Move over, open field in Vermont: Williamsburg is flexing to become the newest jam band destination in America. Yep, you heard us. There’s a jam band festival coming to NYC this weekend, and it’s taking place in our very own North Brooklyn (which, admittedly, seems like a strange choice, since besides the brunch trend there’s nothing particularly languorous or “Woodstock” about Williamsburg).
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So about this festival. It’s called Brooklyn Comes Alive, and it’s a one-day indoor jam-tacular on Oct. 22 that brings together musicians from all around the world for one very long day of collaborative and improvisational sessions at The Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP and the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Performers will play as individuals, in smaller groups and also in supergroups such as “The All Brothers Band” (with longtime Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge and his brother Kofi Burbidge, plus Neal and Alan Evans) and “J Dilla Tribute,” featuring members of NYC hip-hop group Break Science and Stu Brooks, among others.
The festival was founded by festival junkie (and erstwhile Brooklynite) Justin Charles and his buddy Kunj Shah, the 29-year-old owner of Live for Live Music. Brokelyn spoke to Charles, who told us that he and Shah were inspired to create BCA by the late night Jazz festival scene in New Orleans.
“Every bar and club has these incredible jam sessions all night long,” Charles, 29, told us. “You can pop into a small bar and see these world class musicians, some [of whom] may have played for tens of thousands earlier that week … all just jamming and having fun.” (more…)