Last night, Soulive continued their “Bowlive” residency with help from young guitar master Marcus King, NOLA royalty George Porter Jr. of The Meters, and Lettuce’s Shady Horns (Eric “Benny” Bloom and Ryan Zoidis) for the penultimate night of the 8-show run at Brooklyn Bowl. Once again, Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, and Alan Evans showed why they are one of the most highly sought-after live acts around, meshing with their guests of the day and delivering a performance that exuded the southern, down-home vibe for which both Porter and King are known. Friday night’s iteration of Soulive felt like a rehearsed, experienced unit–not just a one-off “special guests” lineup–speaking to the truly impressive stage presence, musical ability, and collaborative instinct of each of the talented musicians onstage, from the young King (who had made a surprise appearance with the band the previous night) to the seasoned Porter and everyone in between.
The two-set performance featured an electrifying mix of material from the Soulive catalogue, originals from both The Marcus King Band and The Meters’ repertoire (led by King and Porter, respectively) and a slew of high energy covers. As the horns, the young guitarist, and the legendary bassist rotated onstage, the band played through rousing renditions of “Rita Is Gone” (King), “Ain’t No Use,” “Keep On Knockin’,” “Just Kissed My Baby” (Meters) and more. The segments of each guests’ original music were separated (and emphatically punctuated) by crowd-pleasing covers like the raging King-led performance of the Allman Brothers Band‘s classic jam vehicle “Whipping Post” and the Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree,” which saw Krasno, King, and Porter each take lead vocals for a verse.
You can watch crowd-shot footage of Soulive and Marcus King’s ripping “Whipping Post,” “Ain’t No Use” with George Porter Jr., and King’s “Rita Is Gone” below, via YouTube user sgibson818:
“Ain’t No Use”
“Rita Is Gone”
You can also check out the pair of pro-shot videos shared by Brooklyn Bowl from the show’s nugs.tv webcast:
Set I Opener (“Cannonball”):
Set II Opener (“Pungee”):
Soulive wraps up their 2017 Bowlive residency tonight with help from Nigel Hall (Lettuce), The Shady Horns, and special guest Butcher Brown.
You can view a gallery of photos from the performance below, via photographer Andrew O’Brien.