Somewhere between stand-up and musicianship you find Princess. The comedic child of Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum, Princess is a cover band that pays homage to Prince. The duo, backed by a five-piece band that resembled a half-dressed Village People, played their second night at Brooklyn Bowl Saturday.
The show opened with Rudolph, in a purple lamé trench coat, and Lieberum, in all black and an officer’s hat, assuming the Superman pose and delivering their introduction. It’s quite rare to hear the opening words “dearly beloved” at any event besides a wedding. But it was true- we were all “gathered here today to celebrate the music of one Prince Rodgers.”
The group quickly launched into some funk and “Let’s Go Crazy.” Rudolph and Lieberum immediately got the crowd going with their choreographed moves and hair flips. More incredible than their moves, were their voices. They performed “Nasty Girl,” “Darling Nikki,” “Erotic City” and “Little Corvette” and in between each song Lieberum reiterated “we’re gonna play another funky song about sex.”
The duo’s rendition of “Purple Rain” was deeply heartfelt, but it did not beat out their performance of “The Beautiful Ones.” Rudolph and Lieberum flashed their bras and then fell to their knees while screaming “One thing, one thing’s for certain baby/ I know what I want…I want you.” If you ever have the opportunity to catch them live, go. Princess lists their upcoming shows here.
Article: Alx Bear