The Polish Ambassador continues to dominate the dance scene, as the San Francisco-based producer gets ready to release a brand new album, Dreams Of An Old Tomorrow, on April 15th. The new release will be his 18th album, yet somehow he finds a way to keep the music fresh, recruiting a ton of unique collaborators in the process.Recently, TPA dropped a brand new collaboration with the reggae-rapper Matisyahu, bouncing rhymes off of bass drops and a steel drum boogie for a track called “Tornado.” The new song premiered on THUMP, and it’s quite the jam.Fortunately, you can listen to “Tornado” ft. Matisyahu, below:The Polish Ambassador looks to have his biggest hometown throwdown yet, as he’s set to perform at the Warfield in San Francisco, CA this Saturday, March 19th. Between a full day of a large scale permaculture effort on Sunday and the highly anticipated set with Dirtwire and Desert Dwellers, this is going to be a great weekend of music!
One new group that we’re beyond excited to catch live this summer is The Claypool Lennon Delirium, merging the sonic prowess of Primus bassist Les Claypool and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger/John Lennon progeny Sean Lennon. The two have an album, The Monolith of Phobos, due out on June 3rd, before a planned summer tour takes them across the country.With the new album due out, the two have been sharing the occasional single from the release. After releasing a psychedelic lyric video for the song “Cricket & The Genie,” the band has also shared audio for a new tune called “Bubbles Burst.” Dig the out-of-this-world track from The Claypool Lennon Delirium below:Claypool explained earlier this year that he met Lennon on a joint tour and they became friends backstage. “I asked Sean if he’d like to come to Rancho Relaxo and see if we couldn’t get some interesting sounds on tape. Next thing I know he’s staying in my guesthouse over the holidays and we’re drinking vino, hunting mushrooms and throwing musical pasta at the walls.”Lennon added, “The Claypool Lennon Delirium will (gently) melt your face with heart-pounding low-frequency oscillations and interdimensional guitar squeals. We look forward to seeing you very soon.” The feeling is mutual. Learn more about the track and how the unlikely duo came together here.
For Prince fans in Colorado, don’t miss When Doves Cry – A Special Tribute to Prince this Friday, July 8th, featuring members of The Disco Biscuits, The Motet & more w/ Mikey Thunder at Cervantes’ Masterpiece in Denver, CO. With Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits), Dave Watts (The Motet), Gabriel Mervine (The Motet), Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit), Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars), Nephrok (The Nephrok All-Stars), Cory Baker, Tanya Shylock and Emily Clark all performing, this is going to be a great night of music!Tickets and more information can be found here! Backing the late great Prince from 1979-1986, The Revolution was an integral component to some of The Purple One’s biggest hits. Though the band existed in many forms during that time period, The Revolution rose to fame during the Purple Rain era, and made a name for themselves with some truly classic music.The band’s famed lineup recently told fans that they were going to reunite to celebrate Prince’s life, and the band has made good on their promise. With Wendy, Lisa, Brownmark, Dr. Fink, and Bobby Z. all scheduled to perform, as well as special guests Dez Dickerson and Andre Cymone involved too, the band will hit the famed First Avenue venue on September 2nd and 3rd.The Revolution released a statement, saying, “With profound loss and apocalyptic grief, we, along with the world, mourned Prince upon the news of his passing. After seeing the response outside of First Avenue and around the rest of the world’s monuments, we, as The Revolution – Wendy, Lisa, Brownmark, Dr. Fink, and Bobby Z -‐ have decided to pay tribute to Prince at home in the city of Minneapolis.”Tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 8th, at 11 AM Central Time.
