Tonight's Setlist: Roots & Reality Reggae, R&B


Reggae star Prezident Brown brings his version of the new roots and reality consciousness reggae to Humboldt Brews. While scrolling through his online press kit for a photo, the band's rider popped up. In case you're wondering what the man and his band require, their needs are relatively basic: a case of water (Note: Can't we get beyond bottled water, people?), a bottle of merlot, a case of Heineken/Guinness, a dozen hand towels, 12 assorted soft drinks including natural sodas and organic juices, Throatcoat and mint teas, coffee, assorted vegetarian sandwiches and a bag of tortilla chips with fresh salsa. A stance against fast food or pizza is about as difficult as it gets. No green M&M clauses here. But there's a glimmer of backstory near the end: "Purchaser shall have a representative familiar with this contract, who is of sound mental condition, who is also in a position to make decisions regarding this contract on site from load in time until Artist has loaded out." Ah, "sound" and sober. A lesson likely learned from experience — and a lesson we can all take to heart. Decisions. If only other aspects of life required they be made by the sound and sober among us.

Tickets for Prezident Brown are $15 advance, $20 at the door. Show starts at 9:30 p.m. and is 21-and-over.

Around the corner at the Jambalaya, a collective known as Pleasure Drones and featuring Will Bernard, Jeff Hanley and Eric Kalb arrives from Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood to deliver a modern take on classic funk and R&B. Scanning through the list of people they've played with, together and individually, is like reading a Who's Who of the reggae, jazz and funk worlds — helluva lot of talent going on here.

The Pleasure Drones gig is $10, showtime at 10 p.m., 21-and-over.

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