Kudos to everyone involved in putting on last night’s amazing Levon Helm tribute at Brooklyn Bowl. We’ll have a full report and photo set in the coming days, but we wanted to share the setlist and a batch of high-def videos from our pal Sunil featuring many highlights.
Here’s a take on the setlist from last night. There were dozens of guests coming on and off for each tune, so we focused on listing everything played and who sang what.
Set: Ophelia* (sung by Scott Metzger), Slippin & Slidin’ (sung by Kelli Scarr), Goin’ Back To Memphis (sung by Dreiwitz), Ain’t No More Cane(sung by Ryan Miller of Guster, Luke Rathborne and Matthew Houck), Look Out Cleveland (sung by Matthew Houck and Tom Hamilton), Jemima Surrender (sung by Craig Finn), Yazoo Street Scandal (sung by Craig Finn), When I Paint My Masterpiece (sung by Chris Harford), Evangeline (sung by Kim Krans), Whispering Pines (sung by Nicole Atkins), Dirt Farmer (sung by Grayson Capps), Don’t Ya Tell Henry (sung by Tom Hamilton), Don’t Do It* (sung by Jonah Smith), Up On Cripple Creek (sung by Diamond Doves), W.S. Walcott Medicine Show (sung by Sam Cohen), Rag Mama Rag (sung by Sam Cohen), The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down* (sung by Ian Felice), King Harvest (sung by Kelli Scarr), Anna Lee (sung by Kelli Scarr, Leah Siegel and more), Calvary, Long Black Veil (sung by Diamond Doves), I Ain’t Got No Home (sung by Diamond Doves), Mystery Train* (sung by Jim Keller and Byron Isaacs), I Don’t Want To Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes* (sung by Luke Rathborne), Deep Elem Blues* (sung by Nate Martinez), The Shape I’m In (sung by Brian Mitchell), I Shall Be Released (sung by Nicole Atkins, Ian Felice and Ryan Miller), The Weight (sung by many)
* – w/ horn section
The above setlist is incomplete as far as guests. We do know Levon Helm Band members Jim Weider, Byron Isaacs and Brian Mitchell each sat in on multiple songs as did a trio of female backing vocalists (Kelli Scarr, Leah Siegel and ?) and multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby.
In the true spirit of the rambles that Levon Helm was famous for hosting at his barn in Woodstock, Chernin — along with Pete Costello and Adam Geringer-Dunn of Brooklyn Bowl — have put together a stellar lineup of performers to honor the memory of the great Band drummer.
In addition to a core band of Marco Benevento, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger and Joe Russo (who play together regularly as Bustle In Your Hedgrow), the organizers have invited special guest performers including Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Ryan Miller (Guster), Grayson Capps, members of The Felice Brothers, Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent, Family Band, Diamond Doves, Kelli Scarr, Yellowbirds, Tom Hamilton (American Babies), Thieving Irons and Luke Rathborne.
On Monday, June 4, Joe Russo, Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger and Marco Benevento will lead a tribute to Levon Helm called The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down at Brooklyn Bowl.
The four-some, who make up Led Zeppelin tribute act Bustle In Your Hedgerow, will be joined by an all-star cast of supporting musicians including Craig Finn & Tad Kubler (The Hold Steady), Members of Guster, Members of The Felice Brothers, Nicole Atkins, Phosphorescent, Family Band, Diamond Doves, Kelli Scarr, Yellowbirds, Tom Hamilton (American Babies). Since Bustle performances are mostly instrumental, we’re thinking all of the special guests will handle vocals. Tickets are on sale now for $20, with proceeds going towards saving Levon Helm Studios.
Bustle In Your Hedgerow @ Brooklyn Bowl – January 27
Words: Samara Lentz Photos: Mitch Manzella
Blue lights flood the stage to start the show. Marco Benevento begins hammering the melodic prelude to “No Quarter.” With a few more chords melting into recognition, the informed members of the crowd let out a “whoooo!” of approval. And then, an explosion of sound in perfect syncopation—it was Led Zeppelin like I have never heard it before.
[All Photos by Mitch Manzella]
I wasn’t the only one who saw Bustle in Your Hedgerow for the first time last Friday at Brooklyn Bowl. I spoke with many members of the crowd who marveled upon their maiden voyage with Bustle, but the words seemed hard to find.
