Entries tagged with: Brooklyn Bowl
As Dead Heads likely know, original Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh has an ongoing residency at Port Chester, NY's Capitol Theatre with his band Phil Lesh & Friends. The residency has already had him at the venue multiple times, and will continue to do so, including a run this week with shows tonight (4/10) through Saturday (4/12). The band for these particular shows is Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik, Jackie Greene, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo. Friday and Saturday are sold out, but you can still get tickets for tonight and Thursday.
After this week's run, Phil & Friends (this time Phil Lesh, Warren Haynes, Jackie Greene, John Medeski, and Joe Russo), who play mostly Grateful Dead songs, will head to NYC for two nights at BAM, April 14 and 15. Tickets for those shows are on sale now, and we're also giving away a pair for each night. Details on how to enter to win, below.
The Cap is owned by Peter Shapiro, who is presenting the BAM shows and also owns the Brooklyn Bowl, which has since opened locations in Las Vegas and London. Phil Lesh will play three nights at the Vegas one leading up to 4/20 (tickets), and he also plays two nights at the London one in July (tix on sale Friday, 4/11 at 10 AM).
And on a semi-related note, Hot Tuna, the blues band of Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady who come from the same San Francisco scene that birthed the Grateful Dead and their members have collaborated, play the Cap on June 16. That's one of four NYC-area shows on their electric tour with Leon Russell which also hits NYCB Theatre at Westbury on 6/20, Bergen PAC on 6/21 and Pine Belt Arena on 6/22. Tickets for the Cap show and the other three are on sale now.
In more Dead news, Phil Lesh's former Grateful Dead/Further partner Bob Weir is playing with his band RatDog at upstate NY jam band festival Mountain Jam, which takes place from June 5 - 8 on Hunter Mountain. Other artists playing include Gov't Mule, Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Tweedy, Jonathan Wilson, Valerie June, Blitzen Trapper and many more. Since we last spoke, The Allman Brothers (who recently had to postpone the rest of their March Beacon Theatre run due to Gregg's illness) were added as the Sunday headliner and will be performing their first two albums in full. Tickets for the fest are still available.
Also not long after those Phil Lesh NYC shows, John Kadlecik, who has played in Further, Phil Lesh & Friends (including this week at the Cap) and Dark Star Orchestra, brings his John K. Band to NYC's Highline Ballroom on April 18 with opener Adam Ezra. John will be previewing new material at the show. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
In more related news, the Dead's pals New Riders of the Purple Sage (whose earliest incarnation featured Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Dead drummer Mickey Hart) will headline the "Psychedelix Americana": Music of The Deli and Relix show at Brooklyn's Bell House on Saturday (4/12). The rest of that lineup includes Andy Statman, Scott Metzger's WOLF!, Diamond Eye Jack Super Jam, Your Ex-Girlfriends, Union Street Preservation Society, and King Stork. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
There's also a Dead tribute band called Half Step playing Brooklyn Bowl on July 1. Tickets for that are on sale now.
And lastly, this isn't exactly "news" but in lieu of Letterman's retirement, Jambase.com posted a video of an old Jerry Garcia & Bob Weir rehearsal on Letterman. You can watch that, plus revisit other Dead/Letterman memories including Jerry & David Grisman playing "Friend of the Devil" in '93 and Jerry and Weir on the show in '82, below.
Any other Dead-related events coming up in NYC that we missed?
Videos and Phil Lesh contest details below...
UK indie pop duo Summer Camp (aka Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey) welcomed their latest and eponymous effort in September of 2013 via Moshi Moshi. The dance-y LP track "Crazy" was just given a video treatment, in addition to visual accompaniments for "Fresh" and "Two Chords." You can check out all three clips at the bottom of this post. The pair will be embarking on a brief US tour next month, which includes a pair of NYC shows--Brooklyn Bowl on April 12 and Mercury Lounge on April 14. Advance tickets for both shows are on sale now.
All Summer Camp dates, a tour flyer, and those videos lie after the jump...
Elvis Costello & The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl in 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Last year, power pop veteran Elvis Costello and alternative rap band The Roots teamed up for a collaborative album, Wise Up Ghost, which they celebrated with a live show at Brooklyn Bowl. Now the pair have announced more dates together, including the two-night opening party for Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and another NYC-area show on March 12 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, where Elvis recently played two nights on his solo tour. Tickets for the Cap show go on sale Friday (1/31) at noon.
