Several musicians with ties to the ‘90s jamband scene and New York’s Wetlands Preserve shared the stage at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl Wednesday night. Billed as A Night for David Nolan, the veteran audio archivist who worked at Wetlands for over a decade, the evening featured performances by The Zen Tricksters, The West Side All Stars, The Chris Barron Acoustic Trio and Jaik Miller. Barron sat in with The West Side All Stars during their set, and the Zen Tricksters closed the night with a two-set performance.
Many performers joined the Zen Tricksters for their set, including poet Frank Messina, who offered a spoken word tribute to Nolan during “Feel Like a Stranger.” Later in the night Barron returned to the stage with his drummer Phil Cimino for a cover of “Deep Elem Blues,” while Alexis Thomason sang harmony on “Playing in the Band.” Near the end of the show, former Zen Tricksters multi-instrumentalist and Robert Randolph keyboardist/fiddler Jason Crosby emerged for “Twilight,” “Pride of Cucamonga,” “All Night Long Blues” and “The Music Never Stopped.” The night ended with Steve Urban onstage singing a song about the Wetlands.
All proceeds from the show went to Nolan’s daughter Alison’s College Fund.
Several other members of the Wetlands staff were also in attendance, including Larry Bloch (club founder), Peter Shapiro (club owner 1996-2001), Chris Zahn (talent buyer), Jake Szufnarowski (talent buyer) and Rodney Spies (maintenance), the latter of whim DJed between sets.