Funk N’ Bowl Brooklyn April 14

Living in New York you always stumble upon legendary sit-ins and collaborations amongst your favorite artists. When you’re favorite trumpet player or vocalist get called on stage to accompany the band, that feeling in your stomach starts to grow, you ask yourself “what will they play?” or “I wonder what these two will come up with?” At the Funk n’ Bowl show at Brooklyn Bowl the fans had plenty of time to let their imaginations run wild on what sound, songs, and jams this stellar group of musicians would come up with. With a line up as long as the bathroom lines at Wrigley Field the stage was graced by Eric Krasno (guitar, Soulive), Jesus Coomes (bass, Lettuce), Adam Deitch (drums, Lettuce), Marco Benevento (organ) accompanied by Snarky Puppy’s Chris Bullock (sax), Michael “Maz” Maher (trumpet), Justin Stanton (trumpet), and Nate Werth (percussion). The show opened as most superjams do with each member of the group showing off their talents, but none stood out more than Coomes who stood center stage like this was his band. They worked their way through multiple tracks off of Krasno’s 2010 release Reminisce which included covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” and The Beatles “Get Back” and a sit-in by Maurice “Mo Betta” Brown (trumpet, TTB). While Coomes seemed to be guiding the band we were graced the the occasional Krasno guitar solo and fantastic high’s  from the horns section.

The second half of this one set show featured Marco taking charge, highlighting his organ work, a rarity you see him without the rest of his arsenal. He captivated the crowd and got everyone involved with “At The Show” off of his current album Swift. Bobby Deitch took his son Adam’s place behind the drum kit for a couple of songs then the evening was brought to a close with both Deitch’s on stage working percussion while the rest of the band brought the night of funky jams to a close.

 

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