Stealth Bisco Segue Steals Zen II Performance
Last nights Zen II event evolved into something of an old-school Wetlands-style power jam featuring several of that clubs most frequent visitors. Held at New Yorks Exit 2, the multi-band bill was anchored by a pair of Disco Biscuits offshoots: Moshi Moshi, which features drummer Sam Altman and keyboardist Aron Magner and JM2 which features guitarist Jon Gutwillig and bassist Marc Brownstein, in addition to New Deal keyboardist Jamie Shields and Ally drummer Mike Greenfield. At the end of Moshi Moshis set, Gutwillig and Greenfield took the stage, as Altman switched from his Moshi Moshi laptop configuration to drums. Greenfield then yielded to Brownstein for a stealth Disco Biscuits performance consisting of an inverted version of Above the Waves. After a lengthy jam, Magner and Altman slipped into the night, making room for Shields and Duo drummer Joe Russo. Greenfield later returned, sparring with Russo for the rest of JM2s set.
In lieu of an encore, Brownstein anchored another extended jam session featuring Russo, Shields and Brother Past guitarist Tom Hamilton, who took the opportunity to show off his keyboardist chops. String Cheese Incidents Michael Travis and Umphreys McGees Brendan Bayliss, all of whom closed out the BIG Summer Classic in Danbury, CT earlier in the evening, also joined, with Bayliss later acquiescing to Bill Nershi. Slowly each of the jam sessions performers handed their instruments to the members of Brothers Past, who closed out the night well after 4AM.