With the New York Presidential primary taking place today, April 19th, a number of beloved musicians took the stage at The Hall At MP last night for a “Get Out And Vote… For Bernie” benefit concert. With just days of planning, Kung Fu served as the backing band for a majority of the set, which featured sit-ins from Phish’s Jon Fishman, Dead & Company’s Oteil Burbridge, String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann, Trey Anastasio Band’s Natalie Cressman, Kat Wright, and DJ Logic.
The show started with local band LoveDeep (check them out here!), who rocked the party and got fans excited for the night ahead. After a brief but hilarious speech from political comedian Jamie Kilstein, Kung Fu took the stage and opened with Living Colour’s “Cult Of Personality.” Fishman and Cressman joined in towards the end of set one, performing a series of Frank Zappa tunes: “I Am The Slime,” “Son Of Orange County” and “More Trouble Every Day.” The set closed with Kung Fu’s song “Scrabb,” featuring a drum duel between Adrian Tramantano and Jon Fishman.
After a setbreak with tunes curated by DJ Logic, set two brought some serious fire to the fans who were feeling the Bern. The band opened with Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire,” with Fishman, Burbridge, DJ Logic and Cressman all on stage. The same group played The Beatles’ “Revolution,” before Fishman swapped out with Hann for the Grateful Dead’s “Fire On The Mountain.”
The set continued as Fishman returned for “Come On, Come Over” by Jaco Pastorius, before Kat Wright and Bob Wagner performed on a version of Bob Marley’s “Burnin’ & Lootin’.” John Lennon’s “Imagine” and Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” closed out the set.
You can watch the full video of the festivities below: