Anders Osborne’s December shows at Brooklyn Bowl have become a holiday tradition, and eager fans could feel the energy before the first piercing note rang from his guitar. A New Orleans resident by way of Sweden, Osborne takes advantage of the rich pool of musical talent in his adopted hometown.
Joining him for the first of two nights at Brooklyn Bowl were Louisiana natives Carl Dufrene on bass and Brady Blade on drums along with New York-born Eric McFadden on guitar. The foursome immediately turned the volume up to 11 and raised the level from there.
In addition to his guitar work, Osborne is a showman with an infectious intensity that pushes his bandmates and the crowd to their limits. The two-set hour highlighted several songs from Flower Box, one of two CDs of new music released in 2016. It’s one of his finest efforts among more than a dozen albums over the past decade and a half. In addition to the title track, straight-ahead rockers like “Different Drum,” the reggae-laced “Born to Die Together” and a soulful “Gospel of St. John” revealed Osborne’s range and influences. More seasoned favorites throughout the night included “Send Me a Friend” as well as jaunty sing-alongs like “Ya Ya” and “Marmalade” before closing with “Dream Girl.”
In less than 24 hours Anders would be back for another show and most of the fans leaving Brooklyn Bowl planned to be there for it.