Category Archives: Special Guest

moe.down 14~ Friends and Famoe.ly Photo Album ~ Snow Ridge, Turin, NY ~ August 9th-11th 2013

Citizen Cope Joins Soulive During Bowlive Residency

Last night two amazing Brooklyn based bands joined forces at Brooklyn Bowl. Soulive invited Citizen Cope, among many other guest musicians that night (hello George Porter, Jr.! hello Skerik! hello Billy Martin!) to the stage to perform a handful of songs: Some older, some newer … and all amazing. In this vid capture, Eric Krasno, guitarist for Soulive, really nails the soft and gentle dynamics of Cope’s “Something to Believe In” a tune previously written and recorded by Cope for Debi Nova. For me, the pairing of Soulive and Cope brought together two very different musical worlds and sounds. I’m a big fan of both–but was wondering how they would mesh. Would the slightly jazzier Soulive jive with the understated melodies of Cope’s super-mellow, sometimes emo-driven lyrics and vocals? The answer was, simply put, yes. If you’re familiar with the ever-moving nature of Soulive (see Rubber Soulive the band’s take on The Beatles Rubber Soul) you’d know that as a band they are so musically adept that they just as easily can adapt. That’s the beauty of Bowlive, the pairings and special guests that are invited and join the Soulive sound.

New York Guitar Festival – Feat: Mike Gordon, Larry Campbell – World Financial Center, Winter Garden

The 2012 New York Guitar festival kicked off this past evening at the Winter Garden Atrium,  in the World Financial Center, by celebrating 30 years of Brian Eno’s album, “Apollo: Atmosphere and Soundtracks.”

The album, played LIVE for the first time ever, featured Mike Gordon (bass) Larry Campbell (guitar) David Torn, Noveller, and Jeff Parker. A tribute to NASA’s Moon landings, Eno’s album imagines very ethereal, peaceful-yet-haunting, moving, and spacey(literally!) sounds and soundscapes.

Played in its entirety, Eno wanted the music to induce a feeling of “weightlessness” and so there’s no way  a note-for-note replication could be created of these highly-complicated tracks–though, if any band has come close–it was this lineup.

This video of the band “jamming” captures the band improvising on their own, after completing the album, and  being introduced to the full house at Winter Garden. Oops, looks like you’re not allowed to see that video!! Also amazing were the moving images of nebulae, swirling dust, and spoken word about the Apollo moon landings and NASA. Remember kids: We are all molecules.

Warren Haynes Brings Out Special Guest William Bell at the Beacon Theater

The Warren Haynes band, performing in support of Haynes new album, Man In Motion (Stax Records), brought out some very special guests at Thursday’s night’s show at the Beacon Theater. As fans of Haynes know he is a lover–and a man–of soul. So it was definitely a personal honor for Haynes to bring out Stax Recording Artist, William Bell, to perform “Born Under A Bad Sign”. Watch below for a “brief history lesson” of Bell and Stax Records by Haynes himself!

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