Fans will most likely get to see more of this father-daughter trombone performance at Peach Festival, as Meghan Trainor is performing in Illinois on the same day. That is, unless someone else fills in for Casey at the festival – we’ll be sure to let you know when we have more information.Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band at Vertex Festival, Buena Vista, CO – 8/7/1601. First Tube02. Cayman Review03. Soul Rebel04. Money Love and Change05. Drifting06. Burlap Sack and Pumps07. 197708. Valentine09. Dark and Down10. Sand11. Tuesday12. Curlew’s Call13. Gotta Jibboo14. Magilla15. Alaska16. Simple Twist Up Dave17. Plasma18. Shine19. Clint Eastwood20. Night Speaks To Woman21. Show Of Life22. Dazed and Confused The Trey Anastasio Band made their 2016 debut last night, performance at the inaugural Vertex Festival in Buena Vista, CO. Though the band released a new album, Paper Wheels, in 2015, the guitarist has spent most of this year working with Phish on their new studio effort and subsequent summer tour. As of now, TAB only has one other date on the schedule, which will come next week at The Peach Music Festival.With such a light touring schedule, it’s unfortunate that saxophonist James Casey was unable to attend the band’s performance at Vertex. While Casey is on tour with Meghan Trainor, the band called upon renowned trombonist Jeff Cressman to fill in for the performance. Cressman is the father of TAB’s own Natalie Cressman, and a renowned musician in the San Francisco Bay Area scene. He also performed as a member of TAB from 2006-2007, and sat in with the band as recently as April 19th, 2013 – when TAB visited The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. TAB also welcomed percussionist Cyro Batista into the fold, as the famed former member of the band returned to their lineup last night.Cressman was on the trombone last night with TAB, as you can see from the Instagram shots below. This marks the first full performance with both members of the Cressman family in the Trey Anastasio Band, and the first dual-trombone show as well.
This fall, up-and-coming jam band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will bring their inaugural Flocktoberfest to Martin’s Downtown in Roanoke, VA. The two-day event, taking place October 1st and 2nd, will feature two sets by the Pigeons, as well as performances by The Mantras, People’s Blues of Richmond, Elm, The Trongone Band, Lespecial and more.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is on the up and up after their acclaimed release Pleasure earlier this year. The band also has an extensive fall tour coming up, hitting venues across the country with jam scene innovators Dopapod. The full tour is presented by Live for Live Music, and you can find out more information about the pairing by heading here. Expect exciting content from each band on the road!You can find out more about Flocktoberfest from the event’s Facebook page, and see the full festival artwork below.
Last weekend, the Peach Music Festival introduced an exciting new supergroup dubbed RB&B, featuring Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, and Oteil Burbridge. The group was among many last-minute set additions that were tapped to replace Gregg Allman in his headlining sets. The Peach Music Festival Turns Into Weekend Tribute To Gregg Allman [Gallery]With basically no lead time, the impromptu group stuck to space-heavy jazz and grooves, showcasing the drummer, keyboardist, and bassist’s impressive abilities to improvise with one another. The three intrinsically molded together, leaving fans immediately wanting more out of the new group. Thanks to Ted Gakidis, you can listen to the soundboard mix from the truly phenomenal set below:You can also catch Joe Russo and Oteil Burbridge at Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22 alongside members of The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Lettuce, Soulive, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod, and so many more. With over 50 artists, spread across 3 venues, all in one day, this year’s BCA is not to be missed. [Get tickets here][H/T JamBase]
