If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know I love music. So when I get the chance to see a band I enjoy for a reasonable price, I’m all in. And on a side-note, I try to follow all the venues I like on Twitter or Instagram to keep on top of local performances. And on this night I was surfing the web and saw that one of my brother’s favorite bands, Antibalas, was playing nearby.
Antibalas (means bulletproof in Spanish) is a Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band inspired by the Fela Kuti and Africa 70, with Cuban drum and jazz mixed in. So it makes perfect sense for Antibalas to have a month-long residency at Brooklyn Bowl. The night that I attended Superhuman Happiness was opening for them and the lovely Santigold was a special guest.
The Opening Act
I was so excited and Brooklyn Bowl was at capacity. Brooklyn Bowl is a performance venue/restaurant/upscale bowling alley that is a hot spot in the area.
Superhuman Happiness played 45-minute set featuring the horn section from Antibalas, they were high energy and got the crowd pumped. They did about five songs and got the crowd involved. It was a shoulder to shoulder dance party.
The Headliners, Anitbalas
Then Antibalas took the stage after a brief break, the crowd pressed to the front of the stage and the congas were the first instrument to be played, then the keyboard, then the drums, and finally a horn section six members deep. Perfect! A lot o Antibalas’s song material deals with politics and culture, just like Fela Kuti’s music, and it delivered in the fast drum driven beat to get you moving as well as thinking.Here is a snippet of their encore that night that I filmed without getting elbowed in… the crowd to hold the camera steady.
Here is the performance of one the songs with Santigold, not my video but from a better vantage point.
And here is a full song one of my favorite videos from Antibalas called Dirty Money.
Antibalas is currently on a month-long residency at Brooklyn Bowl starting Wednesday, January 16, 2016. So you can experience the excellence that I was witness to with special guests to be announced. You won’t regret it!
Also if you check out my clip on Instagram you can see a hilarious drunk girl modeling session here. Have you seen any live music lately? Who is your favorite? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
Until our next rendezvous…