Today, fan-favorite soul-funk keyboardist/vocalist Nigel Hall celebrates his 37th birthday. Hall has been busy in the last few years, joining up with Lettuce as a full-time touring band member and lending his talents to various all-star collaborative projects along the way. One such collaboration came during the 2017 edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive, when he Eric Krasno, Louis Cato, and Chris Loftlin reformed their old quartet, Chapter 2, as the core band for a very special Eric Krasno & Friends performance.

The reunion of this particular quartet on this particular stage as the culmination of an incredible two-day lineup of music at Brooklyn Comes Alive carried a considerable nostalgic weight for all involved. As Hall commented from the stage at the start of the performance, the Brooklyn Comes Alive Eric Krasno & Friends set marked the first time the four had played together since the first-ever night of music at Brooklyn Bowl, at its soft opening in 2009.

[Photo: Phierce Photo by Keith G.]

Of course, in the spirit of Brooklyn Comes Alive, the band welcomed a number of guests to augment their performance. The first of the sit-ins came when guitar legend John Scofield joined the band for a rendition of rock standard “Hey Joe”, popularized by The Jimi Hendrix Experience on their debut LP, 1967’s Are You Experienced?. With a pair of guitar virtuosos onstage, it was Hall who truly shined through on this rendition, putting a James Brown-like spin on the lead vocals and matching Scofield with a funk-infused keyboard solo to boot. Watch Nigel Hall rip “Hey Joe” at Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017 below:

Eric Krasno & Friends w/ John Scofield, Nigel Hall, & More – “Hey Joe” [Pro-Shot]

Happy birthday, Nigel!

Catch Nigel Hall alongside 50+ other talented artists at this year’s edition of Brooklyn Comes Alive, set to take place on Saturday, September 29th at three fan-favorite venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bowl, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and Rough Trade NYC. Hall will join forces with Wil Blades (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Adam Deitch Quartet), Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note), and Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy, Ghost Note) for a versatile, instrument-swapping performance under the banner Switch Hitters.

Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive brings together more than 50 artists, allowing them to carry out passion projects, play with their musical heroes, and collaborate in never-before-seen formations. For more information, ticketing, and to see the full list of performers scheduled for Brooklyn Comes Alive 2018, head to the festival’s website here.


Brooklyn Comes Alive is sponsored by Denver-based company, Pure CBD Exchange, which creates and sells a number of CBD/cannabidiol products (What is CBD?) from concentrates, tinctures, extracts, lotions, creams, and more. The use of CBD has gained much notoriety as of late, for use as both a health and wellness supplement and to treat conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, cancer, and a number of mental disorders and is also used for anti-inflammation, nausea reduction, sleep aid, and more. Pure CBD Exchange was co-founded by Gregg Allman Band organist/keyboardist and Brooklyn Comes Alive musician Peter Levin back in 2017.

Pure CBD Exchange focuses on low-THC cannabis products with high CBD content. They work within the Colorado Industrial Hemp pilot program to distribute non-psychoactive tinctures, extracts, lotions, and more all over the world. The company has featured by companies like VICE, High Times, Leafly, and more.