The Wrap-Up

The past weekend saw Brooklyn Funk Essentials rounding off the summer's touring with two last gigs in Lyon and Bordeaux, France. Photographer Richard Ahlstrom took some excellent pictures at the shows which we are sharing with you.

Backstage Secrets Revealed

Photo by   Richard Ahlstrom  .

How does Desmond Foster get that hot, yet smooth guitar sound? We can now reveal that the secret is that before each show, Desmond irons his strings. "I started off on the one dot mark", says Des "but these days, I'm up to the three dot mark on the Iron for that really scorching sound". Drummer, Hux Flux, prepares his drum sticks by marinating them in fresh brewed, black rough ground echo-logical coffee beans, just thirty minutes before hitting the stage. "Nothing like a bit of caffeine to get the drums singing", says Hux.

If you are lucky enough to have tickets, you can check out the result tonight (July 29) at New Morning Club in France and on Friday, July 1 when BFE will headline the Ile Utopie Festival in Lyon, France.

Hang With The Band

BFE's Iwan Van Hetten exchanges after-show impressions with a Swedish fan. Photo by Magnus Elgquist.

BFE's Iwan Van Hetten exchanges after-show impressions with a Swedish fan. Photo by Magnus Elgquist.

After every BFE show, the band likes to spend some time with members of the audience, to get to know them and get some feedback from the performance. This is also a time when fans can buy records and T-shirts and get them signed an dedicated. So if you're planning on coming to check the band at a show this summer, don't miss this chance for us to hang a bit. Looking forward to seeing you!

BFE's 'Take The L Train' is the soundtrack to The New Yorker cover story on the borough's disparate cultures.

This week’s New Yorker cover taps into the visual similarities between two very different types of Brooklyn dwellers: Hasidic Jews and hipsters. Josefin Dolsten is telling how The New Yorker does 'Take The L Train' story inspired by Brooklyn Funk Essentials.

BFE quoted again as the MTA recently announced it would close the L subway line for up to three years, causing many Brooklynites to bemoan extended commutes. Read more here

“Take the L Train,” by Tomer Hanuka.

“Take the L Train,” by Tomer Hanuka.