Brooklyn Comes Alive is a breeding ground for once-in-a-lifetime musical experiences. The eclectic festival forces musicians to think outside of the box, often centering on a theme, a tribute, or a set of choice covers. Plus, musicians love to play Brooklyn Comes Alive because it gives them a chance to play music they don’t often get to play with friends and other musicians they don’t normally get to play with.Relive Hayley Jane’s Epic Tribute To 90’s Female Rockers At Brooklyn Comes Alive [Full Show]In 2016, The Disco Biscuits‘ Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner came together with Break Science’s Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee to debut Breaking Biscuits at Brooklyn Comes Alive, which packed the Music Hall of Williamsburg and was a sure highlight of that year’s event. For 2017, Brownstein and Magner delivered another amazing lineup, bringing together a who’s who of the modern jam scene for their set at Brooklyn Bowl.Watch The Disco Biscuits & UM’s Brendan Bayliss Shred Through Prince’s “Controversy” At HolidazeBrownstein and Magner were joined by Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee (a scandalous choice in light of the growing, albeit playful, tension between the two bands), Mike Greenfield from Lotus, Ryan Jalbert from The Motet, and Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman of Trey Anastasio Band. The result was a fun and funky set that focused mostly on R&B songs and pop classics, such as “Just Dropped In” by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition.Relive The Disco Biscuits’ Hilarious Clap Back At Umphrey’s McGee With This Ginuwine CoverWhen the supergroup took the stage, Magner and Cummins’ dual-keyboard approach would pay off in a big way. The two players traded off solos throughout the set, and it was clear that the duo was having a blast onstage. Brownstein and Jalbert provided the ideal groove for the rest of the band to play off of, and Hartswick and Cressman showcased why they are two of the most talented and versatile performers in the improvisational music scene, taking turns playing their respective horns and trading vocals throughout the set.Hartswick’s standout moment came early in the set, as she kicked the band into second gear with a confident take on Blondie‘s “Rapture”. Cummins really let loose during the number, delivering an out-there synthesizer solo as the rest of the band clicked on the song’s famous groove.When it was Cressman’s turn to take the lead, she shocked the room with her patient and soulful approach to the Mark Ronson arrangement of the classic Britney Spears song “Toxic”. Cressman’s vocals and the fun and unexpected nature of the cover commanded the attention of the room. The band sounded particularly funky on this track, matching the song’s 1960s vibe while Cressman delivered her on-point, intoxicating vocals.It’s not often that members of The Disco Biscuits, Umphrey’s McGee, Lotus, The Motet, and Trey Anastasio Band all grace the same stage. These rare collaborations, unique covers, and once-in-a-lifetime moments are what makes Brooklyn Comes Alive such a special event, and Brownstein / Magner / Cummins / Greenfield / Jalbert / Hartswick / Cressman surely delivered on all fronts.
It has been reveal that Super Eagles players, led by skipper Joseph Yobo and Mikel Obi have met with the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to demand an appearance fee for the World Cup.This is outside the match bonus, which starts at $10,000-a-man for a first round match win, announced for the players for Brazil 2014.“The players led by Yobo and Mikel met with NFF president Aminu Maigari and some of his officials to demand for their own share of the cash FIFA will pay the country for at least featuring in the first round of the World Cup,” a top source informed AfricanFootball.comNigeria will already earn more than $9 million for qualification and participation in the first round of the 2014 World Cup and they will get more if they reach the knockout stages of the competition.For the World Cup warm-ups against Scotland, Greece and USA, each player received an appearance fee of $3,000.Fellow World Cup finalists Ghana are on an appearance fee of $75,000-a-man for the 23 players who made the final cut to Brazil 2014. It would be recalled that a row over such a fee derailed the Super Eagles at the 1998 World Cup in France as players and officials were locked in lengthy meetings to resolve the impasse.Most recently, another pay row almost caused the country to miss out on the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, before the Presidency intervened to avoid an international embarrassment.This has led to the introduction of a code of conduct for the Eagles.The squad are due in Sao Paolo, Brazil tomorrow.