Words by Corinne Casella | Photos by Jeremy Gordon

Despite the impending storm, on March 20th Brooklyn Bowl played host to a night of high-spirited genre-bending music. Starting off the evening was electronic-funk sextet Polyvamp. NYC-based, these guys have been making a name for themselves with their experimental original jams. Band member Seth Eisenstein set the pace on sax, while double percussionists Scott Jacobi and Ethan Quigley kept up a lively backbeat. Highlights included the debut of new song ‘Freeze,’ written by Eisenstein and keyboardist Zander Ryzinski. Other standouts included guitarist Cory Ziskind and bassist Yuri Soussov’s vivacious energy on set closer ‘Triple Step.’

Next up was the charismatic powerhouse that is bassist Karina Rykman and her band the Karina Rykman Experiment. At the ripe age of 23, Rykman is no stranger to the stage, opening for a myriad of acts as a part of the Marco Benevento Trio. In 2017, she started her own band that includes guitarist Adam November and drummer Chris Corsico. The trio took the stage in a slow-burning blaze of glory, priming the audience for their unique blend of psychedelic guitar licks and progressive house, with a healthy dose of fractal dissonance. The highlight of the set was their distinctive take on the Butthole Surfer’s ‘Pepper.’

Americana folk rockers Fruition opened the final set of the night with their distinctive harmonies and string-centric sound for ‘Lay Down Blues,’ with the always talented with Mimi Naja on vocals. Their band’s rootsy, kinetic sound contained just the right amount of energy for a performance that was both soulful and jaunty in equal measure. The group’s collective talent shone throughout their entire performance, giving the audience a rare treat, an intimate look at a band on the rise. Standouts included the hopeful yet heart-breaking new single ‘Northern Town,’ ‘The Garden’ with Elephant Revival guitarist Daniel Rodriguez, and the smooth as silk segue from “Fire’ into ‘Sinnerman.’

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