There’s no denying that some of the best jazz albums of all time were recorded live. That’s the energy that Brooklyn-based ensemble Huntertones is trying to capture on their new record, aptly-titled Live. Due out on September 30th, the band laid down some stellar shows at Natalie’s (Columbus, OH) and Blu Jazz (Akron, OH), and subsequently captured them for the new release.The band is headed up by pianist Theron Brown — who portrayed a young Herbie Hancock in the Miles Ahead film — and trumpeter Jon Lampley — who appears on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert as part of the house band, Jon Batiste and Stay Human. With Dan White (saxophone), Chris Ott (trombone, beatbox), Joshua Hill (guitar), Jeff Bass (bass), Adam DeAscentis (bass), and John Hubbell (drums) all rounding out the band, the energy captured at these two shows is downright electric.Live features six original songs and three genre-bending arrangements, including reworkings of Stephen Foster’s “Camptown Races,” “Kill The Beast” from the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, and a medley of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” and Dave Matthews’ “Two Step.” We’re delighted to share the first four videos from the new album, with commentary on each one from the band!“Circles”“‘Circles’ is a groove tune that evolves out of a riff played by the saxophone that moves to the guitar. The melody played by the horns is inspired by words from the Robert Munsch book ‘Love You Forever’. The bass line in the end of the tune is the main theme slowed down.” – Dan White“Anvil”“‘Anvil’ has been the opener to a lot of Huntertones shows since we started playing it a year ago. The tune is based off of three melodic ideas and the horns carry a lot of the energy of the tune. Instead of just one soloist, the whole group improvises before landing together and featuring bassist Jeff Bass. It is a groove tune that pulls from many musical styles. As the group has evolved, we’ve embraced more group improvising. Each show is different and Huntertones’ Live captures the great energy between the musicians and the audience.” – Dan White“Camptown Races”“‘Camptown Races’ is a reimagination of the well known song written by Stephen Foster. Combining elements of hip hop, gospel, and classical music, this arrangement showcases Huntertones skill as well as soul. After a take on the melody by Lampley’s trumpet in a minor key, the band shifts into a classical style fugue setting up for a climactic trombone solo from Ott. Once the tune has reached its final peak the opening groove re-enters, this time to let keyboardist Theron Brown stretch out on a soulful feature that builds once more to an energetic finish.” – Chris Ott“Hip Mr. Hampton”“‘Hip Mr. Hampton’ shows off Huntertones unique trio format of saxophone, sousaphone and beatboxing. The song was originally inspired by a lick played by trombonist Slide Hampton, which can be heard in multiple keys and tempos throughout the arrangement. Weaving through time signatures and different styles, White, Lampley and Ott fuse their improvisations to create a one of a kind musical experience fueled by the energy of the crowd.” – Chris OttIn support of the national release of Live, Huntertones will be touring throughout the remainder of the year. Check out the full schedule below!Huntertones Summer & Fall 2016 Tour DatesSeptember 8, 2016 — Drom — New York, NY*September 29, 2016 — Sofar Sounds — New York, NYSeptember 30, 2016 — Rockwood Music Hall — New York, NY — Official CD Release ShowOctober 7, 2016 — Blu Jazz — Akron, OHOctober 10, 2016 — The Refectory — Columbus, OHOctober 11 & 12, 2016 — Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza & Live Music — Columbus, OHOctober 14 & 15, 2016 — Andy’s Jazz Club — Chicago, ILOctober 19, 2016 — We Always Swing Jazz Series — Columbia, MOOctober 21, 2016 –The Jazz Kitchen — Indianapolis, INOctober 22, 2016 — Motr Pub — Cincinnati, OHDecember 16 & 17, 2016 — The Rex — Toronto, ON*Opening for Glenn David Andrews
On November 18th and 19th, several of Florida’s top chefs will join with some funk favorites for a two day music and food festival at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL. The event, dubbed “A Feast of Funk & Soul Food”, will welcome the third ever incarnation of The Nth Power’s Earth Wind & Power Ft. Jennifer Hartswick, Skerik, Farnell Newton, James Casey, Daniel Sadownick, & Brian Thomas. The weekend will also see a classic Nth Power set, performances from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and the Roosevelt Collier Band, and local favorites The Groove Orient, Leisure Chief and the Scott Campbell Band.Top-notch food will be provided by James Beard award winner and Oprah’s personal chef Art Smith, The NOLA Crawfish King Chris “Shaggy” Davis, Samuel Forbes Edwards of Edwards Brothers BBQ, and Harrison Sapp of St. Simons Island’s Southern Soul Barbeque. This is anything but your typical festival grilled cheese.The event also boasts high quality brews and recreational disc golf. Two dollars of every ticket will go towards music education for local children, and guests may participate in a food drive on site.Get tickets and more info here.On October 22nd, Earth Wind & Power and Roosevelt Collier will perform at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive! Get tickets here.
