Football Season at the Bowl

September 12th, 2013

// FOOTBALL SEASON AT BROOKLYN BOWL //

NFL and college football seasons are upon us and if there’s anything we know for sure, it’s this:

Football + Huge HD screens + Beer + Fried chicken = BEST WEEKEND EVER!

Come try it yourself and don’t leave home without an appetite and more importantly, your game face.

Note: Check our weekly Twitter updates @brooklynbowl for games we’re playing and how we’ll be screening them.

Win Tix to “At Fest” Premiere + Performance by HogMaw

July 23rd, 2013

// WIN 2 TICKETS TO “AT FEST” PREMIERE + PERFORMANCE BY HOGMAW //

Mon, Aug 12 :: Buy Tickets

We loved Monday Movie Nights as kids and this summer, we’re taking Monday Funday to a whole ‘nother level: live music, beer, top-notch food, bowling and a NYC Movie Premiere!

‘At Fest’ is the “best folk music movie of the year,” and we’re hosting the first ever public screening right here on our stage — you won’t wanna miss this.

This indie documentary chronicles the stories of bands and people at one of the longest-running and largest music festivals in America, the Philadelphia Folk Festival.  After the movie, HogMaw will leap their way off screen — almost literally — and deliver “Thundergrass” live on our stage.

Want a shot at attending this live show and NY Premiere for free? Here’s how.

TO ENTER:

1. Visit us on Facebook or Twitter
2. Tell us what folk artist you wish would come to the Bowl. Be sure to use hashtag #BBLovesFolk

Two winners will be announced Friday, August 9th.

Check out a preview of the film featuring HogMaw below:

Win Tickets to God Street Wine

July 23rd, 2013

// WIN 2 TICKETS TO GOD STREET WINE //

Thurs, Aug 1 :: Buy Tickets
Fri, Aug 2 :: Buy Tickets

If we had a time machine, we’d take it back to the early 90s and go jam out with God Street Wine at the Wetlands. Unfortunately, this is not possible (as far as we know), but we present you with an alternative: catch the iconic jam-rock pioneers come back together for not one, but two rare performances on 8/1 and 8/2.

Wanna win? Tell us what your (fake) jam band would be called. Make it as silly and ridiculous as you wish!

TO ENTER:

1. Visit us on Facebook or Twitter
2. Tell us your silliest fake jam band name! Use hashtag #FakeJamBandsBB to be entered.

Sunday Night Bowling Special

November 15th, 2012

// SUNDAY NIGHT

BOWLING SPECIAL //

Sundays at the Bowl pretty much rock. With football on the screens, a brew in your hand, and oyster egg shooters at your side, Sunday feels a hell of a lot brighter.

From now on, we’re offering a Sunday bowling special to make it that much sweeter. Want 50% off your lane? Mention “Sunday Bowling Special” at the shoe desk, and get 50% off any lane starting after 8:00PM.

Sunday funday for sure.

THANK YOU FOR SEARCHING FOR US!

December 27th, 2011

The 2011 top NYC Google searches prove that New Yorkers have certain basic needs… you know, like the MTA for transportation, Con Edison to pay your electricity bills, reminders on how to duck and cover in the face of hurricane Irene, and of course music, bowling, and fried chicken!

Thank you for searching for us, we’re thrilled to be your keyword.

Happy New Year from Brooklyn Bowl

WIN TIX WITH INSTAGRAM!

June 14th, 2011

// TAKE INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

AT BROOKLYN BOWL

& ENTER TO WIN FREE TICKETS! //

Calling all tech savants and photo lovers alike! It’s time for you to put your powers to the test and win big.

All of us at BB have fallen head over heels for Instagram, a free app that lets you take the slickest, freshest, silkiest photos you’ve never seen from an iPhone. We’re ‘grammin, you’re ‘grammin, we’re all just one big happy gram fam. So we’re gonna throw some free stuff your way, ’cause that’s what family does.

From now on, when you take Instagram photos at Brooklyn Bowl (be it of your bowling shoes, Blue Ribbon fried chicken, or your best electric slide) and tag them with #brooklynbowl, you’ll be entered to win 2 FREE TICKETS to any upcoming show of your choice.* Whether you’re a Hefe-lover or you swear by Lord Kelvin, we wanna see your most flavorful filters.

