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The legendary Bran Van 3000 at the legendary Horseshoe

Submitted by on June 16, 2012 – 4:09 pmNo Comment

On a Thursday night at 1 a.m. in Toronto, when most people are getting ready for work the next morning the legendary Horseshoe Tavern was busy entertaining a packed house for NXNE.

Bran van 3000 was set to play.

As James Di Salvio and Kwanzaa Shelley took to the stage with their motley crue of percussionists, bass player, not one, but two drummers and their trumpet player, the crowd erupted as they launched into their opening song “Grace (Love on the Block)” from their latest album The Garden.

BV3 kept up the high energy with songs like “Afrodiziak”, BV3 traversed their library of tunes dropping beats which the crowd ate up like candy.What was especially impressive was Kwanzaa’s vocal duties on “Astounded” which were originally done by Curtis Mayfield.

As members shuffled on and off stage; Bran Van kept the music, energy and enthusiasm going without missing a beat. Then Kwanzaa donned a set of massive butterfly-esque wings that seemed to envelop the entire stage and as the crowd whipped out their cameras, camera phones to take pics the music kept on flowing and then as the wings disappeared confetti canons were launched and BV3 performed their seminal hit “Drinkin’ in L.A.” Which turned into a massive sing along and even as the song was ending you could see that the crowd wanted an encore and the band would have obliged except that there was no time left in the schedule for it in this year’s North By Northeast performance.

After 15 years on the music scene Branvan 3000 showed why they’re still around.

Story and photos by Tee Onek

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