Gov’t Mule with Eric Krasno Band
April 26, 2017
photos/words by Josh Mintz
Gov’t Mule has come a long way from its inception, the power trio brain-child of Warren Haynes and Allen Woody. While the band has long been a four-piece, the band that arrived in Memphis was every bit as down and dirty as the original trio. Continue reading Birth of the Mule in Memphis→
Freaks Ball XII Brooklyn Bowl New York City, NY January 21, 2012
It was quite the night this past Saturday at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, the venue that hosted the 12th edition of the annual Freaks Ball. Spread over two sets, the evening delivered on exactly what it promises to do each and every year: provide its audience with once in a lifetime collaborations that make up an improvisational supergroup and leave nary an ass unshaken.
Kicking things off and effectively warming things up was a set by pianist Erik Deutsch (Norah Jones), guitarist Scott Metzger (RANA), drummer Joe Russo (The Duo, Furthur) and the lovely Tel-Aviv native bassist Hagar Ben-Ari (Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Moby). The one-off ensemble reeled through pure improvisation, doing exactly what they were supposed to do: get the room, souls and limbs respectively warmed up, lubricated and stretched.
Set two featured the pillars of the ball, or Ball-Stars as they affectionately known: Marco Benevento (Garage A Trois), Joe Russo (Furthur), Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds) and Ron Johnson (Warren Haynes Band). As though having Benevento and Russo on the same stage for an entire set wasn’t enough long live The Duo), as an added bonus, Alecia Chakour (Alecia Chakour & The Osrah, Warren Haynes Band) was on hand from the set’s inception to lend a beautiful voice and a much needed feminine presence to the otherwise sausage-fest stage.
Of course this lineup was merely temporary and in the fifth number of the night, guest number one, Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) made his way onto the stage that he knows all too well.
Krasno remained for the duration and was subsequently joined by Warren Haynes for “You Don’t Know Nothing About Love.”
Just as Krasno did, Haynes opted in to remain the game for the remainder of the set that was highlighted by “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”Â — that also brought Metzger back out of the shadows and onto the stage. With Warren, Krasno, Metzger and Roberts yielding, sliding and riding back and forth, one to another hroughout the twelve minute rendition, the mission to deliver raw and uncut ear ecstasy was beyond accomplished.
The evening capped with a tune dubbed “Freaks Ball Reprise.”Â The number featured the core four and as as the final sound waves made their way through the room, the crowd seemed awe-stricken, no doubt all having been fully satiated by what the had just ingested… no matter how musically starved their belly was when they arrived at the Bowl.
To download an audience recording of this show, click here.
Click the thumbnail(s) to view photos from the show by Vernon Webb…
Check out a video of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” w/ Warren, Krasno & Metzger below the photo gallery.
The Disco Biscuits have announced Camp Bisco V's artist lineup. Joining them on the bill will be The Roots, Thievery Corporation (DJ set), Shpongle (Simon Posford) Twisted, UK, Brazilian Girls, The ITCH featuring John Medeski (MMW), Eric Krasno (Soulive), and Eric Deitch, RJD2, The New Deal, The Benevento Russo Duo, Younger Brother (Hallucinogen, Sphongle/Prometheus) Twisted, UK, Perpetual Groove, The Juan McLean, Brothers Past, Lotus, Pnuma Trio, Benzos, Burndown All-Stars, Psylab, Infradig, Future Rock (Performing the music of Aphex Twin), Orchard Lounge, Elemental Harmonics, Moonbox, Moving Matter, Japhy Ryder, Mike Myers-local 13/XM RADIO, Adam Deitch Project.
Camp Bisco V will take place on August 25 and 26 at Hunter Mountain Ski Resort and Lodge in Hunter, New York (www.huntermtn.com). The festival will take place at the base of this world-class Catskill Mountains resort. Located only 2 hours from New York City, CBV will feature two stages, over 15 musical acts, onsite and offsite camping, as well as plenty of non-musical activities. Musical hosts, The Disco Biscuits, will offer up two sets each night of their jaw-dropping electronic rock compositions. Stay tuned to www.campbiscov.com for details and new announcements.
Much like last year, this year's Camp Bisco boasts a family friendly environment, with designated Quiet Camping and plenty of daytime activities for both kids and adults, including the annual Camp Bisco Color Wars and outdoor recreations such as river activities, hiking, golf, and more. This year also includes indoor lodge facilities, outdoor showers and toilets, and a dance hall, for use by festival goers and onsite campers. As always, Camp Bisco V will host plenty of food and arts & crafts vending within the festival grounds.
Not-for-profit Conscious Alliance will be on site at Camp Bisco V to host a food drive to help feed America's hungry. Attendees are encouraged to bring ten non perishable food items in exchange for a limited edition rock poster by JDK Designs (www.jdk.com) – while supplies last – only 250 will be made available! All donated foods will benefit America's Second Harvest Food Banks' Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York (www.secondharvest.org ). For more information and details visit www.consciousalliance.org.
Event details are as follows: Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26 (gates open at 8 am on the 25th and close at 4 PM on the 27th) Hunter Mountain Ski and Lodge Route 23A – Hunter, NY www.huntermtn.com