Jam titans moe. have become the old reliable of the live music world. Twenty-three years after forming on the campus of the University of Buffalo, you can always count on moe. to deliver a tight and well-jammed performance on any given night. Case in point was the quintet’s Tuesday night show within the cozy confines of Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Bowl, where moe. showed off the improvisational talents and deep songbook that keep the ever-growing legion of “moe.rons” coming back for more.
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Though Brooklyn Bowl is a venue smaller than most moe. plays these days, they brought their full production to the venue. The band has a long history with Brooklyn Bowl visionary Pete Shapiro, dating back to moe.’s days as defacto house band at Wetlands Preserve in the early and mid ’90s. Though packed, the intimate environs of The Bowl gave fans a good opportunity to see the teamwork that defines moe. in the current era.
Back in 2010 U-Melt brought seven years of touring to a close when the band broke up and went their separate ways. Since that time there hasn’t been a formal U-Melt reunion, but that will change on September 21 when the jamband plays Brooklyn Bowl.
The ad above says it all: “One Night Only.” So don’t expect more performances from U-Melt in the near future. Tickets for the midnight show are on sale now for $10.
We were already excited about the return of God Street Wine on August 3rd at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York; but now we’ve got two more GSW gigs to look forward to as Relix has just announced that God Street Wine will play two shows at the website’s publisher Pete Shapiro’s Brooklyn Bowl venue on August 1 and 2.
Saturday, April 20th was a date many marked in their calendar for a variety of reasons. For many music-lovers in New York City that marked the date on which keyboardist Marco Benevento would finally bring his to the Brooklyn Bowl. Benevento was joined by his frequent trio of drummer Andrew Borger and Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz for his debut at The Bowl. Diamond Doves and The Mike Dillon Band warmed up the crowd before Marco’s main course.
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Marco offered a career-spanning set that included four songs from his most recent album – TigerFace. The trio was joined by Benevento’s Garage A Trois band mate Mike Dillon on percussion for The Real Morning Party and worked a cover of The Bangles’ Walk Like An Egyptian into Two of You. With Dave and Andy laying down heavy soundscapes Marco was able to enjoy the luxury of interacting with the Brooklyn faithful. Whether it was lounging on his piano seat, wearing a plush tiger mask or inviting his friend Karina Mackenzie to dance on stage, Marco and his band were visibly enjoying the festivities.
Here’s a look at the setlist and photos from Marco’s performance at the Brooklyn Bowl…
We’ve heard of announcing shows the morning of the performance, but Pretty Lights is breaking new ground as the jamtronica act has just announced a surprise set at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City that begins in just a few minutes. Derek Vincent Smith was scheduled to be off the road until Coachella next weekend and isn’t supposed to play NYC until he performs at June’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival.
Tonight marks Pretty Lights’ first appearance at Brooklyn Bowl. Questlove will still spin his Bowl Train set following Pretty Lights. Derek will perform tracks mostly off his new album during the hour-long set.
I'm throwin down a surprise hour long set tonight @brooklynbowl 11:30-12:30 b4 @questlove i'll b rockin mostly trx off my new record, come!
While the Allman Brothers Band have been keeping a March musical tradition going since 1989 with their Beacon Theatre runs, Soulive has given life to a musical tradition all their own in Brooklyn. In 2010 Soulive played a 10-night, guest-laden residency at the Brooklyn Bowl titled “Bowlive.” Now in its fourth year, Soulive continues to top themselves with each successive Bowlive. From last night’s Bowlive IV opening show, the trio has laid the groundwork for raising the bar once again.
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Fusion-jammers Kung Fu kicked off the evening with a short but sweet set filled with potent improvisation. The Connecticut-based band is now in the midst of their fourth year together and continue to expertly mesh the sounds of the groups that spawned Kung Fu: The Breakfast, RAQ and Deep Banana Blackout. Guitarist Tim Palmieri and keyboardist Todd Stoops each have a unique style that’s so different from anybody else in the scene as it mixes speed and accuracy with an ear towards melody. I wasn’t the only one who wished there set went on longer.
When Soulive took the stage for their first set of Bowlive IV they were unaccompanied. Guitarist Eric Krasno, keyboardist Neal Evans and drummer Alan Evans showed off ther jazz-funk-groove hybrid sound on a run of four originals that kicked off the run with a bang. From the minute they started from 2007′s No Place Like Soul, it was clear Soulive would need no warm up. They hit it hard from the get go. Hat Trick, off 2009′s Up Here, shined the light on Kraz’s tasteful, soul-laden shredding. He’s got a sound and approach similar to John Scofield with a dirtier edge to it. Next, Soulive dipped towards the early days of the band by performing Shaheed from 2001′s Doin’ Something and Tuesday’s Night’s Squad.
Soulive’s highly anticipated Bowlive IV residency at Brooklyn Bowl in NYC kicks off tomorrow night. Luther and Cody Dickinson were announced as special guests with the band leaving the door open for more artists to jam with them that night. This afternoon, we’ve found out one of these extra guests – none other than John Popper of Blues Traveler.
Popper’s @blues_traveler feed has been paying dividends today, as he already broke the news that he’ll be performing with the Allman Brothers Band this evening. Now, the harmonica master has revealed that he’ll jam with Eric Krasno and Soulive tomorrow. John was supposed to have played with Kraz last week at the first night of Bill Evans’ Soulgrass’s residency at the Blue Note, but had to bail as he was recovering from surgery. He considers tomorrow night “a cool makeup exam for me.”