The most common descriptor: “life-changing.”
I liken this show to a “voyage” partially because each member is a veteran Jam Cruiser (music festival on a cruise ship) and we (the recent passengers) are still basking in the afterglow of our voyage together a few weeks ago. Also, because seeing this band make Zeppelin tunes “their own” is an epic journey well traveled. I imagine, it is a trip worth taking again and again and again. Just like anything that Led Zeppelin created is worth listening to again and again, for generations. Originals and covers—but!
As the years go by gigs from Led Zeppelin tribute act Bustle In Your Hedgerow have become more rare. Joe Russo has plenty of Furthur gigs to keep him busy, Dave Dreiwitz has Ween and Gene Ween gigs on his plate, Marco Benevento seems like he’s always on the road and Scott Metzger has his hands in many different projects. Thankfully Bustle does still want to play together when they can and one of those opportunities is coming up in January when the group will play a pair of shows at Brooklyn Bowl on January 26th and 27th.
Bustle In Your Hedgerow’s last performances were at Brooklyn Bowl on August 11 and 12. Roots drummer Questlove put an exclamation point on night one when he sat in on Trampled Underfoot and The Wanton Song during the group’s encore. Billed as Bustle Bowl, you can expect a nice mix of classics and deep cuts from Led Zeppelin’s repertoire in January.
When Led Zeppelin tribute act Bustle In Your Hedgerow rocked Brooklyn Bowl in February, The Roots drummer Questlove took note of the group and mentioned he would rush the stage if they played In My Time of Dying. Questo finally got the chance to sit in with Metzger, Dreiwitz, Russo and Benvento last night when he joined them for two songs in the encore including The Wanton Song and Trampled Underfoot before his Bowl Train spinning session.
Well you asked for it. Last week we announced on Twitter – and also right here on HT – that we were taking suggestions for this weeks Cover Wars and we are men and women of our words. We went with ChefRobD’s suggestion to take a look at covers of The Crunge by Led Zeppelin.
The Crunge was released in 1973 on Houses Of The Holy and combines odd-time signatures with a James Brown-esque funk riff, a pairing that as it turns out is a match made in heaven.
For those of you who sent in suggestions that were not selected, hang tight because we are already working on next week’s edition which also was a suggestion gathered from Twitter feedback.
Artist: Bustle In Your Hedgerow Live Show: 2009-01-17 The Skinny: Marco Benevento and Joe Russo of the Benevento/Russo Duo plus Dave Dreiwitz of Ween and Scott Metzger of Rana make up this instrumental Led Zeppelin tribute band. This performance of Crunge is lifted out of a three song medley from this 2009 show where Crunge was sandwiched between Trampled Under Foot and How Many More Times. I’ve left a little of the audio of both of the songs in for context, but to hear the entire segment you should click on over to the full show at the Live Music Archive.
READ ON for more covers of The Crunge from the likes of Gov’t Mule…
Can you believe it’s been nearly eight years since Led Zeppelin tribute band Bustle In Your Hedgerow first performed at Rocks Off promoter Jake Szufnarowski’s 30th Birthday Party? Since the heady Summer of ’03, the group – featuring Marco Benevento, Scott Metzger, Joe Russo and Dave Dreiwitz – has played a smattering of shows every few months of so.
Each band member puts in plenty of time with their main projects, making Bustle shows more and more of a rarity. The band’s next set of gigs takes place on Thursday, February 24th and Friday, February 25th at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City. As part of our legendary (in our own minds) Everybody Wins When We Plug Something And In Return They Offer Us Free Shit To Give Away program, we’ve got two pairs of Bustle tickets for two lucky readers. The winner gets to pick which night they want to go.
To enter, simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling us what musician you would pick to sit in with Bustle In Your Hedgerow at these shows if it was up to you. Might as well tell us why you chose that person as well, though it’s not a requirement. Your comment must be left by Tuesday, February 22nd at 11:59 AM and anyone found entering more than once will be thrown off the island. Two winners will be selected at random from all entries and if you win, your name will be on the guest list with a “+1.”
