Brooklyn, NY-based production company Bridgeside Productions will be kicking off the third season of their online music series, Bridgeside Live, this Tuesday on March 13, at none other than jam scene favorite NYC venue The Brooklyn Bowl. The season three kickoff, which will air as the series’ one hundred and first episode, will feature performances by funk fusion trio ShwizZ and all-female blues rock outfit Jane Lee Hooker. Headlining for the night will be psychedelic americana group The Southern Belles.
Bridgeside Productions is the name of the production company started by creator and director Paul Liatsis, along his cousin Bill Liatsis. “About 4 years ago Bill and myself started to convert our garage into a practice space for our family band,” Liatsis tells The Poke Aound. “About 3 years ago we finished the construction and had a full-fledged studio instead of just a practice space.”
After filming some short works that won awards at events like the Coney Island Film Festival and Hoboken Film Festival, they started Bridgeside, and since then have produced video and audio content spanning an array of genres, including comedy, sportscasting, cooking, and much more. And it’s all brainstormed, powered and emceed by a close-knit team of creative individuals.
“Bridgeside live is a multi-camera broadcast,” Liatsis says. “We have three cameramen, a director, a technical director, a stream producer, a graphics engineer, audio engineer, stage manager and stream producer. This show is an indie effort, so the team has learned to be very versatile.”
Bridgeside Live is the name given to the web series which live streams weekly music performances from bands and artists from around the country.”With my background in live production and the advent of live-streaming,” says Liatsis, “I thought we had a unique opportunity to showcase live music in a new and exciting way.”
Episodes from the first two seasons of Bridgeside Live included performances from artists like Space Bacon, Bobby Deitch Band, Figurehead, Lord Electro, Cousin Earth, Shinobi Ninja, and many others. Season two concluded with a one hundredth episode special that featured a performance from The Family Practice, which had Liatsis on drums, his cousin and cofounder Bill on bass, and their cousins Dana “Danger” Athens (Jane Lee Hooker’s frontwoman) on lead vocals, and Ryan “ShwizZ” Liatsis (lead guitarist and namesake for ShwizZ) on guitar.
Stream Bridgeside Live’s one hundredth episode, which includes the full performance of The Family Practice, below.
The kickoff episode on Tuesday at The Brooklyn Bowl should be a welcome return of Bridgeside’s enigmatic and entertaining style of presentation, and also their flair for keeping things feeling in the moment.
“My goal for the look and sound was to keep the purity of a live performance and make it feel as if you were there with lights, fog machine and all,” Liatsis explains. “So if the band misses a note or we mess up a shot, it’s all there. Nothing is edited or faked.”
Tueday’s show comes a month ahead of a planned European tour for Jane Lee Hooker, who will play a series of dates in Switzerland, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Austria starting in April. Shwizz likewise looks ahead to their own promising season of touring, which features shared dates with The Southern Belles and set at Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s 2018 Domefest and then Disc Jam Music Festival.
Be sure to like and tune in to Bridgeside Productions on Youtube and Facebook to catch their season three kick off on Tuesday. And if you like what you see, Liatsis tells us that there’s plenty on the horizon.
“A lot is going on at Bridgeside! Along with the new Bridgeside Live page, there is Bridgeside Sports, Bridgeside Pop, Bridgeside Comedy, Bridgeside Kitchen and the original GoBridgeside page that will now host behind the scenes content. We’re truly a family of creators and it’s always growing. JOIN THE FAMILY!”
Stream Bridgeside Live’s hundredth episode below, and find out more information at https://www.gobridgeside.com/.
Article and Photograph by Miles Hurley