Written By Yuval Peretz
Saturday, 9pm, Lower East Side, and a small crowd is already lined at the doors of the familiar concert venue; The Bowery Ballroom. Always reggae friendly, The Bowery has a lounge room you walk into once you enter. As soon as we came in we could feel the good vibes. Grabbing drinks at the lounge/bar area is the best start for the night and should cost you around $7 for a beer and $13 for a mixed drink. The selector’s sound was playing through the lounge speakers and it took only a few minutes to get excited and head upstairs to the concert hall.
Rather large, the venue can hold 500-600 people and was almost full during the sound system warm up, which got a huge reaction to some classic tune’s. Up next was Black-Am-I with a 3-song set that got the crowd even more hyped. The great acoustics kept bodies moving in a mixed crowd of young & old, locals & tourists, hipsters & reggae heads of all races.
As soon as Marley’s Flagman took the stage you could notice lighters sparking up joints all around and though it seemed weed-friendly, we’d still recommend being somewhat discrete. The band started playing the riddim for “Confrontation" and at this point the room was packed and people were cheering on, anticipating Damian to take the stage. Coming out like a storm, Jr. Gong lit up the place with his energy. A quick pull-up and mix dropped the “Bun Dem” riddim and the mainstream tune made it official, this show will rock everyone.