Brooklyn Bowl London carry on their aim of bringing the best the US has to offer straight across the Atlantic to Greenwich, London by putting on a series of ‘Memphis to Motown’ nights between now and December. From Memphis, Tennessee to Detroit, Michigan the musical range and experience is beyond anything you will find at your usual London venue, cementing Brooklyn Bowl London as the place to experience live music.
Take Me to The River Live – 26th September
Take Me to the River Live is an all-star group of musicians who are featured in the film of the same name that is making its UK premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London. The legendary group will take over Brooklyn Bowl London for a magical night on Friday 26th of September.
On the live stage the all-star group will consist of The Hi Rhythm Section with Ben Cauley & the Royal Memphis Horns featuring Stax legend William Bell, Otis Clay, Bobby Rush, Frayser Boy, Al Kapone, Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and more to be announced. The Stax Music Academy All Stars will also be performing as special guests across both nights.
Ms. Lauryn Hill – 28th (sold out) and 29th September
Ms. Lauryn Hill is set to perform two intimate shows at Brooklyn Bowl London on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th of September. Arguably one of the most prolific artists of all time, the show will be her first in the UK in more than two years. The singer-songwriter and former Fugees member will perform much of her five-time Grammy Award winning album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and Fugees classics alongside renditions of prolific hits.
Robert Randolph – 9th October
Robert Randolph and the Family Band is an American funk, blues/rock and soul band led by pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. Other band members include drummer Marcus Randolph, bass guitarist Danyel Morgan, vocalist Lenesha Randolph, keyboardist and guitarist Brett Andrew Haas, and one of three rotating rhythm guitarists: Joey Williams of Blind Boys of Alabama, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and Cousin Ray-Ray. Rolling Stone included Robert on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Maceo Parker – 31st October and 1st November
Maceo Parker: his name is synonymous with Funky Music, his pedigree impeccable; his band: the tightest little funk orchestra on earth.
Everyone knows by now that he’s played with each and every leader of funk, his start with James Brown, which Maceo describes as “like being at University”; jumping aboard the Mothership with George Clinton; stretching out with Bootsy’s Rubber Band. He’s the living, breathing pulse that connects the history of Funk in one golden thread;the cipher that unravels dance music down to its core.
His collaborations over the years performing or recording or both have included Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Dirty Dozen Brass Band – 21st November
To describe how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has arrived at its 35th Anniversary, trumpet player Gregory Davis employs a tried-and true New Orleans-centric analogy: “It ends up being like a pot of gumbo – you drop in a little okra, drop in a little shrimp, you drop in some crabs. Before you know it, you’ve mixed in all these different ingredients and you’ve got a beautiful soup. That was our approach to music early on and it still is today.”
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band are a New Orleans, Louisiana based brass band. The ensemble was established in 1977 by Benny Jones together with members of the Tornado Brass Band. The Dirty Dozen revolutionized the New Orleans brass band style by incorporating funk and bebop into the traditional New Orleans jazz style, and has been a major influence on the majority of New Orleans brass bands since.
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – 12th December
2014 has been a banner year for Motown legend Martha Reeves and her singing cohorts, the Vandellas. The group is busier than ever with their 75-city “Calling Out Around the World” tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of their mega-hit “Dancing in the Street.” Their December 12 show at the Brooklyn Bowl is one of the culminating dates of the tour.
At the Bowl, Martha — along with her sisters Lois Reeves (a Vandella since 1967) and Delphine Reeves (since 1980) — perform hits such as “Heat Wave,” “Quicksand,” “Jimmy Mack,” “Nowhere to Run,” along with a number of surprises. They are backed by an eight-piece band.
About Brooklyn Bowl:
Launched in New York in 2009 as a food and live music venue featuring 16 bowling lanes, Brooklyn Bowl NY has hosted a diverse range of acts including Kanye West, Elvis Costello, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Gossip, HAIM, Snoop Dogg, Guns’N’Roses, James Murphy, Adele, Paul Simon, Big Boi, Moby, N.E.R.D, Talib Kweli, and Solange. Named Zagat’s “Best Music Venue – New York City” for three consecutive years (as well as “Best Bowling Alley” and “Best Brooklyn Venue”) and one of the best clubs in America by Rolling Stone, the original Brooklyn Bowl is located in the former Hecla Iron Works (built 1882) in Williamsburg and was the first L.E.E.D. certified bowling alley in the world. Eater described their menu as “epic,” while the New Yorker hailed the club’s unprecedented combination of top-flight music, beer, bowling, and food as “like nailing a spare on a four-ten split.” This spring, Brooklyn Bowl will open a 2,000 capacity venue with 32 lanes and food by Blue Ribbon in the centre of the Las Vegas Strip. It has been named Best Music Venue and Best Bowling Alley in NYC and Best Venue Brooklyn from 2010-2013.
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