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August 2010 Potential Show Run Down!

August 2010 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!


Sunday, August 1st, 2010

  • Gathering Of The Vibes Music Festival, Bridgeport, CT
  • ($20) Hot Buttered Rum @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio w/ Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts @ The Iridum Jazz Club

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room (W/ Charlie Hunter)
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$65) Dr. John & The Lower 911 @ City Winery

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) Talib Kweli & Friends w/ Live Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($30) Los Lobos @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($35-$65) Dr. John and The Lower 911 @ City Winery
  • ($37.50) The Dead Weather @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($50-$100) Heart @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

  • (1 Drink Min,) American Babies @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Devi @ Bowery Electric
  • ($18) Jemimah Puddleduck ft. Mark Karan of Ratdog @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($50) Arcade Fire @ Madison Square Garden

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

  • Royal Family Ball @ Sullivan Hall (Private party)
  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8 + 1 drink) Will Bernard Trio @ The Bar Next Door
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ City Winery
  • ($50) Arcade Fire @ Madison Square Garden

Friday, August 6th, 2010

  • (Free) House of Usher: Marco Benevento Trio @ Prospect Park Bandshell
    • Marco Benevento to write a new original score to this cult B-movie study in creeping, diabolical menace.
  • ($10) Mark Guiliana & Jason Lindner Trio @ The Jazz Gallery
  • ($10) Sonya Kitchell @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($15) Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 w/ special guests Ryan Zoidis and Maurice Brown

  • ($21 – $70+) Paramore @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($25) Buster Williams @ The Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($20-$35) Pat McGee Band @ City Winery
  • ($40) Keane w/ Ingrid Michaelson @ East River State Park (Williamsburg Waterfront)
  • ($40) Corrine Bailey Rae @ Governors Island

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Sharon Jones + Budos Band at Prospect Park bandshell (Funk Live)
    • The Budos Band @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($15-$22) Simone Felice w/ Nicole Atkins @ City Winery
  • ($80 – $300+) Anthony Hamilton, Kem & Jaheim & Raheem Devaughn @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

  • (Free) Soul Rebels Brass Band @ Lincoln Center (Outdoor Concert Series)
  • (Free) Justin Townes Earle @ The Beach @ Governors Island
  • ($15) Reckoning @ B.B. Kings
    • The Lead Heads (opening @ 7pm)

Monday, August 9th, 2010

  • ($5) Deadcenter Presents…Jerry Garcis: A Restrospective – The Jam Stampede (feat. members of the Zen Tricksters)
    • With: Jason Crosby, Michael Falzarano, Johnny Markowski, Barry Mitterhof
  • ($20-$25) Jimmie’s Chicken Shack @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($25) Empire of the Sun @ Terminal 5
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35) Leo Nocentelli w/ Les Paul Trio @ City Winery

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) The Infamous Stringdusters @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($25) The Felice Brothers @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour w/ Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

  • (Free) American Babies @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Jackie Green & Gov’t Mule @ Central Park Summerstage
  • ($10) Melvin Seals & JGB @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25) Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note
  • ($35) STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) @ The Gramercy Theater

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

  • ($12) Break Science @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note
  • ($35) STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) @ Roseland Ballroom
    • Lotus @ Roseland Ballroom
    • AFTER PARTY: ($??) Big Gigantic @ Irving Plaza
  • ($50 – $300+) Aerosmith @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Friday, August 13th, 2010

  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery (Funk Live)
  • ($25) Lenny White & Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($5) Rubblebucket @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($) Jason Crosby w/Common Rotation @ The Library
  • ($10) Grizzly Adamz (John Medeski, Saft, Perwosky and Blume) @ Littlefield
  • ($25) Lenny White & Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note
  • ($40 – $150) Kiss @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

  • (Free) Dr. Dog & Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves @ The Beach @ Governor’s Island
  • ($13) Daedelus with Mux Mool, Sepalcure and Beautiful Bells @ Santos House Party
  • ($25) Lenny White & Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($25) Deep Banana Blackout @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note

Monday, August 16th, 2010

  • (Free) John Kimock w/ Mike Gamble, Daniel Carter and Marc Freidman @ Bar 4
  • (Free) Jason Crosby & Dark Loft @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($50-$150+) Phish @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($40) MGMT @ Radio City Music Hall

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

  • Sushioke #17
  • ($40) MGMT @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($50-$150+) Phish @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • (Free) A BIG YES and a small no (Joe Russo Project) @ Lakeside Lounge
  • ($10) Jason Lindner Trio @ Smalls
  • ($33-$100) Ray Lamontagne & David Gray @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($99) Henry Butler with Gent Treadly @ Rocks Off Cruise

Friday, August 20th, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • ($10) O’Death @ The Rock Shop
  • ($25) Bonerama @ The Rocks Off Boat Cruise – The Jewel (Funk Live)
  • ($25) Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Russel Batiste @ The Rocks Off Boat Cruise – Half Moon
  • ($17-$100+) Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($50) Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds – @ B.B. Kings
  • (not sure) Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears @ Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($20) Urban Sun @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($25) Some Cat From Japan @ Rocks Off Cruise
    • w/ Will Bernard & Nigel Hall

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • (Free) Black Joe Lewis and The Honey bears @ Summerstage (Funk Live)

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($20-$25) Dylan Different: Ben Sidran with Amy Helm, Will Bernard, Tim Luntzel, Leo Sidran  @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

  • ($22.50) Xavier Rudd & Izintaba @ Irving Plaza
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

  • ($20-$25) Hudson River Live! A concert series by Affairs Afloat aboard the Queen of Hearts
  • ($25) American Babies & Big Light @ Rocks Off Cruise (unknown)
  • ($25) Ryan Montbluea Band @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Jewel)
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave feat. Jon Cleary @ South Street Seaport
    • W/ High and Mighty Brass Band

Friday, August 27th, 2010

  • ($??) DJ Nutrious @ Southpaw
  • ($20) Benevento Russo Duo Acoustic @ The Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) Donna The Buffalo @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($25) Future Rock @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

  • ($6-$8) Pimps of Joytime @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($99-$400) Rock the Bells Festival 2010: Governors Island
    • Wu-Tang Clan @ The Beach @ Governor’s Island
  • ($10) Reckoning @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($18) New Rider’s Of The Purple Sage @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($35) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($39-$65) The Rhythm Devils, feat Bill Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart @ Tarrytown Music Hall

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

  • ($35) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Monday, August 30th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($25) Roots & Dub on the River for Ethiopa @ Rocks Off Cruises
  • ($30) Eric Krasno w/ Les Paul Trio @ Iridium Jazz Club

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

  • (Free + 1 drink ) Nigel Hall @ Rockwood Music Hall #2 @ 10:15
  • (Free + 1 drink) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall @ midnight
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($35) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($60-$150+) Jimmy Buffet @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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July 2010 Potential Show Run Down

July 2010 Potential Show Run Down

(If there is ANYTHING that I have missed, please point it out.)

Thursday, July 1st, 2010:

  • ($unknown) Gent Treadly @ The Frying Pan
  • ($5-$7) Biz Markie (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Reggie Watts @ Le Poisson Rouge

Friday, July 2nd, 2010:

  • Nothing??  Hmmm…….

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010:

  • (Free) ISTANBULIVE II: The Sounds & Colors of Turkey featuring Kenan Dogulu, mor ve otesi, Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions, Burhan Ocal Tulug Tirpan, Sukriye Tutkun, & DJ Salih Saka @ Summerstage
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem

Sunday, July4th, 2010:

  • Nothing??  Hmmm…….

Monday, July 5th, 2010:

  • ($8-$15 + 1 drink min.) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason) @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($55) B-52’s @ The Highline Ballroom
  • ($15) Wilco’s Nels Cline @ (Le) Poisson Rouge for two sets with his band The Nels Cline Singers.

