Pedal steel maven Roosevelt Collier will bring his ever-evolving Get Down back to Brooklyn Comes Alive this year. Making his proverbial bones in the Southeast region of the US, the man they call “The Doctor” is a legendary figure in Bear Creek and Wanee history, known to some as the Minister of the Suwannee River. Promoters across the country who had gotten wind of Rosie when he toured with venerable sacred-steel gospel ensemble The Lee Boys or who came upon him at NOLA Jazzfest began to encourage Collier to put together a rotating band that he could then take on the road and share his magic. The mission was clear: the people must get down. And so it was written, and Roosevelt Collier’s Get Down was born.
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After festival engagements and repeated stands in Colorado and beyond, last autumn this good doctor brought his Get Down to Brooklyn Comes Alive and left mouths agape with his inimitable blend of Hendrix wail and gospel church vibration. Though jam fans may be familiar with Rosie from Jam Cruise or any of his aforementioned festival engagements, Brooklyn Comes Alive is in for a sonic revolution this weekend. For this most recent edition, Collier recruited some jazz-fusion-groove masters from Grammy-winning icons Snarky Puppy: bassist and bandleader Michael League, guitarist Bob Lanzetti, and drummer Robert “Sput” Searight.
Roosevelt has been circling the Snarky sphere in South Florida for some time now, and he appeared at their inaugural Ground UP Festival earlier this year. Yet onstage, there is the promise of a new tomorrow—the combination of the Pups’ maniacal virtuoso and the Doctor’s sweet sacred science promises to be an intoxicating elixir. Below, thanks to the miracle of technology and the wizard MKDevo, we have the session from last year’s Get Down at Brooklyn Comes Alive. Let this serve to whet the appetite for the madness that is sure to ensue when The Doctor returns for this raging BK housecall.
Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) 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 John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Cummins’ Umphrey’s McGee bandmates Ryan Stasik and Kris Myers, Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), 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 and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others!
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[cover photo courtesy of Keith Griner @ Phierce Photo]
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