May the best gram win.

*Best photo wins. Includes all non-sold out shows.

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// BRUNCH INSTAGRAM CONTEST //

#BBrunch

In case you haven’t heard, we now serve BRUNCH at the Bowl, specially crafted by the masters at Blue Ribbon. And (surprise, surprise), it rocks. We’ve got it all: Bloody Marys, Challah French Toast, even a very special item that we like to call “The Jim Morrison,” which consists of Fried Chicken and a big ole’ pancake. Hello, heaven.

As good as brunch looks, we think it looks better on Instagram. So we’re giving away 2 free tickets to the best Brunch Instagrams each week. Just follow the steps below, and be on your way. Happy brunching!

1. Order brunch.

2. Snap a ‘gram.

3. Tag it #BBrunch.

4. Be entered to win 2 free tickets to any show at the Bowl.

Announcement from Brooklyn Bowl

October 24th, 2014

 

As confirmed by New York City’s health commissioner, Dr. Spencer visited another bowling alley and not Brooklyn Bowl.

Our prayers and best wishes are with our neighbors.

7 Secret Meanings Behind Gestures in Rap Videos

August 18th, 2014

Ever wonder what all those hand, head, and body movements mean in rap videos?  Hieroglyphics want everyone to have a good time at their Brooklyn Bowl show on August 21st, so they’ve have decided to impart upon us the secrets meaning behind some of the movements rappers’ make on stage.

1. This should go without saying, but those of you not scrubbing your hands after a trip to the loo–you nasty. 

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2. The only way to win in the rap game is staying focused on what you want.

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3. Sometimes things don’t work out. A Bachelors in engineering won’t fix your blown ACL, but you won’t be bagging groceries.

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4. Don’t be that person, superstar. Real winners owe their success to someone–even if it’s just your mom

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5. The grind is a lot easier when you can work with people–ever see a fat lone wolf?

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6. For real, texting and driving  is dangerous. Do you really want your last words on Earth to be, “She said what?”

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7. Shaggy is a great musician, not a life coach. Do not try this at home–recognize this gesture.

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So… this last one is on you. But if you can figure out what it means, comment on Brooklyn Bowl’s Facebook or Twitter posts linking to this article with the hashtag #HIERObkbwl. The best answer received before Wednesday, August 20 will win two free tickets to their show.

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HIEROGLYPHICS
Feat: Del The Funky Homosapien, Souls of Mischief (Aplus, Opio, Phesto, Tajai), Casual, Pep Love, and Domino

THU, AUGUST 21, 2014
DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM
$20.00
TICKETS

THIS EVENT IS 21 AND OVER

11 Best Faces You Can Make While Playing the Trumpet

August 7th, 2014

You may know these famous trumpet players faces, but did you know their faces while playing the trumpet have names? Before their show at Brooklyn Bowl on August 15, the Soul Rebels decided to list the best faces one can make while tooting your own horn.

1. The Dizzy Gillespie, “Storing Notes for the Winter”dizzy

2. The Miles Davis, “I Slept with Your Girl But You’re Oddly Cool with It”miles

3. The Louis Armstrong, “Oh Lord, I Forgot My Wife’s Birthday”louie

4. The Freddie Hubbard, “Getting All Up In That Brass”freddie02

5. The Arturo Sandoval, “That Sound May Have Not Come From the Trumpet”arturo

6. The Kermit Ruffins, “It’s Pimpin’ Pimpin”kermit

7. The Derrick Shezbie, “DIzzy Doppleganger”derrick

8. The Roy Hargrove, “Temperature and Panties Dropper”roy

9. The Wynton, “C-Major Suite”wyton

10. The Trombone Shorty, “Young Double Guns”tromboneshorty

11. The Marcus Hubbard and Julian Gosin, “Dueling Dope Dulcet Tones”marcusjullian

 

Okayplayer Presents:
THE SOUL REBELS
Feat. Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Jean Grae, Skyzoo & Torae + Surprise Guest, Subset

