Photo by Chris Paul
This past Thursday, the New Deal returned to the United States to begin their summer tour with the trio’s inaugural performance at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl.This performance was part of Brooklyn’s Northside Festival Series and also featured the return of the tND lighting rig (which they will be using for the rest of summer tour). The set also featured tND bassist Dan Kurtz on his own keyboard for portions of the show, including “Lights On (which is on the New Deal’s latest release Live from Toronto ). Following the Brooklyn performance, the group appeared in Boston, MA at the Middle East on Friday June 25 and then at the Note in Westchester, PA on Saturday June 26. The Note show was a last minute addition to the tour since an originally planned Electric Factory performance in Philadelphia, PA was postponed until September. Keyboardist Jamie Shields added some zest to the evening by performing a DJ set during set-break. The band also offered its first vocal performance since 2006 with Shields singing lead on Billy Joel’s “Moving Out,” while Kurtz and drummer Darren Shearer added back-up vocals. Next up for tND is a performance at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, WV.