Brooklyn Comes Alive Announces Supergroup Formations, Daily Lineups

first_imgAfter months of anticipation, Brooklyn Comes Alive reveals the full list of bands, supergroups, one-off tribute sets, and more. With over 100 artists slated to perform 35+ sets across two days in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Comes Alive is primed to take over the borough with a roster of incredible talent. On September 23 and 24, attendees will be granted in-and-out access to three music venues—Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Schimanski (previously Verboten, instead of The Hall at MP, with better sound quality and more space!)—within a 5-minute walking radius, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival in the heart of Williamsburg. Additionally, the festival is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan. More information is available here. Without further ado, Brooklyn Comes Alive is pleased to present the daily lineups and supergroup formations for 2017.***Tickets Are On Sale Now!*** Saturday, September 23rdThe Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music of The Allman Brothers BandWith the deaths of songwriter/vocalist/organist Gregg Allman and drummer Butch Trucks earlier this year, the music world has been in an open state of mourning, and we knew we needed to bring the music of the Allman Brothers Band to Brooklyn Comes Alive. We teamed up with Gregg Allman Band’s longtime guitarist/vocalist/musical director—Scott Sharrard—and put together an amazing, star-studded band that will help us pay our proper respects to the legacy of the ABB.In addition to Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico (moe.), Brooklyn Comes Alive is excited to welcome legendary drummer, Bernard Purdie, and keyboardist of Tedeschi Trucks Band, Kofi Burbridge, to their Allman Brothers tribute. The two legends will perform in place of Joel Cummins and Kris Myers who can no longer perform on Saturday due to a rescheduled Umphrey’s McGee tour date in Chicago (though they’ll still perform on Sunday). Sharrard will also welcome super-talented percussionist Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), and Gregg Allman Band bassist Brett Bass to create a high-flying tribute to the Allman Brothers Band that won’t be soon forgotten. Eric Krasno (Lettuce, Soulive), Rob Compa (Dopapod), Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys), and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer are a few of the players who will join the fray as special guests.DJ Premier & The Badder BandIconic producer and three-time GRAMMY winner DJ Premier will recreate classic hip-hop songs with his four-piece band. Premier teamed with MC Guru in the 1990s to form the legendary duo Gang Starr, and he also composed famous tracks for legends like Jay-Z, Kanye West, The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, D’Angelo, and Nas, among countless others. DJ Premier ushered in a new era in live hip-hop when he revealed The Badder Band, and they have been touring the world with him and performing to packed venues since 2015.The Crystal MethodTo celebrate their 20th anniversary year, The Crystal Method will play an exclusive set during Brooklyn Comes Alive featuring classic tunes spanning over their two-decade career. Best known for their platinum debut album Vegas, which featured electronic staples “Busy Child” and “Trip Like I Do,” The Crystal Method continues to play hard-hitting performances worldwide and is a go-to for major soundtracks for films and video games. The Crystal Method has collaborated with the likes of Tom Morello, Scott Weiland, Peter Hook, Matisyahu, and Rahzel throughout their legendary career.Rooster ConspiracyRooster Conspiracy was born in Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann’s garage at his home in Hawaii. He recruited his Billy & the Kids bandmate Reed Mathis, Mathis’ Electric Beethoven bandmate Todd Stoops, and guitarist Eric Krasno to perform songs plucked mostly from the Grateful Dead catalog. They performed the songs in a funky style that showcased Kreutzmann’s signature shuffle, which locked in perfectly with Krasno’s jazz-club funk, Mathis’ constant drive for creation, and Stoops’ kinetic approach to the keyboards. Kreutzmann can’t make it for this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, so the rest of the guys tapped Jay Lane (Ratdog, Primus) for the highly anticipated first-ever East Coast edition of the Rooster ConspiracyGeorge Porter Jr. / Skerik / Mike DillonThe Meters bassist George Porter Jr. will link up with pioneering saxophonist (and Brooklyn Comes Alive veteran) Skerik and former Primus percussionist extraordinaire Mike Dillon to create an inimitable and deep-space jazz exploration.Matador! Soul SoundsIn Matador! Soul Sounds, the duo of Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds) and Alan Evans (Soulive) team up with keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott, as well as Ms. Adryon de León (Orgone) and Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime), to debut their brand new band that’s ready to take the funk world by storm.Brownie (DJ Set)Bassist Marc Brownstein will return for his third consecutive year at Brooklyn Comes Alive for a rare DJ set after his set with The Disco Biscuits at City Bisco on Coney Island.KJ Sawka of Pendulum and Destroid LiveKJ Sawka, drummer of Pendulum and Destroid (and formerly of Conspirator), will bring his new live show combining live drums with electronic music for a unique musical experience. In addition to being known as one of the best drummers in the world