[Originally Published: 9/14/2010] It’s been a while since I selected a Led Zeppelin song for Cover Wars, over a year actually. Though always a popular song on the radio, Ramble On was not played in full live by Led Zeppelin until 2007, 38 years after the release of Led Zeppelin II.
Bustle In Your Hedgerow, which features Marco Benevento and Joe Russo of The Duo with Scott Metzger of RANA and Dave Dreiwitz of Ween delivers an instrumental rendition to lead us off for this weeks edition. Source: 7-31-2005
Bustle Video from Brooklyn Bowl last year:
READ ON for the scoop on the rest of this week’s contestants…
Bustle In Your Hedgerow gigs have been few and far between this year, but the downtime didn’t prevent Joe Russo, Dave Dreiwitz, Marco Benevento and Scott Metzger from blowing minds this past weekend at Mexicali Live on Friday and Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday. Check out these clips that our pal Sunil shot at Brooklyn Bowl to see the Zeppelin cover band in action…
A number of incredible videos from Bustle In Your Hedgerow’s most recent show at Brooklyn Bowl have been uploaded to YouTube by our pal Sunil. Just watch as Scott Metzger tears the ever living shit out of Heartbreaker…
Bustle In Your Hedgerow continues to win fans with their sporadic gigging since coming together in 2003. Formed off the solid core of Joe Russo and Marco Benevento, they brought in friends Dave Dreiwitz on bass and Scott Metzger on guitar to form an epic Led Zeppelin cover band. The catch is that they play the songs in a completely new way, incorporating organ funk and jazz to create unique renditions of familiar rock standards. I got a chance to check them out at Brooklyn Bowl, a venue that sits in the heart of Williamsburg, across the street from a famous street art installation.
[All photos by Rob Chapman]
The show was 21 and up, as are many of the shows at the venue featuring jazz or funk influences and the place was still full of people. Over The Hills And Far Away was one of the highlights of the first set and featured an intro with Russo on vocals. These were the only vocals of the night and segued into Benevento’s melodic organ playing followed by one of the longest jams of the first set.
The set break saw hipster liaison Marco Benevento introducing the band, saying “if there was a magazine called Jersey’s Finest we would all be on the cover every month,” referring to the band’s Garden State origins.
Ramble On has perhaps one of the most memorable and melodic bass lines of all time. It is difficult to keep the melody and rhythm in sync and it took Dave Dreiwitz a little while to find the groove to the song. To his credit trying to keep up with John Paul Jones is not easy. The song climaxed with a solo from Benevento. You Shook Me was very bluesy and saw the guitar replacing Jimmy Page’s vocals. The five minute drum solo on Moby Dick, had Russo doing his best John Bonham.
READ ON for more from Alex on Bustle In Your Hedgerow…
The Canadians and the Seattle Grunge-Rockers are still fighting for the title of last week’s best cover of The Seeker. As of publishing time, they were tied. If you haven’t already, please have a listen and place your vote for Rush, Pearl Jam or any of the acts that are trailing the front-runners.
How much longer was Led Zeppelin gonna last after In Through the Out Door if John Bonham hadn’t died? We all heard that album. Things don’t go on forever, and the quicker you accept that change is inevitable, the happier you’re gonna be. Besides, I don’t want my daughter to be in high school with her friends following Phish around the country — that would just be too weird.
Pulling that quote from Trey Anastasio’s interview with Rolling Stone (June 3rd, 2004) seemed fitting considering that since its publication: Led Zeppelin has played gigs and Anastasio now needs to deal with the reality that his daughter’s friends may very well be on Phish tour before he knows it. Trey’s certainly going to need to walk back a few of his quotes he provided to the media during that dark period of his life, though I doubt he’ll change his opinion on Zeppelin’s last studio album, but who knows…
I’m not sure how the Mr. Blotto fans get the word around, but they sure know how to dominate some Cover Wars and they are the winner of last week’s Pinball Wizard edition.
After ten weeks of writing Cover Wars, I think it is time for a change in format. Previously, we’ve been putting up multiple versions of the same song for comparison. What I’m going to do for the next ten weeks is pick an album and select different artists for each track. This week’s selection will be Led Zeppelin’s 5th album, Houses of The Holy.
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