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

  • (Free) The Farewell Drifters @ Madison Square Park
  • ($10) Dumpstaphunk @ The Brooklyn Bowl (Funk Live)
  • ($25) Bonobo Dj Set w/ BreakScience @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Temptress)
  • ($17) Garage A Trois & Dead Kenny G’s @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • ($12) Chico Mann @ Mercury Lounge

Thursday, July 8th, 2010:

  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Assembly of Dust (Feat. Jason Crosby) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($17) Garage A Trois & Dead Kenny G’s @ Maxwell’s, NJ
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ City Winery

Friday, July 9th, 2010:

  • (Free) Ozomatli / Fidel Nadal / Toy Selectah @ Prospect Park
  • (Free) Apollo Run @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Assembly of Dust (Feat. The Statesmen: Jonah Smith, Josh Dion, Scott Metzger & Ben Rubin) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($18) – Soul Rebels Brass Band @ Sullivan Hall (Funk Live)
  • ($25-$40) James Hunter & Jesse Dee @ City Winery
  • ($   ) Henry Butler @ Terra Blues
  • SOLD OUT!! ($40) God Street Wine @ Gramercy Theater
  • ($100) Rusted Root for the Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation of America “Love.Give.Life.” Event @ Broad Street Ballroom

Saturday, July 10th, 2010:

  • SOLD OUT!!! ($40) God Street Wine @ Gramercy Theater
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($30-$100+) The Doobie Brothers & Chicago @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, July 11th. 2010:

Monday, July 12th, 2010:

  • (Free) Femi Kuti @ Damrosch Park (Funk Live)
  • ($8-$15 + 1 drink min.) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason) @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$45) Blind Boys of Alabama @ Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater
    • “Spirit in the Dark” Featuring Yo La Tengo, Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket, Lambchop, Marshall Allen and the Sun Ra Horns, and Exene Cervenka

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery Funk Live
  • (?) The London Souls @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($20) KT Tunstall @ Hiro Ballroom
  • ($75) Sting @ The Metropolitan Opera House

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010:

  • (FREE) NY Philharmonic in Central Park
  • (FREE) Naomi Shelton & Gospel Queens @ Stuy Town Oval
  • (FREE) Funky Fritters @ Waterside Plaza Music Fest (Funk Live)
  • ($35-$45) Blind Boys of Alabama @ Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater
    • “The Unbroken Circle” Featuring Ralph Stanley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Sara Watkins, Ray Benson and Jason Roberts of Asleep at the Wheel, and Allison Moorer
  • ($70) Jack Johnson: To The Sea Tour 2010 (w/ G. Love & Special Sauce) @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($75) Sting @ The Metropolitan Opera House

Thursday, July 15th, 2010:

  • (FREE) Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ BID Music Outdoor Concert Series
  • ($5) Langhorn Slim @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Animal Liberation Orchestra @ Santos House Party
  • ($20) Orchard Lounge @ Club Love
  • ($25) Beats Antique @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25-$30) Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 @ Rocks Off Cruise (Funk Live)
  • ($25-$30) Turbine @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • The Brew maybe? Jambase confirms but not on Rocks Off schedule
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ City Winery
  • ($52.50 – $60) Natalie Merchant @ Town Hall

Friday, July 16th, 2010:

  • ($20-$25) Pre-party Cruise to Dave Matthews Band Show @ Citi Field on Rocks Off Cruises
  • ($10) NYC SHAKEDOWN: ATNARKO w/ Brooklyn Sound Lab & Nutritious @ The Bell House (Prior Review)
  • ($5) Greensky Bluegrass @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Hollis Brown @ Rocks off Cruise
  • ($35-$45) Blind Boys of Alabama @ Alice Tully Hall, Starr Theater
    • “Blind Boys of Alabama Family Revival” Featuring Aaron Neville, Joan Osborne, Dan Zanes, New Orleans’ Own Hot 8 Brass Band, Charlie Musselwhite, and John Hammond
  • ($40) God Street Wine @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
  • ($54) Weezer @ East River State Park
  • ($52.50 – $60) Natalie Merchant @ Town Hall
  • ($90) Dave Matthews Band @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Saturday, July 17th, 2010:

  • An Evening FREE Dead Kenny G’s in Virginia
  • Siren Music Festival (Noon-9pm @ Coney Island)
  • (Free) Konono No. 1 @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • (Free) Raphael Saadiq @ Summerstage
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (Free) Dr. Dog & Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves @ The Beach at Governors Island
  • ($13-$15) The London Souls @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) Toubab Krewe @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Jewel)
  • ($40) God Street Wine @ The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
  • ($50) Hot Tuna & Steve Earle @ Theater at Westbury

Sunday, July 18th, 2010:

  • ($30-$100+) Carlos Santana & Steve Winwood @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • (FREE) Brother Joscephus & the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ Roosevelt Island

Monday, July 19th, 2010:

  • ($8-$15 + 1 drink min.) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason) @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010:

  • (FREE) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($56-$36) Loudon Wainwright III @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($47.50) Sublime with Rome, Matisyahu, and the Dirty Heads @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Wednesday, July 21th, 2010:

  • (Free) Easy Star Allstars @ Stuyvesant Town Oval
  • (Free) Burning Spear @ Rockefeller Park
  • ($30-$100+) John Mayer @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Thursday, July 22th, 2010:

  • Floyd Music Festival, Virginia
  • ($7) Gent Treadly @ Uncle Mike’s
  • (Free) Antibalas @ Castle Clinton
  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25-$30) Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Russell Batiste @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Half Moon) (Funk Live)
  • ($30-$100+) John Mayer @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($45-$60) Widespread Panic @ Radio City Music Hall
    • ($12) Jerry Joseph @ Sullivan Hall (Post Widespread Show)

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

  • Floyd Music Festival, Virginia
  • ($10) Reckoning @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) Davell Crawford @ Joe’s Pub (NolaPianoFunk)
  • ($65-$85) Dickey Betts & Great Southern @ The Concert Hall

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

  • Floyd Music Festival, Virginia
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($47-$100+) Rush @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, July 25th, 2010:

  • Floyd Music Festival, Virginia
  • ($10) Reckoning: Playing the Music of Phish, The Dead, Allman Bros

Monday, July 26th, 2010:

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($17) Arrested Development @ B.B. Kings
  • ($5) Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($35) The Black Keys @ Central Park’s Summerstage
  • ($42.50) The Flaming Lips @ Terminal 5
  • ($75 – 200+) Sting @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (w/ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010:

Thursday, July 29th, 2010:

  • GATHERING OF THE VIBES MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($13-$15) The Lemonheads @ The Knitting Factory
  • ($10) Trouble & Bass @ Santos Party House
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio w/ Victor Bailey & Lenny White @ The Iridum Jazz Club
  • SOLD OUT ($40) Furthur @ Nokia Theater Times Square
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ City Winery

Friday, July 30th, 2010:

  • GATHERING OF THE VIBES MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • ($10) Ghost Stepper @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio w/ Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts @ The Iridum Jazz Club
  • ($36.50) Primus / Gogol Bordello & The Dead Kenny G’s @ Williamsburg Waterfront
  • ($20-$50) Jamie McLean & The Jamie Mclean Band @ The Blue Note

Saturday, July 31st, 2010:

  • GATHERING OF THE VIBES MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • (Free) Los Amigos Invisibles @ Central Park Summerstage
  • (Free) Ponderosa Stomp presents The Detroit Breakdown! @ Hearst Plaza / Damrosch Park
  • New York Funk Exchange @ Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio w/ Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts @ The Iridum Jazz Club

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Some Cat From Japan & East Coast Jam Cruise Reunion

@ Brooklyn Bowl (06.03.10)

I had originally intended to attend the Trombone Shorty & Michael Franti show at Governor’s Island with the NYC Funk Live Krewe but two things drew me to The Brooklyn Bowl this night:

  1. The event was playing host to a Jam Cruise East Coast Reunion Party
  2. Some Cat From Japan was opening for Galactic and I loves me some Will Bernard (and the rest of the members)

When I arrive, the venue is scarce as it always is around 8pm.  Ron Johnson spots me from stage: “Karen, can you take some pictures for me please?”  Damn right Ron, my pleasure!  To my left, my buddy is setting up his taping equipment.  Always a positive thing.

Some Cat From Japan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Some Cat From Japan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

So, who loves Jimi Hendrix?  Better yet, WHO DOESN’T love them some Jimi Hendrix?  Some Cat From Japan is a power house lineup that explores the music of Hendrix through their own interpretations.  Boy, I tell ya! For a group that doesn’t rehearse and mixes up its lineup, they are better then real good.  I will let you go check out the backgrounds of these guys…go now. Here they are:

Will Bernard (Guitar)

Ron Johnson (Bass)

Scott Metzger (Guitar)

Jason Crosby (B3 Keyboard player and violinist )

Eric Bolivar (Drummer)

Jason Crosby and Will Bernard @ Brookly Bowl

Jason Crosby and Will Bernard @ Brooklyn Bowl

The show was slated to start at 8pm and it totally did.  Numerous friends were “late” as a result and were not happy.  These shows never start on time.  But with Galactic coming on at 9:15 and Quest Love dj’ing the 11:30 late night set, things were sticking to schedule.  Galactic did, after all, have two more nights to rage.

I am not a fan of cover bands.  Period.  In this case, there are cover bands and then there is Some Cat From Japan.  Man, we were specifically there to see THEM.  To see a band comprised of exquisite musicians who have the talent, technique, and personal love for the music, developed from childhood, that allows for them to deliver a  show complimenting Jimi’s music through a completely interpretive approach.  The approach…to just play and rage it.   They just get up there and have a damn good time playing  the music from one of their own inspirations.  It’s a beautiful thing to watch.

Some Cat From Japan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Some Cat From Japan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Tonight, Jason Crosby would be playing keys in place of Nigel Hall who was busy touring with The Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi Band.  Jason would also be bringing us the element of a violin to the mix.  So lovely.

