Lettuce Welcomes Dr. John, Maceo Parker, Questlove to Brooklyn Bowl
Photos by Jeremy Gordon
Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl hosted the all-star Soul to Soul II concert last night. The show—a sequel to a similar charity event organized by Brooklyn Bowl founder/Relix publisher Peter Shapiro—benefited the victims of last year’s disaster in Haiti. The event’s format consisted of three sets: one from rising Brooklyn-based rockers The London Souls and two from the funk group Lettuce. As promised several guests joined Lettuce during its performance, including New Orleans piano legend Dr. John who emerged near the end of the band’s set for “Right Place, Wrong Time” and “Iko Iko,” among others. Saxophonist Maceo Parker—who collaborated with the members of Lettuce at Live Oak, FL’s Bear Creek Festival this past November and onboard Jam Cruise earlier this month—also joined the musicians for the tail end of Dr. John’s segment (Parker sat in with Prince at New York’s Madison Square Garden earlier in the night).
Parker joined Lettuce for the majority of its second set as well, including classics like “The Chicken” and “Pass the Peas.” The saxophonist also name-checked his recent Jam Cruise collaborators George Porter Jr. and Leo Nocentelli of The Meters. Later in the set, The Roots’ Questlove and Lettuce/Beyonce collaborator Nikki Glaspie both made use of the two drum kits setup onstage. Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno and Questlove have performed at Brooklyn Bowl more than any other musicians (Questlove DJs at the club every Thursday while Krasno has hosted numerous residencies at the venue).
Guitarist Will Bernard later emerged for the encore of “Makin’ My Way Back Home.”
Though Prince’s rumored sit in never materialized, numerous personalities took in the show, ranging from Madison Square Garden President Jim Dolan to Talib Kweli and Pharoahe Monch to Nicole Atkins and members of Grizzly Bear. A number of Lettuce’s peers were also spotted at the show, including Robert Randolph, Trey Anastasio Band trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick, Dave Matthews Band/Flecktones saxophonist Jeff Coffin, Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz, Tea Leaf Green bassist Reed Mathis, Everyone Orchestra leader Matt Butler and Motet singer Jans Ingber.
Soul to Soul II raised over $20,000 for charity.