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Published: 2012/12/21

Deer Tick Perform Divine Providence, Share the Stage with Matt Vasquez, Cheme and Alex Bleeker

Deer Tick closed their weekly residency at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday night. As promised, the group performed their 2011 album Divine Providence and this year’s follow-up EP Tim in their entirety. Between the group’s Newport Folk Fest in August after shows and Deer Tick’s Bowl residency, the group has performed all four of their studio albums and all their major EPs live in the past six months.

On Wednesday, the meat of Deer Tick’s set consisted of Divine Providence, though the band moved into Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” at the end of their set. For their first encore, Deer Tick mixed Tim songs and other catalog material: “Mr. Cigarette,” “Born at Zero,” “Walls,” “Virginia Gal,” “She’s Not Spanish,” “Between the Bars,” “Ashamed,” “Cake & Eggs” and “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” They returned for a second encore featuring “Diamond Rings” and a medley of “Not So Dense” and Beastie Boys’ “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!).” During the Beastie Boys cover, Delta Spirit frontman Matt Vasquez—who played in the super group Middle Brother with Deer Tick’s John J. McCauley—emerged to sing, spray beer into the crowd and play a guitar (which was conspicuously not plugged in). At various points throughout the night, the members of Deer Tick were also backed by a three-piece horn section featuring Cochemea “Cheme” Gastelum, Jordan McLean and Dave Smith of the extended Antibalas/Dap-King family. Cheme also played the Bowl earlier in the month as part of a Robert Walter’s 20th Congress reunion.

Deer Tick guitarist Ian O’Neil and Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker split opening duties. Bleeker performed with his Alex Bleeker and The Freaks project—in which he plays guitar—and performed a bit of the Grateful Dead’s “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo.”

Deer Tick will open for My Morning Jacket at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on December 27. Then, they will close the year with performances at Hoboken, NJ’s Maxwell’s (12/28), Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club (12/29), Providence, RI’s Fete (12/30) and Boston, MA’s Sinclair (12/31).

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