Kicking off the weekend of 4/20/01 one day early, the Wayne Krantz Band continues to rip the 55 Bar apart, and amaze more and more fans each week. The trio continues to play their own style of music that combines elements of rock, jazz, funk, and something else that you just can’t put your finger on, but you know it’s sick! This is surely not to be missed as it is unclear how much more time the band will spend in this New York hideaway. Did I mention it is also the best deal around? $15 gets you music like you’ve never heard, and 2 drinks!
Right across town Soulive tackles Irving Plaza for the first of two shows (Thur/Fri). This organ-led trio is a throwback to the days of Dr. Lonnie Smith and Grant Green. However, Soulive will have you bouncing off the walls the whole night. This is no ‘70s trio, but rather it’s a new era funk trio. They are combining all the elements of the past with the energy and pop of the future. Not to be missed if you can help it.
If you want a change of pace and space, spend some time with a couple of musical geniuses. The Larry Goldings Trio performs at SMOKE on 4/20. Is there anything more fitting? Well, actually there is because smoke will be the last thing found at this gig aside from what comes out of their instruments. Goldings will be accompanied by Pat Metheny Trio drummer Bill Stewart (must be seen) and guitarist Peter Bernstein. If it is real jazz by some great pros that you are looking for, SMOKE is where you will want to be on Thursday.
Of course, what would 4/20 be without a great gig at the Wetlands? Well, fear not, because they have one yet again in Robert Walter's 20th Congress. The former Greyboy Allstar has plotted a solo course and has chosen NYC to play smoking music on the day of the smoke. The legendary guitarist Melvin Sparks will be sitting in with the band adding some extra smoke to the room. On Saturday night the band will be at the Wetlands again with 8-string bass/guitar wizard Charlie Hunter sitting in.
Lap steel extraordinaire Robert Randolph will open for Robert Walter on Saturday night. Randolph has been 'freaking' people left and right. Join the left and the right for this great triple bill. Also opening will be the much-heralded Miracle Orchestra. The MO effortlessly moves in between a dreamy flow and get down action that gets you movin’.
Downstairs at the Wetlands Next Tribe will play all night long (4/20), accompanied by a drum circle. Next Tribe is a versatile band that seems comfortable playing any style of music. The band at times can sound like Bela Fleck and other times like Jeff Beck. This band sold me faster in 10 minutes than the Disco Biscuits (and off-shoots) did in an hour this past Monday.
The Living Daylights will also be playing Friday at the Wetlands. This writer has yet to see them, but I hear that The Slip has a special place in their collective heart for the band.
Finally, on Sunday night if you have anything left, check out Mental Notes at the Izzy Bar. Word on the streets is they are way ahead of the game. Trip-hop Hip-Hop is their scene, so if it’s yours be sure to check it out. Plus, the bar is one of the coolest in the city.
Have a fun weekend, whatever you do.
JamBase NYC Correspondent
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