This week we decided to check out a show at the new venue in Brooklyn, The Hall at MP. Right off the L line, we got there early and grabbed a drink. This is a great spot, lots of room to eat and a nice size dance floor if any bigger acts come through.
The first band of the night, who we came to see, was Brother Jerome. For those that don’t know Brother Jerome is a reggae rock group out of New Jersey that plays in NYC frequently and bring a great mix of reggae music along with blues, jazz and rock to their set. This night they kicked off the event and had a strong hometown crowd, probably 50+ supporting them.
Beginning their set with a nice mellow vibe, the place was in a groove. Normal drummer Andy Davis was unavailable, but luckily for the fans Garret Gardner was able to fill in and did an amazing job. As the band tore into another number you could hear the righteous saxophone of Dan Chetnik rip through the crowd.
Taking a moment to comment on the recent election, they encouraged their fans not lose hope. As if taking this as a cue, the fans began dancing it didn’t stop all night. The band played their favorites from their first release and treated fans to some new material including “Let The River Run”, inspired by the classic Wailers tune “Concrete Jungle”.
They ended their set with their new single. Before they could even announce it a fan yelled “Macho Man”. They laughed saying “that’s right” and began playing the tune. Overall it was a great set to kick off the night and I can’t wait until the album is out so that we can check out all the new tunes.
Kicking off their 2016 fall tour, San Jose pop-reggae outfit The Holdup took the Knitting Factory stage on Sunday night with support from Oogee Wawa (NY) and Brother Jerome (NJ). Each band brought their own distinct flavor of reggae to the Brooklyn venue. Brother Jerome with smooth, saxophone driven ballads, Oogee Wawa a powerful combo of rap and rock, and The Holdup's signature blend of R&B and pop hooks over reggae rhythms.
Leading things off was Brother Jerome, a quartet from Pompton Plains, NJ. Brother Jerome played much of their set as a trio because their drummer unfortunately got stuck in Miami due to Hurricane Matthew. Despite playing short-handed, the band still impressed with tender vocals from lead singer/guitarist Ryan Bria, and sweet tones provided by saxophone player Dan Chetnik. Towards the end of their set, Brother Jerome invited Oogee Wawa's Chad Chadwick to the stage to play drums. Chadwick, clearly a multi-talented musician, is actually Oogee Wawa's bass player, but he looked and sounded right at home behind the kit.