Have you ever experienced something that was so trippy, surreal and ethereal that you thought was a dream, but turned out to be real?
Last week, I had one of those experiences.
“What happened?” you ask.
I was not tripping on acid, popping pills or high on the stickiest of the icky.
I saw Moon Medicin at Neuehouse.
Why was it so trippy?
Well, if you’ve never experienced a Moon Medicin show, it will be somewhat hard to explain.
But here goes nothing.
Moon Medicin is a five piece band consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist, Martin Luther McCoy, DJ and background vocalist, Jahi Lake, drummer, Swiss Chris, bassist and background vocalist, Mark Hines, and keyboard and background vocalist, Sanford Biggers.
Moon Medicin is also a performance piece, created by Sanford Biggers, which explores the creative intersection of music, visual and performance art.
Indeed, the pieces that Moon Medicin performs are mashups that push the boundaries of music and performance art.
Moon Medicin shows are one part live music, one part DJ, one part visual and one part experiential.
You’ve got to experience a Moon Medicin show to truly understand how you can be transported from sitting or standing in a performance venue, to a sandy dune in the desert, feeling waves lick at your toes in the ocean, or running frantically through a forest.
Perhaps it was experiencing Moon Medicin from the steps at Neuehouse.
Maybe it was the combination of the lighting, the massive visuals projected on the screen behind the band or the other worldly music they play.
It might have been the ghostly silhouettes of passers-by against the backdrop of the frosted glass windows.
I could go on and on trying to figure it out, but I’ll do you one better and let you peep a short video from their set at Lincoln Center in April.
Moon Medicin Lands at Lincoln Center – Weird Fishes, Soul Assasinator, The Great Escape from Visualeyz on Vimeo.
If you get a chance, make sure you check ’em out.
It will definitely trip you out.