The Emerald Quintet–featuring drummer Stanton Moore (Galactic), saxophonist Skerik, guitarist Scott Metzger (JRAD), keyboardist Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/20th Congress/Mike Gordon), and bassist Andy Hess (John Scofield Band)–brought their fall run to Brooklyn Bowl for a lively performance at the popular New York City venue on Thursday.
The talented ensemble took the stage for a nearly-two hour set following a heavy opening performance from garage rock trio Zen Mother. Though relatively new, Emerald Quintet is quick to impress with their vibrant mix of instrumental and collaborative performance styles which kept the energy turned all the way up throughout the 14-song performance.
Each member shared turns leading the musical charge during the show while effortlessly grooving the busy venue through renditions of Fats Domino‘s “Mardi Gras In New Orleans”, “Sprung Monkey”, a tune from Robert Walter’s 20th Congress’ songbook in “Aquafresh”, J.J. Cale‘s “Humdinger”, “Calm Down Cologne” (new original), The Band‘s “Ophelia”, and “Funky Mule”, to name a few.
One of the night’s main highlights came during the latter half when the band welcomed Trey Anastasio Band saxophonist James Casey to the stage for some wonderfully fun horn soloing alongside Skerik, who seemed just as thrilled and excited for the dueling saxes as those in the audience.
Watch the two play furiously alongside one another during Thursday’s show in the fan-shot video below.
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The Emerald Quintet will take their communal explosion of groovy funk music to the “Mile High City” on Friday as the band will make its Colorado debut at Cervantes‘ for the November edition of Live For Live Music‘s ongoing Funk Sessions series. The Friday performance will mark the supergroup’s only 2019 performance west of the Mississippi–Grab tickets here.