Nashville rockers Moon Taxi are gonna bring down the house at Miller Theater on Saturday, Dec. 29, and the band that’ll be warming up the crowd is none other than the Augusta-based Funk You, winner of the 2018 Metro’s Best Local Band.
Moon Taxi, five 30-something guys who formed the musical group while attending Belmont University about 12 years ago, are excited to play Augusta again. They’ve played the area several times before, but this will be their first time at the recently renovated and reopened Miller Theater.
Rolling Stone has written, “Over the last few years, Nashville’s Moon Taxi have worked their way up from Bonnaroo buzz-band to something approaching Kings of Leon country, playing a pleasingly cross-bred rock — a little indie, a little proggy, kinda poppy.”
And this year, the alt-rock, five-piece band released their highly anticipated fifth studio album, “Let the Record Play,” via RCA Records.
Lately, they’re best known for their hit single “Two High,” which has been streamed over 110 million times on Spotify and performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
The song came about after the Women’s March movement nearly three years ago. Lead singer Trevor Terndrup said they felt it was important to represent that movement through song.
“It just felt like such a tumultuous time in our country,” Terndrup said. “This was in 2016 just after the inauguration. There were so many protests going on, and we were actually on tour, we were up in South Bend, Ind., playing at Notre Dame. And I found my way over to the Women’s March there, and I was inspired by what I saw, so the song came about pretty quickly after that, and we just felt like it was the right time to construct a song about coming together as opposed to being divisive and pushing people apart.”
He said despite the divisions in the country, the band’s live shows are about bringing people together.
“I think we stand for inclusion,” he said. “And we stand for respect and love, and that’s why I feel like, at the live shows, when the lights are down, you can’t see red or blue. You can’t see black or white, as much. We’re all together in the moment, that’s what we stand for.”
The guys were playing up to 150 shows per year, but they’ve slowed it down to 75 to 100 shows lately because they’re working on new music. Terndrup said the Augusta audience might even get to hear a new song at the Miller.
“(People who attend the show) can expect just a fun time of escapism, of great musicianship, sing-alongs, a wonderful light show,” he said. “Yeah, we haven’t played Augusta with our new video wall, so I’m excited to show people what kind of new production we’re bringing into town there. And it’s a few days before New Year’s Eve, so it’ll kind of have that excitement of the new year wrapped up in the show.”
He said the band has played with Funk You before, as well.
“We’ve been playing shows with them for years now. So it’s gonna be awesome to have them on the bill,” he said. “I want to say our keys player maybe sat in with them at some point for an after-party, but the details kind of blend together, after you’ve been doing this for a while. But yeah, I know those guys, and they’re a lot of fun. So it’s gonna be a great show; I can’t wait to get out there.”
Moon Taxi w/ Funk You
8:30 p.m. Sat Dec 29
$30-$43. Visit millertheateraugusta.com or call 800-514-3849.