Wise Eyes performed a three hour set at Smitty’s Green Light Tavern, on Oct. 18.
Jay D is the percussionist, Sean Mo is the guitarist and vocalist, Evan Ruhl is the bassist and Brett Setera is the guitarist and tambourinist of Wise Eyes. Ruhl and Setera are the backup vocals.
Before Wise Eyes began their set with “The One”, Mo greeted those in attendance and gave blessings to the venue. He mentioned they saw nothing but corn because Omaha, Neb. had been their previous stop. He mentioned they were from Md., as he continued to speak over the instrumental. D soon struck his high hat and they began their recital. Ruhl and Setera assisted with backup vocals, during the chorus.
During “Old Wind Blew”—Setera picked up the tambourine and showcased his eye, hand and foot coordination. After he was done with the tambourine—he let go of it, lifted his foot, caught the tambourine with it, kicked it to the side and went back to playing the guitar. After the performance, Wise Eyes took their first break.
After “Little Brother”, Mo shared his perspective as to how he saw Wise Eyes’ cross country tour. He went onto describe which cities and states reminded him of body parts. Some included Los Angeles, NJ and Omaha, Neb. In conclusion, he introduced the song and Ruhl mentioned it was intended for a little sister.
Ruhl spoke to Mo and said it was ‘Morphin’ time, prior to the start of “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Theme Song”. Afterwards, Mo and Ruhl switched places and instruments. As Wise Eyes pressed forward, Mo provided vocals and Setera strummed the high notes with his guitar.
After “The Mist” and being served with shots of alcohol, Wise Eyes turned around. They looked up to the owner of the venue, Greg “Smitty” Smith, as he stood above the stage with a few spectators. They proposed a toast, raised their glasses and Mo asked if he recognized the tune they were about to play.
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Green River” was soon heard and Mo had the microphone stand behind him. Wise Eyes sang in Smith’s direction, as Smith praised them. Then, they ended with a jam session.
“Waves”, “Cry”, “Distractions”, “Dead Style Jam”, “Bukkaka”, “Champion Rider”, NOFX’s “2Gether” and “Linoleum”, “Tone It Down”, “Homewrecker”, “Secret of the Oohs”, “Simple Solutions” and “Grace Me” were also part of Wise Eyes’ set.