FRI, AUGUST 15, 2014
DOORS: 6:00 PM / SHOW: 8:00 PM
$15.00

TICKETS

THIS EVENT IS 21 AND OVER

Bowlive V: Night VIII ~ Soulive w/ WOLF! feat. Scott Metzger, Bill Evans, Saunders Sermons, Mark Rivers, The London Souls, Sonya Kitchell and Wyllys @ Brooklyn Bowl (03.22.14)

March 31st, 2014

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Bowlive, Soulive‘s annual musical residency at the Brooklyn Bowl, has reached the conclusion of its fifth year. Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans started Bowlive V with a bang on Thursday, March 6, 2014, and continued to remain on top of their game for the remainder of the run. A musical residency is not an easy task to accomplish. A few years before Bowlive I, Peter Shapiro, the owner of the Brooklyn Bowl, approached Eric Krasno with the idea of holding a musical residency at some new bowling alley/music venue he was opening. At that time, Krasno didn’t see the same vision that Shapiro saw. A residency at a Bowling alley? Yet, here we are; five years later, 50 Bowlive shows deep, with another year to look forward to. Absolutely incredible. A massive congratulations is in order for these three geniuses for such an accomplishment and a massive thank you to Peter Shapiro for producing such a vision.

“When you see something and you don’t know how it’s done, that is what dreams are made of, that is what art is, and that is what inspires someone to be an artist. I can only imagine how many people were inspired by these performances.” -K.D.

“I think night 8 was a perfect encapsulation of Bowlive! Guests nonchalantly coming and going from the stage to sit in, playing a mix of classic Soulive tunes and covers. Like I said after Night 1, Brooklyln Bowl is just 100% Soulive’s home turf and I feel like this run encapsulated it more than anything–many of the shows felt relaxed…Sometimes feeling more like jam sessions with their friends than organized concerts, and I can’t get enough. I always joke that Bowlive is Funk Camp–and despite the hearing loss, and very tired legs, I freaking miss Funk Camp. Bowlive for life! “~ B.M.

Bowlive V Logo

Bowlive V Logo

Covering eight sensational nights over the last two weeks, the members of Soulive, with the help of The Shady Horns, delivered a wide array of new musical partnerships and memories built on trust and appreciation of one another. Many times the audience gets to experience the return of Bowlive alum and they are often lucky enough to see debut artists who begin what eventually turns into a longer relationship with the jazz/organ trio. Bowlive V did everything above and more with the help of over 35 amazingly talented guests.

2014 Bowlive V Guest List (alphabetized)

Adam ‘Shmeeans’ Smirnoff (guitarist)
Beau Sasser (organ)
Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer (11 year old guitar)
Bill Evans (tenor & Soprano saxophone)
Chris St. Hiliaire (drums/vocals)
Danny Mayer (guitar)
DJ Logic (turntabalist)
DMC (of Run DMC) (rapper)
Eddie Roberts (guitarist)
Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom (trumpet)
Felix Pastorius (bass)
George Porter Jr. (bassist)
James Casey (tenor saxophone/percussion)
Joe Russo (drums)
John Scofield (guitar)
Jon Cleary (keyboards)
Jon Shaw (bass)
Kofi Burbridge (flute/piano)
Marco Benevento (piano)
Mark Rivers (vocalist)
Maurice Brown (trumpet)
Nicki Bluhm (vocalist)
Nigel Hall (vocalist/keys)
Oteil Burbridge Bass)
Questlove (drummer/DJ)
Roosevelt Collier (pedal-steel guitar)
Ryan Zoidis (alto & tenor saxophone)
Saunders Sermons (trombone/vocals)
Scott Metzger (guitar)
Sonya Kitchell (vocals/guitar)
Stu Mahan (bass)
Susan Tedeschi (vocals/guitar)
Talib Kewli (rapper)
Tash Neal (guitar/vocals)
Taylor Floreth (drums)
Warren Haynes (guitarist)
Wyllys (turntabalist)

