In less than two weeks, Brooklyn Comes Alive will arrive, bringing a bevy of unique super groups, tribute sets, and one-time-only jam sessions that the festival has become known for. This year, there will be tribute sets to the Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead, Jamiroquai, and Herbie Hancock; unique one-off bands like moe.queous and Pow! Pow! Power Trio!; and jams hosted by Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Skerik, Dave Harrington, and more. On top of all that, there will be late-night sets from a variety of artists, including DJ Premier & The Badder Band, The Crystal Method, and KJ Sawka.
At last year’s festival, Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits wowed the Brooklyn Comes Alive audience with the debut of their [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits project with fellow electro-jam warriors Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee of Break Science. The project was received by an at-capacity audience, who went absolutely wild for [Br]eaking [Bi]scuits’ groove-and-synth-heavy electronic music and spot-on instrumental covers. The band was created specifically for Brooklyn Comes Alive, but in months since, has toured the Northeast, playing a number of huge festivals like Electric Forest and Camp Bisco.
After setting the bar high last year, Brownstein and Magner are back with another impressive supergroup on Sunday of this year’s event. Simply titled “Brownstein / Magner / Cummins / Greenfield / Jalbert,” the players—The Disco Biscuits’ Brownie & Magner, Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee, Mike Greenfield of Lotus, and Ryan Jalbert of The Motet—make up a who’s who of the jam scene, with representatives from the vibrant musical hubs of Philadelphia, Chicago, and the front range of Colorado. Today, we have learned that two more powerful musicians have been added to the mix: Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman. These two female vocalists and horn players from Trey Anastasio Band will make up the supergroup’s horn section, though both will showcase their well-loved vocal talents as well.
One person who’s particularly excited for this set is Ryan Jalbert, who will be keeping the guitar duties locked down during this special super jam. Jalbert—who is making his Brooklyn Comes Alive debut this year—can typically be found on tour with rhythm funk champions, The Motet, or acting as the glue for countless super jams in Colorado. Jalbert has emerged as one of the go-to players in Colorado and is renowned for his skills as both a rhythm and lead player. He is also a skilled band leader, often charting out parts for his bandmates so everyone can stay organized while on stage.
Jalbert tells Live For Live Music: “I’m honored to be joining this group of musical badasses at Brooklyn Comes Alive this year! I’m a fan of each of these guys as players but also for being all-around rad dudes. Between the five of us, we’re each contributing song ideas for an eclectic setlist, but the main goal is to keep it funky and allow room to stretch. All of these players have big ears and seem typically ready to let go and take chances, so I’m excited to see what happens. As always, I was thrilled to learn that we’ll have Jen and Natalie joining us to really push it over the top. This is my first time at this festival, but I’m super excited to come join a seemingly Jazzfest-esque Brooklyn musical take over with so many inspiring friends and peers.”
Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive will turn three fantastic Williamsburg venues (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) and the surrounding city streets into a music lover’s game board for two full days on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.
The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick, James Casey, and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others!
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Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.