In late March, Strangefolk reunited on stage for the first time in over ten years when original members Jon Trafton, Reid Genauer, Erik Glockler, and Luke Smith ambled onto the Brooklyn Bowl platform at a little after 9:30 pm to exuberant applause from the sold out house that was at their feet.
Noting the obvious connection between Peter Shapiroâ€™s famous Wetlands Preserve, a staple venue for Strangefolk in their day, and his “Wetlands of today” (so to speak), the Brooklyn Bowl, it was easy to take the fast lane back in time.
But this was much more than just aÂ â€œrun of the millâ€ reunion show, as Strangefolk took the stage with the same confidence & energetic execution that many bands that are constantly touring and practicing together do not have.
Moving through a well-rounded setlist, it was easy for 27-40ish year old demographic to be taken back to the Strangefolk and personal days of old, when most in the room were experiencing life in a much different manner and from a much different place than they are currently.
There is always a special quality that all good bands capture with their original lineups. For Strangefolk fans, night one of this reunion run — that went on to Burlington, VT and Portland, ME — served as a testament to this.
In short, there is no question that this ensemble still has the magic that propelled them to a highly tiered spot on the national “jam circuit” so many moons ago, evidenced by the smiles, feet enthusiastic vocal accompaniment during the show and the rave reviews afterward.
One can only hope that this was a new beginning for what was proven, on this night, to be a timeless collective.
Iâ€¨: Poland, â€¨Bus Driver, â€¨Valhalla, â€¨…As, â€¨Pawnâ€¨, Chasing Away, â€¨Alaska, â€¨Stout Hearted
II: â€¨Speculator, â€¨All The Same, â€¨Oxbowâ€¨, Elixerâ€¨, Fishinâ€¨, I Tell Myself, â€¨So Far Gone, â€¨Westerly
Click HERE to download an audience recording of this show.
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