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Margo Price Record Release Show at Rough Trade

by Melissa Caruso

Margo price 4Photo: Fernando Garcia 

I don’t love Margo Price simply because she’s saving country music, or because she can mesmerize an audience with a simple sway of the shoulder or scrunch of the nose. I don’t I love her because she's rejected the industry tropes that prescribe what an artist in 2017 should sing and say, or because she possesses a presence that threatens to bust the stage beneath her. I love Margo Price for all of these reasons - but mostly, because her songs remind us what it means to be human.

On Thursday night at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade, Margo Price and her band celebrated the release of her second album All American Made, one that weaves together the tattered and frayed threads of American tapestry and has garnered praise from veritable publications like The Washington Post and The New York Times. In a house packed with black leather and suede fringe, fans of this rising country revivalist had no trouble singing along to songs the band just started performing.

All American Made features songs weighed down by the sourness of a country gone wrong, be it the antithetical views of working women or the plights faced by the down-and-out. The title track is a poignant, personal song that retraces a childhood memory of when Price’s family lost their farm in Illinois. (“And my uncle started drinking when the bank denied the loan/But now it’s liver failure/And his Mad Cow’s being cloned/It’s all American made.”) At Rough Trade, Price and husband Jeremy Ivey’s acoustic performance transfixed the crowd; not a word was spoken, and not a single person looked at their phone. We were all taken to the bottom of her heavy heart. Or at least that’s how I remember it. 

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 with Roy Ayers at Central Park Summerstage

Seun Kuti - Summerstage - Feast of Music Jul 16  2017  5-46 PM Jul 16  2017  6-07 PM
It's been six years since I last saw Seun Kuti play Celebrate Brooklyn with Egypt 80, the backing band of his famous father, the late Afropop pioneer Fela Kuti. So, it was good to see him back at Central Park Summerstage on Sunday, strutting across the stage in a blue patterned jumpsuit that looked like it had been pulled straight from his father's old closet. Seun, now 34, has already been at this for more than 20 years, and now that he's the same age as his father was in is prime, there's really no separation between them. Jazz and funk legend Roy Ayers opened with his own sublime set, singing classics like "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" while accompanying himself on vibes.

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Robert Randolph and the Family Band with Eric Krasno at Celebrate Brooklyn

Robert Randolph - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn - Feast of Music Jul 13  2017 Jul 13  2017  9-12 PMVirtuosos come in all stripes, as Robert Randolph showed on Thursday night, as he melted the stage at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn with his pedal steel guitars - both sitting and standing - along with his crack band of blues rockers. Eric Krasno (Soulive) opened with a sharp set of his own before joining Randolph onstage to really ramp things up. 

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The Soul Rebels with Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Kirk Knight at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

The Soul Rebels with Pharaohe Monch - BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn - Feast of Music Jun 24  2017  9-12 PM Jun 24  2017  9-015Rounding off a stellar weekend of music at the Prospect Park Bandshell, New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels blew into BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Saturday night with a high energy set that blended funk, rock and R&B. Eschewing the traditional sounds of the Preservation Hall or Dirty Dozen Brass Bands, the Soul Rebels have made a name for themselves by collaborating with everyone from Metallica to The String Cheese Incident, along with dozens of hip hop and R&B artists.

On Saturday, the Soul Rebels were joined onstage by a trio of MC's, including Talib Kweli, Kirk Knight, and the mesmerizing Pharoahe Monch, who exhorted everyone to "Get the Fuck up!" and shout at the sky for the recently deceased MC ProdigyGoapele opened with a sunny set of soul and R&B, followed by a DJ set from Natasha Diggs. 


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