The Cap show is four days after Elvis Costello & The Imposters play Caesars in Atlantic CIty (3/8). There's a few tickets left for that show.
All dates are listed, along with a video from Wise Up Ghost, below...
Black Star at Rock the Bells 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
It was announced over the weekend that Black Star (the duo of Mos Def and Talib Kweli) would be teaming back up for a show at Brooklyn Bowl this Tuesday (12/17). However, not long after being announced, tickets were off sale and then it was announced that the show was cancelled. Brooklyn Bowl tweeted, "Due to circumstances beyond our control, Black Star on Tues, Dec 17 is cancelled. We hope to reschedule & apologize for any inconvenience." And Mos Def posted on his Facebook page, "Attention -- contrary to liars reports there will be no (Blackstar) show at Brooklyn Bowl 12/17. Peace."
Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey) will instead be playing his own show the same night, Tuesday (12/17) at Highline Ballroom, the "only official" Yasiin Bey show in New York on 12/17. Tickets for that show are available.
Delta Spirit (more by Tracy Allison)
Looking for something to do in Chicago? Death will be at Reggie's.
Philly gets Swearin and Screaming Females.
The Breeders will be in Austin.
Washed Out plays Atlanta.
San Francisco gets the Melvins and Mudhoney at the Great American Music Hall Melvins also tour Australia in December. All dates are listed below...
photos by Chris La Putt
"This show big freedia .... What the fuhhh" - Tanjeet
"Wait why do all the kids know how to twerk Lmao #bigfreedia" - LOW.KEY
"Wtf is this Big Freedia show...blank stares" - Venisha Patterson
"I still cant belive big freedia a girl . She smokeing on sum ." - shamar
"Who tf is Big Freedia??" - Mr. Ohio State
Now a record holder and more famous than ever thanks to a show on Fuse, Big Freedia returned to Brooklyn Bowl this weekend for shows on both Friday AND Saturday night and they called it "Freedia Fest". Spank Rock, who headlined the opening night of Brooklyn Night Bazaar earlier in the night, joined the Queen Diva on Friday. Saturday's ass shaking party is pictured in this post. More twerking below...
PHJB @ Voodoo 2010 (more by Alysse Gafkjen)
The legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band are on the road, hitting the Bing Concert Hall in Stamford, CT on 9/29 before returning to the Voodoo Festival in their hometown of New Orleans on 11/1, and then coming back to NYC to headline the legendary Apollo Theater on 11/16 (tickets to the Harlem show are still available). All tour dates are listed below.
Back in March, the Jazz Band played a couple of NYC shows in Williamsburg at Brooklyn Bowl. The March 6th show was captured on video and we have a premiere of the footage of them playing the title track off their first album of original compositions in FIFTY YEARS. Check out the live version of "That's It!" and the song's official fan-made video with the dates, below...
Brooklyn Bowl (more by Ryan Muir)
There has been talk of new Brooklyn Bowls opening for a while, including a Chicago one that still hasn't materialized, but now comes word that...
"Brooklyn Bowl, one of the city's most popular music nightspots, is expanding to two other cities, establishing clubs in London and Las Vegas, the owners said.More info at the NY Times, but both new clubs will be like the one in Brooklyn which means concerts and bowling under the same roof.
The partners behind the nightclub in Brooklyn -- a bowling alley on Wythe Avenue that features food and live music -- say they have signed deals to lease large spaces adjacent to the O2 Arena in London and at the base of a giant Ferris wheel in a new outdoor mall in Las Vegas." [NY Times]
In related news, NYC's City Winery (wine and live music), which already did expand to Chicago, just announced two new clubs in two more cities as well.
photos by PSquared Photography
Guns N' Roses @ Brooklyn Bowl, 6/6/2013
Axl Rose's current version of Guns N' Roses did indeed play Brooklyn Bowl last night (6/7), an impossibly small venue for the band who will headline Governors Ball on Saturday (6/8). Taking the stage fairly close to their scheduled set time (they went on at 11:20 PM), the band (which still includes former Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson) opened with two Appetite for Destruction numbers, "You're Crazy" and "Welcome to the Jungle."
