Robert Randolph, Bill Evans, Alecia Chakour, Cheme Gastelum, Scott Metzger Sit In at Freaks Ball
Robert Randolph, Alecia Chakour, Scott Metzger, Bill Evans and Cochemea Gastelum sat in with The Stirrers featuring Eric, Krasno, Neal Evans and Joe Russo during last night’s Freaks Ball at the Brooklyn Bowl. The performance was part of the annual Freaks Ball concert and also featured appearances by Superhuman Happiness, who showcased a new lineup, and Wolf!
Gastelum joined the band on saxophone for a take on Soulive’s “For Granted” before Metzger took the stage to help them with a rendition of the Gastelum original “Fathom 5.” Chakour contributed her vocals on “You Got What You Wanted” and a rendition of The Rolling Stones’ “Love Is Strong,” while Bill Evans helped close out the set with the Krasno original “Up and Out.”
Metzger, Gastelum and Chakour then joined in for the encore, which featured a rendition of Janis Joplin’s “Pieace of My Heart,” before Randolph joined in for Bobby Bland’s “Turn On Your Lovelight” and Sly and The Family Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).” Randolph—who was in the area for a Super Bowl pre-show event, played electric guitar instead of sacred steel.
Randolph’s appearance was a homecoming of sorts. The NYC Freaks, who host the Freaks Ball each winter, were early champions of the sacred steel guitarist, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band performed at the first three Freaks Ball events. Russo and Metzger are also Freaks Ball regulars and credit the NYC Freaks with helping launch their careers.