NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl celebrated their 9th anniversary with the debut of a new project, (nO*sO*nO*) on Saturday, July 7th. The new trio was spearheaded specifically for the occasion by guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive/Lettuce), who played at the venue’s opening night celebration nine years ago in addition to the opening nights of its offshoot venues in Las Vegas and London, and featured a pair of enigmatic instrumentalists in the rhythm section: drummer Joe Russo (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead) and bassist MonoNeon (Prince).
While the three musicians have played together on many occasions in various other supergroup formations, Saturday night marked the first performance as a dedicated trio under this moniker. For most of the two-set performance, surprise guest keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band) added his own ivory flavors to the mix.
Relying heavily on improvisation, (nO*sO*nO*) dug deep into the funk, jazz, and psychedelic rock catalogs. Covers of Jimi Hendrix‘s “Manic Depression”, The Beatles‘ “Get Back”, Billy Cobham‘s “Stratus”, and John Scofield‘s “Hottentot”, appeared throughout the free-flowing jams and captivated the audience with their supersonic chemistry.
As of now, Saturday night was the only scheduled performance for (nO*sO*nO*). However, the excitement from both the band members and the crowd was high enough throughout the performance that we’re hopeful for at least a second round in the future. Watch the full two-set show below, courtesy of the Relix Channel on YouTube.
(No*So*No*) ft. Eric Krasno, Joe Russo, & MonoNeon w/ Peter Levin – Full Set [Pro-Shot]
Thanks to taper McRoberts, you can also listen to full audio of the show below:
Check out the full gallery from (nO*sO*nO*)’s debut performance below, courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.