of electronic music, KJ has been racking up views in the hundreds of thousands on YouTube, displaying his insane drumming chops in a series of videos.Dave Harrington’s Merry PrankstersDave Harrington, formerly the guitar player in crossover electronic group Darkside, has become an in-demand player in the New York music scene. With the Merry Pranksters, he takes the free-flowing spirit of the Grateful Dead and turns it on its head with a rotating cast of characters—including Skerik, Yuka Honda, Spencer Zahn, Mauro Refosco, and Ian Chang—focusing solely on groove-based improvisations. This set at Brooklyn Comes Alive will find Harrington and company focusing heavily on electronic music.Roosevelt Collier’s Brooklyn Get DownPedal steel guitar expert and former member of The Lee Boys—Roosevelt Collier—will bring his Get Down back to Brooklyn Comes Alive this year. For this edition of the Get Down, Collier recruited some of the heaviest hitters from jazz-fusion outfit Snarky Puppy: bassist Michael League, guitarist Bob Lanzetti, and drummer Robert “Sput” Searight.Natalie Cressman & FriendsNatalie Cressman, trombonist of Trey Anastasio Band, has put together a special ensemble with Louis Cato (Stay Human), James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band), Randy Runyon, and Akie Bermiss.DJ Logic & FriendsDJ Logic is teaming up with Jack White drummer Daru Jones and Rolling Stone’s 2014 “Young Guns” contest winner Marcus Machado for a unique set of acid jazz.BITCH! – Women of the 90’sHayley Jane (of Hayley Jane & The Primates) will lead a tribute to female rockers of the 1990s. She’ll be backed by Tim Palmieri, Chris DeAngelis, and Adrian Tramontano from Kung Fu and Richard James of Pink Talking Fish. “The idea of performing songs that were the soundtrack to my adolescence thrilled me. It’s a chance to pay tribute to the women who helped me discover my truth by singing theirs,” Jane told us.Future FolkloreThis unique collaboration will bring together artists from Mali and Senegal, American artists studied in West African music, and notable artists from the American funk/jam scene. Luke Quaranta (Toubab Krewe), Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty), MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy), Raja Kassis (Antibalas), Sam Dickey, Yacouba Sissoko, Magatte Fall, Abdoulaye Diabate, and Themba Mkhatshwa will be on hand to present a fresh and contemporary take on traditional Mandé folklore.MUZZY BEARRDan Hacker, under the pseudonym MUZZY BEARR, began touring with GRiZ when he was just 17 years old. Now 22, the guitarist is excited to showcase his own solo performance, which melds soulful hip-hop beats with trill tendencies and live instrumentation at this year’s festival.ProbCauseChicago emcee ProbCause has worked with some of the most elite players in the the world of electronic music and hip-hop. Appearing on both GRiZ and Gramatik‘s albums, as well as collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Big Gigantic, Louis the Child, The Floozies, Manic Focus, Break Science, and more, ProbCause’s percussive delivery flows harmoniously from one to another, proving once again he is one of the most versatile emcees in the game.Midnight North Performs The Music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungPhil Lesh’s son, Grahame Lesh, has stepped out as his own artist in the past few years. He and his musical cohorts in Midnight North have been crisscrossing the country with their blend of folk-influenced, vintage rock. This year at Brooklyn Comes Alive, Midnight North will pay homage seminal 1960’s folk band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.Animus RexxAnimus Rexx is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and vocalist James Casey that also features Yuki Hirano (keys), Randy Runyon (guitar), Reuben Cainer (bass), and Justin Tyson (drums). While each brings a unique style to anything he plays, the synergy among the members was the impetus for Animus and they will present what Casey calls a mix of “soul, rock, electro, and blues in a blender…with hot sauce…and bourbon.”Leslie MendelsonKnown as a touring member of Steve Kimock Band, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson will perform songs from her first solo record in eight years, Love & Murder. Her band consists of Andy Hess, Steve McEwen, and Ethan Eubanks. Sunday, September 24thEric Krasno & Friends with Special Guests, John Scofield & George Porter Jr.Eric Krasno is no stranger to Brooklyn Comes Alive, having helped to curate the festival’s lineup in its first year. Now, Kraz is set to return to Williamsburg two years later with an all-star cast of musical friends by his side. For the special set, Krasno has tapped Cyril Neville, Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, and Chris Loftlin as well as very special guests, the legendary George Porter Jr. and John Scofield.moe.queousMike Gantzer, Dave Loss, Evan McPhaden, and Rob Houk of Buffalo’s Aqueous will join forces with Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico from iconic Buffalo band moe. for an unforgettable set of moe. songs, Aqueous songs, and choice covers.Marc Brownstein / Joel Cummings / Mike Greenfield / Ryan Jalbert / Aron MagnerMembers of The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee, Lotus, The Motet, and some special guests will perform a one-time-only set of funky grooves and improvisation.John Scofield / Jon Cleary DuoLegendary guitar player John Scofield will team up with his friend and musical partner Jon Cleary for a performance as a duo. The pair first teamed up for Scofield’s New