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Slow Hollows, Crosslegged and Stevie Wolf bring soulful, rich sounds to Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right

Drained after a long week, I sat on the bus thinking about the next four hours and what was to come. The facts: Slow Hollows was playing at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY. Doors, 8 pm. On the bus, the silence was peaceful yet deafening. Just me, a woman in her mid-thirties or early forties, and the bus driver. 7 pm on a Friday night. En route, a wave of nerves hit me. I had not been to a show in over two months. The silence persisted and continued to linger up until I arrived at the venue. I was home.

Baby’s All Right is a small bar and music venue located in Williamsburg. Several bands, local and national, have played there. With a cap of 280, the venue provides an intimate and honest space for musicians to connect with their fans. Every show I’ve been to at this venue, the people are pushed up to the front of the stage engaged and engulfed in the experience. Slow Hollows’ show was no different.

The first act of the night was Crosslegged, the musical project of Keba Robinson. Crosslegged had a beautiful voice that carried throughout the room. Her mustard yellow turtleneck underneath her white overall shorts brightened the dark space. Following her performance, was Stevie Wolf, an artist who describes their sound as “Flamboyant Soft-Grunge Ballads” and “The Blues, if it sounded nothing like Blues music.” What was striking about Wolf’s performance was his honesty and personality. Despite his nervousness, which he expressed to the crowd, he seemed quite comfortable on stage. His music got people moving. Heads bobbing, bodies swaying. His talent spoke for itself.

Stevie Wolf

Crosslegged

After the two openers, the anticipation was at an all-time high. A large chunk of the crowd had been waiting for Slow Hollows since 7 pm. Once the band got on stage they jumped right into their first song. No introduction needed, the crowd was ready. A couple songs in, the band encountered some technical difficulties, which prompted them to stop and restart until they got it right. You could sense a bit of frustration from Austin, the band’s lead singer. After a couple tries, they ended up pushing through the song.

Throughout their set, the band seemed a little disengaged. They plowed through a good majority of their songs without saying much. As someone seeing Slow Hollows for the first time, I was not sure if that was their general demeanor or if it was just an off night for them. Austin did mention how he had been feeling under the weather, so that might have been part of the reason why their performance didn’t feel as lively as I had anticipated. Despite the hiccups, there were definitely moments during their set that stood out. After playing one of their newer tracks “Two Season,” the band’s energy started to pick up a bit. The crowd fed off this energy and started to dance and move around more. As I walked throughout the venue I noticed the groups of people, the atmosphere, and the general vibe of the moment. The thin silver streamers hanging from the ceiling shimmered when the colorful lights hit them. The reflection of light mimicking the twinkling of stars. Couples arms around one another. Groups of friends smiling as they bobbed their heads and swayed side by side to the good tunes.

At the end of their set, Austin was left on stage alone to perform “Hell,” a beautiful song which highlighted the soulful, rich nuances of his voice. As he stood alone on the stage behind the keyboard looking out into the crowd, it felt as if time had stopped. The air was calm. Bodies still. The moment drenched in an ethereal light.

The show in its entirety was simply a showcase of pure talent. The night left me feeling excited and thankful to be back and involved in something that I had taken some time away from. Documenting shows has become a part of my existence, and having the opportunity to jump back in helped me realize how fortunate I am to be able to pursue what I love to do.

Slow Hollows started their fall tour early this September. The band will pick up a few more shows mid-October, following an appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw in Los Angeles in November. For more information check out: http://slowhollows.com/upcoming-shows/.

Crosslegged

Stevie Wolf

Stevie Wolf

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

Pamela Wang
Pamela Wang is a photographer/writer from Los Angeles, CA currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Find more information about her and her work at pamelawwang.com and facebook.com/pwwphotography.

Slow Hollows, Crosslegged and Stevie Wolf bring soulful, rich sounds to Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right

Drained after a long week, I sat on the bus thinking about the next four hours and what was to come. The facts: Slow Hollows was playing at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY. Doors, 8 pm. On the bus, the silence was peaceful yet deafening. Just me, a woman in her mid-thirties or early forties, and the bus driver. 7 pm on a Friday night. En route, a wave of nerves hit me. I had not been to a show in over two months. The silence persisted and continued to linger up until I arrived at the venue. I was home.

Baby’s All Right is a small bar and music venue located in Williamsburg. Several bands, local and national, have played there. With a cap of 280, the venue provides an intimate and honest space for musicians to connect with their fans. Every show I’ve been to at this venue, the people are pushed up to the front of the stage engaged and engulfed in the experience. Slow Hollows’ show was no different.

The first act of the night was Crosslegged, the musical project of Keba Robinson. Crosslegged had a beautiful voice that carried throughout the room. Her mustard yellow turtleneck underneath her white overall shorts brightened the dark space. Following her performance, was Stevie Wolf, an artist who describes their sound as “Flamboyant Soft-Grunge Ballads” and “The Blues, if it sounded nothing like Blues music.” What was striking about Wolf’s performance was his honesty and personality. Despite his nervousness, which he expressed to the crowd, he seemed quite comfortable on stage. His music got people moving. Heads bobbing, bodies swaying. His talent spoke for itself.

Stevie Wolf

Crosslegged

After the two openers, the anticipation was at an all-time high. A large chunk of the crowd had been waiting for Slow Hollows since 7 pm. Once the band got on stage they jumped right into their first song. No introduction needed, the crowd was ready. A couple songs in, the band encountered some technical difficulties, which prompted them to stop and restart until they got it right. You could sense a bit of frustration from Austin, the band’s lead singer. After a couple tries, they ended up pushing through the song.

Throughout their set, the band seemed a little disengaged. They plowed through a good majority of their songs without saying much. As someone seeing Slow Hollows for the first time, I was not sure if that was their general demeanor or if it was just an off night for them. Austin did mention how he had been feeling under the weather, so that might have been part of the reason why their performance didn’t feel as lively as I had anticipated. Despite the hiccups, there were definitely moments during their set that stood out. After playing one of their newer tracks “Two Season,” the band’s energy started to pick up a bit. The crowd fed off this energy and started to dance and move around more. As I walked throughout the venue I noticed the groups of people, the atmosphere, and the general vibe of the moment. The thin silver streamers hanging from the ceiling shimmered when the colorful lights hit them. The reflection of light mimicking the twinkling of stars. Couples arms around one another. Groups of friends smiling as they bobbed their heads and swayed side by side to the good tunes.

At the end of their set, Austin was left on stage alone to perform “Hell,” a beautiful song which highlighted the soulful, rich nuances of his voice. As he stood alone on the stage behind the keyboard looking out into the crowd, it felt as if time had stopped. The air was calm. Bodies still. The moment drenched in an ethereal light.

The show in its entirety was simply a showcase of pure talent. The night left me feeling excited and thankful to be back and involved in something that I had taken some time away from. Documenting shows has become a part of my existence, and having the opportunity to jump back in helped me realize how fortunate I am to be able to pursue what I love to do.

Slow Hollows started their fall tour early this September. The band will pick up a few more shows mid-October, following an appearance at Camp Flog Gnaw in Los Angeles in November. For more information check out: http://slowhollows.com/upcoming-shows/.

Crosslegged

Stevie Wolf

Stevie Wolf

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

Slow Hollows

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