According to a poster in MyGnRForum.com, the set was cut a bit short due to Axl having some tummy trouble and "he apologized for not giving a lot of energy and said that he was doing his best not to throw up." Despite that, GnR still played a 20 song set, wrapping it up with "Paradise City." Did you go last night? Was it worth the $150 ticket?
You can check out video of "Paradise City" and a couple other songs, plus the set list and lots more photos from Brooklyn Bowl, below.
The Gories at The Bell House in 2012 (more by Jason House)
As mentioned, Mac DeMarco and White Fence will be playing the Panache Northside showcase at Brooklyn Bowl on June 13. That show now also includes Walter TV. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
White Fence also play another Northside show the next day at Knitting Factory (tickets). Mac DeMarco has a ton of other upcoming dates too, all of which are listed below.
Brooklyn Bowl is hosting other Northside shows too, including one of Questlove's weekly Bowl Train parties as a late show after the Panache showcase (tickets).
The following night (6/14), the venue will be headlined by Sinkane with Xenia Rubinos playing as well.. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Sinkane has other upcoming dates, including another NYC-area show happening on June 16 at Maxwell's (tickets) which is also with Xenia Rubinos. All dates are listed below.
That same night, Bond Music Group are doing their showcase as a late show (doors: 11:30 PM) with Chrome Canyon, Computer Magic, AVAN LAVA (DJ), and Chateau Marmont. Tickets for that one are on sale.
Then, on the Saturday (6/15) of Northside, New York Night Train are doing their showcase, which includes an early show with The Gories and Daddy Long Legs; and a late show with Jonathan Toubin doing his Soul Clap & Dance-Off party with guest DJ Mick Collins (of the Gories and Dirtbombs). Tickets for the early show and the late show are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Finally, on June 16, POP Montreal is doing a show with Born Ruffians, The Spinto Band, and Turf War. Tickets for that show are on sale.
You can also get into any of these shows with your Northside Badge. All Mac DeMarco and Sinkane dates are listed, along with show flyers, below...
DIIV @ Kidrockers, Brooklyn Bowl (more by Jessica Amaya)
Impresario Peter Shapiro -- owner of Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg and the former boss of Wetlands in Tribeca -- has picked a quiet pocket in the industrial neighborhood of Gowanus for a new "child-friendly" venture.Some local residents are worried that it will be a loud club at night and don't want booze to be served there. Peter Shapiro also has a hand in Port Chester's Capitol Theatre.
The 40-year-old father of two is turning an empty warehouse at 280 Bond St. into The Rock and Roll Playhouse, housing classes for the day-care crowd, a bar and a live-music theater...
...The Playhouse, slated to open this winter, will teach tots about music during the days in classes such as "Beatles for Babies," and "Drawing Rock and Roll," according to the project's website. - [NY Daily News]
photos by Brook Bobbins
"LAST NIGHT WAS AMAZING. I LOVE NEW YORKKKKKKKK." - Action Bronson
Action Bronson bowling
Action Bronson squeezed in one last NYC show before the end of 2012 at Brooklyn Bowl last Wednesday (12/26) with A$AP Ferg and Meyhem Lauren. Like at other Action Bronson shows, he had a huge bag of weed that he graciously threw into the audience, and being that this one was at Brooklyn Bowl, Action Bronson headed over to the venue's bowling lanes and attempted to bowl during his set (as you can see above). Some other notes from the show (via The House List) include that he threw a "Jamaican dance battle for an ounce of weed" and brought out Styles P to cover RIck Ross' "B.M.F" (they do call Bronson the white Rick Ross). When he first walked out, he was decked out in some weird gross fur thing that vaguely resembled his outfit on the Rare Chandeliers album art, which you can see below.
More pics and a video from the Brooklyn Bowl show below...
photos by Tracy Allison
Deer Tick & friends @ Brooklyn Bowl
Deer Tick have been up to a lot this month, and after just posting pics from their set at the Capitol Theatre last night (12/27), where they were supporting My Morning Jacket, we've got a slightly belated set of pics of the third and final night of their Brooklyn Bowl residency, where they performed an album and an EP in its entirety each night. Night 3 (12/19) saw the band, who were joined by a horn section, playing Divine Providence and the Tim EP. Here are those pictures.
