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.
As a New Yorker, I consider the city to be Manhattan and venture out of that area to Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and other boroughs as needed to see great music. This past week I headed out to Long Island to The Theatre at Westbury. [Why you ask?] The only reason to travel anywhere, amazing reggae.
The Theatre at Westbury was hosting an incredible show with Through The Roots, Stick Figure, The Green, J.Boog and Rebelution all on one stage, in one night. For anyone who has not been there, this theatre is worth the drive. Under what looks like an industrial circus tent, the seats are staged in the round, meaning they form a 360 around the stage. The stage itself is a small platform in the center that slowly rotates as the bands perform, making every seat in the house a great seat. In addition they have some amazing food and drinks and a nice outdoor patio for anyone wanting a smoke or a little fresh air.
As we walked in, we passed Anamorphosis Art (www.anamorphosisart.com). Ania Amador and Christopher Morphis had a large canvas set up and were painting along to the music. The piece they were creating was beautiful and captured the vibe of their company which is “committed to spreading a conscious message about peace, love, liberty, and meditation through their collaborative work…”