Special guests saxophonist Bill Evans, trombonist and vocalist Saunders Sermons, vocalist Mark Rivers and Sonya Kitchell, and acclaimed trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown were on call tonight for a non-stop jam session of epic proportions. It was all about the music tonight, as it is every night. The featured artists came and went from the stage as they pleased. The energy never once seemed to diffuse as the music was so crisp and tight and the friendships and relationships between the artists on stage with Soulive were completely evident. Enjoy the review…

WOLF! featuring Scott Metzger

Scott Metzger: Photo by Mark Dershowitz

Scott Metzger: Photo by Mark Dershowitz

For the final night of Bowlive V, WOLF! featuring Scott Metzger opened to an eager audience. WOLF! is a very young band, not in age but in performance mileage, having formed in 2011 with a philosophy of “Time. Tone. Taste. Touch.” The instrumental trio consists of seasoned guitarist Scott Metzger, bassist Jon Shaw, and drummer Taylor Floreth. The guitar playing talent of Metzger was undeniable as he shredded through one jamming rock tune with using a drumstick on the frets, into a finger-picking, foot-stomping song, right on into a psychedelic demolition on stage with the help of Shaw and Floreth. Shaw and Floreth support Metzger equally and match his fierceness, creating a vibrant sound that filled the Brooklyn Bowl. It is wonderful when a trio can fill the space as it is not an easy task. There was even audience participation as Metzger asked the audience if they preferred him to play a “fast or slow song.” The audience preferred fast! The members of WOLF! can be found performing frequently on the New York City music scene and you should check them out any time you can.

“Metzger’s country fried telecaster, finger pickin good!” ~ C.Z.

Set I
Bubble
Uncle Jr.
Backwards Jack
Brother Soul
Cannonball
Nubian Lady
Povo

The first set really gave the audience an idea of how the night would play out. Aside from the first instrumental tune, “Bubble,” played solely by Soulive, every other tune had a guest performing alongside our favorite jazz trio. The Shady Horns, comprised of James Casey and Ryan Zoidis on saxophone and Eric Bloom on trumpet, were brought out on “Uncle Jr.” and continued through “Backwards Jack.” Both horn-heavy songs demonstrated the proficiency and technique of each horn player. Bloom’s mastery of the trumpet has changed dramatically since he began playing with Pretty Lights. His new found knowledge with the effect boards has been exposed throughout the entire Bowlive run. The moxie of James Casey dripped off the stage as he bounced between blowing his saxophone and raging the congas. Finally, Ryan Zoidis, the original founding member of The Shady Horns, continually brought the heat with extended technical solos proving that he is worthy of leadership.

“The Shady Horns added breadth to the solos and depth to the already monstrous sound. Nealzilla is relentless on the clav, while brother Alan drove the grooves and Kraz conjuring fantastic ideas in the eye of the storm.” ~ C.Z.

“They put the acid in acid jazz.” ~ W.S.

Guitarist Scott Metzger, who had just finished his opening set, jumped back on stage for a playful “Brother Soul,” with him and Krasno trading guitar licks. According to JamBase, in 2002, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, told Metzger that his guitar playing is “Frightening! I swear you play so much guitar it scares me!” That pretty much sums him up. If you were to open up Metzger’s veins, blood wouldn’t pour out, musical notes would.

Bill Evans courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Bill Evans courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Special announced guest, saxophonist Bill Evans, joined the stage for the remainder of the set. Evans played the tenor saxophone on Soulive‘s original tune, “Cannonball” and he exemplified a snake charmer with his soprano saxophone on the Dr. Yusef Lateef cover, “Nubian Lady.” “Povo,” a tune off the latest collaborative album, Spark!, between Soulive and Karl Denson, ended the set. Spark! is a tribute to the late Melvin Sparks, an American soul and jazz guitarist who passed away in 2001. Everyone who understands the history of a horn looked up to this musician and still does even postmortem. It was also on “POVO” that the first unannounced surprise guest, Grammy winning trumpet virtuoso Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, came out. As the timbres of horns played around the stage, the audience reacted in kind, hooting and hollering enthusiastic praise.

