Vermont jam quartet Twiddle played host to a three-night run over Halloween weekend at the famed Brooklyn Bowl. The band took to the stage after a month long west coast run, but lacked any signs of road fatigue. The weekend was a mix of surprise sit-ins and varied set lists that highlighted flawless transitions, extended jams and moments of unexpected improv.
Supporting acts for the weekend included fellow Vermont outfit Madaila, North Carolina jam band the Mantras and Terrapin Crossroads House Band Midnight North. The three nights showcased a variety of songs from the band’s studio releases as well as many unrecorded fan favorites.
On Thursday, thirteen-year old Brandon “Taz” Niedermeyer took the stage for a ” Frankenfoote” sit-in that wowed fans and showcased the School of Rock stars Broadway talent. Twiddle was unable to play two sets that evening due to the DJ Questlove’s Thursday Night residency.
Friday night’s crowd was treated to a sit-in and song debut as Matisyahu joined Twiddle on stage for the song “Storm Tossed.” The single is a joint project between Twiddle frontman Mihali Savoulidis and Matisyahu – the evening’s performance was the Twiddle debut of the effort. Matisyahu remained on stage and was joined by his guitarist Aaron Duran for a stunning rendition of the Bob Marley classic “Exodus.”
“It was really cool getting to see Mihali play with him [Matisyahu], especially with a song they had written together.” noted Mike Bustle of NYC, who was seeing the band Friday for the first time. “I’ve heard some people say they were upset with the sit-in and that that had already seen a similar sit-in at the Capital Theatre. And I guess I can understand that, but I’m glad I got to see it happen, too. And sometimes experiences like this aren’t just for the fans. It’s also something special for the artists. And Twiddle seemed to be enjoying it.”
Savoulidis joined Midnight North’s Elliott Peck and Grahame Lesh for a three-song set on Saturday that included “When It Rains, It Poors” and the Grateful Dead classic “Eyes of the World”. The surprise set was sandwiched in between Midnight North’s opening set and Twiddle’s first set.
Of the three nights, most fans seemed to be in agreement that Saturday night showcased why Twiddle continues to gain fans and silence critics. Leila Ziari traveled from Colorado for the three-night run. “I feel like they definitely take you on a journey and it was kind of progressive leading up into Saturday. I feel like Saturday their flow was perfect.”
Twiddle plays Brooklyn Bowl Vegas before returning home for a few weeks. The band will head out on a number of scattered dates this November and December making stops in Philadelphia, Portland and Boston around the Thanksgiving holiday. Twiddle will return to the Capitol Theatre for a two-night engagement December 17 and 18. The band will be joined by Buffalo groove rockers Aqueous and Burlington duo Soule Monde at the Palace Theatre in Albany for New Year’s Eve.
Thursday October 27, 2016
One Set: Blueberry Tumble, White Light, Orderly Chaos > Doinkinbonk!!!, Indigo Trigger, Frankenfoote
Encore: The Catapillar
Show Notes:. “White Light” contained a “Chariots Of Fire” (Vangelis) jam. “Frankenfoote” featured Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on guitar.
Friday October 28, 2016
Set 1: Second Wind, Polluted Beauty, Brick Of Barley, Jamflowman
Set 2: Gatsby The Great, Storm Tossed, Exodus, Cabbage Face
Encore: Mamunes The Faun
 “Storm Tossed” (Mihali Savoulidis and Matisyahu) was a Twiddle debut and featured Matisyahu on vocals.
 “Exodus” (Bob Marley) was a debut and featured Matisyahu on vocals and Aaron Dugan (Matisyahu) on guitar.