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King Khan and the BBQ Show Played a Surprise Show on Sunday

At some point on Saturday, King Khan and the BBQ Show (KKBBQ) announced a show at Our Wicked Lady in East Williamsburg. As luck would have it, Our Wicked Lady is about a block away from where I live.

This is not my first time seeing King Khan (a.k.a “Black Snake”) play with Mark Sultan (a.k.a. “BBQ”). There was a show back on November 2015 at the Brooklyn Knitting Factory.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Knitting Factory, Brooklyn
King Khan and the BBQ Show at the Knitting Factory, November 2015.

And there was another show the following November at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan.

King Khan and the BBQ Show play The Bowery Ballroom in New York, November 2016.

Our Wicked Lady stages their shows outdoors, and for a while, I was concerned that it might rain on us.

Other than a few drops of drizzle, the rain held off. The show went on, although it was unusual in a number of ways. First, there were lots of people who jumped on stage to dance.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Our Wicked Lady

KKBBQ shared the stage with “Uncle” Joe Coleman, who came on stage to address the crowd for a minute.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Our Wicked Lady

King Khan also celebrated Jen from the Lower East Side on stage for, among other things, attending all of their New York shows for almost 20 years.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Our Wicked Lady

Perhaps most memorable was the woman who came on stage and almost immediately fell into BBQ’s drum kit.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Our Wicked Lady

And then she grabbed the microphone and made some unintelligible moaning sounds.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Our Wicked Lady

Finally, she went over to King Khan and proceeded to dance with him.

Despite all the on-stage theatrics, which included a lot of banter between the two performers, they continued to put on a great, raucous show, complete with a few sing-a-longs with the crowd.

Another unusual thing about this show as that it ran really long—over two hours.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Our Wicked Lady

I could see stage manager anxiously pacing around the stage and gesturing towards KKBBQ to move things along. You can see him kvetching behind the stage—on the right of the photo below.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Our Wicked Lady

The show basically ended when, around 11:30 PM, BBQ walked off the stage. However, King Khan wanted to continue playing and stayed on-stage to play a few bars on his guitar. Finally, the stage manager apparently disconnected his guitar amplifier, thus ending the possibility of any more music…or any further on-stage banter.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Our Wicked Lady

One concern for the lenghty show was that Jonathan Toubin’s weekly dance party was supposed to start around 10:00 PM, but things didn’t quite work out that way. It started closer to midnight, but no one who came to see KKBBQ on a single-day’s notice seemed to mind.

BBQ Grilling

Mark Sultan, also known as BBQ, has played some great shows around these parts as of late. However, at a recent show at Union Pool, someone threw a beer can at him, and he rightly and figuratively flipped his wig, walked off the stage, and ended the show.

Mark Sultan - Union Pool - 2015-03-07 (5)

Since then, I saw him play with King Khan as “King Khan and the BBQ Show” in November at the Knitting Factory. However, throughout the show, he seemed to be on high alert and castigated the audience, almost challenging someone to throw a beer can… again.

King Khan and the BBQ Show at Knitting Factory, Brooklyn

As Oh My Rockness’s Patrick McNamara recalls, or at least tries to…

Was it King Khan & The Shrines or King Khan & The BBQ Show that I saw in concert recently (at some venue or another) where King Khan’s drummer insulted the crowd all night…something about New Yorkers being too cool or being just a bunch of trust fund kids or something… I can’t remember…

It was a very uncomfortable situation.

You’d think after that, Sultan—or BBQ—would never want to play this town again. Apparently not!

Details

  • August 19, 2016
  • Union Pool, 484 Union Ave, Brooklyn
  • $12.00
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