“Bowlive.. Just what the doctor ordered. These guys never fail to bring it. Their continuous gelling with so many different artists shows that they are some of the highest level of talent out there. As a long time fan of Soulive, I can truly say that every show gets better & better. So thankful to them & the Brooklyn Bowl for bringing us all together.” – J.B.

Wyllys

During the set breaks, turntabalist Wyllys, whose real name is Wade Wilby, spun records of all styles to keep the energy up. The last thing anyone wanted on the last night of Bowlive, on this raging Saturday night, was to have the energy drop. Wyllys is a Bowlive Alum from Bowlive IV and has also hosted Bowlive After-Parties in past years.

Beginning as the Lighting Crew Chief for Umphrey’s McGee, Wyllys eventually made his name in the DJ and Jam Band community for his elevating demeanor while spinning. Every impression the audience gets from Wyllys is that he is doing something fabulous and fun. He always looks like he is having such a wonderful time, dancing and just power grooving to his own set along with the audience. The choices he pulls out are based solely on the reflection of energy he feels from the crowd he is playing to. His in-the-moment choices can range from pop to funk to disco and just like last year, he was the last musician standing as he spun a set after Soulive completed their run. But it’s not over yet….on to Set II.

Set II
El Ron
Tuesday Night Squad
Maybe Grandma’s Hands
When I’m Kissing My Love
Inner City Blues

Finally, notwithstanding the encore, the last set of Bowlive V was upon us. Wyllys had kept the vibe up and the high expectations from the audience members were now directed towards the stage. Soulive had to bring the jazzy, funky ferocity that would leave a lasting impression in the minds of Bowlive addicts. The trio came out on a blazing “El Ron,” one of their most powerful opening songs and one that allows Eric Krasno to manifest monstrous solos. “Tuesday Night Squad” might be a horn-heavy tune but the rhythm of the piano is crushing. The range of Neal Evan‘s ability is endless. Musical ideas are literally at his fingertips and his excitement is contagious. That being said, it was Ryan Zoidis‘s alto saxophone solo that stole this song away from the rest of the band members on stage.

“Neal Evans might be one of the Great Americans, like up there with the guy who founded the Red Cross or Buzz Aldrin” ~ E.M.

“You could drop Krasno into any indigenous people’s music circle, anywhere in the undiscovered world, and he’d be able to play.” – E.M.

The beautiful Sonya Kitchell was back for a second night and was invited on stage for “Grandma’s Hand’s,” a widely influential Bill Withers tune he wrote about his own grandmother. Kitchell wore a slinky black dress, which was quite a change from her all-white, layered ensemble from the previous night. This change of vibe was enjoyable because the audience was being shown a different side of Kitchell. Her style of singing did not bring the funk last night and now, she was crushing the audience with her soul. During this tune, trombonist and vocalist Saunders Sermons assisted on the harmony, while falling in line with The Shady Horns. Special unannounced guest vocalist Mark Rivers (Tedeschi/Trucks Band) was front and center for Marvin Gaye‘s emotional tune “Inner City Blues.” This portion of the set really gave vocalists time to pull out all the stops. Scatting is improvised vocalization that does not contain lyrics and Rivers proceeded to dominate the audience with a lengthy, incredibly difficult and perfectly pitched scat session that lasted a good six minutes.

Mark Rivers scatting solo was absolutely stunning. Right now, Esperanza Spaulding is the only young artist who I have felt can hold her own on every note when she attempts this style of vocal improvisation. Ella Fitzgerald made the style famous in my house when I heard my father playing her music. What Rivers accomplished on that stage was nothing short of a male reincarnation of Fitzgerald. Happy to add Mark Rivers to my list of phenomenal scatters. It is so difficult and he made it look effortless.” ~ K.D.

Special guest for the evening, Bill Evans, joined the stage for “When I’m Kissing My Love,” another Bill Withers‘ cover. The stage was now filled with an entirely different horn section. The Shady Horns were now replaced by Saunders Sermons on trombone, Bill Evans on saxophone and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown on trumpet. Mark Rivers was on percussion. All four now backed Soulive for the remainder of the set. Saunders Sermons brought his trombone to the microphone and delivered the second extemporized vocal scatting solo with some trombone blasts accented throughout. It is moments like these that continually define the meaning of what BOWLIVE tries to portray; the sharing of each others talents, putting other artists on the pedestal and in the spotlight. Sonya Kitchell could be seen in line with the horns breaking down the dance moves as she sang along. Let’s not forget the dynamic Evans Brothers duo holding down the rhythm section.