On October 22nd, the musical celebration that is Brooklyn Comes Alive returned to Williamsburg. The one-day festival, which took place at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and The Hall at MP, brought over fifty musicians together to in unique super groups, all connected by the driving force of spontaneity. Whether you like funk, soul, dance music, hip hop, or classical music, there was something for everything at Brooklyn Comes Alive, and fans packed each venue for hours on end to catch their favorite artists letting loose.The day began with a brunch at MP Taverna (the restaurant attached to The Hall) that featured a themed menu with themed food items named after musicians on the lineup. You could choose between the “Holly Hummus” (named after Holly Bowling, the “Hannburger” (named after Jason Hann), the “All Bro Salad” (named after the All Brothers Band), the “Coomes Shroom Fritatta” (named after Jesus and Tyler Coomes), “Eggs Benny Bloom” (named after Eric “Benny” Bloom), and you could even order a side of “Hash Brownsteins” (named after Marc Brownstein). Event sponsor Rakka Chocolates also paired with MP Taverna to create a signature brunch item, “Nth Power Pancakes”, which featured pieces of their apple pie chocolate bar. Yum!Holly Bowling – 12:30 PM @ The Hall at MPAs fans were waiting for their food to come out, Holly Bowling took the stage for the first set of the day. The Hall opened a few hours before Music Hall and Brooklyn Bowl, so the crowd was pretty packed in for Bowling’s beautiful set. For anyone who hasn’t seen Bowling before, she takes songs from Phish and the Grateful Dead and transforms them into classical piano masterpieces. Opening with standalone versions of Phish’s “The Curtain With” and the Dead’s “Row Jimmy”, the real fireworks began with “A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing”. This kicked off a huge segment that ran from “ASIHTOS” into “Bid Song”, before Bowling dropped into “Piper”. “Piper” flowed into a gorgeous take on the famous “Terrapin Station Suite”, which eventually transformed into “The Other One”, with Bowling combining elements of both “Terrapin” and “The Other One” to create a one-of-a-kind interpretation of the material. “Cryptical Envelopment” continued the non-stop musical attack, and a standout version of “The Squirming Coil” followed. Finally, Bowling took a short breather, giving time for Elise Testone to take the stage to provide vocals on Bowling’s first ever take on “Sugaree”, putting an excellent cap on her set.Setlist: The Curtain With, Row Jimmy, A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing > Bird Song > Piper* > Terrapin Station Suite** > The Other One *** > Cryptical Envelopment > Squirming Coil, Sugaree #$# first time performed by Holly* w/ ASIHTOS Mashup** w/ Bird Song tease*** w/ Terrapin Mashup$ w/ Elise TestoneOrgan Freeman – 2:00 PM @ The Hall at MPNext up, L.A.-based jazz-upstarts Organ Freeman performed one of their first ever sets on the East Coast. The band gave a master class in improv, with all three members locked in for a full set of funky jazz fusion. The band gave off a Soulive-meets-Vulfpeck-meets-Snarky-Puppy kind of vibe. After seeing them perform at BCA, fans new and old should be excited to see them busting out of their shell in the coming months.Setlist: Untitled #1, Verve, We’re On Our Way, You Said You Quit Drinkin’, Only If You Mean It, Untitled #2, Change For A Nickel, Putin And I Get Along Fantastic, Untitled #3, Go By Richard, Not By DickTim Palmieri & Friends – 3:45 PM @ The Hall at MPTim Palmieri & Friends were the final “brunch” act, and they delivered a set filled with covers and excellent vibes. His “friends” were comprised of Alan Evans of Soulive on drums, Dan Edinberg of The Stepkids on bass, Jen Durkin on vocals, and Rob Somerville of Kung Fu and Deep Banana Blackout on keys. The set was jam-packed with deep-cut funk covers, providing a high-energy vibe that served as the perfect appetizer for the meat of the festival that was still to come. Highlights of the set include the opening trio of Funkadelic‘s “Can You Get To That” into Jeff Beck‘s “Constipated Duck” into Cheech & Chong‘s “Earache My Eye”, a performance of “Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me)” by Steely Dan, and a raging one-two punch of “If You Got Funk, You Got Style” by Funkadelic that transformed into “Get the Funk Out Ma Face” by The Brothers Johnson.Setlist: Can You Get To That (Funkadelic Cover) > Constipated Duck (Jeff Beck Cover) > Earache My Eye (Cheech & Chong Cover), What So Never the Dance (Bootsy Collins cover), Brooklyn (Owes the Charmer Under Me) (Steely Dan Cover), Earth > Eternity’s Breath Part 1 (Mahavishnu Orchestra)> A Friend Forever, Fifty-Fifty (Frank Zappa Cover), If You Got Funk, You Got Style (Funkadelic) >, Get the Funk Out Ma Face (The Brothers Johnson Cover)> Upside Down > Everybody’s Everything (Sanatana Cover), The Price is RightDJ Logic, Scotty Zwang, Steve Molitz & Luke Bemand – 4:00 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgAt 4:00pm, The Music Hall of Williamsburg finally opened up, giving The Hall at MP’s packed crowd some breathing room. DJ Logic started things off with an interesting set with Scotty Zwang, Steve Molitz, and Luke Bemand. With the exception of Daft Punk‘s “Da Funk” mid set, the entire show was improvised. This was the first super group of the day, and the almost-fully-improvised nature of the show was a great way to kick off the day at Music Hall.Setlist: All improv jamming, with the exception of Daft Punk’s “Da Funk” jam in the middle of the set.Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven (Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, Jay Lane, Clay Welch) – 5:15 PM @ The Hall at MPReed Mathis & Electric Beethoven brought their highly-anticipated Electronic Classical Music to The Hall at MP. The band, which is rounded out by Todd Stoops, Jay Lane, and Clay Welch, were joined by Jason Hann on percussion for the entire two-hour performance. They performed selections from Beethoven‘s 3rd and 6th Symphonies, heavily improvising along the way. The line for this show stretched around the block as it seemed everyone wanted to experience the first Electric Beethoven show in New York. The Disco Biscuits‘ Aron Magner joined in on “Shepherds’ Song”, and Skerik added saxophone to “Thunderstorm”, rounding out an impressive performance that left an excellent first impression on the Brooklyn Comes Alive crowd.Listen to the soundboard recording of “Finale” below.Setlist: Finale, Shepherds’ Song feat. Aron Magner, Thunderstorm feat. SkerikNotes: Selections from Beethoven’s 3rd and 6th Symphonies. 3 songs in 2 hours. Jason Hann played on entire set.Ripe – 6:00 PM @ Brooklyn BowlWhile Marc Brownstein of the Disco Biscuits performed a DJ set at Music Hall, Boston power-funk band Ripe turned in a strong performance as the opening act at Brooklyn Bowl. Ripe are an energetic young band, and its seven members lock in to create a huge sound. Besides originals like “Talk to the Moon”, “Rumpus”, and “Border Patrol”, the band turned in a few awesome covers, including “Just Can’t Wait to be King” from the Lion King, and “On My Mind” by Ellie Goulding. They closed their set by inviting Courtney J Mell Smith of The Nth Power to the stage for a stirring rendition of their song, “Caralee”.Setlist: Brother Sky, Flipside, Talk to the Moon, Rumpus, Little Lighter, Young Tom Rose, Border Patrol, I Just Can’t Wait to be King (Lion King Cover), Goon Squad, On My Mind** (Ellie Goulding cover), Caralee**** w/ Courtney from Nth PowerTribute to J Dilla (Borahm Lee, Adam Deitch, Adam Smirnoff, Nate Edgar, Stu Brooks, Maurice Brown, Chauncey Yearwood) – 6:15 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgThe super-group fun started at 6:15pm at Music Hall of Williamsburg with the Tribute To J Dilla. The band was led by Borahm Lee on keys and production, with Adam Deitch, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, Nate Edgar, Stu Brooks, Maurice Brown, and Chauncey Yearwood all in the mix for this unique tribute set. J Dilla is responsible for many incredible 90s hip-hop beats, and this was an opportunity to trot the best of them out in honor of the late beat master. The set was a tremendous success, with tons of nostalgia thrown in the mix as the band re-created many of Dilla’s most masterful beats.The All Brothers Band (Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Neal Evans & Alan Evans) – 7:45 @ The Hall at MPMeanwhile, at The Hall at MP, a first-time-ever performance of the All Brothers Band was going down. This band brought two pairs of musical brothers–Oteil and Kofi Burbridge and Neal and Alan Evans–together for a debut performance of their funky new project. The show drew from material from their yet-to-be-released album, and if this set was any indication, this forthcoming record will be a masterpiece in jazz and funk music. With Kofi and Neal holding delivering a dual keyboard attack, Oteil was free to basically run the melody on the bass, performing with a wicked smile on his face as he connected with Alan for some syncopated rhythmic jamming. The All Brothers Band showcased jamming at its purest, and as it was meant to be: adventurous and fun.Setlist: Rampage, Untitled 1, Untitled 2, Big Brother, Untitled 3, PungeeScott Metzger, Joe Russo, Robert Walter & Andy Hess – 7:45 @ Brooklyn BowlWhile the All Brothers Band were crushing it at The Hall, a venerable quartet of rock ‘n’ roll masters took the stage at Brooklyn Bowl. Familiar NYC musicians Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, and Andy Hess joined forces with keyboard/organ master Robert Walter for a fantastic set of originals and covers. The band performed some awesome covers–“Yeah, You’re Right” by The Meters, “The Ironic Twist” by Jimmie Vaughn, and “Funky Mule” by Ike Turner–while also including a few Metzger-led WOLF! songs and some Robert Walter original compositions. The two biggest highlights, however, came in the form of The Beatles‘ “Day Tripper” and The Band‘s “Ophelia”, which both drew huge reactions from the excited audience. Russo and Metzger are no strangers to the Bowl, and they know just how to harness the energy in that room, putting on an energetic performance that delivered the goods.Setlist: Yeah, You’re Right (The Meters), Aquafresh (Robert Walter), Pork n Slaw (WOLF!), Day Tripper (The Beatles), Don’t Chin The Dog (Robert Walter), The Ironic Twist (Jimmie Vaughn), Funky Mule (Ike Turner), Sock Full of Quarters (WOLF!), Corey’s Snail and Slug Death (Robert Walter), Ophelia (The Band)Brasstracks – 8:00 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgBack at Music Hall, Electronic duo Brasstracks brought their unique blend of electronic music, hip-hop, and horns to Brooklyn Comes Alive. Their set was filled with favorites like “Good Life” by Kanye West, “Work” by Rihanna, “Sleepy Head” by Passion Pit, “Encore” by Jay-Z, “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly, and “No Problem” by Chance The Rapper, a song that the duo actually produced. Brasstracks kept things uptempo for their whole set, giving all the electronic music fans that called Music Hall home for the evening a set to remember.Setlist: Good Life (Kanye West), Corduroy, Work (Jarreau vandal remix) (Rihanna), RIP (Kill The Club) (Young Jeezy, Kendrick Lamar), Good Love, Sleepy Head (Octbr remix) (Passion Pit), True (Jnthn Stein), Encore (Jay Z), Dreaming at the Function,, Get your way, Telling the Truth, Panorama, Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1 (Brasstracks remix) (Kanye West), Let Me Put This Cup Down. Feelin Good (S’natra), Say U Will, Ignition (remix) (R. Kelly), No Problem (Chance The Rapper), My Boo (Ghost Down DJs), Say U Won’t, Dance On Me (Brasstracks remix) (GoldLink), Lotus Eater (Mura Masa), Movin (krne), Pay for what (Alexander Lewis remix) (Mr. Carmack), Higher Ground (Brasstracks remix) (TNGHT)The Coomes Brothers Ft. The Shady Horns (Jesus Coomes, Ty Coomes, Adam Smirnoff, Eric “Benny” Bloom & Ryan Zoidis) – 9:45 PM @ The Hall at MPTeam Lettuce came together at The Hall for a special set with Jesus and Tyler Coomes. The set featured the brothers performing some downtempo electronic beats while the band flanked them on either side. This set was kind of under the radar, which allowed for the added bonus of fans finally feeling comfortable at the Hall at MP. Everyone spread out and got down with Jesus, Tyler and co., locking into their hip hop beats with ease. Both of the Coomes brothers are talented studio musicians, helping with some of the best and most