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Brooklyn Comes Alive To Celebrate Allman Brothers With Members Of Moe., Umphrey’s, Snarky & More

Last week, Brooklyn Comes Alive announced a massive artist lineup, with over 100 artists slated to perform 35+ sets of music over two days in the heart of Williamsburg. Today, the festival is proud to announce the first of many unique collaborative set—The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers Band,” a star-studded tribute bringing together members of some of the biggest bands in improvisational music to pay homage to the earth-shattering impact of the music of the Allman Brothers Band.

This all-star collaboration will feature Al Schnier and Vinnie Amico of moe.Joel Cummins and Kris Meyers of Umphrey’s McGeeScott Sharrard and Brett Bass of Gregg Allman Band; and Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy. Special guests will also appear throughout the set, including New York guitar prodigy and Broadway star, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, who was mentored by both late greats Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks.

When asked what the Allman Brothers mean to him, moe.’s Al Schnier stated:

“The Allman Brothers “At Fillmore East” changed the landscape of live rock music, & particularly the place of the guitar in an improvisational ensemble forever more.  They somehow blended these very American elements of Jazz, Blues, & Soul into something uniquely theirs, yet timeless all the same. And that album, their sound became part of my DNA at an early age. To this day, the twin guitar combo in moe. would not be what it is if not for the path forged by Duane Allman & Dickey Betts.”

Joel Cummins, keyboardist extraordinaire for Umphrey’s McGee, was equally effusive about the Allman Brothers, explaining:

“The Allman Brothers are one of rock n roll’s most seminal bands in history, forging a path for many musicians today that have followed in their footsteps. As a keyboardist myself, Gregg Allman & Chuck Leavell‘s masterful work on organ & piano influenced the way I approach music. It will be an honor to pay tribute to a group of musicians Umphrey’s McGee loves and respects so much.”

Finally, Scott Sharrard had some touching words to share about his mentor and former bandmate, Gregg Allman. Sharrard was the musical director for the final eight years of the Gregg Allman Band, and also was a frequent collaborator of Allman’s in his later years, helping him to write new music and to shape his live show. Scott will serve as musical director for The Road Goes On Forever, and he had this to say about this set at Brooklyn Comes Alive:

“What Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks did was rain truth daggers of love and unity in every salvo of sound from the stage. One true note can slice into every heart. I believe this was their goal every time that they took the stage, I never saw them miss. It will be a pleasure to honor these founding members of one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Alongside some friends, both old and new, we will do our best to “hit the note” at Brooklyn Comes Alive.”

Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 Artist Lineup (supergroup formations TBA):

John Scofield (Miles Davis, Uberjam Band)
Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce)
Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee)
Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee)
Ryan Stasik (Umphrey’s McGee)
Vinnie Amico (moe.)
Al Schnier (moe.)
Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)
Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)
Jesse Miller (Lotus)
Mike Greenfield (Lotus)
Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident)
George Porter Jr. (The Meters)
Henry Butler
Jon Cleary
Cyril Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers)
Johnny Vidacovich
Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe)
Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds)
Jay Lane (Primus, RatDog)
Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy)
Michael League (Snarky Puppy)
Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy)
Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy)
Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)
Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven)
Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys, Bokanté)
Skerik
Mike Dillon (Les Claypool)
Todd Stoops (RAQ)
KJ Sawka (Pendulum, Destroid)
MonoNeon (Prince)
Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters)
Jake Joliff (Yonder Mountain String Band)
Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth)
Wil Blades (Dr. Lonnie Smith)
Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)
Joey Porter (The Motet)
Garrett Sayers (The Motet)
Ryan Jalbert (The Motet)
Lyle Divinsky (The Motet)
Dave Watts (The Motet)
Eli Winderman (Dopapod)
Rob Compa (Dopapod)
Chuck Jones (Dopapod)
DJ Logic
Dave Harrington (Darkside)
Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)
Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band)
James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)
Louis Cato (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)
Russ Liquid (The Russ Liquid Test)
Andrew Block (Gramatik, The Russ Liquid Test)
Deven Trusclair (The Russ Liquid Test)
Kevin Donohue (Sunsquabi)
Chris Anderson (Sunsquabi)
Joshua Fairman (Sunsquabi)
THESPVCEAGE (DJ Green Lantern)
Muzzy Bear (GRiZ)
Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)
Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)
Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty)
Daru Jones (Jack White)
Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates)
Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu)
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (School of Rock)
Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band)
Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band)
Leslie Mendelson (Steve Kimock)
Mike Gantzer (Aqueous)
David Loss (Aqueous)
Rob Houk (Aqueous)
Evan McPhadden (Aqueous)
Grahame Lesh (Midnight North, Terrapin Family Band)
Elliott Peck (Midnight North)
Alex Jordan (Midnight North)
Connor O’Sullivan (Midnight North)
Chris Loftlin
Patrick Falco (The Falco Brothers)
Ryan Cavanaugh (Bill Evans)
Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band)
Dezron Douglas (Ravi Coltrane Quartet)
Akie Bermiss (Lake Street Dive)
Mike ‘Maz’ Maher (Snarky Puppy)
Charlie Patierno (Octave Cat)
Marcus Machado
Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto)
Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band)
Luke Quaranta (Toubab Krewe)
Sam Dickey (Tank & The Bangas)
Raja Kassis (Antibalas)
Themba Mkhatshwa (Christian Scott)
Yacouba Sissoko (Regina Carter)
Abdoulaye Diabate
Andy Hess (John Scofield Uberjam Band)
Chris Spies
Kevin Scott
Magatte Fall (Angelique Kidjo)
Christian Almiron (Lupe Fiasco)
Reuben Cainer
Randy Runyon
Justin Tyson (Mos Def)

Featuring Special Sets From:
DJ Premier & The Badder Band
KJ Sawka (Live)
The Crystal Method

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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