Super Bowl XLVIII May Have Disappointed, But Freaks Ball XIV Most Certainly Did Not!
From the legendary Brooklyn Bowl regulars to the plethora of surprise guests, the fourteenth installment of Freaks Ball saw some pretty exceptional talent that makes one wonder whether Bowlive came a month early this year.
Scott Metzger kicked things off with his bluesy instrumental project, Wolf!, getting everyone into a soulful, funky groove. They were followed by local buzzband, Superhuman Happiness, a conglomerate of eclectic Brooklynites with their own unique style that is sexy, groovy, and just exudes — you guessed it — happiness.
When Eric Krasno, Neal Evans (both of Soulive/Lettuce) and Joe Russo (of Furthur, the Benevento/Russo duo) finally took the stage, these Brooklyn Bowl all-stars seamlessly came together to provide us with everything from upbeat, funkadelic jams to smooth, soulful, jazzy instrumentals. Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” — a Soulive staple — really kicked things off towards the beginning and allowed Krasno to shine with killer guitar riffs and his signature goofy faces. The set consisted of Soulive originals such as “For Granted,” as well as a new Neal debut, “Cosmo.”
It wouldn’t be a true Freaks Ball without a little help from some friends. First, the trio was joined by the always sultry and fabulous Alecia Chakour, lending her powerhouse pipes on a few killer collabs. Later, Robert Randolph popped in, fresh from his show at BB Kings, for a surprise guest spot to murder it on guitar. Scott Metzger joined on for some guitar bits as well. The infamous Bill Evans and Cochemea Gastelum of the Dap-Kings alternated on sax, both providing their own funky flavor.
All in all, this was an evening of great fun and exceptional talent fit to satisfy any true music lover. If you like what you’re hearing be sure to attend this year’s Bowlive, beginning on March 13, which is sure to feature many of the same characters (and then some).