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Friday, August 22

Review and Photos: Snarky Puppy, Lettuce and The Nth Power - Stevie Wonder vs. Michael Jackson - Highline Ballroom - NYC - 8/13/2014

One of my favorite parts of living just outside New York City is the plethora of musical options available on a daily basis. There is always a show to dance the night away to and thanks to Live For Live Music, this past Wednesday evening was a perfect example of just that. Pairing members of Snarky Puppy, Lettuce and The Nth Power for a one of a kind battle of Stevie Wonder vs. Michael Jackson. 
The event was held at the Highline Ballroom which offered plenty of dance space for the night, as well as a wraparound balcony offering up a Birdseye view with the option of table service on first come first serve basis. The evening started off with its core crew made up of Cory Henry and Nate Werth both of Snarky Puppy as well as Eric Bloom, Adam Deitch and Adam Smirnoff of Lettuce. 
The music was tight throughout the evening as the musicians blended together beautifully while tackling some of music’s most popular and timeless classics. With an energetic and vibrant crowd that seemed ready to let loose from the start it was a full on party from the opening notes of “Living For The City” to the end of show closer “Boogie On Reggae Women.” 
The entire evening was one highlight after another, each song bringing a blissful solo or combined jam that perfectly exemplified the overall talent on stage. Adding a modern twist to songs such as “Remember the Time” and “The Way You Make Me Feel” was just a small part what was one of the most enjoyable tribute shows I’ve seen before. Adding to the already stacked lineup of the evening Nigel Hall joined in, passionately delivering his soulful vocals coming out several times over the course of the night to the delight of the entire audience. 
Other memorable moments included John Deitch, Adam’s father joining the band on percussion as well as Jay White, Cory’s brother adding in his beautifully laid vocals to the mix. The final highlight of the evening came with the encore as the extremely talented Nikki Gillespie of the Nth Power joined in for a killer “You Haven’t Done Nothin” and “Boogie On Reggae Woman.” 
The ending tune Boogie was the perfect way to close out a night in which those in attendance truly did boogie throughout the night. This one of a kind event was well put together and a huge success for all involved. Having the opportunity to witness some of today’s biggest talents pay tribute to two of the greatest performers the world has known was in itself a treat. Seeing the joy on their faces while feeling the passion they have for the musicians they were paying homage to pouring off the stage was something different all together.
Events like this allow not only the fans, but the band alike to share in some pretty magical moments. I for one look forward to what may follow down the road from Live For Live Music and all who were involved the evening.
Words and Photos: Chason Heins
 To find out more info about the bands whose member participated in this event follow the below
links: Snarky Puppy  Lettuce  The Nth Power
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