Set List: Freak Out ~ Who Knows ~ Manic Depression ~ Freedom ~ Little Wing ~ Crosstown Traffic ~ Spanish Castle ~ Freak Out

Eric Bolivar @ Brooklyn Bowl

Eric Bolivar @ Brooklyn Bowl

Probably the only warm up they had attempted all day, they raged on stage for awhile.  Just getting their flow.  Honestly, they could have done this all night and I would have been cool with it.  But then it was right into Who Knows! with the strum of Will’s strings announcing the familiar melody. YES!!  Just a hard rock song that made you want to head bang or something.  I have no idea, I just wanted to smile.  I knew that much.  Bernard got his first rage in right away while Bolivar slammed out the beat and Johnson‘s bass reminded us of the melody. Crosby‘s keys and Metzger‘s accompaniment twinkled behind the other instruments.  It was Who Knows but it was their own song.  Ragers.

Jason Crosby @ Brooklyn Bowl

Jason Crosby @ Brooklyn Bowl

During Manic Depression, Eric Bolivar took a SICK drum solo…one of the only notes I wrote down about the show.  I got my first taste of Jason on violin as he gave us a GORGEOUS rendition/breakdown where the keys solo might have been.  I wondered if there was a violinist out there who might have put out a Jimi cover cd.  Answer after looking…nope.  Hmmmm….someone needs to get on that.  I am thinking Lili Haydn.  Mmmm, mmmm, good!

Will Bernard @ Brooklyn Bowl

Will Bernard @ Brooklyn Bowl

Bernard took his liberties straying away from the formula of every song.  Seriously, boys and their toy RAGING.  As I write this, all I want to do is write each of the artists and ask them what their first Hendrix memory was.  Shoot, for many artists, hearing a Hendrix tune WAS the reason they played, regardless of instrument…just that they wanted to make MUSIC!  Hendrix had the influence and power to move every man on that stage.  That is pretty intense.  I wondered if these musicians realized that there were fans in their audience who would be covering their songs in the future with as much passion as they were tonight for Jimi.  It was a great rage on stage that night for sure.

Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl

Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl

Crosstown Traffic meant time to move around.  I ran into Annabelle, aka Julie McCoy, as she shouted, “HEY! NICE SHIRT!!  I had, of course, worn my Jam Cruise paraphernalia.  On stage, everyone’s fingers flying a mile a minute with the whine of the guitars screaming through the lanes. It sounded ridiculous as I was summonsed to the Jam Cruise table to gather my Street Team gear for Mountain Jam.  Woohoo!  I got my “Ask Me About Jam Cruise” shirt. You know how happy that makes me?  And during Mountain Jam, you know how many people asked me about Jam Cruise when I wore it the last day? ZERO!  LOL…they couldn’t get past “Ask Me” is my guess…love it!

Some Cat From Japan @ Brooklyn Bowl

Some Cat From Japan @ Brooklyn Bowl

Little Wing slowed down the rage into a sexy sway of the hips.  Crosby turned to the violin again, so very pretty!  The rest of the stage filled in a beautiful backdrop.  There were fun pulls of strings.  This might have been the point when Will bent down and fiddled with all of his equipment and knobs but I could be wrong.  I do wish  could have gotten to the review sooner, as getting to it a few weeks later, behind other shows in my mind, has clouded my memory.  But the beauty of my life is that I shall see them again soooooooooo soon 🙂  And the recording will come out even sooner!

Annabelle and Ron Johnson @ Brooklyn Bowl

Annabelle and Ron Johnson @ Brooklyn Bowl

Spanish Castle was supposed to close out their set but having too much fun up there, the time had flown by and they had run out.  I literally felt like they were up there for 5 minutes but we had been given a good 45 minutes of solid FUN!  And guess what friends…I surround myself with musically knowledgeable people who’s opinions I greatly respect.  The following day was Mountain Jam and even with an entire weekend of utterly amazing music, there was speculation that the Some Cat From Japan set was one of the best all weekend.  I can’t say that, but I can certainly understand where those statements came from.  This show was incredible and I can’t wait to finally hear it again.

After the show, I lingered for the usual goodbyes.  Ron Johnson came into the audience and thanked me for taking pictures for him.  What a sweetheart!  Some artists really do appreciate the fans.  And I hope they forever know how much I appreciate them.

And now…It was time for Galactic

Corey Henry, Cyril Neville and Ben Ellman of Galactic! (06.03.10)

Corey Henry, Cyril Neville and Ben Ellman of Galactic @ Brooklyn Bowl! (06.03.10)

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7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl

7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The Grateful Dead and New Orleans.  Two epic names.  Names that will go down in history as forever changing the way we see and hear music.    One a group and one a location; both giants in the world of music.  Tonight at The Brooklyn Bowl, The 7 Walkers, a Papa Mali project extended from both, would bring us the greatest combination of NOLA Funk and The Grateful Dead.  An epic night of music.

Being praised as being one of the finest post-Jerry/Dead projects, this band is truly amazing. The line-up is simple yet dripping in super heavy talent and experience, consisting of:

Papa Mali – Guitar

Bill Kreutzmann – Drums

George Porter, Jr. – Bass

Matthew Hubbard – Keys

What?!?! SERIOUSLY!?!?!  I mean, how wonderful is that four-man band right there?  Now, I don’t even know Matthew Hubbard but the energy the other three bring to the stage alone, before even touching their instruments, it’s something you can’t handle.  Seriously, seeing giants like that walk out on to the stage, a mere 5 feet in front of you…your chest swells and your fingers start to tingle.  I imagine I am taking in…how do I say it?  It’s like they have brought the past with them.  All that energy from their past gigs, their past experiences…their connections to Jerry.  It was all centered right there on an intimate stage in Brooklyn aimed directly at us.  And with George Porter, Jr. on bass instead of Reed Mathis…FIRE!  How paralyzingly wonderful.  IMAGINE!!!  Bill Kreutzmann has played at every single Grateful Dead show ever.  Jerry’s BOY!  I mean come ON!!  Talent and experience at its BEST!!!  I know I say it all the time, but I WAS SOOO EXCITED!

Stage set to RAGE!

Stage set to RAGE!

When I first arrived at the venue it was no where close to being full.  In fact, we all commented on that fact as we found it shocking.  Once again, most people don’t recognize INSANELY GREAT music when it’s right in their back yard.

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

As I came around the bend from the bar, the dance floor was bare.  That is, except for the entire front of the stage which was littered end to end by members of Funk Live to the left, Jam Cruiser pals to the right, my taper and deadhead buddies smack in the middle  and other friends scattered about.  I can’t forget to mention how almost every single person was wearing a Dead shirt or NOLA pride shirt.  I LOOOVE the sight of my front row homies.  I truly do.  A line of faces all lighting up with smiles and I feel like I am with family.  It was a hug fest for about 5 minutes.  Always a great way to start off one’s night 🙂

(Tonight was also special because I finally got to meet up with fellow contributing writer, Brett B.!!  Big hugs homie!  I love what you have to say about music and your tats are hot!)

Bill is all smiles durin' a lil prep work...

Bill is all smiles durin' a lil prep work...

I have been to the Brooklyn Bowl a LOT.  But on this night, after a while, maybe it was just me or perhaps it was the pure energy of the room, but the venue seemed brighter, the atmosphere seemed looser and the general vibe seemed lighter then most nights at The Bowl.  It is hard not to feel comfortable and at ease in a room full of deadheads and hippies, especially ones colored so bright! I could feel it and my smile grew.

They came out, George’s back to the audience, Kreutzmann with a huge smile on his face getting situated.  And then immediately flew into a jamming rage.  First song on the set list read: SPACE, how appropriate! And SPACE they gave us, putting us all into the heady lock down that would define the night.

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Right into the memory of Jerry, we were delivered DEALPapa Mali releases a soulful growl as he leads the lyrics:  “Don’t let the deal go down.”  With his guitar resting on his portly belly, Papa delivers us the first guitar rage of the night and mouths drop.  To be honest, I wondered if I had ever seen him before. I’d listened to him a million times but I was seeing him play for the first time right there.  He was as good as I hoped he’d be.

The next song tugged on heart strings.  Men had their eyes closed and they were swaying.  Something about the Grateful Dead makes men romantic it seems, am I alone in thinking this?   In this case, they were thinking of their man crush, Pigpen, as Papa continued singing with Mr. Charlie.  At the end of the song, Kreutzmann raged up on his legs and down on the drums.  A little too hard cause the speakers to his left came crashing down on him, grazing his leg.  See, the power flies right off these bastards.  That power leaving the stage and slamming right into us, or in this case, the speakers.  You can’t make this stuff up.

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

We had a little taste of The Dead.  Now it was time for some NOLA flavor as Porter was tapped to sing Hey Pocky Way.  I am beginning to think this is the most covered song ever.  But the fact that it’s over played means everyone knows it and the crowd goes wild.  And on this night, the best part about this song was the audience.  Three songs in and the place was wild.  WILD!!  Oh, how I loved hearing Porter‘s voice.  I immediately started day dreaming of the boat and what the possibilities might be.  During his rage, Porter was off his chair and back down, his legs kicking him all over the place, he was IN IT!!  And then it got silent as Kreutzmann picked up his drums and started striking the skins fast as lighting.

