[Ed note: I have been lax in my habit of coming home and writing about every show I see. Very lax. That seemed to happen for only a few months in the beginning of this journey, but now it seems to be harder to do every show I see, (yes, I know - crybaby cry...) I will try to sum up what's been going on in NYC on these dreary wintery nights, where the snow piled high on cement streets, freezing cold winds slapping in my face.... Oh, whilst in the depths of winter, music will warm my bones...]
That Bernie Worrell show with his whacked out jacket, jammin hard with a stage full’a fellas, Will Bernard, 2 saxs, great drummer, trumpet player from PFunk, in the tiny Bitter End club.
Umphree’s McGee and all their lightshow bonanza at the Brooklyn Bowl, phewwweee! That was great fun, and their lights made the Brooklyn Bowl sparkle, there was a haze on the mirrored dance ball over the dance floor. It was wild, they sounded great, the crowd was psyched and ready to roll with UMG’s surprise Monday night show.
Nigel Hall‘s, vocals/piano, Residency last Wednesday at the Rockwood with all the Royal Family members in the house and then to Brooklyn Bowl to see the funky Meters play with Brian Stoltz, Art Neville, Russell Batiste and George Porter, Jr., the late night at Bembe with some tasty DJ licks by Nutritious, where the night came full circle when Nigel Hall comes to bang on some congas and dance the night away. Did I say this was a Wednesday…
The insane late night rage at the Blue Note with Sam Kininger, Sax that I wrote about here.
The killer Soul II Soul Benefit at Brooklyn Bowl with Nigel Hall and the Royal Family folks with Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley. Horns in the HOUSE. Dr. John on keys. Good lord. Insanity. Listen here at Archive:
The night at The Beacon Theater with the gorgeous Dickinson Brothers, Cody (drums), and Luther (guitar) opening for Robert Plant’s Band of Joy. WOW. First off, the Dickinson Brothers (North Mississippi Allstars), wailed incredibly tight jams my ears couldn’t believe at times that there was only two instruments on the stage. Then Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, his new band. Really great to see Robert in the flesh, dancing and singing perfectly. Voice sounds great, the band is filled with string instruments and great singers. Sweetness.