bangin’ beats in hip-hop, and their skills shined brightly during this set. Zoidis and Bloom added to the mix by adding tons of affects to their instruments, and Shmeeans was the set’s secret weapon, playing a seemingly endless barrage of psychedelic licks. What fun!Setlist: Mind Yo Manners, Cray Cray Train, Blowchella, Flakey Friends, Bad Dreams, Mindset, Sailing at Sunset, Trip & Fall, Imagina, Lowlife, 420, 421, Gimme A Break, Mindfull, Bet, Hornytoads, Stankbounce, Runaway, Church, How HighNatalie Cressman Presents (Natalie Cressman, Nikki Glaspie, Will Bernard, Chris Bullock, Benny Rietveld, Samora Pinderhughes) – 9:45 PM @ Brooklyn BowlPerhaps best known for her role in Trey Anastasio’s band, trombonist Natalie Cressman not only comes from a family of world-class musicians, but she is one herself. Cressman’s combined abilities as a vocalist and horn player set her apart as a musician, and those skills were on full display during her super group performance at the Brooklyn Bowl. Cressman commanded the room with an all-star cast that included drummer Nikki Glaspie, guitarist Will Bernard, bassist Benny Reitveld, saxophonist Chris Bullock and pianist Samora Pinderhughes. The show marked Cressman’s second year performing at the festival, and, as a Brooklyn native, we can be sure this won’t be the last! With special guest spots from Louis Cato and Elise Testone, Cressman’s jazz-soaked set was a highlight of the night.Setlist: Tu Eres Tu, Soy Yo (Henry Cole), Dark Red (Peter Apfelbaum), Que Beleza (Tim Maia), Actual Proof (Herbie Hancock) *w/ Louis Cato, You Need Love Like I Do (Gladys Knight & The Pips) *w/ Elise Testone, Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Roy Ayers), Blister (Will Bernard), He Loves You (Seawind), Baião (Banda Black Rio)[Br]eaking [Bi]scuits (Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Aron Magner, Marc Brownstein) – 10:00 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgOne of the more highly-anticipated sets from Brooklyn Comes Alive was that of [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits, the new collaborative projects featuring Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee alongside The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner. The ferocious foursome dug into the jamtronica catalog and pulled out a number of winners, opening up with Daft Punk’s “Robot Rock” before grooving on covers of Air, DJ Shadow, The Orb and more. The free-for-all performance saw the band play just six songs in their two hour set, teeing up great music for a total dance party.Setlist: Robot Rock, La Femme D’argent, Building Steam with a Grain of Salt, Little Fluffy Clouds, Rolf Royce, HorrorThe Nth Power Presents Earth Wind & Power (The Nth Power, Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge, Skerik, Natalie Cressman, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Ryan Zoidis, Farnell Newton) – 11:30 PM @ Brooklyn BowlDuring Jazz Fest earlier this year, the one late-night party that everyone was talking about was The Nth Power’s tribute to Earth Wind & Fire. Dubbed “Earth Wind & Power,” the show saw The Nth Power welcome an insane lineup of musical guests to help pay tribute to the iconic soul catalog of EWF. In honor of the late Maurice White, his music was on full display with an energetic showing start-to-finish, opening up with favorites like “In The Stone” and “September.” The band was accompanied by Oteil Burbridge, Kofi Burbridge and a killer horn section that included Eric “Benny” Bloom”, Ryan Zoidis, Skerik, Natalie Cressman, and Farnell Newton. The group even welcomed child prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer to the stage, as the young guitarist shredded his way through “Serpentine Fire.”Setlist: In the Stone, September, Fantasy, Sun Goddess, Open Our Eyes, Jupiter, Getaway, Got to Get You Into My Life, Love’s Holiday, Runnin, Devotion, Shining Star, Serpentine Fire, That’s the Way of the WorldRoosevelt Collier’s NY Get Down (Roosevelt Collier, Michael League, Rob Compa, Eli Winderman & Adrian Tramontano) – 11:45 PM @ The Hall at MPWhile many festivals will put together unique bands for late night super group jams, Brooklyn Comes Alive had these types