Show Review: Bad Rabbits at Knitting Factory Feb. 21, 2013February 25, 2013
Brooklyn got a little funky with Bad Rabbits.
If you wanted to get absolutely funky this past Thursday, the Knitting Factory was definitely the place to be. Metalheads, hip hop heads and everyone in between made their way to the legendary NYC venue to dance the night away with Bad Rabbits.
Queens rap collective World’s Fair exploded onto the stage with enough sex and wrestling references to make even Chyna blush. The ladies in the crowd (and Panda Boy!) certainly enjoyed every minute of it as rapper Prince SAMO rapped and gyrated his way to their hearts. The nine piece group certainly have an astounding stage presence to go along with their head bopping music. Even if you weren’t a fan, you simply couldn’t keep your eyes off the stage.
Balloons managed to make their way to the stage before Bad Rabbits arrived to get the party started. One by one, each member of the Boston soul/funk band jumped on stage to the roar of the crowd. The band greeted the audience with “We Can Roll” and everybody went absolutely bananas. Armed with a backup singer and horn section, Bad Rabbits’ electric performance made you think that you were in the crowd for Soul Train (Don Cornelius era, of course).
The band performed a quick snippet of George Clinton’s “Knee Deep” before charging into “Neverland” which was followed by a new song entitled “Doing It” from their highly anticipated album American Love which drops on May 14th. Vocalist Dua Boakye managed to get the entire crowd to chant “buttcheeks” before sliding into “Girl, I’m Like Damn” (sadly, Travie McCoy didn’t make a surprise appearance for this tune). Bad Rabbits’ cover of The-Dream’s “Walkin’ on the Moon” got the entire crowd off their feet with the chorus’ crunchy guitarwork. After the song, Dua complimented on what he saw from the Brooklyn crowd saying that he didn’t know whether to laugh or join the moshpit. The true highlight of the evening was during “Stick Up Kids” where a ton of kids managed to teach the crowd how to botch stage dives. Dua couldn’t manage to keep a straight face during the epic fails that were happening.
We Can Roll
Doing It (new song)
Fall In Love
Girl, I’m Like Damn
Walkin’ on the Moon (The-Dream cover)
Way With Words
Stick Up Kids
Can’t Fool Me (new song)
Can’t Back Down