The 7 Walkers @ The Brroklyn Bowl

The 7 Walkers @ The Brroklyn Bowl

Death Don’t Have No Mercy, a Grateful Dead tune, was next.  Matthew Hubbard stopped playing the keys and picked up the trombone that had been resting on the stage to his left. Such a slow song, such a soulful song, such a Jerry song.  Papa gave us a killer solo that reminisced of the swagger Jerry distilled through his guitar, all the while you could hear undertones of Papa trademark bayou style.  It was sultry, sexy, soulful.  People were dancing all over the venue, utilizing the open space to benefit their moods and environments.  It was perfect for so many reasons.

7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl

7 Walkers @ The Brooklyn Bowl (w/ excellent background artwork)

And then it was theme song time.  Matthew Hubbard gave us an amazing Organ Intro. He was REALLY good.  I am a sucker for keys but man, he was GOOD.  Not sure what I thought about all his “touch-down” moves he banged out after every solo but kick ass solos non-the-less.  Rage!  After a few minute of solid keys, 7 Walkers, new lyrics by Robert Hunter, was blasted out of the belly ‘de Papa.  As I stare at him, he started to morph into one of the characters from Where the Wild Things Are and I brought myself down to reality.  The music was trippy to say the least.  Matt had now jumped to the harmonica, jack of all trades this guy.  Papa Mali absolutely brought it with this song.  At one point, I feel like they teased Shining Star.

“7 Walkers walking in the sky / 7 Walkers watching from on high / 7 Walkers offer their protection / 7 Walkers lookin’ down from heaven”

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The place was on FIRE and it wasn’t close to set break.  Everyone was having a grand ‘ol time at this point. The front row was littered with Dead Heads who longed for tour or just to be close to Kreutzmann.  Then you had the folks there who were ragin’ cause Papa Mali and Porter are the NOLA FUNK BOMBS!  Papa sang most of Lay My Burden Down and keys harmonized. Then the music stops for a bit.  Porter strummin’ on the strings, keys filling in the background.  Papa Mali says, “It’s nice to be back in Brooklyn.  I know I can get a nice slice.”  And right into The Dead’s Sugaree. Porter sang this while Matt raged the keys and Papa harmonized.  There was a big group hug between a bunch of the heads to my left at that moment up front of stage.  It made me so happy, so very happy. Others followed suit.  The venue was at its brightest that moment.  The love was palpable.  The joy was visual.  Exactly what this music represents, exactly what it was meant to evoke.

Wharf Rat closed out the set.  A slow, soulful song.  It was out of control with Papa‘s drawing voice.  And they captured that quintessential Dead sound so well, probably without even trying.  We were so VERY VERY pleased.

Artwork behind Bill

Artwork behind Bill

The 7 Walkers did not waste anytime kicking off the second set.  Kreutzmann took a raging drum solo and into Bertha, a Grateful Dead favorite, everyone was bouncing on their toes, kicking their heels, flipping their skirts. It was a hoedown of as we all sang together.  Hubbard was able to show us some of his fabulous key work.  Scaling up and down the board and striking the keys with ferocity.  Totally on point and captivating me.  Then Kreutzmann gave us the real thing. The real solo, HIS time to rage.  My buddy took a GREAT HD video of it leading into Lovelight.

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Matthew Hubbard @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa and Porter play off each other for a few measures before Papa pulls out to jam on his own line.   Kreutzmann tapped the cymbals.  And so Bottle Up And Go begins and starts to melts our faces.  It was time for the trippy guitar space of Papa‘s mind to play with the audience for a while.  Everyone got lost.  No words. Just SPACE as Porter holds the bass line allowing our own minds to take over and find it’s own adventure.

Bill & George @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Bill & George @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I Know Your Rider, another crowd pleasure, brought everyone’s head from swaying down to forward facing again and singing with the band.  Happy shiny people.  Another great keys rage from Hubbard and the dance party continued all over the venue.  Papa slide his guitar all across the stage and in our face.  This was a raging jam to be sure.  As I stood back and watched these masters ripe our faces off, I wondered about the other groups I love watching jam so much and how they don’t HOLD A CANDLE to the greatness that was taking place on stage.

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

George Porter, Jr. @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I went on an adventure during Early In The Morning & Hey Baby Now so I don’t recall much.  It’s always nice to have something to look forward to in the recordings 🙂  I was not paying attention at this point, pen down, dancing all over the front row.  Bliss.  I was among my favorite friends, among my favorite songs and favorite musicians in my favorite venue.  How do YOU all feel when you are in that situation?? 🙂 Think about it and hold on to the good feeling you get!!

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Papa Mali @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The New Orleans Crawl, I believe a new song written for the 7 Walkers by Robert Hunter, gave us a taste of NOLA again but more on the Bayou side then the funk….Professor Longhair-esque.  And finally, Goin Down The Road Feelin Bad closed out the set.  They had so much fun with this song.  You could tell they didn’t want to put down their instruments.  If they did, they were sure fooling us.  High energy, dancing in the STREETS!! As they left the stage, some hard core people were litterally crawling on it to get set lists and picks and whatnot but noone moved a muscle.  All screaming, the show would not be over.  The audience refused to let that happen.

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Bill Kreutzmann @ The Brooklyn Bowl

In a lovely tribute to the premature death of Gary Coleman earlier that morning, The 7 Walkers came out and played the Different Strokes Theme amongst Junko Partner.   It was fitting and we all remembered our funny little friend as we danced around in the best of spirits.

Everyone was SO SUPER HIGH after the show.  Bouncing all over the place, I said goodbye to all my favorite people.  By far, this was the best turn out of MY musical krewe, forget the rest of NYC who missed an amazing musical opportunity.  The turn out from tonight had allowed all my various groups and friendship circles to collide and it was AWESOME!!!  To be able to turn around and look in any direction to see the WIDEST grins on my friends faces.  Music brings people together and that night, The 7 Walkers had aided in bringing us all much closer.

It was a magical night in the Brooklyn Bowl, that is for sure.  I PRAY that 7 Walkers comes around again.  And if they do, I suggest you pick up your ticket right away because the word from this performance has already spread like wild fire and they will be sure to sell out second time around!

Check out The 7 Walkers summer tour schedule.

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June 2010 Potential Show Run Down

June 2010 Potential Show Run Down

(If there is ANYTHING that I have missed that must not be missed, please point it out as this is updated daily things constantly.)

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio w/Clay Ross @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10 w/ 2 Drink min) Jason Lindner Trio w/Mark Guiliana @ Zinc Bar
  • ($45-$85) Reggie Watts w/ Conan O’Brien @ Radio City Music Hall

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010:

  • ($10 w/ 2 Drink min) Jason Lindner Trio @ Zinc Bar
  • ($25-$45) Lisa Loeb @ City Winery
  • ($29.50) Toots & the Maytals @ B.B. Kings
  • ($45-$85) Reggie Watts w/ Conan O’Brien @ Radio City Music Hall

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010:

  • ($15) Galactic Feat. Corey Henry w/ Sp. Guest Corey Glover of Living Colour@ Brooklyn Bowl (Funk Live) –> Some Cat From Japan (A Will Bernad Project) opening for Galactic (Jam Cruise Reunion Party)
  • ($15) Eli “Paperboy” Reed & True Loves @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($32-$35) Dark Star Orchestra @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
  • ($30-$35) Anders Osborne / Tab Benoit @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Temptress
  • ($35) Michael Franti & Spearheads & Trombone Shorty @ Govenor’s Island
  • ($40-$30) Dee Dee Bridgewater: Tribute to Billie Holiday @ The Blue Note
  • ($150) Patti LaBelle @ B.B. King Blues Club
  • ($??) Eldar @ Iridium Jazz Club

Friday, June 4th, 2010:

  • Mountain Jam IV Music Festival, NY ~ Day I
  • (Free) Von Ghost @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($15) Galactic Feat. Corey Henry w/ Sp. Guest Corey Glover of Living Colour@ Brooklyn Bowl (Funk Live) –>
    • Some Cat From Japan (A Will Bernard Project) opening for Galactic
  • ($25) The Return of George Porter Jr. & Runnin Pardners/ Papa Grows Funk @ Sullivan Hall (Funk Live)
  • ($35-$60) Drive By Truckers & Jamie McLean @ Tarrytown Music Hall
  • ($36/SOLD OUT) RJD2, Pretty Lights, Chiddy Bang @ Terminal 5
  • ($40-$30) Dee Dee Bridgewater: Tribute to Billie Holiday @ The Blue Note
  • ($??) Eldar @ Iridium Jazz Club

Saturday, June 5th, 2010:

