Birds of a Feather are flocking to Brooklyn Comes Alive! The new hybrid band featuring members of two of the jam scene’s hottest acts—Pigeons Playing Playing Ping Pong and Goose—will make its live debut when the beloved single-day musical marathon hits Brooklyn, NY’s renowned multi-stage entertainment complex, Avant Gardner, on Saturday, March 21st.
While Brooklyn Comes Alive is shifting from a multi-venue format to a single, multi-stage space in 2020, the event still promises to bring its patented mix of exciting supergroups, never-before-seen collabs, and creative tributes to legendary artists. “Hybrid bands” like Birds of a Feather have been a staple of Brooklyn Comes Alive since the event’s inception. Past examples include [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits (members of Break Science and The Disco Biscuits), moe.queous (members of moe. and Aqueous) and Ghost-Live (members of Ghost-Note and Soulive, at BCA’s recently launched sister event, Denver Comes Alive).
The debut performance by Birds of a Feather will see Pigeons Playing Ping Pong guitarist Jeremy Schon and drummer Alex “Gator” Petropulos join forces with Goose guitarist/vocalist Rick Mitarotonda, guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Peter Anspach, and bassist Trevor Weekz. With this never-before-seen crew of talented “avian” musicians onstage, there’s no telling how high Birds of a Feather will soar at Brooklyn Comes Alive.
Brooklyn Comes Alive will mark the first time that members of the two bands will perform together as one combined entity, though Goose and Pigeons are no strangers to each other. Goose has supported Pigeons Playing Ping Pong on various occasions dating back to 2018, most recently during a lengthy West Coast run of PPPP’s 2020 Presto tour over the last two months. These shows have also produced a number of onstage collaborations between members of the two bands. One such sit-in took place on February 15th, when Mitarotonda and Anspach sat in with Pigeons for a rendition of “Lightning” at the Regency Ballroom in San Fransisco, CA. Get a taste of the magic to come at BCA with a pro-shot video of the collab below:
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong ft. Rick Mitarotonda & Peter Anspach – “Lightning” [Multi-Cam] – 2/15/20
Last summer, Goose took one of the bigger steps in their career thus far with a mind-blowing performance on the third day of The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA. The band was one of the most buzzed-about acts heading into the annual mid-summer event and didn’t disappoint—the band’s a 90-minute performance at The Peach set the groundwork for Goose’s explosion in popularity that landed them at the top spot on Live For Live Music‘s list of “The Breakout Artists of 2019“. You can watch Goose’s full set from The Peach 2019 below:
Goose – The Peach Music Festival 2019 [Full-Show]
As for Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, the energizing funk-rock foursome has also delivered a number of particularly memorable performances over the past year. On New Year’s Eve 2019 in Asheville, NC, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong delivered a psychedelic celebration cleverly dubbed “The Electric Kool-Aid Asheville Test” in their arena debut and biggest headlining show to date at ExploreAsheville.com Arena. Revisit the band’s mind-bending “Electric Kool-Aid Asheville Test” NYE performance below:
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong – ExploreAsheville.com Arena – 12/31/19 [Full-Show]
[Video: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong]
Birds of a Feather is far from the only buzzworthy collaboration set to go down at Brooklyn Comes Alive on March 21st. The lineup also features Oteil Burbridge & Friends with members of Dead & Company, Soulive, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, and more; Turkuaz with special guests Cory Henry, Robert Sput Searight, and Nate Werth; The Motet with special guests Oz Noy, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, and Shira Elias; NOLA supergroup Dr. Klaw; Robert Randolph & Friends with Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, Rashawn Ross, MonoNeon, and Robert Sput Searight; Anomalie / Deitch / MonoNeon; Here Come The Mummies; Aron Magner‘s SPAGA Plays The Dead; and Karina Rykman; as well as late-night performances by Jade Cicada, Potions, and 5AM Trio and a rare DJ set by Beats Antique.
Tickets to Brooklyn Comes Alive 2020 are on sale now. A festival pass to Brooklyn Comes Alive grants attendees access to the full schedule of programming across both stages, including the late-night sets. Fans can also purchase late-night-only passes, which grant attendees access to The Great Hall only from 12:00 a.m.–4:00 a.m. Brooklyn Comes Alive late-night passes can be purchased here.