On Saturday night, Soulive completed their six-night Bowlive residency at Brooklyn Bowl with a special “Family Night” performance featuring help from a number of familiar guests.
After kicking things off with “Revolution”, “Bubble”, and “Spark”, the core Soulive trio—comprised of keyboardist Neal Evans, drummer Alan Evans, and guitarist Eric Krasno—welcomed up saxophonist and former band member and longtime collaborator Sam Kininger to augment a rendition of Doin’ Something track “Hurry Up.. and Wait”. “Rudy’s Way” and “Liquid” followed before the quartet beefed up their horn section with the addition of trombonist Brian Thomas for a set-closing “Tuesday Night Squad”.
When the trio returned for set two, they were joined by guitarist Danny Mayer, the current Star Kitchen guitarist who played alongside Krasno in his short-lived Eric Krasno Band. With the added second axe at their disposal, Soulive worked through “Curse Lifter” and a particular searing rendition of their arrangement of Jimi Hendrix classic, “Manic Depression”.
From there, Alan Evans welcomed the three-piece horn section of Kininger, Thomas, and saxophonist James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) to join in with the Mayer-supplemented quartet for a funky run through “Backwards Jack”. Mayer exited the stage for renditions of “Up Right” and “Hat Trick”, which gave each member of the guest horn section a chance to shine with a solo.
While Bowlive is beloved for its consistent bevy of guests, it was the band’s core members who shined the brightest in the brilliant “PJ’s” that followed as Krasno took the Brooklyn Bowl crowd on an extended, jaw-dropping guitar odyssey while Neal and Alan built a lush sonic foundation underneath him. The horns added some sparse accompaniment but were a mere afterthought on this one, as Krasno and the Evans brothers affirmed one last time why they’re the baddest house band around. Finally, the band fired off one last “Cannonball” before welcoming Mayer and the full three-piece horn section back to the stage for a “Flurries” encore.
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And that’s a wrap!!! Bowlive 8 was an absolutely amazing experience. Thanks to all of our amazing guests, our manager Kim Evans, Pete Shapiro, Charley Ryan, the entire crew at Brooklyn Bowl, Charley Robinson, Joshua Knight and everyone who came out to see us. You all made this a huge success and we couldn’t have done it without you all. We will see you all soon!!! . Photo credit: @capacityimages 7/20/19 . #williamsburg #brooklyn #bowlive #soulive #brooklynbowl #newyorkcity #newyork #discoball #funk #jazz #nyc #bowliveviii
Setlist: Soulive | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 7/20/19
Set One: Revolution, Bubble, Spark, Hurry Up… and Wait^, Rudy’s Way^, Liquid^, Tuesday Night Squad^%
Set Two: Curse Lifter*, Manic Depression*, Backwards Jack*^%, Up Right^%, Hat Trick^%, PJ’s^%, Cannonball^%
^with Sam Kinninger (sax)
*with Danny Mayer (guitar)
%with James Casey (sax) and Brian Thomas (trombone)