Master guitarist Eric Krasno has announced a new four-night, eight-show residency at New York’s iconic Blue Note Jazz Club, set to take place from May 16th through May 19th. The band will play two separately ticketed sets per night, one at 8:30 p.m. and one at 10:00 p.m.

The shows are billed as Eric Krasno & Friends featuring Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, and Chris Loftlin with special guests to be announced, though longtime fans will get more than enough excitement out of the announcement even without the addition of special guests. The quartet comprised of Krasno, Hall, Cato, and Loftlin is a throwback to an old project, Chapter 2, which rarely plays together these days.

However, they’ve played their fair share of memorable performances in the past. In 2009, Chapter 2 performed as part of the first-ever night of music at Brooklyn Bowl for the venue’s soft opening. They wouldn’t reconvene onstage until 2017, when they anchored a headlining, star-studded Eric Krasno & Friends set in that very same building as part of Brooklyn Comes Alive. That Brooklyn Comes Alive set featured a veritable all-star squad of special guests, from John Scofield to George Porter Jr. to Cyril Neville to Jennifer Hartswick to Maurice Brown to Snarky Puppy horns Mike “Maz” Maher and Chris Michetti and beyond. As Krasno mused while the guests accumulated onstage, “They told me that I could bring some friends, but they had no idea how many I’d actually bring!”

It’s safe to say that with this seasoned quartet on hand and the wealth of talented “Friends” always floating around NYC, this Eric Krasno & Friends Blue Note run is a can’t-miss event.

Tickets for Eric Krasno & Friends’ Blue Note run are available here.

Eric Krasno, Eric Krasno Chapter 2, Eric Krasno & Friends, Eric Krasno Blue Note, Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, Chris Loftlin

For those who can’t make it to New York for Eric Krasno’s Blue Note residency, there are two exciting opportunities to see him perform with all-star lineups in the coming months.

First, on April 13th, Krasno will convene a new cast of friends for the inaugural The Big Melt at The Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO including Robert RandolphNigel Hall (Lettuce), Robert Sput Searight (Ghost-Note, Snarky Puppy), MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost-Note), and Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment).

You can grab your tickets to The Big Melt here.

Then, on May 1st, you can catch Krasno as part of The Daze Between Band at One Eyed Jacks in New Orleans, LA during the days between Jazz Fest weekends. This equally exciting band will also feature Nigel Hall, Robert Sput Searight, and MonoNeon in addition to Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), Weedie Braimah, and more special guests.

Grab your Daze Between Band tickets here.