned to Pacific Grove. It is an opportunity to...
Apr 16, 2022 / Soul Revival’s Grateful Easter Weekend - Day 2 (Ukiah)
According to Moonalice legend, we have assembled in anticipation of Easter, a holiday with deep pagan roo...
May 8, 2022 / Good Old Days Festival (Pacific Grove)
Mother’s Day Show According to Moonalice legend, today is Mothers Day! The sun is shining on Pacifi...
May 14, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...
Apr 15, 2022 / Soul Revival's Grateful Easter Weekend @ Yokayo Ranch (Ukiah)
According to Moonalice legend, we are gathered here for Soul Revival’s Grateful Easter Weekend. Easter...
Apr 25, 2022 / Rolling Stone Sessions on Twitch (Rebroadcast) (San Francisco)
According to Moonalice legend, Rolling Stone invited us to play a livestream on Twitch on a Monday aftern...
Apr 23, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
This was an unscheduled show. Wally Ingram tested positive before the Moonalice rehearsal on Thursday, w...
Apr 30, 2022 / Saturday Stream (Howling Moon Studio)
Following 420 daily "Shelter-In-Place" streams, live shows are finally starting to open up and we will co...

Constellation Rag

Credits: 
Roger McNamee
Credits Lyrics: 
Roger McNamee
Credits Music: 
Roger McNamee

Constellation Rag

Wash your hands in my finger bowl, Baby, then let your pinkies dry
I’ll let you hold my fuzzy peaches, if you’ll let me taste your pie
You may hold my peaches, Baby, you may drive my car
‘Cuz in my constellation, Baby, you know you’re the brightest star!

You can take all my money, Honey you gotta take me as well
I wouldn’t how to live without you, but then you never can tell
You still stir my sugar, Baby, you still lick my jar
‘Cuz in my constellation, Baby, you know you’re the brightest star!

I will clean your chimney, Baby, when you need your ashes hauled
I’ll unclog your carburetor, when your car has stalled
You may try to leave, but you won’t get too far
‘Cuz in my constellation, Baby, you know you’re the brightest star!

I know we’ll grow old together, two sweet peas in a pod
Lovey dovey senior citizens may strike some as odd
I will do whatever you ask, I’ll follow you to Mars
‘Cuz in my constellation, Baby, you know you’re the brightest star!

Performers: 
Roger McNamee

I'm pretty sure I wrote it on the same vacation as Tell Me It's Okay. It was a good week. :-) Back in 1999-2001, the Flying Other Brothers had an annual one-week band camp with Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Pete Sears, and GE Smith. Jorma, Jack, and Pete were 3/5ths of Hot Tuna and GE had recently left Saturday Night Live. Hot Tuna's recording of Hesitation Blues was one of the songs that made me want to play guitar, and those three weeks were life changing. Before our third band camp, I wrote Constellation Rag as an homage to Jorma and Jack. I borrowed licks and cliché lyrics from a dozen ragtime blues songs and assembled them into Constellation Rag. The music was tricky, but the lyrics took only an hour. My personal touch was to make Constellation a ragtime love song, rather than a blues. At that time, I could not finger pick, so I learned it with a flatpick, which took longer than I would have liked. One of my greatest thrills occurred a couple years later when the FOB Four quartet (Pete, Barry, Ann, Roger) played the song at Jorma's Fur Peace Ranch concert hall, with Jack on bass. A few years later, Jack joined us in the formation of Moonalice.

In the early days of Moonalice, we didn't play many songs written for the FOBs. That changed at a Jewels in the Square gig, when we played Tell Me It's Okay just for the fun of it. Playing the song was a blast, and the audience loved it. After that, we tested other songs: Happy Endings, Nick of Time, Silver Lining, and Constellation Rag. All of them were reborn in Moonalice.

Roger McNamee