Like the first two shows, Deer Tick's Ian O'Neill opened the show (no pics of his set), and for this one he was followed by Real Estate side project Alex Bleeker and the Freaks whose bluesier (than Real Estate) sound had them fitting in with Deer Tick a lot better than Real Estate or Ducktails would have. Then Yaps (whose Top 10 Albums of 2012 list is below) introduced author/comedian Dave Hill (who just gave us his Best of 2012 list) who introduced Deer Tick (shirtless, obviously) before they went on to play a booze-soaked set of Divine Providence, Tim and covers of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues," Paul Westerberg's "Mr. Cigarette," Elliot Smith's "Between the Bar," Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and Beastie Boys' "Fight For Your RIght (To Party!)," plus a few other original tunes worked in. Members of Delta Spirit also joined for the encore.
As mentioned, Deer Tick play a sold out show at Maxwell's tonight (12/28) and NYE in Boston with Two Gallants.
More pics and Deer Tick's setlist from the third show at Brooklyn Bowl, and Yaps' Top 10 list, below...
Brooklyn Bowl during a Deer Tick show (more by Tracy Allison)
As you probably know, we've been posting a bunch of year-end lists from artists this year, and we've also posted a few from venue guys like Josh Moore and Johnny Beach from Bowery Presents, Jack "Skippy" McFadden of Emo's in Austin, and Andy Bodor from Cake Shop. Now we've got a top 10 albums list from Brooklyn Bowl talent buyer (aka booker) Adam Geringer-Dunn. You can see Adam's full list below.
Brooklyn Bowl is where Lucero (who gave us two year-end lists) are beginning their New Year's Eve run. The country punks will play a two-night stand at the Brooklyn venue on Friday (12/28) with Nude Beach and Saturday (12/29) with Hollis Brown. Tickets for night 1, night 2, or both nights are still available, and we're also giving away a 2-day pass. Details on how to enter to win are below. Lucero also play NYE at Wellmont Theatre with The Hold Steady, which is one of many New Year's Eve options in the NYC area.
Adam Geringer-Dunn's year-end list and contest details below...
photos by Tracy Allison
John McCauley & special guest Vanessa Carlton
Deer Tick will complete their 2012 Brooklyn Bowl residency in NYC tonight (12/19).
At last week's show (12/12), the band was joined by support from Viking Moses and a solo set from Deer Tick guitarist Ian O'Neil (who earlier that day told us his 'best of 2012'). At that show the band focused their energies on The Black Dirt Sessions and the sillier Holy Shit it's Christmas EP. And there was even more to end the show:
After running through both those recordings as the main part of their set, Deer Tick returned for two encore segments; the second segment closed with segue from "Sink or Swim" into "Sleep Walk" and "La Bamba." Members of Deer Tick play in the side-project Diamond Rugs with Steve Berlin, whose group Los Lobos scored their mainstream breakout hit by covering the song. Their encores also included "Friday XIII," "Unwed Fathers," "Dirty Dishes," "Cheap Sunglasses," "Baltimore Blues No. 1," "Nevada," In addition, pop singer/songwriter Vanessa Carlton and regular Deer Tick collaborator Liz Isenberg both sang with the band on a few songs. Carlton joined Deer Tick for "Choir of Angles," "Piece By Piece," "Sad Sun" and "Unwed Fathers" while Isenberg appeared on "When She Comes Home," "Choir of Angles," "Piece By Piece," "Sad Sun" and "Friday XIII." During last week's Bowl show, the members of Deer Tick pulled a fan out of the audience to sing Isenberg's parts on "Friday XIII." -[Jambands]The first week of the residency had the band playing Born on Flag Day and More Fuel for the Fire EP (pics), and the residency comes to a close tonight when the band performs Divine Providence and Tim EP in full. Limited tickets will be available at the door.
More pictures from Week 2, below...
Jonathan Toubin at NXNE 2012 (more by David Andrako)
As usual, DJ Jonathan Toubin has a busy schedule with a bunch of events in NYC, including some this weekend. Tonight, he DJs a Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down party at Home Sweet Home (11/16) with "Action Pat" Griffin. That party runs from 10:30 PM to 4 AM. Admission is free before 11 and after 3 AM, and otherwise $5. Then on Saturday (11/17) at Brooklyn Bowl, he'll DJ his Soul Clap party which starts at 11:30 PM. The Dance-Off begins at 1 AM with DJ David Johansen (of New York Dolls). Advance tickets for that one are on sale now.