Orleans-influenced funk album, Piety Street, in 2009.Dookie: Green Day’s Dookie & Other Rock TunesKris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Ryan Stasik (Umphrey’s McGee), and Mike Gantzer (Aqueous) will work through energized takes on classics off Green Day’s Dookie, such as “When I Come Around,” “Basket Case,” “Longview,” and “Welcome To Paradise.” In addition to performing Dookie in its entirety, the band will also perform a handful of other rock classics by bands like Ween, Weezer, and The Ramones.George Porter Jr. / Henry Butler / Johnny VidacovichLegendary modern New Orleans jazz players Johnny Vidacovich and Henry Butler will team up with George Porter Jr. to form a legendary trio of players, all three of whom hail from the Crescent CityMetropolitan Jam Grass AllianceAndy Falco of the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, and Jacob Joliff of Yonder Mountain String Band have brought together friends and family from the modern bluegrass scene, including Patrick Falco and Ryan Cavanaugh, to form the Metropolitan Jam Grass Alliance—a group of New York-area-based bluegrass musicians who know how to throw down!The Tribute To JamiroquaiJoey Porter, Dave Watts, Garrett Sayers, Ryan Jalbert, and Lyle Divinsky of The Motet will team up with Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Band and Todd Stoops of RAQ to deliver a set of funky disco tunes by 90s legend Jamiroquai.SUNSQUABISunSquabi continues to break down and analyze the expectations of what a “live electronic” band should be. They are dedicated to their ever-evolving craft in the studio and on the live stage. Due to the fluidity of their music, they describe their sound as an electronic hydro-funk experience.The Russ Liquid TestRedefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene.Jon Cleary (Solo Piano)Jon Cleary will perform a rare solo piano set outside of New Orleans to kick off the afternoon.Joel Cummins (Solo Piano)The Umphrey’s McGee keyboardist will perform a mix of UM staples, classical music, and out-of-left-field covers during his rare solo piano set.Tribute to Herbie HancockJoey Porter (The Motet) will bring a stacked band to Brooklyn for his funk-filled tribute to Herbie Hancock. Porter will bring along Garrett Sayers, his bandmate from The Motet, as well as Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth from Snarky Puppy and James Casey from Trey Anastasio Band.Jennifer Hartswick & FriendsBeloved trumpeter and Trey Anastasio Band member Jennifer Hartswick will team up with Louis Cato (Stay Human), Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band), Dezron Douglas, Akie Bermiss, and the Snarky Puppy Horns including Mike “Maz” Maher and Chris Bullock for a one-off performance.OktopusJason Hann (String Cheese Incident) and Todd Stoops (RAQ, Electric Beethoven) will bring their wild drum-and-keys project, Oktopus, back to Brooklyn Comes Alive, this time featuring special guest Hayley Jane.Pow! Pow! Power Trio!Rob Compa and Chuck Jones of Dopapod will team up with Kung Fu’s Adrian Tramontano to pay homage to a variety of classic rock power trios.Octave CatJesse Miller of Lotus and Eli Winderman of Dopapod are bringing Charlie Patierno with them to Brooklyn for a set as their electronic-side project Octave Cat.Skerik / Reed Mathis / Alan Evans / Will Bernard / Wil BladesVersatile modern sax legend Skerik has recruited Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Alan Evans (Soulive), Will Bernard, and Wil Blades for a bluesy jazz freak out.center_img Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, this unique event puts the focus on the artists, bringing over 100 musicians together to see their passion projects come to life, honor their musical heroes, and improvise with their friends and peers. The event pushes the boundaries of a traditional music festival model and creates an unprecedented experience for fans. The third year is positioned to be the best yet, so don’t miss out!Payment plans for Brooklyn Comes Alive are available for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

Convention could erode our rights

first_imgCan we afford to hand over our Constitution to be rewritten? The First Amendment clearly states that Congress is forbidden to make any law abridging either freedom of speech or freedom of the press. However, it’s very much on their agenda to alter the wording of the Second Amendment in order to “clarify” its language for how they want it to read. Will this change the amendment or eliminate it? That depends on how they favor to make these changes. One supporter wrote, “What’s needed is a way for the states to have the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions … a constitutional amendment could be written, for example, allowing a three-fifths vote of the state legislatures to challenge court decisions.” Once the convention is graveled to order, any and all parts of the Constitution would be open to change. Will the 38-state ratification process protect us from bad amendments being passed? One only need look at history to find the answer is no.Who attends this convention? Any sitting or former member of Congress, judges, or legislators can be delegates. This means there could be a group of people serving there making compromises with each other to get the amendments they want passed voted out to the states. It’s an unpredictable situation.All Americans should let the elected officials know that they are expected to support our republic and thus avoid an Article V Convention. Beth JacksonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionDid you know that 28 state legislatures have applied for an Article V Convention — also known as a constitutional convention? Since 1787, America has chosen to avoid the risk of a new convention that could rewrite our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Now 28 state legislatures want this. If just six more states apply, Congress will be forced to call an Article V Convention. last_img read more

