Good. Lord. Almighty.
Pre-show: I had gotten a pair of tickets through a friend of mine (thanks Tyler!) so I was off, again, to Brooklyn Bowl. I’m seriously considering moving out there, since I seem to be there almost every night! Thank goodness this crazy 10 day run is almost over, I can now get on with it. Oops, no, The Allman’s are playing next week. Scratch that.
When I showed up, around 9:15, you could walk up to the security guard, place was buzzing already. By 10pm the line was down the street, almost to the corner. By 10:30 it was, “All Exits Final”. By 11pm, even the guest list people were on line. Place filled to capacity. Holy schmoley, what are we in for tonight?
Set 1: I walk in and Alan on drums, Neal on keys, and Nigel on keys already. Nigel wails Unconditional Love and goes into a Stevie Wonder cover. Nigel sounds like Stevie. He just wails. This guy is amazing. He blows me away each time I see him. Kraz joins and they do a Stevie Ray Vaughn tune. Kraz shreds it.
Setbreak: I go outside for a break, and am watching the line grow longer and longer. Spoke to a random guy on the street and asked if he had seen Rahzel before. He proceeded to tell me he was waiting for Rahzel and his son to show up, he raps with Rahzel Jr. Seriously?? Magic in the air. I love the Brooklyn Bowl.
Set 2: As I was talking to my new friend Biggz, I could hear Soulive blasting it through the walls. I was getting a first rate lowdown on the Rap scene, and Rahzel. I’m feeling rather ridiculous now, as Rahzel is the “Godfather of Noise”, old skool rapper that beatboxes something mean. Anyways – moving on. I go back inside and Soulive is just finishing up, and then The Shady Horns join them and the whole place is kicked up a notch. Ah, here we go.
Rahzel and ?uestlove
Set 3: Rahzel takes the stage. Alone. Just him beatboxing. Holy schmoley. Amazing. So so amazing. Continue reading