Finally on Sunday (11/18), Jonathan will wrap up his weekend with an early party, if you want to call it that, at Brooklyn Bowl, which will be a record cleaning party for Norton Records, who suffered many damages during Hurricane Sandy. Doors open at noon:
Help Norton Records save their inventory from Hurricane Sandy damage while you listen to NYC's finest DJs! This is gonna be good times for a good cause. Fall by to listen, dance, and clean records! Also I heard tell that Norton will be bringing limited stock of their upcoming releases for you to own before the rest of the world! Learn more about Norton, their catastrophe, and what you can do to help here on the Norton Records site.Picnic tables will be set up and those in attendance will literally be cleaning the many records that were damaged during Hurricane Sandy while DJs spin.
Jonathan has other shows coming up this month and next, including more at Home Sweet Home (11/23 and 11/30) and Brooklyn Bowl (12/15). All upcoming dates are listed below...
Talib Kweli with Idle Warship at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Talib Kweli has pushed back the release of his new LP due to the dismantling of his Blacksmith imprint. In a recent Power 105 interview, Kweli stated that the new record would see release on (also his label) Javotti Media and would be pushed back to February 2013 due to the dissolution of the label. The whole sordid story is available below in a video of the Power 105 interview.
In the meantime, the Brooklyn representative has roped in a full live band for a show at Brooklyn Bowl on December 2, snagging DJ sets from Jasmine Solano and Mad Sol to round out the evening. Tickets are on sale.
In other Kweli news, the MC had the distinct honor of guest starring on the final episode of the long-running show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. which took place entirely in Brooklyn. For his segment, he and Tony headed to Bushwick to dine at Roberta's new haute cuisine offshoot Blanca. Check out video of that, a list of tour dates and the Power 105 interview below.
Cymbals Eat Guitars @ MHOW, July 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
While working on new material for Album #3, Cymbals Eat Guitars are testing out new material (and playing known songs as well) at a free show at Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday (11/14) with Zambri. You do need to RSVP. Doors are at 6 PM and the show starts at 8 PM. It's the only upcoming show for either band at the moment.
As mentioned earlier, Nite Jewel have a similar sort of gig coming up at Brooklyn Bowl too.
BEMF 2010 (more by Chris Doss)
The Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival is here tonight (11/9) and Saturday (11/10), and since our last update, the full schedule has been revealed. They're no longer using Villain as one of the venues, but will be using 285 Kent instead.
Tonight's updates include Omar S, Drop the Lime, Nick Catchdubs, Morri$, Deadboy, Jackmaster, and Matt Shadetek playing Public Assembly; and Nadastrom & Sabo, Uproot Andy & Geko, and DJ Blass playing 285 Kent (all ages). Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Gold Panda, Photek, and more at Music Hall of Williamsburg; Nguzunguzu, Kingdom, Fatima Al Qadiri, MikeQ, and more at Glasslands; and Braille, Brenmar, Mykki Blanco, Mess Kid, and more at Cameo.
Saturday's updates include Groundislava, Shlohmo, Salva, Lazy Brow, Jubilee, Wildlife!, Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Fantasy Thrilla, and a special guest at Public Assembly; and Hussle Club and Body Language at Brooklyn Bowl. Those are in addition to the previously discussed sets by Nicolas Jaar, Lauren Flax, Nick Hook, and Heathered Pearls at Music Hall of Williamsburg; KI:Theory, FaltyDL, Benji B, and Pearson Sound at Cameo; and Baths, XXYYXX, Hiawatha, and Shadowbox at Glasslands.
Tickets for the festival are still available, including 2-day passes, 1-day passes for Friday (Saturday is sold out), and a special all ages ticket, which grants you access to tonight's 285 Kent stage (the rest of the venues are 21+).
Flyers with full lineups and set times are below...
still from 'Fight For Your Right Revisited'
To help benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief, Brooklyn Bowl and Oscilloscope Laboratories are teaming up to present a benefit tonight (11/5) at Brooklyn Bowl with screenings of Beastie Boys short film Fight For Your Right Revisited and LCD Soundsystem film Shut Up and Play the Hits with "full concert sound." Admission is pay what you like with a suggested $10 donation. Every $5 donated gets you a raffle ticket for prizes and giveaways from Oscilloscope Labs and Brooklyn Bowl. Canned food and household goods will be collected at the show too. The Fight For Your Right Revisted video and the trailer for Shut Up and Play the Hits are below.
