There’s shows you go to in NYC when an artist from Nola comes to town, brings their funky soulful music with them, gets the crowd moving to their syncopated groove and brings that Crescent City flavor to the New York party. You see the New Yorkers do a mock second line like their in New Orleans, and it’s fun. It’s a New York party with a New Orleans soundtrack, always great. But then… every once in a while, when the stars align at just the right place, right time and with the right people… A New Orleanian in exile can close their eyes, open their ears and almost feel like they’re back home. King James and the Special Men did that for me last night, and Lord, it felt good!
Red Hook, Brooklyn, a working class neighborhood far off the beaten path, where generations of families have lived for years that’s currently rebuilding itself after being nailed by a hurricane, subsequently proved the perfect place for King James and the Special Men to serve up their New Orleans flavor. The Red Hook Bait & Tackle Bar, a former fisherman’s mercantile, adorned with taxidermied animal heads, red brick and xmas lights proved the perfect setting for this gig. Coming off a special performance outside Lincoln Center and a great July 4th show at the good ol’ Bait & Tackle, King James and the boys closed out their NYC run here in proper fashion.