“On the final night, Zoidis kicked the horns in with a blistering alto run that brought the crowd to a frenzy. Later, Benny Bloom brought the chill factor with the hauntingly electronic trumpet solo. Solid tenor solos by James Casey complemented the more eccentric playing of Bill Evans. Maurice Brown silenced the crowd as his sublime trumpet evolved from the primordial to a force that brought Soulive, and the crowd, back in hard. Saunders Sermons added crisp, soulful vocals while the crowd got a bit closer to each other, sexy time at Bowlive.” ~ C.Z.

“Almost shit myself when that cat picked up the trombone!” ~ E.M. referring to Saunders Sermon

At the end of the set, Krasno announced that it was Saunders Sermons‘ birthday and then followed up by letting us know that at midnight, it would also be Alan Evans‘s birthday. A lovely moment was shared between the musicians on stage and the participants on the dance floor. We all sang “Happy Birthday” to Alan as the Brooklyn Bowl staff brought out a birthday cake with candles for him to blow out. What a way to celebrate! Alan had his best friends, fans who adore him and a venue full of people who praised him. But it still wasn’t over.

Encore – 1:30am
The London Souls
Down By The River
Feelin’ Alright
(Another Song)

Ryan Zoidis Fan Club TeeShirt Print Courtesy of Chris Zegers

Ryan Zoidis Fan Club TeeShirt Print Courtesy of Chris Zegers

The guests kept on coming when the members of The London Souls came out for the encore. A few nights earlier, Soulive and The London Souls combined on stage for a raging LondonSoulive set. It was one of the most aggressive, rock-n-roll sets of the run. The audience wasn’t sure if this set had been scheduled all along or if this was a last minute decision based on the success of the LondonSoulive night, but here they were again to close out one of the greatest residencies New York City music lovers will see all year. The Shady Horns joined the guest horns, Alan Evans moved to guitar and vocals while Chris St. Hiliare took over the drum kit and Stu Mahan was back filling in the rhythm on his bass. Eric Krasno and Tash Neal matched each others energy, absolutely melting the faces of the audience with their alternating musical antics. When the Neil Young tune, “Down By The River,” was played, the crowd went wild. The audience, especially the men, were singing along, many at the top of their lungs. This song was an excellent choice for the rocking musicians on stage. Traffic‘s “Feelin’ Alright” kept the power pumping as the solos and individual performances of the musicians on stage just rolled out one by one. The audience continued to sing along on these vintage tunes before going into another “Happy Birthday” for Alan Evans, this time sung by his brothers Neal. It was pure BOWLOVE, yall!

“The greatest musicians in the business are masters of their craft but are humble about it at the same time. I think that is what shines most throughout Bowlive. And never did it shine brighter than when Al Evans gave up his kit to Chris St. Hilarie and the London Souls were brought onstage to close out Bowlive 5. ~ K.G.

Conclusion

That’s a wrap folks! The fifth year of Bowlive is over. I won’t wax poetic about everything I have already covered in the previous wrap-ups but I will leave you with these final thoughts. Bowlive is the ultimate musical residency! It creates opportunities for Soulive to invite all manners of artists on stage for a time and takes them away from their normal environment and obligations. It provides a time of reflection and remembrance for the audience members and a time of presentation, research, and production for the band, musical guests, back line crew, writers and photographers. It also allows each individual artist to explore his or her talent within another musical community; meeting new people, performing and creating new material, and experiencing life in a new location. This residency emphasizes the importance of meaningful and multi-layered musical collaborations and in the end, we are all artists, playing a role in this thing called Bowlive.

“Every year I make too many friends, too many memories, and have way too much fun at Bowlive. Somehow Soulive continually manages to bring out the best people (musicians and fans alike) for two weeks of genre defying sets, all under the amazing intimate roof of the Brooklyn Bowl.” ~ N.G.

