Vulfpeck wrapped up their third and final show at Brooklyn Steel on Sunday, delivering yet-another performance for the history books to their third sellout crowd in as many nights. While the opening Friday night show was surely special, the Saturday and Sunday performances raised the bar to an all-time high, the Ann Arbor-bred quartet (and some very talented friends) captivating and commanding the audience like a force to be reckoned with throughout the weekend.
The band is, and forever will be, Jack Stratton, Joe Dart, Theo Katzman, and Woody Goss, though Vulfpeck’s show has evolved into a family-style meal of guest collaborators, as percussionist Richie Rodriguez, guitarist Cory Wong, vocalist Antwaun Stanley, and vocalist/keyboardist/saxophonist Joey Dosik remained stage-put for large portions of the set. New York reliables Melissa Gardiner (trombone), Ibanda Ruhumbika (tuba), and Mark Dover (clarinet) became weekend staples as they contributed the embellishments necessary for the songs to continue to grow with time. Sunday night’s performance featured vocalist Rachael Price of Lake Street Dive for a cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Say You Love Me.”
While the majority of the setlists remained the same over the weekend, they were differentiated by the first five songs of each night. Brooklyn Steel was treated to a mix of new and old rarities, including “Fugue State,” “El Chepe,” “Daddy, He Got A Tesla,” “Smile Meditation,” and “Animal Spirits,” which featured a horn section for the first time ever.
Of course, all three nights were awarded with the love-pounding “1612,” the dance-driving “Funky Duck,” the heart-warming “Wait For The Moment,” and the sing-a-long favorite “Back Pocket.” Each night was similarly driven home with a “Beastly” and “Dean Town” Joe Dart bass badass-ery clinic, affectionately separated by “Christmas in LA.” Sunday night closed with their “dub step” version of “It Gets Funkier,” during which Jack Stratton used his cell phone as a probably-real/probably-not synthesizer and bippity-bopped his way to a 21 second hand stand to culminate the show. The band goes on to Europe this week, with sold-out runs in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Glasgow, London, and Dublin.
Thanks to Evan Pragliola, you can enjoy videos from Sunday night’s show below:
Setlist: Vulfpeck | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NYC | 9/9/17
Outro, Cory Wong, My First Car, Smile Meditation, Fleetwood Mac, 1612, Aunt Leslie, Boogie On, Lord Will Make A Way, Funky Duck, Wait For The Moment, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas In LA, Dean Town, Jealous Guy
Setlist: Vulfpeck | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NYC | 9/10/17
Fugue State, Cory Wong, Animal Spirits, Daddy, He Bought A Tesla, Fleetwood Mac*, 1612, Aunt Leslie, Boogie On, Lord Will Make A Way, Funky Duck, Wait For The Moment, Back Pocket, Beastly, Christmas In LA, Dean Town, It Gets Funkier
*w/ Rachael Price from Lake Street Dive