Bay Area Collective MOONALICE Celebrates 4/20 with the Release of ‘Full Moonalice Vol. 1’ + New Tour Dates!
April 20, 2022 BY George Chammas
Today, Bay Area collective Moonalice releases their much-anticipated studio EP, ‘Full Moonalice Vol. 1’, on the high holy day of April 20 via Nettwerk. Mixed and co-produced by 4x-Grammy Award-winning engineer Dave Way (Fiona Apple, Pink, Norah Jones), the project delivers vibrant cuts of the psychedelic soul that infuses Moonalice’s joyful live shows. Included on the EP are three previously released singles, “Let’s Get Funky”, “People Get Ready,” “Woo Woo.” In addition, the EP includes an extended version of “Time Has Come Today,” as well as two other singles. Arriving with the EP is the music video for “Turn on Your Lovelight,” Moonalice’s ripping reinterpretation of the Bobby “Blue” Bland classic. It showcases a gospel-style arrangement from Barry Sless and immaculate vocals from Dylan Chambers and the T Sisters.
Listen to Full Moonalice Vol 1.: https://moonalice.ffm.to/vol1
Watch “Turn On Your Love Light”:
Along with Barry Sless (lead guitar and pedal steel) and Pete Sears (bass), Roger McNamee (guitar) formed Moonalice and recorded their 2007 T Bone Burnett-produced self-titled debut album. The band later expanded to include John Molo (drums), Jason Crosby (keyboards), and, in 2019, Lester Chambers (vocals, harmonica) and his son Dylan Chambers (vocals), along with Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen of acclaimed Americana band the T Sisters on vocals. The current iteration builds off the soulful psychedelic legacy that Lester Chambers established in the 1960s through his groundbreaking band The Chambers Brothers, who were featured in Questlove’sOscar-winning documentary Summer of Soul. On ‘Full Moonalice Vol. 1,’ Moonalice brings positivity and hope to the forefront, using their voices and the power of music to convey uplifting messages to audiences.
“An important part of Moonalice is the notion that each of us has an opportunity to make a difference,” McNamee says. “We’ve survived a pandemic and a zillion other things. It makes sense to look forward and think about the positive, and remind people that they have a shot at a better day ahead.”
4/20 is always a special time for Moonalice. They played their first concert at a medical marijuana benefit in 2007 and have campaigned for the legalization of cannabis ever since. Their popular tune “It’s 4:20 Somewhere” has over 4.6 million downloads and was certified by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame as the highest number ever downloaded directly from a band’s own website. This year Moonalice celebrates 4/20 with their new EP and a hometown headline show at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall on Friday, April 22. The party continues on Saturday, April 23 with the celebration of Lester’s 82nd birthday at Auburn’s Odd Fellows Hall.
Fans across the country can catch Moonalice at BottleRock Napa Valley this May, throughout the pacific northwest this spring, and across the midwest and east coast this fall, with more tour dates to be announced soon.
‘Full Moonalice Vol. 1’ EP Tracklist
Turn on Your Love Light
People Get Ready
Let’s Get Funky
Nick of Time
Time Has Come Today (Extended Version)
Moonalice 2022 Tour Dates
April 22 – Annual 4/20 Celebration at Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
April 23 – Lester’s Birthday at Odd Fellows Hall – Auburn, CA
May 7 & 8 – Good Old Days Festival – Pacific Grove, CA
May 19 – Nectar Lounge – Seattle WA
May 20 – The Get Down – Portland, OR
May 21 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR
May 28 – BottleRock Festival – Napa, CA
June 5 – Redwood Mountain Faire – Felton, CA
June 12 – Hog Farm Hideaway – Laytonville, CA
July 20 – Truckee River Park Ampitheater – Truckee, CA
July 21 – Moraga Commons Park – Moraga, CA
August 6 & 7 – SalmonFest – Ninilchik, AK
September 8 – KRSH Backyard Concert, Santa Rosa
September 10 – June Lake Jam Festival – June Lake, CA
October 8 – Fur Peace Ranch – Pomeroy, OH
East Coast and Midwest dates coming soon…
Moonalice is an exuberant Bay Area ten-piece known for delivering a unique brand of psychedelic soul and rock-tinged Americana. With an unparalleled list of collaborations with some of the biggest names in music, the family tree of Moonalice has touched every corner of rock and roll history. Vocalist Lester Chambers co-founded the pioneering ‘60s psychedelic soul group The Chambers Brothers. Bassist Pete Sears was a founding member of Jefferson Starship and played with everyone from Rod Stewart to Jimi Hendrix. Moonalice band members have toured with Bruce Hornsby & the Range, John Fogerty, The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, Hot Tuna, Jackson Browne, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jenny Lewis, and many others. Guitarist Roger McNamee was an advisor to the Grateful Dead and U2, and fights against entrenched power in the tech industry. Moonalice’s incredible chemistry shines through in their live performances and the recent release of the Chambers Brothers classic, “Time Has Come Today.” Moonalice also features esteemed members Barry Sless (lead guitar and pedal steel), Jason Crosby (keyboards), Grammy winner John Molo (drums), along with the next generation of legends including Lester’s son Dylan Chambers, and Erika, Rachel, and Chloe Tietjen of acclaimed Americana band the T Sisters. Moonalice has a renegade spirit and an ethos of love, peace, and happiness that permeates everything they do.