Another benefit you can attend tonight is the open mic at The Bell House, which is back open after being closed due to a blown transformer yesterday. All proceeds (financial donations only) will go to the American Red Cross. The open mic runs from 6 - 8 PM.
Brooklyn Bowl is also hosting a benefit with Gary Clark Jr. on Tuesday.
Gary Clark Jr at ACL 2012 (more by Glen Brown)
Gary Clark Jr., whose recently released an album, has a trio of sold-out NYC shows this week (11/4, 11/5, 11/7), but the Austin-based guitarist/songwriter has plans for yet another. Clark will shred his way through a fourth show while in town, playing Brooklyn Bowl on 11/6 to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims. Tickets go on sale at noon for a "minimum donation" of $20, though additional donation, canned food and household goods will be accepted as well. Give hard and party hard to some good tunage.
Updated tour dates, which include a new show in Austrailia in the new year, are below.
photos by Dan Bracaglia
Tom Tom Club @ Brooklyn Bowl, 11/1/2012
While TV sets were airing David Byrne & St. Vincent on the Colbert Report, Tom Tom Club teamed with HITS for a show last night at Brooklyn Bowl (11/1), a one-off date for the ex-Talking Heads rhythm section and married couple whose new EP, Downtown Rockers, is out now.
Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, who have weathered a lot as NYers over the last 35 years or so, lead the crowd through Tom Tom Club favorites (including megahit "Genius of Love" and "Wordy Rappinghood") and even did a couple Talking Heads songs ("Psycho Killer" and Al Green's "Take Me to the River" which the Heads did on More Songs About Buildings and Food). More pics from Brooklyn Bowl, where Big Freedia also played since Sandy, are below, including one of the setlist.
photos by Sarah Gainer
Sinkane @ Brooklyn Bowl - 10/23/2012
For such a multifaceted album, Mars feels personal, in part because most of the instrumentation and nearly all of the vocals come from one man. In every track, Gallab plays at least three instruments (in "Caparundi," he's credited with nine), and each instrument bears traces of the sounds that influenced Gallab. In the funky twang of the guitar that opens "Runnin'," the dance-friendly 4/4 kick running under "Jeeper Creeper" and the cosmic flourishes that pepper the jazzy title track, Gallab finds consistency in experimentation, and focus in the freewheeling....We have some pictures here from last night's show. They continue below...
As mentioned, the Thursday night Hype Machine CMJ party with Hundred Waters at Brooklyn Bowl has a secret guest, and all clues are leading to that guest being none other than Lee "Scratch" Perry (who played a show at Music Hall of Williamsburg one month ago. How was that?). Flyer below..
by Andrew Sacher
Miguel at Bowery Ballroom - 10/1/12 (via Simone Tetteh)
Miguel brought his tour to NYC last night (10/1) for a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom, on the eve of his album's (Kaleidoscope Dream) release. The show was packed and the crowd was into it and singing along, and seeing him last night even turned some people into huge fans. If you were there, what did you think? A video of Miguel and the rest of Bowery Ballroom singing "Vixen" during the encore is below.
The album is out now (you can stream it) and it's a pretty boundary-crossing album for major label R&B. It might not have the Stevie Wonder-esque keyboard scrawls that Frank Ocean's been employing, but like Channel Orange, it's an album for the listener, not the clubs. It plays like an album too, rather than following radio R&B's formula of putting all the focus on one or two hits, there's really no filler here (though he could do without crooning, "Tell me that the pussy is mine," which just comes off a bit tasteless).
Miguel will be sticking around NYC for a couple days before continuing his tour in LA. Tonight (10/2), he'll be hosting a Kaleidoscope Dream release party at Brooklyn Bowl with DJ sets by Samantha Ronson and Mick Boogie. Tonight's party is free. Doors are at 6 PM and the show starts at 9. Then on Wednesday (10/3), Miguel will do an in-store at Basement Mix Records (332 Crescent St.) in Brooklyn at 4 PM.
A list of all remaining dates and that video from last night's show are below.