  • Mountain Jam Music Festival, NY ~ Day II
  • 12th Annual Star Scape Music Festival, MD
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (Free) Underground Horns @ The Shrine
  • ($15) Galactic Feat. Corey Henry w/ Sp. Guest Corey Glover of Living Colour@ Brooklyn Bowl (Funk Live) –> Some Cat From Japan (A Will Bernard Project) opening for Galactic
  • ($30) Martin Sexton, Ryan Montbleau Band @ Nokia Theater Times Square
  • ($36.50 – $40) Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes @ B.B. Kings
  • ($40-$30) Dee Dee Bridgewater: Tribute to Billie Holiday @ The Blue Note

Sunday, June 6th, 2010:

  • Mountain Jam Music Festival, NY ~ Day III
  • ($18-$25) Holmes Brothers @ City Winery
  • ($40-$30) Dee Dee Bridgewater: Tribute to Billie Holiday @ The Blue Note

Monday, June 7th, 2010:

  • (Free) Fela! On Broadway Original Cast Recording Release Party @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30) Brand New Heavies feat. N’Dea Davenport @ Highline Ballroom

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010:

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010:

  • ($3 suggested) Norah Jones @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • (Free) Phish on Late Night with Jimmy Falon
  • (Entered a contest but found no price) Jeff Beck – A Tribute To Les Paul @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($10-$15) Trouble & Bass @ Santos House Party
  • ($16-$18) Easy Star All-Stars @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($20-$25) An Evening With Eric Lindell (Album Release Party) @ Sullivan Hall (Funk Live)

Thursday, June 10th, 2010:

  • Bonnaroo Music Festival
  • (Free) Sarah Mclachlan on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
  • ($15-$20) Orchard Lounge @ Higher Nubela @ Club Love
  • ($20-$25) Evening with Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20) Jamie Lidell w/ Alex B. @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
  • ($20-$30) Duncan Sheik & Holly Brook @ City Winery
  • ($35 for each set) Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna @ Iridium Jazz Club

Friday, June 11th, 2010:

  • Bonnaroo Music Festival (Manchester, TN)
  • Reggae On The Road (Lighting Ridge Park, NY)
  • (Free) Allison Moorer on Late Show with David Letterman
  • ($5) Rotary Downs, The Pimps Of Joytime, Big Light @ Brooklyn Bowl (Funk Live)
  • ($25) David Allan Coe @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($25) The Budos Band @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise (The Temptress) (7pm-11pm)
    • ($25-$30) Rubblebucket @ Rocks Off Cruises (The Temptress) (11pm-4am)
  • ($25-$80) Jethro Tull w/ Procol Harum @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($30-$45) Leo Kottke @ City Winery

Saturday, June 12th, 2010:

  • Bonnaroo Music Festival (Manchester, TN)
  • Reggae On The Road (Lighting Ridge Park, NY)
  • ($20-$25) NYC Undead Jazzfest (2 Nights, 3 Venues, 30 Bands)
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem @12:30 (late night show)
  • (Girls free/$5) Higher Nebulae @ The Delancy (11pm-1145pm)
  • ($3) Allen Toussaint and Davell Crawford @ The Prospect Park Bandhshell
  • ($10) Will Bernard @ The Blue Note @ 12:30pm (late night show)
  • ($25) Grace Potter & The Nocturnals @ Webster Hall
  • ($30-$35) Leo Kottke @ City Winery

Sunday, June 13th, 2010:

  • Bonnaroo Music Festival (Manchester, TN)
  • Reggae On The Road (Lighting Ridge Park, NY)
  • ($20-$25) NYC Undead Jazzfest (2 Nights, 3 Venues, 30 Bands)
  • ($??) Undead Jazzfest w/ Mark Guiliana @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($7)  Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery

Monday, June 14th, 2010:

  • (Free) Baaba Maal, Playing For Change @ Summerstage
  • ($8-$15 + 1 drink min.) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason) @ The Living Room
  • ($25) The Mingus Big band @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010:

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($30) John Butler Trio, State Radio, Angus and Julia Stone & State Radio @ Summerstage
  • ($40-$155) Carole King / James Taylor – Troubadour Reunion @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($15) The Roots @ Highline Ballroom (this is weird online)

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010:

  • ($5) Chico Mann @ Santos House Party
  • ($25) Mary Gauthier @ Joe’s Pub (NolaFolk)
  • ($40-$155) Carole King / James Taylor – Troubadour Reunion @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($50) Larry Graham + Central Station (S&TFS) @ B.B. Kings

Thursday, June 17th, 2010:

  • CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
  • (Free) Taylor Carson @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($??) Mark Guiliana @ 55 Bar
  • (??) Gent Treadly @ Flannery’s Irish Pub (called everywhere looking for price)
  • ($10-$12) Apollo Run @ The Studio @ Webster Hall
  • ($5) The Lee Boys @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($13) The London Souls @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($20-$25) Tony Allen at Le Poisson Rouge (Funk Live)
  • ($25-$30)  Railroad Earth @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Temptress
  • ($40 – $90) Keith Jarrett Trio, Jack DeJohnette, Gary Peacock @ Carnegie Hall (Part of CareFusion Jazz Festival New York)
  • ($59.90-$99.50) New Kids on the Block @ Radio City Music Hall

Friday, June 18th, 2010:

Saturday, June 19th, 2010:

  • PHISH @ SPAC!!!
  • CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (12:pm – late night show)
  • (Free) Apollo Run @ Central Park’s Bandshell
  • (Free) Mike Stern Trio – Bitches Brew Revisited @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($10) The McLovin’s @ Sullivan Hall (@9:30pm)
  • ($10) Sullivan Hall Shakedown @ Sullivan Hall (@12:30am)
    • Featuring Monchan, Chris Hall and DJ Nutritious w/ percussion by Steven Chopeck w/ visuals by Mamiko Kuchida plus special guest ElaNEF
  • ($12) Eli “Paperboy” Reed  @ The Bellhouse
    • Justin Townes Earle (opening for Eli Reed) @ The Bell House
  • ($12-$15)  Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey @ 92Y Tribeca
  • ($20) Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra @ Southpaw
  • ($59.90-$99.50) New Kids on the Block @ Radio City Music Hall

Sunday, June 20th, 2010:

Monday, June 21th, 2010:

  • CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
  • Make Music New York ALL DAY FUNK FEST! (Funk Live)
  • ($8-$15 + 1 drink min.) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason) @ The Living Room
  • ($25) The Mingus Big band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($15) The Roots @ Highline Ballroom (this is odd online)

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010:

  • CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ Late Show with David Letterman
  • ($25) Marcus Miller feat. Christian Scott: The Music of Miles Davis @ Highline Ballroom

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010:

Thursday, June 24th, 2010:

  • CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
  • Funk Fest 6 at Sullivan Hall (Funk Live)
  • ($10-$85) Blues Summit: James Cotton & Friends feat. Taj Mahal, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Shemekia Copeland, Darrell Nulisch, David Maxwell @ Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • ($15) The New Deal @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) The Late Night Jam Sessions @ City Winery (Part of CareFusion Jazz Festival New York)
  • (Unknown) Chico Man @ El Museo del Barrio
  • ($20 ) Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Half Moon)
  • (Unknown) Victor Wooten @ BAM Rhythm and Blues Festival
  • ($32.50-$38) En Vogue @ B.B. Kings
  • ($35-$105) Herbie Hancock @ Carnegie Hall (Part of CareFusion Jazz Festival New York)
    • Special guests Terence Blanchard, Ron Carter, Bill Cosby, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter, plus other artists to be announced

Friday, June 25th, 2010:

  • Phish @ Susquahana Bank Center, Camen, NJ
  • CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
  • (Free) Soul Cycle @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • ($10 – $15) Jason Lindner Trio @ The Jazz Gallery (Part of CareFusion Jazz Festival New York)
  • ($15) Harlem Stride: Henry Butler (NolaJazz), Osmany Paredes @ Harlem Stage Gatehouse
  • ($15) The Sam Kininger Band @ The Blue Note
  • ($35) Al Di Meola @ Highline Ballroom (YES!! YES!! YES!!)
  • ($98) Chuck Berry @ B.B. King Blues Club
  • ($41.50 – $156.50) Maxwell & Jill Scott @ MSG

Saturday, June 26th, 2010:

  • CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
  • (Free) Common & Soulive @ Fort Greene Music Fest 2010
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (Free) Tinariwen & Toubab Krewe @ Central Park Summerstage
  • ($10) Reckoning @ Sullivan Hall (A post Furthur show playing music of the Dead, Phish and more…)
  • ($39.50) Furthur @ MCU Park
    • Featuring Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Jay Lane & Joe Russo
  • ($30- $385) Yes! & Peter Frampton @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($41.50 – $156.50) Maxwell & Jill Scott @ MSG

Sunday, June 27th, 2010:

  • NASFT Fancy Food Shows @ Javit Center
  • ($39.50) Furthur @ MCU Park
  • ($15) Elvis Perkins in Dearland @ Newtown Barge Park (1pm show)

Monday, June 28th, 2010:

  • NASFT Fancy Food Shows @ Javit Center

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010:

  • NASFT Fancy Food Shows @ Javit Center
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8-$15 + 1 drink min.) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio (w/ Stephan Crump and Tony Mason) @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Robert Randolph @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($35-$65) Alejandro Escovedo @ City Winery
  • (Sold Out) Passion Pit @ Prospect Park Bandshell

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010:

  • ($25) New Mastersounds @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise Aboard The Temptress
  • ($35) Passion Pit @ Govenor’s Island, NY
  • ($39.50 – $154.50) James Taylor & Carole King @ Madison Square Garden

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Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

I missed RubbleBucket…again….for the SIXTH time this year.  We have concluded that I am not meant to see RubbleBucket.  Period…and when the day comes where I finally do see them, HOLY SHIT, watch out!  It’s going to be one of those show karma moments when they play their best show ever!  The heavens will open up and swallow us whole. So, sorry RubbleBucket…one day when the stars align.

