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Published: 2013/12/03
by Sam D'Arcangelo

Members of Disco Biscuits, Lotus and Antibalas Sit In with Incidental Animals in NYC

Incidental Animals, Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, The Shakes and a number of special guests performed at the New York wedding reception of Relix/Jambands.com Editor-in-Chief Mike Greenhaus and Relix Copy Editor Amy Jacques. The celebration took place at New York’s City Winery on Saturday, November 23, shortly after the couple officially married in the bride’s hometown of Greenville, SC.

The music unfolded in three segments. The first was a cocktail hour that consisted of a performance by The Shakes, featuring Rocky and The Pressers singer Mario Rincon and Steel Train drummer Jon Shiffman. The trio covered Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff,” Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” The Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” and The Meters’ “Cissy Strut,” among other songs, before Steel Train bassist (and early fun. member) Evan Winiker sat in for a show-closing take on The National’s “Slow Show.”

The second set was led by Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker and featured his band The Freaks, who ran through Sam Cooke’s “Let The Good Times Roll,” a rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” that turned into a jam that ultimately became Bleeker’s “Don’t Look Down,” and Real Estate’s “Wonder Years.” Then, Jounce’s Danny Tamberelli (who played Little Pete on Adventures of Pete and Pete) sat in for takes on “Viola Lee Blues” and the Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie.”

The third section featured a performance by Incidental Animals. The supergroup—which includes String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth, ALO’s Dan Lebowitz, Steve Adams and Dave Brogan, and Trey Anastasio Band’s Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman—was originally put together for the occasion, but also hit the road for a Northeast run. The band offered a mix of wedding-favorites and originals such as Irma Franklin’s “Piece of My Heart,” Jimmy Cliff’s “Harder They Come,” Etta James’ “At Last,” The String Cheese Incident’s “Can’t Wait Another Day” and The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground).” The group also covered Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” for the couple’s first dance, The Box Tops’ “The Letter” for the mother/son dance and Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” for the father/daughter dance. They also debuted a rendition of Wilco’s “I’m Always In Love” as a nod to the bride and groom’s first dance to Wilco’s “You & I” at their South Carolina wedding. (Heather Hayes Experience, led by Issac Hayes’ daughter, played the South Carolina wedding reception and offered a varied setlist that included everything from “You & I,” Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” and Prince’s “Purple Rain” to “Hava Nagila” and selections by Michael Jackson and The Police.)

In addition, Disco Biscuits guitarist Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig, Lotus drummer Mike Greenfield and Antibalas/Superhuman Happiness/Iron & Wine saxophonist Stuart Bogie sat in for an extended take on Bill Withers’ “Use Me.” Bogie stuck around for a few more tunes before Addision Groove Project/Matisyahu keyboardist Rob Marscher filled in for Hollingsworth during Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.”

In related news, Marco Benevento played a solo piano set at the bride and groom’s South Carolina rehearsal party. That set included takes on MGMT’s “Kids,” The Crystals’ “Then He Kissed Me,” The Knife’s “Heartbeats” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” as well as a number of Benevento originals and catalog covers.

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