Photos by Arnie Goodman and Chris Capaci
If you’re looking for head-clearing fun (and who isn’t these days?) check out the Tangiers Blues Band, playing new the Hall at MP, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Friday Feb. 17. A raucous group of musicians who re-invent our favorite deep cuts, the band is neither Algerian nor strictly blues, but the Beatles didn’t have six legs, either.
The cast of the Tangiers Blues Band shifts occasionally, but core members King (lead vocals, guitar), Eric Brown (drums), Chris Scianni (guitar), Dave Sellar (bass), Danny Clinch (harmonica, vocals) and Peter Levin (keyboards) whip up toe-tappin’ finger-poppin’, head-boppin’, hip-shakin’ rock ’n’ roll that begins with Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon and barrels through Buffalo Springfield, Bob Dylan and Prince all the way to Lady Gaga. The miracle is, you’ll love them all. The fact is, TBB is a musician’s band, where great performers get to have fun and play what they love without all that incredibly tiresome touring that major record labels demand.
Keyboardist Peter Levin (Gregg Allman Band, Blind Boys if Alabama, Aaron Neville) headlines with his Peter Levin Band, but he’s also a founding member of the Tangiers Blues Band, so it’s going to be hard to get him offstage—as if anyone would want to. This diverse group of pros has a large network of friends, so I’d expect a heavy hitter or two to sit in. (No promises—they’d be icing.) In the past, they’ve been joined by the likes of G-Love, Phil Lesh, Dave Grohl, Donald Fagen, Jason Newsted and members of the Dave Matthews Band, My Morning Jacket, and Cage The Elephant.
The newish Hall at MP serves snacks and serious food, with both tables and standing areas.