BoomBox Rocks Brooklyn Bowl, 3/29
It is no surprise that BoomBox has become one of the most prominent faces on the late night festival scene. They hesitate to limit themselves by being classified in a particular genre, and after experiencing them live for the first time, I now understand why. If I had to pick three words to describe BoomBox, they would be fun, groovy, and funkadelic. It’s certainly one of those acts that you only get the full gist of after experiencing them live, and I’m glad I was able to get down with them at Brooklyn Bowl this past weekend.
BoomBox is the brainchild of guitarist/singer/songwriter Zion Godchaux and
producer/DJ Russ Randolph. Zion has deep-seeded musical roots, stemming from both parents’ involvement in the Grateful Dead from 1971-79 (Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux). Russ keeps it old school on sequencers, groove boxes and turn-tables. The combo is an eclectic, fun and upbeat sound that resonates as something like classic rock n’ roll mixed with downtempo beats.
The duo took the stage around 1 AM in their typical eccentric attire; Russ in a whimsical looking tophat, Zion wearing colorful boas wrapped around his microphone, hat and neck. They opened to an eager and ready crowd with everyone clearly in party mode, movin’ and groovin’ from the first chords (but then again, it would be a challenge not to move to this music). As if the crowd needed more pumping up, their most well-known song, “Stereo,” came on shortly after opening, which totally sent everyone running wild. From there, the existing great vibes just got better and more hyped up as the night went on. BoomBox’s funky, groovy beats fueled a room of happy people just getting down and having a great time from start to finish. Another highlight was definitely when they dropped “Shakedown Street,” which made everyone go crazy. Zion’s ties to the Dead made that a really cool experience for this BoomBox newb.
BoomBox was a great experience and an incredibly fun time for all. If you ever have the chance to catch them at a festival, I don’t doubt that their late night sets absolutely kill it. I can’t wait to see them at this year’s Equifunk and hopefully elsewhere, as they are deservingly getting bigger and bigger with each festival season.