of sets running from morning until night. Still, that didn’t stop fans from getting down to the super grooves, and Roosevelt Collier led an all-star cast of his own. The pedal steel guitarist packed The Hall at MP with a group that included Snarky Puppy’s Michael League, Kung Fu’s Adrian Tramontano, Dopapod’s Rob Compa and Eli Winderman. The band kept the setlist interesting and diverse, covering everything from the blues classic “Don’t Keep Me Wondering” to Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” to John Scofield’s “Hottentot” to Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady.” The band brought an excited pace, keeping the energy up for the second-to-last show at that venue.Setlist: Churchin, Spankalee, Don’t Keep Me Wondering /feat Jackson Kincheloe of Sister Sparrow, Hottentot, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Rampage, Foxy LadyManic Focus & Friends – 11:45 PM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgAcclaimed producer Manic Focus kept things fresh at the Music Hall, bringing a varied cast of musical friends to accompany him during his performance. The show started with Todd Stoops and Jake Barinholtz on the first few songs, before Brasstracks stepped in some wild ride funky tunes. Later on in the set, Aron Magner, Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee would all join in, and Jesus Coomes and his brother Tyler Coomes would also make appearances. The show ended with some unreleased Manic material as well, with Brasstracks accompanying for a perfect end to a great set of music.Horizon Wireless Live (Horizon Wireless, Wiley Griffin, Dan Lyons, Luke Bemand) – 1:30 AM @ Music Hall of WilliamsburgThe jams were in full force when Horizon Wireless called upon some jam scene talents for his live set at the Music Hall. Teddy Midnight guitarist Wiley Griffin, Lespecial bassist Luke Bemand and drummer extraordinaire Dan Lyons were all staples of this set, accompanying Horizon on a musical journey through the highs and lows. The band kept things tight for a great performance.Jason Hann’s Rhythmatronix (Jason Hann, Oteil Burbridge, Todd Stoops, Fareed Haque, Raul Pineda) – 1:45 AM @ The Hall at MPWorld music was at the forefront of The Hall At MP’s final hours, as String Cheese’s own Jason Hann led his acclaimed Rhythmatronix ensemble for a very-late night performance. The drum heavy celebration was led by Hann, with Raul Pineda accompanying on the drums. With Oteil Burbridge, Fareed Haque and Todd Stoops rounding out the lineup, the group moved through various compositions with a light touch, focusing heavily on exploration. Oteil’s brother Kofi Burbridge sat in throughout the set, as did vocalist Elise Testone, only adding to the magic of this late night jam. The rhythm-heavy beats were a perfect way to put that second wind to good use!Setlist: Gibraltar, Manga, Opus Pocus, Havona (w/ Kofi Burbridge), Barefoot beauty, Palladium (w/Kofi Burbridge), Seven Days (w/Elise Testone), Rooftops of ViennaDRKWAV (Adam Deitch, John Medeski, Skerik) – 1:45 AM @ Brooklyn BowlWhile Hann was holding it down at the Hall, renowned musicians Adam Deitch, John Medeski and Skerik were on hand at the Brooklyn Bowl for the return of their jazz project, DRKWAV. The recurring side project for all three players focuses on the darker side of jazz composition, bringing a cerebral jam for the late night music seekers. Their 2015 album The Purge really highlights the essence of the band, capturing their ability to interlock in the unknown. The three talents are on another level, and it showed when they closed out Brooklyn Comes Alive just last weekend.Setlist: Drkness Awaits, Drkness Lurks, Evil Andromeda, You Want It Darker, Broken Sax, No Cymbals, The Devourer of LightSo there you have it, 19 full sets of unique collaboration across three venues on one glorious day. That’s the Brooklyn Comes Alive way! What were your favorites?! We’ll see you there next year.Check out this awesome recap video of Brooklyn Comes Alive from our good friends at Human Being.-Written by Gideon Plotnicki and Dave Melamed-Photos by Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography, Faces of Festivals, Phierce Photography, and Jeremy Gordon