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

SO LATE!!! I arrived at the Highline Ball Room around 9:45pm after the most ridiculous of subway mistakes.  I made my way up front and a member of RubbleBucket said, “Get Ready For Ozomatli!”  Seriously? You have GOT to be kidding!!  I was at least hoping for an hour long set?  Found out later on that they had started precisely at 9pm.  Apparently, at midnight, The Highline Ball Room turns into a dance club.  So, they clear out the building and make people repay to continue the dance party. Yeah….good ‘ol greed wins again.

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

I had never seen Ozomatli.  I knew they were Grammy winners and I knew they were a Latin Funk group from California.  I had some pretty high expectations because whenever I said there name in reference to attending this show, 95% of the reactions were severely positive:  “OH, YES! You will love them!” or “Awesome! They are so much fun!”  So, needless to say, I was looking forward to this kick ass party I was apparently going to be a part of.  Ozomatli is a Latin/Funk/Hip-Hop and everything-in-between kind of band.

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

The band consists of:

* Wil-Dog Abers: Bass, Background Vocals
* Ulises Bella: Saxophone, Clarinet, Requinto Jarocho, Keyboard, Melodica, Background Vocals
* Mario Calire: Drums
* Raúl “El Bully” Pacheco: Guitar, Tres, Jarana, Lead Vocals
* Justin “El Niño Porée: Percussion, Rap Vocals
* Asdru Sierra: Trumpet, Keyboard, Lead Vocals
* Jiro Yamaguchi: Tabla, Percussion, Background Vocals

The members of Ozomatli stampeded through the entire 18-song set without a break and started the show off with more physical energy the MOMENT they hit the stage then I have ever witnessed in any other band.  And they never EVER stopped…EVER!  Just out of control, spaztastic jumping, bouncing, throwing of instruments, jumping into the audience, on to each others backs, running all over, spinning in circles…the list goes on.

Ozomatli Set list

NYC, Highline Ballroom 4/30/10

  • Dos Cosas Ciertas
  • Chango
  • Malagasy Shock
  • City of Angels
  • La Gallina
  • Ya Viene El Sol
  • Esa Morena
  • Elysian Persuasion
  • 45
  • Are U Ready
  • Intro
  • Cumbia de Los Muertos
  • After Party
  • Here We Go
  • La Temperatura
  • Saturday Night
  • Como Ves
  • Ranch
Wil-Dog Abers @ Highline Ballroom

Wil-Dog Abers @ Highline Ballroom

Man, this group just blasted right out onto the stage.  I don’t even think they walked out. They ran.  I absolutely loved it.  However, there was definitely a vibe at this show that was a little different then I am used to.  I had to put in my earplugs, not for the volume of the music but for the volume of the screeching in my ear.  When Ozomatli began, the energy just went through the roof within seconds.  But within those few seconds, the screaming females and physical shoving that commenced was a bit obnoxious.  Like when you are at a Les Claypool show and he is like “PLEASE stop mosh pitting,” and no one listens.  These cougars, yes, cougars, wanted at the men on that stage like it was nobody’s business.

Justin "El Niño Porée @ Highline Ballroom

Justin "El Niño Porée @ Highline Ballroom

So we got this ridiculous audience, a pretty tight location that was PACKED and hot, this band so full of fire that I hadn’t even focused on the sound yet.  All I realized was that I had danced away from my spot to find another and was smiling 🙂  Right off the bat, with Dos Cosas Ciertas, they brought in the Latin Hip Hop with Justin “El Niño Porée on vocals.  I was immediately aware of how tall the Highline Ballroom stage is because the band members were dancing all over the stage and the whole front row was leaning back as to not get kicked in the face. Out of control.  I moved again, still smiling.

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

Justin "El Niño Porée @ Highline Ballroom

Justin "El Niño Porée @ Highline Ballroom

Chango was a jazzy tune with Ulises Bella, apparently a jack of all trades, flipping his saxophone in between his jazzy blasts.  This song was fast as shit.  I mean, that Latin vibe was pumping through my veins and building momentum.  Justin “El Niño Porée was jumping so high, I seriously thought of basketball for some time after seeing how high he jumped. What? Yup! Weird.

Jiro Yamaguchi @ Highline Ballroom

Jiro Yamaguchi @ Highline Ballroom

Malagasy Shock gave us the funky jam and Jiro Yamaguchi was on the timpani.  Man, this guy was one hell of a fast percussionist.  His hands flew so fast, there were time I could hardly see them.  I was reminded of Daniel Sadownick and other players who hands seem to fly.  So far, all these songs were in Spanish and I could make part of the lyrics out but mainly I was enjoying the language as a separate instrument all together.

They continued with only one of the few English spoken song, City of Angels, where they all danced in a circle around the stage in unison.  Gallina and Ya Viene were more of the same. Mad energy, Latin vibe, salsa swinging hips.  The couple beside me were going insane for the band and then insane for each other.  Generally I like to dance alone, in my own world, but for this kind of music….mmmmm….I actually wanted a dance partner.  At some points, I almost NEEDED one because this music wasn’t for the individual.  It was passionate and saucy and vibrant…and there were girls all around me, no lie hahaha.  So, ladies, bring yourself a man who likes to salsa when you head to an  Ozomatli show.  Not for every song, but you will want them there for a few of them 🙂

Bella & Yamaguchi @ Highline Ballroom

Bella & Yamaguchi @ Highline Ballroom

Ya Viene was so pretty.  Ulises Bella on a Requinto Jarocho and Jiro Yamaguchi on a Tabla, pulled up to the center of the stage and played their respective instruments. Fast, tight, growing ever faster with each hit.  Out of control audience.  I recognized some pretty keys by Asdru SierraEse Morena brought in Ulises Bella on the flute.  This guy just plays everything under the moon I imagine.  It was time to wonder around at this point…I could not longer stand the front.

Ozomatli and Rubblebucket @ Highline Ballroom

Ozomatli and Rubblebucket @ Highline Ballroom

Rubblebucket & Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

Rubblebucket & Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

Ozomatli brought back Rubblebucket for Elysian Persuasion.  I had missed them, now I was very far back with my friends and couldn’t see.  Awesome. HAHAHA!!  So, I made my way up to the front and was FINALLY able to see this 5 foot awesome chick raging on a 4 foot alto saxophone with all her might.  FUCKING RIGHT!!!  Asdru Sierra screamed, “We are going to bring it back to the 80’s. To the time of Aqua Net.” Raúl “El Bully” Pacheco killed it on the rock guitar assault.

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

Ozomatli @ Highline Ballroom

This was probably my favorite song of the night. Definitely the one that sticks out the most in my mind. There was hip hop but the underlying beat was funky horn driven and there was a real nice talented jam up there for a few minute instead of a performance and I loved it at that moment.  The musicians were playing and not dancing around hardly,as I don’t think they can ever switch off haha  They were focusing on their tunes, not on us. But in a good way.  Enveloped in their playing, feelin’ it…ahh, live music!

Fire Away CD

Fire Away CD

“This is a special night for us”..(everyone laughs)…”I mean, yall!!” says Asdru Sierra, in between blowing his trumpet. “We got a new album out,” he says, “called Fire Away.”  The band was still bouncing around the stage.  “45,” a slow funky song with major sax action and &  Are U Ready, an oldie but a goodie, were next.

Jiro Yamaguchi @ Highline Ballroom

Jiro Yamaguchi @ Highline Ballroom

Cumbia de Los Muertos, off their self-titled debut CD, had everyone screaming.  The clarinet was out now and they teased Bob Marley’s Stir It UpUlises Bella just chucks the clarinet  and sends it flying through the air to Wil-Dog Abers.  He catches it and returns it as we all sing along to Bob.  These guys are just straight performers.  Fun, fun! All the females up front are getting drunker now and the cameras are out.  Wil-Dog Abers shakes his butt in the cameras and these guys just pump out he sexy to their adoring fans for sure.

After Party got me movin’ pretty hard. “We love you New York, for a specific reasons.  There is always some shit poppin’.”  Everyone was side by side, doing unison dances.  People were hugging during this song.  They broke out into a modern song medley of sorts in the middle of the rage.  First it was Shaggy’s Luv Me, Luv Me but someone on stage said, “Nah! That’s whack, that’s whack.”  So, I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers gave us a ride.

