Written By Brian Winters
To kick off the first night of fall, co-headliners Zach Deputy and Ballyhoo! took the stage at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, with support from Mighty Mystic and Bumpin' Uglies. The show featured a wide scope of musical flavors, featuring everything from Mighty Mystic's unique rock spin on roots reggae, Ballyhoo's surfer punk rock style, and a down-right funky performance from Zach Deputy.
Zach Deputy, Mighty Mystic, and Bumpin' Uglies have each released new albums in 2016, so there was a ton of new music to be heard inside the Knitting Factory walls. Bumpin' Uglies lead things off with a number of songs off of their September release Keep It Together. The reggae rock trio are a member of Ballyhoo!'s label Right Coast Records, and also share the same home state of Maryland. Bumpin' Uglies played a series of high energy songs like “Stop The Fall” and “Load In Load Out,” before bassist Dave Wolf and drummer TJ Haslett left the stage, allowing lead singer and guitarist Brandon Hardesty to sing a slow, stripped down song called “All That I Need.” The passionate song puts a positive spin on all of the struggles of trying to make it as a band.
This past weekend was witness to a special event. The Green, who is currently on tour with Rebelution, made a one night only appearance at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn to perform an all acoustic show. For anyone who has not been, the Knitting Factory is worth checking out. It is one of the smaller venues, which give it a beautifully intimate atmosphere and makes it perfect for a show like this.
The opening act, Shoreline, took the stage as the crowd started to gather. A new band, their set was a mix of reggae covers and original tracks. With three stools and three musicians, I was glad that they kept with the acoustic theme of the night. They kept the crowd going with a few tracks from Sublime and Shaggy and played an amazing reggae version of a Snoop Dog track. Not Snoop Lion, but some old school hip-hop Snoop in a new reggae version. Mixing in some of their original songs as well, this band is just starting off, but put on a great set for the crowd. I look forward to seeing them again when they can do a full set of original content.