Hayley Jane and the Primates at Brooklyn Bowl- Brooklyn, NY

Hayley Jane and the Primates


I am so very proud to announce that we are hosting a contest to win signed copies of BOTH albums from Hayley Jane and the Primates!!! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below about your favorite track, favorite live experience seeing them, or a general message of love to the band. Post by 11/15/17 to be entered and a post will be chosen at random! This comes in time to write about the AMAZING show they played, their first headlining, at Brooklyn Bowl. It was particularly exciting as it included a wedding, all-star opening band, and a ridiculously terrific set.

Hayley Jane Contest

Word came down a few months ago that the band would be headlining Brooklyn Bowl for the first time this fall to coincide with the release of their second album We’re Here Now. Such a fitting title because once you see them live, they move into your soul. If it is instead an internal mantra for the band then all the better; keep it up, spread the word, and keep making it more interesting. Needless to say, I bought tickets right away and alerted everyone to do the same. It was also announced that Josh, the bassist, and his fiancé Kristen would be getting married on stage before the show. An opening act consisting of members from Pink Talking Fish, Dopapod, Kung Fu, and more made up the most exciting wedding band you’ve ever heard.

The wedding began under a stealie-emblazoned chuppah with the surprise (to me at least) officiant Peter Shapiro thanking everyone for attending the first public wedding at Brooklyn Bowl. I’ve seen weddings at Gathering Of The Vibes (officiated by Wavy Gravy no less), proposals on stage at Lockn’ (my exes ex actually), and what may have lead to a conception at Wetlands but this was most exciting by far.

The ceremony was quick but managed to include the requisite Dead lyrics and vows. That whole ring exchange thing was added last minute as everyone made way for the Brooklyn Bowl all-star wedding band. Stevie Wonder, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, Allman Brothers, more Stevie Wonder, and some Dead all continued the exciting start to the night. We danced and danced while I tried to convince myself to save some energy for later. So glad I did. Click to see this purple masterpiece!:

Hayley Jane Panorama


You’ve heard me go off on Hayley Jane and the Primates a few times this year and so I can save you some repetition but I can’t say enough times just how much fun the show is. The new album has a bunch of tracks that we’ve heard live for a while and some exciting new ones that cover numerous vibes from calypso to Talking Heads (they’re a genre right? Fela Kuti + David Bowie right?). The benefit of the album is the wonderful production quality. Typically I avoid studio albums for bands that tour this much because the jams (and in this case, the dancing) is unique each time and the albums feel static, cold, and empty (with no audience). This is a great exception to that because we get the fully realized version that was in the band’s head. This makes future shows even more exciting.

One last item worth mentioning was the announcement of a Halloween show where they will be billed as Jenny and the Gumps. They will be playing selections from the Forest Gump soundtrack. First off, amazing idea. Secondly, they are a great band for this. One of the last shows I saw last year was them playing a David Bowie set at B.B. Kings and it was incredible.

Please watch the full show (with the all-star opener!) and leave a comment below to win a pair of autographed albums!


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Comments (14)

  • Dancing Queen 2 years ago Reply

    You are so awesome for doing this Aaron!!

  • Trey Gordon 2 years ago Reply

    I saw Haley Jane and the Primates opening for Kung Fu last year and was pretty amazed by their energy. My favorite song has to be that one that goes, “Apple core, Baltimore”… not sure what it’s called.

    aemandee 2 years ago Reply


    That song is called Cosmic Katrina and it is the 2nd track on the new album. I love that one too 🙂

    Tyler Nimeskern 2 years ago Reply

    Your band is phenomenal and I have yet to see you live! If I win these autographed cds then I can learn all the lyrics to both albums and sing along word for word when I see you! Keep up the great work!

  • Melissa 2 years ago Reply

    Amazing woman, amazing dancers, amazing band – thanks for putting them on my radar Aaron! Truly was captivated the first time I saw them. SO bummed I missed the show at Brooklyn Bowl, glad to hear it was such a good time!

  • Sylvia Belle 2 years ago Reply

    I love the band

  • Murph Shea 2 years ago Reply

    My son and I watched them open the Gathering of the Vibes the year they won the fan contest! The performance was exceptional and put them on my radar, and many others! Such energy and passion for Haley Jane!

  • Steve 2 years ago Reply

    I left comments on their social media immediately after catching them at Peach this year. Best decision of the weekend was saying hell no to Bonamassa and PUHLEASE MORE to Hayley and the primates. Most refreshing band to hit the scene in a while

  • Stacie Humphrey 2 years ago Reply

    This is awesome! I would love to win this!

  • Charice 2 years ago Reply

    I love you guys, thank you so much for the offer!

  • I must have seen them…or at least heard them @ Vibes. Looking forward to giving them more of a listen! 💜

  • Giles Page 2 years ago Reply

    Love Hurricane Jane. With all the hurricanes we have had in the last couple of years I think this needs to be on my playlist for those days with no electricity

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  • Jacquelyn w 2 years ago Reply

    Haley Jane and the primates have that energy!!! I love seeing them at festivals 💃 I also thought the Jenny and the Gump shows we’re a genius idea!!!! I definitely missed out on that Brooklyn bowl show !!! Rock on!! Xx
    PS I can already see myself jamming out to the CDs!!

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