Friday, December 23, 2011

Technically Nostalgic: Digable Planets @ Brooklyn Bowl

Cee Knowledge a.k.a. Doodlebug (right) and some people we don't know
"Digable Planets" @ Brooklyn Bowl - December 20, 2011
Photos: Chris / Words: Damien & Chris

Something a little different this time around, due to the odd nature of this event. Below is an actual email exchange between Chris and Damien that took place during the two days that followed the performance. Throughout the exchange you'll find some tweets that were posted during the show. Rather than write up an actual review of what went down, we realized the story sort of unraveled better this way... enjoy!


Chris: You know… that show last night was pretty boring if I had to be brutally honest. What did you think?

Damien: Yeah agreed. I liked [opener] F. Stokes' energy but like I said, when you're billing something as a Digable Planets show, there's an expectation that more than one of the original three members will show up. And that they'll perform more than three songs off the albums they're most famous for. It felt pretty disconnected from the crowd and it showed as like most of the people left halfway through.


C: Yeah if anything I enjoyed F. Stokes' set better! I think once people realized what they were getting three songs in, they took off. What was really weird was how many times Doodlebug mentioned [founding DP member] Ladybug but she never came out.

F. Stokes

D
: Seriously, if you're gonna keep shouting out the members of your group that actually made your act memorable (female MCs in the early 90s), at least have 'em THERE. Or have a substitute female MC come in to help with the vibe. As it was, it was one dude we all sort of recognized surrounded by people no one cared about, singing songs no one even knew existed.

Actual email from Brooklyn Bowl sent on December 21 at 4:42pm:
"Dear Digable Planets ticket buyers, 
At Brooklyn Bowl, we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality experience, be it through our programming, bowling, food and drink, or customer service. This is why we would like to apologize for what turned out to be a very disappointing night last night.
The Digable Planets show that you saw last night is not the show that anyone, including us, expected, nor the show that was booked. It did not reflect the quality that we so deeply prize at the Bowl. 
In order to make it up to you, we would like to offer you two free admissions to DJ Questlove's Bowl Train this Thursday, December 22. To redeem, please respond to this email with your full name, and we will add you to the house guest list with a plus one. 
Sincerely,
The Brooklyn Bowl Team"

C
: Did you see what I just sent you????????

D: Y’now I didn’t even think to run a search to see if anyone else had posted [about the show] yet. They must’ve gotten some reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal pissed off comments. And rightfully so.


C: I’m just happy we both came to the same conclusion this morning that the show sucked.

D: Yeah, I thought we’d pretty much agreed that like right after they ended.

C: When we do our Technically Nostalgic post tomorrow, we have to reference the hilarious tweets people wrote during the show. Doodlebug even responded to one, “I don’t control how they do advertising there, not my problem.” Oooooh… throw fuel on the fire dude.

D: Seriously - not seeing that reply so someone must've told him he's not really in a position to put his foot so squarely in his mouth ;)


C: Just sent you a screen shot of the tweet.

D: Oh man we are so posting that.

C: I think what happened was it was originally booked as a DP show, but last minute [other founding DP member] Butterfly and/or Ladybug pulled out. And instead of calling it Cee Knowledge with Cosmic Funk Orchestra, they just kept it as Digable Planets. He kept referencing a new album (which he has a new album with that band). The whole thing was just confusing and weird.

C [hours later]: What was with the dude in the pink sweater?

Dude in the pink sweater

D: Who knows, man. He looked like someone threw Luther Vandross and Kanye West in a cheap, terrible blender.

C: Maybe our review should just be our email exchanges.

D: Completely cool with that. :)

C: Don’t you mean… cool like that?

D: Your email filter prevents me from fully expressing my discontent with everything you stand for right now.

C: Oh sorry… cool like dat.

D: My rage is calmed, thank you.






In the end, Brooklyn Bowl did the right thing by apologizing to ticket buyers for what ended up being a truly bizarre experience. If anyone could help clear up exactly what happened, and where the confusion lied, it would be greatly appreciated--please email us!

11 comments:

  1. cee knowledge is one of the most humble and honest people i have ever known. he would never try to purposely deceive or bait and switch his fans like u are implying....please consider that there are evil and greedy forces working in the background(promoters/bookers) that are using the dp name to promote their own retarded ass agenda. consider that cee doesnt have any control over how others promote our CFO shows by trying to make $ off using the dp name. this should not reflect on the credibility of digable planets, cee knowledge, or CFO....they still are legends, pioneers, and STILL rock stages. look -----> http://vimeo.com/14574740

    also, you can eat a big bag of dicks.

    peace.

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  2. Thanks for commenting Gary Dann (drummer of Cosmic Funk Orchestra), but none of what you wrote actually clears up anything. I find it hard to believe that at some point between being booked and playing the show, not a single person thought it would be ethical to step in and say, "Hey, maybe we should let people know that what they're going to get ISN'T a Digable Planets show." Blaming promotors or bookers (or venues) for being evil and greedy doesn't change the fact that there were eight or so people onstage who at no point said, "We are NOT Digable Planets.' I stayed the entire performance (unlike most people) and not once saw an 'evil or greedy" promotor/booker with a gun to your head saying with teeth clenched, "Now... just like we said... play "Nickel Bags."

    It should also be noted that unlike most shows we cover on the site, Damien I just went and paid for tickets to the show, which led to a particularly scathing review (not common at all for us). We were duped just like everyone else there that night (and make no mistake, intentional or not, WE WERE DUPED). And that's the funny thing about the internet these days... when you fuck with 500 people at a show, somebody there is going to say something about it whether you like it or not. Something to take into consideration the next time you decide to accept a paycheck when you're booked as something you're not.

    Sincerely,
    A dick eater,
    Chris

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  3. Hey Gary, no one one earth would ever believe that Cee-Douchebag didn't know that the show was billed as Digible Planets. Seeing as how there is next to nothing to be made off of a revival of a one-hit wonder shit-show like DP, your whole 'greedy promoter' theory doesn't really hold much water. That and its fucking NONSENSE.

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