Os Mutantes – Celebrate Brooklyn! @ Prospect Park Bandshell
Words and Images by Matthew Schuchman
In support of their upcoming English-heavy new album, psychedelic rockers and innovators of the tropicália movement Os Mutantes played what turned out to be their first show ever in the NYC burrough of Brooklyn this past weekend. For those unfamiliar with the group, the sounds of acts such as David Byrne and Beck would be much different if not for these pioneers of culture melding geniuses. Exuding an eclectic mix of upbeat tunes and dark subject matters, the Brazilian musicians used the opening of their set to unload a healthy amount of their new material on the eclectic audience, which included the title track, Fool Metal Jack. Peppered with handfuls of children between the ages of 5-10 years old, the crowd of nostalgic baby boomers and hip youngsters were showered with the band’s tight rhythms and and entrancing guitar solos. Though the line-up has changed a bit since their heralded return to the scene around 2006-2007, not a step has been missed by the genre bending ensemble.
Sharing the bill for this special night of the 35th Annual Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Festival were two bands who also blur the lines of traditional sounds by coalescing multiple genres. Opening the night was Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang. Featuring a mix of Brooklyn indie artists, Janka Nabay mixes the traditional aspects of Muslim Bubu music with a West Indian sensibility to create their own brand of out-of-the-box rhythms. Also delivering some heavier messages with a feel good background, Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang had a slew of enthusiastic attendees grooving in their seats. Followed up by the drum and bass cousins that make up the dance fueled beats of Javelin, everything was set in place for Os Mutantes to rock the Prospect Park audience into submission.
Please enjoy these shots of the shows brilliance below and don’t forget to check out our photo-stream for full sets of pictures for each of these bands.
You can find the full set for Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, Javelin, and Os Mutantes, right here. ENJOY!