Two Nights of BoomBox at The Bowery Ballroom This Weekend

October 8th, 2014

BoomBox, a Muscle Shoals, Ala., rock duo, formed when Zion Godchaux (guitar and vocals) and Russ Randolph (sequencers, groove boxes and turntables) met in 2004. They had each become interested in music at a young age. Godchaux—the son of the Grateful Dead’s Keith and Donna Jean Godchaux—began playing drums when he was just two, and he took up the guitar and writing songs in his teens. Randolph, too, picked up the drums early before taking a keen interest in engineering and producing. All of this comes through in the band’s electronic rock and blues soundscapes designed to make you move. But when it comes to playing live, the guys in BoomBox (above, doing “Mr. Boogie Man” for MoBoogie) don’t like to get tied down with set lists. Instead they let the crowd dictate a musical direction. (“On a really good night, it’s like people are almost telling us what to play,” said Randolph.) Touring behind their most recent album, the lively Filling in the Color (stream it below), BoomBox play The Bowery Ballroom on Friday and Saturday. Belgian beat-maker Ramona opens both shows.