We could all benefit from an “everybody’s-invited” house party thrown by The Knocks. Last night’s show at Brooklyn Steel was a window into the past and future parties of Brooklyn’s own electro-funk duo.
The Knocks played Brooklyn Steel on Saturday, returning to their Brooklyn roots with a full live band. Joining them on stage was the just-turned-21-year-old bassist Blu DeTiger, guitarist Katie Lee, and drummer Nick Brown.
Alongside this seriously talented crew of performers, James “JPatt” Patterson and Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner filled the 2,000 person space with electro-funk vibes. JPatt worked the stage wearing his iconic New York Narcotic jacket, a tribute to the duo’s second album released in September.
“Do you guys want the oldies or the goodies?” asked JPatt to a sold out room. There wasn’t a single moment that you couldn’t feel the love for Brooklyn. JPatt set the precedent for good vibes only, making the whole room feel like they’d been going to the same parties with them year after year.
2017 single “House Party” felt close to home for The Knocks as they shared that many people in the room were with them when the song came to be. JPatt even gave a shoutout to his grandma who was sitting in the audience alongside his parents.
In addition to a DJ setup, B-Roc pulled together the house party sound on percussion with synth and drum pads.
The whole night was glittered with The Knocks’ super friendly, my-house-is-your-house vibes, but a few songs really made the show. Talented Katie Lee sang a dreamy rendition of “Brazilian Soul,” originally recorded with Sofi Tukker. Young & Sick’s Nick van Hofwegen, second opener on the bill, joined The Knocks on stage for “Wizard of Bushwick,” a super funky Brooklyn anthem originally featuring Sir Sly. “Feeling Myself,” “The Feeling,” and “Kiss the Sky” also had the room vibing.
The Knocks have added a second show at Baby’s All Right on Monday, February 25th before they head to Phoenix to close out their tour. Even though they had a seriously packed Brooklyn Steel jiving last night, Baby’s is sure to be 10x the dance party. Get ready to get down with Brooklyn’s own party-makers.
Chances are you’re all invited to the after party.