This past Saturday in New York City, Grammy Award-winning artists Anderson .Paak and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown surprised the Blue Note audience with an unannounced special performance at DJ Logic‘s headline show.
.Paak took a seat behind the drum set, showing off his impeccable skills and creating the perfect foundation for Brown to lay down some funky trumpet improvisation.
Julie Greenhouse attended the show, and shared her first hand take on the surprise performance:
Last night’s Blue Note shows were absolutely incredible. The core crew for the first and second set included Logic, Deitch, Karl D, MonoNeon, Fred Wesley, Jay Rodriguez, Marcus Muchado and James Hurt. They tore it up on their own – Fred Wesley is still amazing and all the musicians were so excited to be playing with him.
Jojo Hermann (WSP keys) came out for a song towards the end of the set, which was awesome! But it was really the second set that took it up a notch, with Anderson .Paak and Maurice Brown sitting in for a couple songs, as well as JSwiss and Kosha Dillz. The energy at the Blue Note was fantastic and it just felt like a special NYC moment that we were lucky to be a part of.
Throughout the weekend, the four-night DJ Logic and Friends run featured performances from Karl Denson, MonoNeon, Adam Deitch, Fred Wesley, Marcus Machado, James Hurt, and Angie Swan from David Byrne’s American Utopia.
Upcoming January shows at Blue Note include GZA with Live Band (1/11-1/12), Bobby Rush (1/17), Walter Wolfman Washington & The Roadmasters, Ron Artis II & The Truth (1/18-1/19), Veronica Swift (1/20-1/23), Talib Kweli with Live Band + Special Guests Bob James & Slick Rick (1/24), and Bob James Trio (1/25-1/30).