“Eric Krasno said the nicest thing last night and called us all family.” ~ A.S.

“The sheer power of Soulive that was on display at the Brooklyn Bowl was an honor to witness. Like a fine wine they get better with age, Soulive kept us dancing and smiling for eight nights!!! I can’t wait for Bowlive Six!” ~ L.H.

“Wow, two days in a row of live music and my soul feels like it’s been on a mini vacation. However, my body is aching from the Funk of Bowlive V.” ~ H.H.

Thank you Peter Shapiro for your brilliant ideas and to the ever appreciative Brooklyn Bowl staff for always taking care of this Tiny Rager and all my Soulive-loving friends, who so graciously provided the quotes for the articles. Thank you so much to Hilary Gleason and Tory Pittarelli of the The Mischief Collective for covering Night 6 for this weary writer who needed a much needed night of relaxation with her family. Thank you to all the folks who donated media like photographers Mark Dershowitz (Headyshots), Greg Horowitz (Creative Solutions Music Promotions), Marc Millman (Marc Millman Photography), Andrew Blackstein (ASB Photography), and Scott Harris (LanguageStrange Photography). Thank you to all who took videos and posted them on Youtube. A giant thanks to the music tapers, who make it possible for everyone else in the world to experience the soundtrack from the best musical run EVER! Finally, thank you to the talented members of Soulive for your never ending energy and love that you poured over us the past eight nights. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Until next year….

To read the previous seven night Reviews, click on the links below:

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List of Special Guests and Openers

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 – Special Guests: NIGEL HALL, EDDIE ROBERTS, more TBA

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. and SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special #LONDONSOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 – Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener and Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY, MARCH 19 – Special Guests: JOE RUSSO and SUSAN TEDESCHI
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 – Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 – Special Guests: MARCO BENEVENTO, ROOSEVELT COLLIER, OTEIL and KOFI BURBRIDGE, FELIX PASTORIUS, and BRANDON NIEDERAUER
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 – Special Guest: BILL EVANS,
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Written by, Tinyrager.com

Bowlive V: Night VII – Soulive w/ Marco Benevento, Sonya Kitchell, Roosevelt Collier, Felix Pastorius, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, and Brandon Niederauer @ The Brooklyn Bowl (03.21.14)

March 28th, 2014

Sonya Kitchell Set
Hurricane
Dust
Broken Heart
Follow Me In
Catapult
Mexico
Family
This Feeling
At First

The night started off on a more mellow vibe than the previous night openers. Bowlive V has produced rocking sets by The London Souls and Leroy Justice and the wonderful, jazzy Alan Evans Trio but now it was time for a chick flick of musical sorts.

Sonya Kitchell made her Bowlive debut with Jesske Hume on bass, Nate Wood on guitar and the amazing Neal Evans on drums and keyboards. Neal Evans on drums, you say? Yes, Drums! When Neal is not playing with Lettuce or Soulive, he holds down the drums for Sonya Kitchell.

“I had a blast rocking the drums last night. Drums were actually my first instrument” ~ Neal Evans

Both Soulive and Sonya Kitchell were signed under Velour Music Group for a while but both have since graduated to new management. This explains their affiliation but there was a larger reason behind choosing Kitchell to open for the last night of Bowlive. Kitchell’s musical resume is filled with gems but she is most noted for touring with Herbie Hancock in 2008 after she helped him on his record River: The Joni Letters.

This set was was a defining characteristic of Bowlive. Was it what everyone wanted? I don’t think so. Was it it as jamming as it could have been for a Friday night opener? Not really. However, Soulive enjoys changing up the game, introducing us to their favorite artists, mixing up the genres and giving exposure to the music world in whatever way they can. And please, do not get me wrong, Sonya Kitchell is a beautiful songstress and writer. I remember hearing Kitchell on Pandora about seven years ago singing “Let Me Go,” off her Words Came Back To Me music album which was released on my 26th birthday. I bought it the next day. However, I am a lyric-loving female and the audience was filling up with dude after dude.

