Funky Dead Set At Brooklyn Comes Alive

Article Contributed by Plexus Enterta… | Published on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 is already stacking up to be quite the 2-day music festival, and today, the lineup for a special funky tribute set to the Grateful Dead is revealed. Reed Mathis, Todd Stoops, and Jay Lane of Electric Beethoven will team up with guitarist Eric Krasno to form Rooster Conspiracy.

The project of Rooster Conspiracy was born from Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann‘s good intentions and celebratory spirit during the first few days of 2017.

The notorious drummer had just celebrated the new year in a friend’s backyard in Hawaii, alongside a band that included his Billy & the Kids bandmate Reed Mathis, and Mathis’ Electric Beethoven bandmate Todd Stoops, and Kreutzmann was in the mood to keep the party going. When he heard that guitarist Eric Krasno just arrived on the little island of Kauai, he invited the guitarist to join in on the fun. They spent the better part of New Year’s Day casually jamming just for the fun of it. The following evening, Kreutzmann arranged for a little surprise luau at his house and the four once again collaborated, this time going into unrehearsed songs plucked mostly from the Grateful Dead catalog. They performed the music in a funky style that showcased Kreutzmann’s signature shuffle, Krasno’s jazz-club funk, Mathis’ constant drive for creation and Stoops’ kinetic approach to the keyboards. In a nod to both the time (the Chinese “Year of the Rooster” was just about to begin), and the place (Kauai, an island with wild roosters everywhere), the four musicians decided on the name the project “Rooster Conspiracy.”

While Kreutzmann is unable to make it to New York for Brooklyn Comes Alive, the rest of the guys wanted to bring this special set to Williamsburg, so they enlisted Jay Lane (Ratdog, Primus) for the highly anticipated first-ever East Coast performance of the Rooster Conspiracy. It’s one-quarter Soulive, half Golden Gate Wingmen, three-quarters Electric Beethoven, and 100% funk-driven Grateful Dead-inspired meditations and dance therapies.

Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 Artist Lineup (supergroup formations TBA):

John Scofield (Miles Davis, Uberjam Band)
Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce)
Joel Cummins (Umphrey's McGee)
Kris Myers (Umphrey's McGee)
Ryan Stasik (Umphrey's McGee)
Vinnie Amico (moe.)
Al Schnier (moe.)
Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits)
Aron Magner (The Disco Biscuits)
Jesse Miller (Lotus)
Mike Greenfield (Lotus)
Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident)
George Porter Jr. (The Meters)
Henry Butler
Jon Cleary  
Cyril Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers)
Johnny Vidacovich     
Alan Evans (Soulive, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe)
Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds)
Jay Lane (Primus, RatDog)
Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy)
Michael League (Snarky Puppy)
Robert "Sput" Searight (Snarky Puppy)
Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy)
Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy)
Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven)
Roosevelt Collier (The Lee Boys, Bokanté)
Mike Dillon (Les Claypool)
Todd Stoops (RAQ)  
KJ Sawka (Pendulum, Destroid)
MonoNeon (Prince)
Andy Falco (The Infamous Stringdusters)
Jake Joliff (Yonder Mountain String Band)
Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth)
Wil Blades (Dr. Lonnie Smith)
Will Bernard (Stanton Moore Trio)
Joey Porter (The Motet)
Garrett Sayers (The Motet)
Ryan Jalbert (The Motet)
Lyle Divinsky (The Motet)
Dave Watts (The Motet)
Eli Winderman (Dopapod)
Rob Compa (Dopapod)
Chuck Jones (Dopapod)
DJ Logic     
Dave Harrington (Darkside)
Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band)
Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band)
James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band)
Louis Cato (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)
Russ Liquid (The Russ Liquid Test)
Andrew Block (Gramatik, The Russ Liquid Test)
Deven Trusclair (The Russ Liquid Test)
Kevin Donohue (Sunsquabi)
Chris Anderson (Sunsquabi)
Joshua Fairman (Sunsquabi)
THESPVCEAGE (DJ Green Lantern)
Muzzy Bear (GRiZ)
Adrian Tramontano (Kung Fu)
Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)
Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty)
Daru Jones (Jack White)
Hayley Jane (Hayley Jane & The Primates)
Chris DeAngelis (Kung Fu)
Brandon "Taz" Niederauer (School of Rock)
Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band)
Brett Bass (Gregg Allman Band)
Leslie Mendelson (Steve Kimock)
Mike Gantzer (Aqueous)
David Loss (Aqueous)
Rob Houk (Aqueous)
Evan McPhaden (Aqueous)
Grahame Lesh (Midnight North, Terrapin Family Band)
Elliott Peck (Midnight North)
Alex Jordan (Midnight North)
Connor O'Sullivan (Midnight North)
Chris Loftlin 
Patrick Falco (The Falco Brothers)
Ryan Cavanaugh (Bill Evans)
Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band)
Dezron Douglas (Ravi Coltrane Quartet)
Akie Bermiss (Lake Street Dive)
Mike 'Maz' Maher (Snarky Puppy)
Charlie Patierno (Octave Cat)
Marcus Machado
Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto)
Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band)
Luke Quaranta (Toubab Krewe)
Sam Dickey (Tank & The Bangas)
Raja Kassis (Antibalas)
Themba Mkhatshwa (Christian Scott)
Yacouba Sissoko (Regina Carter)
Abdoulaye Diabate     
Andy Hess (John Scofield Uberjam Band)
Chris Spies
Kevin Scott     
Magatte Fall (Angelique Kidjo)
Christian Almiron (Lupe Fiasco)
Reuben Cainer
Randy Runyon
Justin Tyson (Mos Def)

Featuring Special Sets From:
DJ Premier & The Badder Band
KJ Sawka (Live)
The Crystal Method