Last week when Souliveannounced the guests for their upcoming Bowlive IV residency at Brooklyn Bowl, there was one “TBA” listed that caught our attention. On March 12th the trio will pay tribute to the legendary Stax record label. Today, the band revealed that keyboardist Booker T. Jones will join them at the Bowl on the 12th.
Booker T. is the front man for Booker T. and the M.G.s, a group that released nearly all of their legendary recordings on Stax. Jones also played on a number of Stax sessions. The Shady Horns will also guest on the 12th, with Cochemea Gastelum’s Johnny Arrow project set to open that night.
D’Angelo has only played a handful of gigs stateside since 2000 including an appearance with Questlove at last year’s Bonnaroo Super Jam that featured a slew of covers. Questo produced D’Angelo’s latest album which the drummer recently said was expected to be completed in February. Tickets will be available starting at 10AM through the Brooklyn Bowl website.
Soulive will bring Bowlive back to Brooklyn Bowl in New York City next month with eight performances scheduled between March 7th and March 16th. This afternoon the Brooklyn Bowl website has been updated to reveal a number of special guests and opening acts for Bowlive IV.
For opening night, March 7th, Soulive will be joined by Luther and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars with more guests expected to be announced soon. Robert Randolph and Lee Fields will be Soulive’s guest on March 8th. Nigel Hall and DJ Logic will be the guests on the 9th. The 12th will be a special Tribute To Stax Records with a special guest to be revealed soon. Lettuce’s Shady Horns will make multiple appearances with their label mates as they are listed as guests on the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th. In addition, Marco Benevento and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos will sit in with Soulive on March 13th, while Meters bassist George Porter Jr. will lend a hand on March 15th and 16th. Porter’s Original Meters band mate, guitarist Leo Nocentelli will also guest on the 15th.
Here’s a look at what’s been announced so far…
3/7: Luther and Cody Dickinson + More To Be Announced + Kung Fu To Open
3/8: Robert Randolph and Lee Fields
3/9: Nigel Hall & DJ Logic + Alecia Chakour Band as opener
3/12: A Tribute To Stax feat. Special Guest TBA + The Shady Horns
3/13: Marco Benevento, The Shady Horns, David Hidalgo + London Souls as opener
3/14: The Shady Horns + More TBA
3/15: George Porter Jr. + Leo Nocentelli + The Shady Horns
3/16: The Shady Horns + George Porter Jr. + Alecia Chakour Band as opener
Tickets for all Bowlive IV shows are on sale now. Stay tuned for more special guest announcements.
On February 14 – 16, New Orleans brass band The Soul Rebels will hold court at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York for a three-night stand. Today, the group has announced a batch of special guests for these shows which mark their biggest run yet in NYC.
Saxophonist Karl Denson will be The Soul Rebels’ guest on Feb. 14th. On the 15th, conga star Pedrito Martinez and Maurice Brown will sit in with The Soul Rebels. Then, as the grand finale, Medeski Martin & Wood keyboardist John Medeski will jam with The Soul Rebels on the 16th. Tickets for all three shows are available now for $12 a piece through Ticketfly.
After selling out their first-ever appearance at NYC’s Beacon Theatre, HT faves Umphrey’s McGee have announced a second NYC gig for this coming weekend as they’ll return to Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg on Sunday night. UM are set to rock the Beacon on Friday before travelling to Providence for a Saturday night performance only to return for the intimate affair on Sunday.
The Chicago-based sextet first performed at Brooklyn Bowl in January of 2011 for a show that marked longtime sound engineer Kevin Browning’s last show on the road with the band. UM returned to the Bowl for a four-night stand in September ’11 that saw guest spots from Bob Weir, Steve Molitz and Biz Markie. Tickets go on sale at noon ET tomorrow (Thursday).
Sunday’s show will celebrate the band’s 15th Anniversary. Check out a photo from the group’s debut performance from January 21st, 1998…
As a music fan in the New York City area there are two things you can essentially count on each March. One is Allman Brothers’ Beacon Theatre run, while the other is a much newer tradition – Bowlive: Soulive’s multi-night residency at Brooklyn Bowl. For the fourth year in a row the jazz-funk trio will set up shop at the multipurpose venue for eight nights, which will run from March 7-9 and then pick up again from the 12-16. As in years past the band will be joined by an array of special guests over the course of the run, which last year featured the likes of Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Luther Dickinson (NMAS), Billy Martin and ?uestlove. Tickets are currently on-sale for the entire run, as well as a special eight-night pass that will run you $120.
A new project being built on the famed Las Vegas Strip that will connect three Caesar’s Properties dubbed LINQ will include the first Western outpost of Brooklyn Bowl. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the Las Vegas Brooklyn Bowl “will take up about 25 percent of the 300,000-square-foot development. Brooklyn Bowl is being designed with a 600-seat performance hall able to host crowds watching football on Sundays, DJ or hip-hop karaoke and nightly concerts.” However, the description on the new venue’s Twitter feed mentions a “2000 Capacity Performance Space” as well as 32 lanes and food by Blue Ribbon – the restaurant that provides the food at the NYC location.
The pedestrian mall is also expected to host a 550-foot ferris wheel called the “High Roller” and will contain a bevy of restaurants and shops including a Yard House outpost for beer-lovers. LINQ is expected to open in late 2013, with Brooklyn Bowl’s Vegas page saying their venue will open in 2014. “Like” the Brooklyn Bowl Vegas Facebook page or follow the Twitter feed for future updates.