Brooklyn Comes Alive recently announced its massive artist lineup, with over 100 artists slated to perform 35+ sets across two days in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This year, the event is expanding to two days, September 23rd and 24th, and will take over three of Brooklyn’s premier venues—Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg—all within a 10-minute walking radius. Fans’ imaginations have been running wild dreaming up what band lineups may be formed from the extensive roster of musicians. The guessing game is always one of the most fun parts of the Brooklyn Comes Alive experience, but today we’re ready to roll out some more surprises. Today, following the previous announcements of “The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers Band,” A Tribute To Jamiroquai, and Eric Krasno & Friends, Brooklyn Comes Alive has announced that members of moe. and Aqueous will team up for a one time-only performance as moe.queous.
Buffalo, New York, is somewhat of an unsung center of the jam world. Few people remember that iconic Brooklyn trio Soulive actually originated in Buffalo the late 1990’s. Of course, the beloved jam band moe. hails from the city too, having planted their flag as the quintessential Buffalo band earlier in the 90’s. moe. would grow out of Buffalo and turn into a national-touring powerhouse, but the band spent several years honing their craft and playing for a rabid pack of locals in western New York.
moe.’s influence on Buffalo, New York, continues to this day, inspiring the next generation of jam bands growing out of New York state. Having grown up in and around Buffalo in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, upstart jam band Aqueous have clearly been influenced by moe. as well as by the entirety of the city’s vibrant and adventurous music scene. The band have crafted a unique, groove-oriented progressive rock sound, with their dual-guitar attack, ambitious songwriting, and playful lyrics. Now, Mike Gantzer, Dave Loss, Evan McPhaden, and Rob Houk of Aqueous will join forces with moe.’s Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico for an unforgettable set of moe. songs, Aqueous songs, and choice covers, which can only be experienced at Brooklyn Comes Alive.
Mike Gantzer had this to say about playing with Al and Vinnie from moe.:
“It’s an absolute honor to get the opportunity to share the stage with some of the moe. guys! Some of Aqueous’ most formative moments when we were young and aspiring/impressionable musicians were seeing moe. shows, and moe.down was actually our first ever festival that we attended growing up. We’ve always looked up to those guys, and the Buffalo connection we share makes it that much more special, so in summation, we’re incredibly psyched!”
Aqueous performing a moe. tribute set at Paradise Music Festival on 7/23/15
Aqueous with Vinnie Amico from moe. and Joel Cummins from Umphrey’s McGee performing “Kid Charlemagne” by Steely Dan at Summercamp 2017
The 2017 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more. Iconic legends, such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich, and Henry Butler, will join members of nationally touring bands, such as GRAMMY-winners Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, The Russ Liquid Test, SunSquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more. Check out the full lineup of artists below, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about bands, supergroup formations, and special tribute sets.
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Each ticket grants attendees in-and-out access to all three venues, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival all within the heart of Williamsburg. In true Brooklyn Comes Alive-fashion, a brunch set will kick off the music each day, and performances will continue into the early hours of the morning with special late-night performances.
To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.