This past weekend was witness to a special event. The Green, who is currently on tour with Rebelution, made a one night only appearance at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn to perform an all acoustic show. For anyone who has not been, the Knitting Factory is worth checking out. It is one of the smaller venues, which give it a beautifully intimate atmosphere and makes it perfect for a show like this.
The opening act, Shoreline, took the stage as the crowd started to gather. A new band, their set was a mix of reggae covers and original tracks. With three stools and three musicians, I was glad that they kept with the acoustic theme of the night. They kept the crowd going with a few tracks from Sublime and Shaggy and played an amazing reggae version of a Snoop Dog track. Not Snoop Lion, but some old school hip-hop Snoop in a new reggae version. Mixing in some of their original songs as well, this band is just starting off, but put on a great set for the crowd. I look forward to seeing them again when they can do a full set of original content.
If you have not seen The Green live or heard their music, one of the things that truly separates them from other reggae bands in their ability to harmonize. Every member of the band sings and this creates a vibe that is different from other shows. As The Green took the stage I knew this would be a special night. I have seen very few bands do an acoustic set and this was the perfect venue for it. Reggae is such a perfect genre to showcase acoustically and The Green right from the start let fans know they were in for a treat.
With guitars, ukuleles and drums in hand, the band dove right into their set and got the crowd dancing with tracks like ‘What Will Be Will Be’ and their new track ‘Roots’ that they release in January of this year. The vibes were mellow and playful as they interacted with the crowd stopping to chat and give some birthday shout outs to fans.
Their set continued with acoustic versions of ‘She Was The Best’ and their new single of the Dennis Brown tribute album ‘Promised Land.’ This was special, as most of the crowd was not old enough to have ever experienced Dennis Brown live and this acoustic tribute of one of his classic songs filled the venue with an old school reggae vibe.
When we spoke with The Green earlier in the week, they said that the show would be a kanikapila. This is a Hawaiian word that roughly translates to backyard jam, meaning that it was unscripted and that others might join in. This was exactly the case as they invited J. Boog who is currently on tour with them to join the set.
With J. Boog sharing the microphone they took fans through their new single ‘Mama Roots’ and Boog brought the house down, girls screaming, as he sang his hit single ‘Lets Do It Again’.
It was a special night and a truly intimate experience that the band created for their fans. The feeling was that of hanging out with friends and listening to music in someone’s backyard was accomplished. I hope it is something that other bands may replicate, but this would be a hard event to top.