Thursday, August 17th, 2023

ALO + Honey Island Swamp Band

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Doors: 6:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM 21+ Years
ALO + Honey Island Swamp Band

Event Info

Venue Information:
Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
Valid photo ID required at door for entry

Doors: 6:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM



Artist Info


ALO stands for Animal Liberation Orchestra—because music liberates the inner animal, of course. As liberated as
they come, Zach Gill, Dan “Lebo” Lebowitz, and Steve Adams have certainly been at this a long time. The trio met
while still pre-teens in Saratoga, California, where they quickly connected through their love of music and sound.  
In junior high, they got the idea to put together a band for the eighth-grade talent show. Zach recounts the struggle of
the emerging artist thusly: “It’s hard to get all the pieces right, you know, you’re chasing a dream and an abstract
vision, and you’re going through puberty. It’s kind of a lot.” Lebo elaborates, “We met at a time in our lives where we
were coming of age and craving identity. Music, and more specifically, our band, gave us a vessel with which we
could “set sail” on the ocean of life”.
And the rest is history, but history is always a crooked path. You end up where you belong, but the journey is never
quite what you expected when you took the first step. 25 years in, Gill (keyboards/vocals), Lebo (guitar/vocals),
Adams (bass, vocals) and “new-guy” - Bay Area drum legend-in-training Ezra Lipp (drums, vocals) have recorded
their greatest work to date. Quite simpy, this is what happens when the band doesn’t break up – the culmination of a
lifetime of shared effort and camaraderie. Four master collaborators at the peak of their craft individually and
collectively with nothing left to prove – near-telepathic cohesion. 
These guys have played with everybody. From royalty like Phil Lesh and members of the Grateful Dead to SoCal
surf-troubadour Jack Johnson, if the show happened in California, you’ll almost always find one of them in the corner
of the shot and, sometimes, even in the center. 
But you don’t really hear it all until you hear them together. And it urges repeat listening, because it’s a rich stew that
only fully reveals itself with time, attention, a few tears, and a lot of love. 
ALO call their music “jam-pop,” and the description is apt. Meticulously crafted, hooky and accessible compositions
laced with improvisational departures in which they function as a single organism at once voice and consciousness.
They’re always exploring, but never wandering. There is always intention, momentum, and a patience and confidence
that can only be wrought from a quarter century of collaboration and water under the bridge.
The band’s new full-length album “Silver Saturdays” is a celebration of that crooked path, of having lived through a
turbulent phase of human history, and of the winding road still to come.
Won’t you join us for the ride?

Honey Island Swamp Band

The Honey Island Swamp Band are a thrilling, eclectic band that defies genre conventions, renders song structures elastic, and wholeheartedly stresses that the song reigns supreme.

Since they formed in 2005 in San Francisco after their displacement from New Orleans via Katrina – and subsequently relocated back home – the band has evolved to embody contemporary roots music.

The fivesome – bandleader and multi-instrumentalist Aaron Wilkinson, guitarist and vocalist Lee Yankee, bassist Sam Price, keyboardist Chris Spies, and drummer and vocalist Garland Paul – is about to release their most satisfying, consolidative album to date: Custom Deluxe, out June 23 on Color Red Music.

Songs like the kinetic “High River Rag,” authoritative “Wildfire” and blues-rocking “Sugar For Sugar” display these musical omnivores at a new zenith.

“We’re definitely melody-driven, vocal-driven, lyric-driven,” Wilkinson explains of the Honey Island Swamp Band’s modus operandi at this juncture, with Custom Deluxe. “We like something that’s new, yet sounds like it could have been a hit that you didn’t know about.”

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