The fourth-annual Brooklyn Comes Alive made its return to Brooklyn’s beloved Williamsburg neighborhood on September 29th, 2018 for an all-day music marathon at Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg and Rough Trade. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive once again brought together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes and collaborate in never-before-seen formations for one jam-packed day in Williamsburg. The lineup featured an impressive mix of musicians from bands such as Lettuce, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Snarky Puppy, Pretty Lights Live Band, Turkuaz, The Meters, The Motet, Dopapod, The Nth Power and more.We’ve got an entire cloud worth of content to share from the glorious day of musical fireworks, and today, we’re taking it back to one of the headlining performances, a tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton, Butch Trucks, and Gregg Allman–all of whom passed away in 2017–led by guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.Taz was joined by Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and The Meters bassist, George Porter Jr.; acclaimed Lettuce guitarist, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff; founding drummer of Col. Bruce’s Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jeff Sipe; Gregg Allman’s organ player for the Gregg Allman Band, Peter Levin; and former American Idol contestant and current vocalist for Taz’s solo band, Elise Testone.Of the night’s many highlights was the band’s cover of “I’m So Glad”, a song originally recorded by Skip James in 1931, made famous by Cream, and reinvented by Col. Bruce Hampton.“I’m So Glad”Taz met the cosmic Col. Bruce Hampton on Jam Cruise 12 and they quickly became friends. Col. Bruce had a sense for talent, which was made obvious through his musical sponsorship of Derek Trucks, Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, and countless other fearless players. His spiritual guidance was incomparably influential to these masters, and Taz was his next project. Bruce taught him “no ego” early enough to forbid any sort of unnatural developments in the fame-induced atmosphere that surrounds him.Aside from their musical connection, the two shared the camera for an independent film Here Comes Rusty in 2016. They were great friends, and Bruce’s last gift to Taz was to place him center stage for what will be remembered as one of the most magical, meaningful nights of rock and roll, Hampton 70. Not only did Taz wail through three or four of the best-sounding solos of the night, but he did so between Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes: his two biggest guitar heroes at the prompting of his mentor, Col. Bruce.Those in attendance could feel the profound power that was being passed from teacher to student, especially during the moment that Bruce collapsed to the ground, surrounded by his closest friends and family, and left this Earth. The “Grandaddy of Jam” left behind all his musical children in one place, and they all know now that Taz is the Truth—the next chapter of this scene. Read more about Taz’s relationship with Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman, whom the tribute was also in memory of, here.
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