Brooklyn Bowl celebrated its ninth anniversary this week, capping it off with a unique offering featuring a couple of venue regulars, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno and drummer Joe Russo, who teamed up with bassist and former Prince collaborator MonoNeon (a.k.a. Dywane Thomas Jr.) as the trio nOsOnO for two sets of improvisations, covers and more.
Most of the night also featured keyboardist Peter Levin, former member of the Gregg Allman Band. The four talented musicians had never performed in this lineup before, but their improvisational connection on stage belied their lack of experience as a unit. Each band member took turns leading the way into a new jam or taking an extended solo while the others provided support, and the two sets featured plenty of fully improvised tunes along with Krasno’s own solo staples like “76” and a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression.”
Before the second set got underway with a burst of confetti from the Bowl rafters, venue co-founder Charley Ryan took to the microphone to thank the band, especially Russo and Krasno, both of whom have played the Bowl countless times over the past nine years. Ryan also noted that Krasno played on the opening night of not just Brooklyn Bowl but also the venue’s outposts in Las Vegas and London.
Below, watch full, pro-shot video from the night courtesy of a free stream from The Relix Channel on YouTube.