Ulises Bella @ Highline Ballroom

Ulises Bella @ Highline Ballroom

Here We Go was next which had Ulises Bella on a blowing keyboard thing.  It made a synthesizer sound that went oddly along with the underlying ozo Latin vibe.  Temperatura was dedicate to Arizona regarding that bullshit immigration law!  There was a huge salsa rage and lots of horns. Couples everywhere knockin’ into people. No one cared.  And then in the middle of Saturday Night one by one they jumped off the stage…

Empty stage after entire band lept into crowd!

Empty stage after entire band lept into crowd!

They raged the remaining few songs in the middle of the venue. Each and every member of the band.  I’ve been told that this is a common happening.  I can see why though.  For at least another 10 minutes the band raged in the center of the venue.  The entire audience shifted around on the floor and the stage was now empty.  I could only imagine the view the people on the top floor of the venue were getting.  Certainly a great show!  I leaned against the stage for the remainder of the set, watching this insane tornado unfold in front of me.  Pretty soon there was a conga line and they made about four passes before walking out the door.  And the show was over.

Entire Ozomatli crew ragin in the middle of venue!

Entire Ozomatli crew ragin in the middle of venue!

This is the kind of show where I will never be able to reach that intense maximum high that you get from first time experiences.  When you don’t see those kind of things coming in the performance, they are real treats, exciting and fun!  Which is exactly what this was. This was totally fun but  I wonder what to expect next time as now know these big moments of flare are coming.  In the end, they are ragers with energy for sure who put on a great performance.  Definitely one I will make sure and catch again sometime very soon…next time with a dance partner 🙂

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Front of a great shirt!

Front of a great shirt!

…….continued from Night  1 of Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl (04.23.10)

Before I knew it, my head had hit the pillow in my bed the night before and just like that, my feet were back to hitting the pavement to the Brooklyn Bowl.  The NY Funk Live group was gathering tonight to make sure the dance floor was packed and the energy was high.  Such a genuinely good group of people.  I encourage all funk friendly followers to look into the group and see if it’s for you.  A fellow funksters shirt caught my eye and made me giggle. I hope you get a kick out of it also.

Back of a great shirt!

Back of a great shirt!

It was the second night of Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at the Brooklyn Bowl.  I was arriving a bit early to meet my buddy who was going to introduce me to just the best damn falafel I have ever eaten.  The place is called Oasis and it is right at the L train Bedford stop, first stop into Brooklyn from Manhattan.  Oh my goodness, it was just so good! Not oily, the extras: the red cabbage, the pickles, the hot sauce, were all so different yet all worked so well together.  SICK! And it was $3.50.  No lie, it is now what I plan on eating every time I head to the Brooklyn Bowl now. Yup! Yup! Light yet filling and $3.50…Word!

John Staten @ The Brooklyn Bowl

John Staten @ The Brooklyn Bowl

We arrived again before 9pm and there is only a slight line at the ID check this time. Once inside, it’s right to the front, makin’ my way to my regular spot to lay down my things.  A few buddies are already marking their territories at the front of the stage.  After chatting with them, I turn around to get my little notebook out and there is a NYC condom laying on my purse.  I look to the guys elevated above me in the bowling section and they just smile with their smirky grins and raise their glasses.  Seriously?  Looks like someone else was marking his territory.  I place the love token in my purse and turned around to the men in the joint that had some class…my friends 🙂

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

I was not on point for this show.  Because I was so focused during the first show, I felt like I wanted to just melt my face off and dance tonight.  This review won’t be nearly as long as Night I.  I seemed to focus more on taking pictures then notes.  Karl and his Universe took the stage around 9:45pm this time.  Hell of a lot earlier then the previous night of an hour later.  Right into a full out saxophone rage from Karl Denson.  I am not sure if they really played The Bridge or not.  I don’t recall that song being played but the set list says otherwise…  Either way, the first song was a HUGE rage fest and a great way to open.  EVERYONE was focused, attentive and dancing.  The stage was set up as follows, from left to right:

David Veith (keyboards)

Chris Littlefield (trumpet)

John Staten (drums)

Karl Denson (saxophone/flute)

Chris Stillwell (bass)

Brian Jordan (guitar)

Chris Littlefield & David Veith @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Chris Littlefield & David Veith @ The Brooklyn Bowl

The first song I recall is Kool Is Back.  I love this song.  The horn bring you right in with a catchy tune.  Karl picked up the tambourine and everything got really funky.  Brian gave us a guitar solo created off of his rift that is the background of the song.    The banging of the cowbell, John Staten just ripping apart the drums.  He was always inserting extra smack downs in the lulls of the other instruments which I appreciate.    This song reminded me of a 60’s game show for some reason.  Again, I think that if each of these artists had a band of their own, I would go see them all.  This song is so full of yummy jazz flute I can’t stand it.  FAST jazz flute.  Karl’s fingers were moving so fast and he was bouncing to the rhythm of his fingers.  My friend SCREAMS his monstrous scream in recognition of the slaughter that is taking place with the flute.  And Karl KILLS it.  Both horns are picked back up and they blast out the ending with Brian leading the way with the funky rift.

Brian Jordan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Brian Jordan @ The Brooklyn Bowl

At this point, Karl’s horn insanity is taking down to a medium slow growl, a really jazzy sound emits and the song changes.  Galaxy!! “On a rocket ship /No time to wait /I just want to gravitate!” sings Karl.  They hit the lyrics pretty hard in this song, little play from the instruments.  At least for a little bit!  We got some interpretive jazz sax from Karl and people screamed.  The drums got louder and Karl got faster.  My friend tapped me on the shoulder to hand me some love.  We danced around.  I heard the tambourine.   As I look at my notes, I see where my friend wrote PEACE + LOVE = FUNK!!  I think he might be on to something. 🙂  So, there is a part in this song where they kind of let the slow, low, minimalist movement take over and not much happens.  He lost me.  I started thinking of a friends who weren’t there and and texted them pictures.  It was just a really jammy sloooow background for some chatting to commence for a few good measures.  But the nice part about these lulls, they pick up fast and just intensify and makes your head EXPLODE.  Yeah, Karl knew what he was doing.  And no pun intended but SPAAAACE!!!  I couldn’t figure out where some of the sounds were coming from, finally figuring out the horn sounds were coming from the keys? Shoot, I still may be wrong. I was loosing my mind waiting for the song to explode in my face.  My notes mention something about there being wasted time pickin’ and that is because I just wanted Brian to rip my face off with his fingers on the guitar.    He stands there with such a darling smile on his face and its like he is busting to blow out the guitar but he doesn’t.  Honestly, I can’t tell who I want to hear more. Who did I come to see?  They were all so great. “Outta Sight, Outta Sight” sings Karl twice.  Honestly, this Tiny Rager was in the middle of a Tiny Universe but I was entirely in my own world.

David Veith @ The Brooklyn Bowl

David Veith @ The Brooklyn Bowl

YES!!  YES!!!  YES!!  I heard the Reggae beat, the dance in my legs shifted immediately.  It moved up to my hips and the salsa vibe was pumping.  Might Rebel was serve up so nicely.  I longed for Debrissa McKinney’s voice immediately as she sings with them on their latest album, Brother’s Keeper.  This is easily one of my top five KDTU songs.  JUST LOVE THIS SONG! Gypsy rage!  Russ ask to borrow a lighter, confusing me because he doesn’t smoke, and holds it in the air swaying it back and forth. We giggle.  It was definitely a moment for that.  Karl looked directly at him, because you just cant miss this guy standing out with his red hair and giant stature holding a lit lighter, and with a beaming smile, nods in recognition of the act.  Russ adds some reggae beats with his mouth in the crowd and its hilarious.  It fits.  This is such a different song from the others being played that night.  It was so very Reggae and it was a nice change.  All the musicians soloed and just killed it.  Coming together at the end, it was just a pure hippie rage in depth.  Very heady and it was over just like that.

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Shake It Out was next and it was the same as the night previously. I just set everything out and shook it out.  No notes, no recollection of anything fantastic happening.  Just dancing machine!  Hands in the air, spinning, knocking into my pal who was trying to contain himself but I could see in his eyes that he wanted to freaking flip out 🙂 Ah, reservation, I know you not.

And honestly, the set list said “Elephant” was next but it wasn’t. It made it’s way into the second set.  New York City was to rage the closer. And I mean RAGE!  It was a slow start at first and then it was a shit show of EXPLOSIVE funk all over that stage.  The ending of that set was one of the most intense endings of a set I have seen since Bowlive.  It was off the charts funky fantastic.  The energy was palpable, the place was packed.  And with that, they walked off the stage.  It was time to rage the bench and discuss…I was so high from all the goodness of that night that my vision was literally like a rippling pond at one point. Out of control. Damn, what a closer.

