On October 22, the musical spirit in New York will be at its height when the sold-out Brooklyn Comes Alive festival comes to three venues in the heart of Williamsburg. This one-day event features a veritable who’s who spanning the jam band, funk and electronic scenes
Members of The Disco Biscuits, Medeski, Martin & Wood, The String Cheese Incident, Lettuce, Break Science, Greyboy Allstars, Mike Gordon Band, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Soulive and the Trey Anastasio Band are just a few of the more than 50 artists slated to perform.
This event promises to feature performances from hand-selected super groups, impromptu jam sessions, and very rare collaborations, kicking off with brunch and running well into the depths of the evening. The venues that will host this monstrosity also happen to be Brooklyn’s most popular venues – Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg, which are all conveniently within a 10-minute walking distance from each other.
With the festivities kicking off at noon at The Hall at MP, brunch will be hosted inside at the MP Taverna, featuring an amazing dining experience from Michelin Star chef Michael Psilakis. For those that are worried about missing out on some of the action while fueling up, live audio will be pumped into the dining room to keep the grooves going.
Also featured are members from groups such as The Knux, Ne-Yo, Snarky Puppy, RAQ, Nth Power, Stanton Moore Trio, Kung Fu, Primus, Dopapod, Garaj Mahal, Dub Trio, Gov’t Mule, The Black Crowes, The Stepkids, Deep Banana Blackout, Matisyahu, Organ Freeman, and Santana. In addition to the collaboration of band members from different groups, established solo artists will be making an appearance including Samora Pinderhughes, Raul Pineda, Farnell Newton, Chauncey Yearwood, Ian McGuire, Wiley Griffin, Luke Bemand and Dan Lyons.
Holly Bowling, the solo pianist who takes Phish and Grateful Dead classic jams and transcribes them arranged for piano, will open the festivities just after noon at The Hall MP of Brooklyn. Highlights include the All Brothers Band — featuring Oteil and Kofi Burbridge, and Neal and Alan Evans — Tim Palmieri and Friends, DRKWAV, which features John Medeski, Adam Deitch and Skerik, and Horizon Wireless.
Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven is a new group that takes inspiration from Ludwig Van Beethoven, and has arranged some of his classic pieces for a rock group. This is one of the must see acts of the festival. The Rhythmatronix, featuring Jason Hann, Oteil Burbridge and Sting and Garage Mahal guitarist Fareed Haque, are the late-night group at The MP. This is just a small smattering of the incredible lineup put together by Live 4 Live Music.
A few hours after brunch is concluded, Brooklyn Bowl and Music Hall of Williamsburg will open and will stay open throughout the night.
Full List of Performers:
Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead/Furthur/Benevento-Russo Duo)
Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company)
Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)
Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)
John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood)
Borahm Lee (Break Science)
Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)
James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)
Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)
Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead)
Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band)
Alan Evans (Soulive)
Neal Evans (Soulive)
Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce)
Jesus Coomes (Lettuce)
Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce)
Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce)
Michael League (Snarky Puppy)
Todd Stoops (RAQ)
Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy)
Nikki Glaspie (The Nth Power)
Nick Cassarino (The Nth Power)
Nate Edgar (The Nth Power)
Courtney J’Mell Smith (The Nth Power)
Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)
Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)
Jay Lane (Primus/Electric Beethoven)
Rob Compa (Dopapod)
Eli Winderman (Dopapod)
Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)
Rob Marscher (Matisyahu)
Fareed Haque (Garaj Mahal)
Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)
Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule/The Black Crowes)
Eric Slick (Dr. Dog)
Dan Edinburg (The Stepkids)
Jen Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)
Johnny Durkin (Deep Banana Blackout)
Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident)
Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science)
Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon)
Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven)
Rob Somerville (Kung Fu)
Benny Rietveld (Santana)