On Saturday, RANA returned to the stage for the first time in 2006 for a performance at New York’s Knitting Factory. After years on the northeast music circuit, the members of RANA spent the past few months focusing on a number of other projects, with guitarist Scott Metzger joining Particle, drummer Ryan Thornton focusing on Sam Champion and keyboardist Matt Durant gigging with King of France. While RANA speaks out against the sit-in during its ‘Go Home Hippie,’ the group invited a number of guests onto the stage throughout its set Saturday including The Antibalas Horns, who performed ‘Minca Malinca,’ ‘Loves It Automatic,’ ‘My One Dear Son,’ and ‘Bloodshed,’ as well as the encore of ‘It’s So Hard (Believe Me),’ ‘Good Book,’ ‘Not So Mopso’ and ‘Backstage Pass.’ Later Dan Piper played lap steel on a number of songs beginning with ‘I’m Not Orfeo.’ Referencing its semi-hiatus, RANA also debut Durant’s new original, ‘While Sam Champion Owned the Bowery.’
In other RANA news, on Thursday Metzger performed a set of country/outlaw music with Joe Russo at the Knitting Factory under the name Danjaboots. During its set, Thornton joined the duo on vocals for ‘Sad Songs,’ a number he occasionally sings with RANA. While RANA currently has no tour dates scheduled, Sam Champion will perform at Brooklyn’s Southpaw Thursday.