Eric Krasno, Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops & Jay Lane Team Up For Funky Dead Set At Brooklyn Comes Alive

 
 

via Live For Live Music

Brooklyn Comes Alive recently announced its massive artist lineup, with over 100 artists slated to perform 35+ sets across two days in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This year, the event is expanding to two days, September 23rd and 24th, and will take over three of Brooklyn’s premier venues, all within a 10-minute walking radius. Fans’ imaginations have been running wild dreaming up what band lineups may be formed from the extensive roster of musicians. The guessing game is always one of the most fun parts of the Brooklyn Comes Alive experience, but today, we’re ready to roll out some more surprises.

Following the previous announcements of The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers Band, A Tribute To Jamiroquai, Eric Krasno & Friends, moe.queous, and a tribute to Green Day’s Dookie, Brooklyn Comes Alive has announced that Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, and Jay Lane of Electric Beethoven will team up with guitar hero Eric Krasno to form a funky Grateful Dead tribute project dubbed Rooster Conspiracy.

Rooster Conspiracy was born from Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann‘s good intentions and celebratory spirit during the first few days of 2017. Having just rung in the new year in a friend’s backyard in Hawaii, with a band that included his Billy & the Kids bandmate Reed Mathis, and Mathis’ Electric Beethoven bandmate Todd Stoops, Kreutzmann was in the mood to keep jamming. When he heard that guitarist Eric Krasno just arrived on his little island of Kauai, he invited the guitarist out to join in and told Stoops and Mathis to stick around. They spent the better part of New Year’s Day casually jamming just for the fun of it. The following evening, Kreutzmann arranged for a little surprise luau at his house. He had instruments set up in his garage ready to go, so the four jammed again, this time going into unrehearsed songs plucked mostly from the Grateful Dead catalog. They performed the songs in a funky style that showcased Kreutzmann’s signature shuffle, which locked in with Krasno’s jazz-club funk, Mathis’ constant drive for creation, and Stoops’ kinetic approach to the keyboards.

Having ushered in the new year in style after cleansing their palate of the sour taste left by a rocky 2016, the “Bill’s Garage” jam felt like a purification ceremony that opened up pathways for the new year. In nod to both the time–(the Chinese “Year of the Rooster” was just about to begin) and the place (Kauai, an island with wild roosters everywhere) of the catalyzing jam session, the four new jamming buddies decided on the name “Rooster Conspiracy.”

While Kreutzmann can’t make it to New York for Brooklyn Comes Alive, the rest of the guys wanted to bring their Dead-funk 2017 jams to Williamsburg, so they tapped Jay Lane (Ratdog, Primus) for the highly anticipated first-ever East Coast edition of the Rooster Conspiracy. It’s one-quarter Soulive, half Golden Gate Wingmen, three-quarters Electric Beethoven, and 100% funk-driven Grateful Dead-inspired meditations and dance therapies–making for a set of music you surely won’t want to miss!

EKB To Headline Meeting of the Minds 10

 
 

Eric Krasno Band will headline Meeting of the Minds 10 September 29 - October 1 in Schuylkill Haven, PA. The festival is a full weekend music & camping festival, featuring 28 musical acts on 3 stages, workshops, food & craft vendors, kids area & activities, late-night indoor jams, light shows, fire performances, parades, yoga, and much more. Tickets and information available at JibberJazz.com.

A Funky Friday in Ardmore

 
 

Friday, September 22, Eric Krasno will join George Porter Jr. (The Meters) Soulive counterpart Alan Evans, Tom Hamilton (JRAD) and Snarky Puppy's Chris Bullock and Mike "Maz" Maher for A Funky Friday in Ardmore at the Ardmore Music hall in Ardmore, PA.

Tickets are On Sale Not at ArdmoreMusic.com

Eric Krasno + Friends at Brooklyn Comes Alive

 
 

Stoked to be joined by some amazing friends at Brooklyn Comes Alive. Eric Krasno & Friends will feature John Scofield, Cyril Neville, Nigel Hall, Louis Cato, Chris Loftlin and special guest George Porter Jr.

Tickets and information available at www.BrooklynComesAlive.com

Enter To Win Passes to Peach Fest

EKB is hitting the Peach Music Festival in Scranton, PA August 12 and we've got your hookup for a pair of passes to the festival. We'll be giving one lucky winner a pair of 4-Day GA Passes. How do you enter? Just fill out the form below and we'll pick one lucky winner at the end of the week.

Good luck!

This contest has ended. Congratulations to our winner, John L.

Peach Music Festival Announces Daily Lineup

 
 

The Peach Music Festival daily lineup is here. Eric Krasno Band will perform Saturday, August 12 alongside Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, Umphrey's McGee, Galactic, The Marcus King Band and a special tribute to Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks. Passes are on sale now.