Set I: The Bridge, Kool Is Back, Galaxy, Mighty Rebel, Shake It Out, New York City

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson @ The Brooklyn Bowl

For the first time,we were not allowed outside of the front to walk around, smoke, get some fresh air .  We were confined to an area outside the front door, slightly herded. I am still wondering what that was all about.  After the insanity of amazingness that was Bowlive, these Karl Denson shows were definitely some of the the most amazing/fun shows I have seen at the Brooklyn Bowl to date.  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe has a ridiculously ginormous amounts of soul.  It’s endless, full of funk, jazz, blues, and rage.  A GREAT team.

RAGE!

RAGE!

At this point, I just have my dancing shoes on and am not thinking of much else.  Steamed Water was awesome and I danced so very hard during that song.  David Veith really stood out on the keys during this set.  I had been hearing what I thought was a flute all weekend and it was his sound.  I don’t know if it was where I was standing.  But he always sounded like a flute.  I remember thinking that at that point I would just be happy to have the horns surrounding me on all side just blowing my head off.  I was so needy for them it was ridiculous.  I remember distinctly wanting crawl inside one of the horns and live in it.  Definitely out of control.

Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Trampled Underfoot, a Led Zepplin Cover, was “all about the love.”  Brian  worked his magic on the guitar once again. I just love his smile.  Chris Littlefield in tempo with the shaker as Karls on the mic, for like 7 measures, a lot of time on the cowbell.  I remember specifically texting that to a friend haha.  But again Karl ransacked the stage with his horn and the biggest cheer of the night came blasting out of the crowd.  I mean how do you not scream when guitars are jamming, horns are IN YOUR FACE NASTY, the drummer is basically on his feet, breaking his bloody sticks in half with each beat.  The crowd goes ape shit and Karl extends his arm in recognition of the cheer – the place erupts once again.  Back on the cowbell, Karl mentions his anniversary again. So special, it made my heart yearn.  “I cant stop talking about love,” says Karl.  How very special.  Another dance in unison between Chris Littlefield and Karl.

John Staten @ THe Brooklyn Bowl

John Staten @ The Brooklyn Bowl

And the shit just kept hitting the fan.  Karl blew me away in The Grunt. I know I am talking about him a lot but he was the main reason I went to the show.  How many time can I say he blew that horn, raged that horn, he was was awesome.  He brought a little jazz back into the otherwise funky song.  A few blats of improve was nice, a 3 minute jazz solo, real nice.   I remember there was chanting at one point, “NYC, NYC NYC!!!”  I completely spaced out for a while dancing around my little area, it had gotten a bit tight up front at this point, some odd photographers were bouncing around. I don’t know if they changed songs or were in the same one but we got a taste of Brian’s funky guitar and that cute smile.  Wearing a vest over a white shirt with jeans, he was lookin’ adorable that night.  Everyone looked sharp!  God, I love good music. “Make some noise in here,” shout’s Karl.  The venue screams in unison.  There were sooooo many people there compared to the night before.  It was shocking. Where had they all been Friday night?  I was very glad they were there. I wanted Karl and his Tiny Universe to know how much NYC loves them:)

Karl Denson and Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson and Chris Littlefield @ The Brooklyn Bowl

An introduction to the next song, still unsure of the name.  Karl says, “Everything we do is for the ladies!  Am I right?”  Everyone screamed.  “You know it, they know it…..but just this once, we got a little something for the fellas.  This song is for the fellas.”  There is a little instrument banter and he continues, “Why are you scared?  You know there is always someone out there uglier then you so don’t be afraid, do it – go after it – you have nothing to fear but fear itself”  The song was beautiful.  For some reason, I have “Animal Kingdom” in my notes??  And that I wanted more flute. I was becoming oblivious. Perhaps the song was Groove On, I think it was, the set list says so but I still can’t recall.  See, this is why I have to write the set list down as the show progresses or I just forget everything.

Karl Denson & Jessica Lurie @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson & Jessica Lurie @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Elephant was DEFINITELY next with Karl on the shaker and Chris Littlefield on the cowbell.  See, lots of time spent on these funny side instruments, but it was all part of the sound 🙂 What a great song. So heavy, so funky. The title evokes visions of elephants walking in a pack as soon as the tune begins.  Brian lays down the melody of the tune with his strings and Karl laces it out on the flute. Yes, a heady, herdy elephant song with flute!   There was major mouth action this time as he purposefully added in the sounds from his mouth as he blow the flute.  The sound emitted takes on an entirely different texture when the artists allow their mouth sounds to dominate the sounds of the instruments they are playing.  Some folks don’t care for it, but I do!!

Jessica Lurie @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Jessica Lurie @ The Brooklyn Bowl

Here we got our first and only guest treat for the evening. Out walks this lovely female, in a black vest, black tee, black jeans, and boots that looks liked they were broken in years ago, the “oh so comfortable” kind.  Jessica Lurie, a female saxophone player currently transplanted from Seattle to Brooklyn was the special guest for the evening.  I bet she played with Skerik all the time while in Seattle. I would love to see that duo.  SHE RAGED IT!!   I actually would have liked to have seen her perform more but he song didn’t allow for it as Karl was on his sax having to lead the herd through the song.    At one point both saxophone payers were not playing, but instead using the shakers and graters to back up Brian on the guitar.  I wanted more from Lurie. I was intrigued. She is definitely on my radar and I hope to see her again soon!  Karl belts a solo on the flute and Jessica is on various percussion instruments. She definitely didn’t just stand there, which was great.  At the end, they were all on the horns, everyone was jamming but not melting our faces. I was longing for that energy from the last song of the first set.  And then Brian’s guitar was crying as Karl interjected with hoots and yelps reminiscent of tribal banter, spiritual chanting if you will.  HE SCREAMS! And the energy rose, oh so high.  Russ screamed back, completely overcome with emotion from the song, he just couldn’t help it.  Karl stomped this herd into the ground with Lurie at the end. Brian brought the funk and it was just killer.  And then everyone exits the stage except for John Staten who has picked up the song, and taken it as his own…it was his time to shine! Enjoy the video! I personally like Karl’s little jig at the end of the clip!  RAGE JOHN RAGE!

Might Mouse was slated on the set list but they choose to rage another.  At this point a fan had come up to Karl and shouted something, He said, “OK! SO then we will play that song next for you, Happy Birthday!”  So kind, so genuine Such a good man, on top of being a good musician.    Soul Drifting would be the song of choice and it was full of just more funk and fun. David Veith mouthing the “sounds” he was making on the keys.  I was so focused on the horns and the guitars that I lost track of the keys and for that I apologize.  The keys were light, shifty, breezy.  Everyone was smiling. Karl places the mouth piece on his sax again and it creates the low growl.  “I feel like talking tonight.” says Karl.  He doesn’t talk so much as he gives us such a pretty jazzy flute, like a humming birds wings, his fingers were flying.  I closed my eyes as the song willed me to.  It was such a slow jam at first and then he screamed so soulfully, so fast.  Brian picked up his pace and just let loose on the strings, Karl picks up percussion instruments, I danced so hard I fell over.  Yup!  Just fell over…I was out of my mind, as were the people surrounding me; the people up front, paying attention to the slaughter that was taking place.  “Thank you New York!  Thank You New York,” screams Karl to the beat of the song.  And that feeling of dread that floods over you when you know a show is ending immediately flooded in.  Had two nights of Karl Denson really just come and gone just like that?  Perhaps for many, if not most people, they can just go home having enjoyed the night, being able to move forward and immediately think of things on their to do lists the following day….moving forward.  Not me, I get stuck in the moments and I truly dislike being pulled out of them.  I truly is an addiction.  It makes me tankful for these opportunities to write for yall, and for myself, to relive the memories and have a record of them.  It allows me to release and move forward like the “regular” folks 🙂

Karl Denson and Jessica Lurie @ The Broooklyn Bowl

Karl Denson and Jessica Lurie @ The Broooklyn Bowl

The stage was empty, no one moved, and everyone was screaming at the top of their lungs.  Of course, we all wanted more.  Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe to the the stage of the Brooklyn Bowl one more time that weekend and gave us a hell of an encore: Bougainvillea! Of and older CD, The D Stands for Diesel, Karl says, I got an old skool song for ya.”  The flute goes right into it, light, jammy guitar, interesting sounds with the keys. I was really too busy dancing to worry about much else.  Then the flute is put down and replaced by the saxophone.  Jessica Lurie came out and joined the session.  “I’ll sing you a song all night long,” shout’s Karl.  And the horns ended the evening blasting into the night and off the stage.  You know how I said this wouldn’t be a long review? I lied 🙂  It was too good to summarize.  And  when this review completed….it’s off to the next adventure 🙂 because I have just released!!! 🙂

Set II: Steamed Water, Trampled Under Foot (Led Zeppelin Cover), The Grunt, Groove On, Elephants, Soul Drifting, Bougainvillea

Download: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe Live at Brooklyn Bowl (04.23.10)

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