Mel content after overdue home win

first_img West Brom had fallen just short in their last two fixtures at the stadium, ending up drawing 3-3 against both Cardiff and Tottenham due to the concession of stoppage-time equalisers. And asked after this contest if he was feeling relieved, the Spaniard said: “Yes, particularly because in the last two games here we really did deserve to be talking about a victory, and that wasn’t the case.” When then asked if his team were safe, Mel, who had predicted before the encounter that his team would require 37 points for survival, said: “No – there are nine points still to play for and we need to try to get three more.” But he then added: “This is a very difficult job and there have been many difficult situations. “But together we have been able to overcome these problems, and today we find ourselves with West Brom pretty much safe.” Mel has had plenty to contend with during his tenure so far, including doubts over his future in the job, the Nicolas Anelka ‘quenelle’ saga and a bust-up between West Brom players. The latter occurred after the 3-3 draw with Cardiff, in which Berahino giving the ball away late on led to the visitors’ leveller. The striker was subsequently involved in an altercation with team-mate James Morrison in the dressing room. Berahino has also been in the news recently after he was filmed inhaling nitrous oxide, something for which he later apologised. Press Association West Brom boss Pepe Mel feels his side are “pretty much safe” after their 1-0 victory over West Ham at The Hawthorns. Saido Berahino’s close-range 11th-minute strike steered Albion to a precious three points that put them on 36, five clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, with three games left to play. It was a particularly special win for Mel given it was his first on home turf since his appointment as Baggies head coach in January. Albion’s top-scorer made headlines for the right reasons on this occasion by slotting in from Morgan Amalfitano’s cross, registering his ninth Baggies goal of the season in what was his first start in eight matches. And regarding the England Under-21 international, Mel said: “Yesterday I spoke at great length with Berahino and he knew he was going to play today. “I think he is a player with an awful lot of talent and a great future ahead of him. “The only thing he needed was to work and to think about the group and the team. Today, he has done so therefore I am extremely happy. I am extremely satisfied also because it was a personal gamble.” Asked if Berahino had learned from his mistakes and if his team-mates had forgiven him, Mel added: “Yes – it was a long time ago and now it has been totally forgotten. “But if against Cardiff and Tottenham we had done what we did today – taken the ball into the corner (in the closing stages) – we would have four points more.” While the West Brom faithful roared their team on enthusiastically throughout the game, there was more disgruntlement among West Ham supporters as they witnessed the east London outfit’s fourth straight defeat. Not for the first time, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce found himself the target of abuse from some of the club’s fans, with boos and chants being hurled at him from the away section and a banner being unfurled within it which displayed the message “Fat Sam out, killing WHU”. Allardyce, whose side are one spot above 15th-placed West Brom and a point better off but have only two games left, said afterwards: “I have been pleased with the performances overall of the players – with the creativity. “But at the end of the day, that is no good to anybody whatsoever without results and again we haven’t got one, so you are bound to get criticised – me more than anyone else, because I am the manager and I’m responsible for it. “You don’t want it (the abuse), do you? You don’t want to stand there and get abused in any way, shape or form. “But it is something you are aware of, and you know what changes it around – the players going out on the pitch and winning. “So until the players go and do that for themselves, me and then the fans, the criticism is going to continue being thrown at me, and I accept that criticism because it is my responsibility. “Fans show their disapproval and they are quite entitled to. I don’t have a problem with that at all – well, I do have a problem with it, but I understand why they show their frustration.” Asked if he wanted to stay at the club and win the fans over, Allardyce said: “I’m contracted to West Ham United – until such time that the owners tell me something different, that is exactly what I am. “I wake up every day, come into work and do the very best I possibly can for West Ham, for the players, for myself, for the owners, and for my family.” Allardyce also lamented the way his side had failed to make the most of their goalscoring chances, the closest of which saw Andy Carroll head against the bar. The manager said: “When opportunities arise and when you create them, you must take them in this very demanding league, which will not allow you to miss as many as we did today. “Until we start converting these chances we are creating, we are going to struggle to win a game.” last_img read more