Kitchell’s band, was dressed all in white, definitely an artistic expression. White, almost as pure as her sweet, hopeful voice. Her set consisted completely of new tunes, some off the new, yet-to-be-released album, some even newer and some not recorded yet. There was a nice treat when Marco Benevento came out and played piano for her tune, “Family,” a beautiful melodic tune. “This Feeling” was truly felt with Sonya Kitchell’s effervescent vocals, Marco’s twinkling keys and Alan Evan’s drumming.

Overall, Sonya Kitchell is a silent but deadly rager. A little grungy, a little edgy, a lot of sex appeal and her high registry and ethereal voice is captivating. She is soft, yet very hard and today, she continues to impress the underground music community stretching those high notes and flipping between genres with every song.

Set I
Shaheed
Swamp
Brother Soul
Reverb
Aladdin
3rd Stone From The Sun –> Lenny
Manic Depression
Stratus

The intensely dedicated members of Soulive, Alan Evans, Neal Evans and Eric Krasno, stomped out an audience favorite, “Shaheed,” to open the first set. It was Friday night at the Brooklyn Bowl and if anyone knew what that meant, it was this trio. They brought the fire. The “Swamp” brought out the Shady Horns and there was just some gnarly, funky, connected vibing happening on stage. It got so deep that Alan Evans, for the second time this week, broke his snare drum.

“No Snare drum can contain Alan Evans.” ~ G.F

“Brother Soul” showcased saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, who got a jumping ovation because everyone was already standing and as his solo peaked the crowd could be seen jumping in rhythm to his playing. This was a “GROOVER,” as John Scofield would say. Light Technician Victor Cornette supported the music wonderfully with his light work, uplifting the audience that much more. Next on deck was “Reverb” into “Aladdin.” Sonya Kitchell was on vocals in line with the Shady Horns while Neal musically defined the namesake of the song.

“Reverb is created when a sound is produced in an enclosed space causing a large number of echoes to build up and then slowly decay as the sound is absorbed by the walls and air” ~ Dictionary.com

Jimi Hendrix’s “3rd Stone from the Sun” and Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Lenny” was next and The Shady Horns exited the stage. This is always an epic pairing of tunes but when you add in a child guitar prodigy, who only turned 11 last week, things get nuts. The amazing Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer made a big name for himself on Jam Cruise this year. Here it was now that this virtuoso guitar player I had heard so much about was going to show off his skills next to one of the best guitarists in the world.

“Everyone pulled out the Fire for night 7. Taz. Wow. Alan and Neal said it perfectly. Music starts in schools and our support needs to go there. Taz is a prime example of pure unadulterated raw talent. Was really humbling to hear him play and shed his soul on all of us. Can’t wait to say “I heard him play when he was 11″ to my kids one day.” ~ A.L.

“My friend Dan said about Taz – “he’s not just playing he is feeling it. He’s just got it” ~ K.G.

“The crowd on the back half of the dance floor all turned to the screen to watch when Taz started playing!” – R. L.

When they broke into Hendrix’s “Manic Depression,” it was slow going but then Taz just took it away. Krasno gestured to the sound guy to turn Taz’s sound up. Measure after measure, Taz just built and built upon himself, delivering his solo so intensely, yet wearing such a stoic expression. Not even a little smile. Totally in his head. Everyone’s jaws were on the ground and there were moments when the audience was just screaming in shock and awe. Taz sounds and acts like a seasoned veteran of the stage and watching him grow up musically is going to be a wonderful experience so keep your eyes peeled.

“This is why we need instruments in school y’all.” ~ Alan Evans passionately spoke into the microphone.

Alan Evans called out for “Felix” and shouts, “Where’s Marco?” The unannounced bassist Felix Pastorius was introduced by Alan and special guest Marco Benevento joined the stage. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better Felix Pastorius showed up to play some great bass for us. Felix Pastorius is a fantastic musician in his own right but it would be foolish not to mention that he is the son of the late virtuoso jazz fusion bass player from Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius. Many members of the audience could be heard talking about the excitement of seeing Jaco’s son play at Bowlive. Felix did not disappoint adding a groovy jazzy bass sound to the Soulive mix.

The Shady Horns were back. The set-list listed Jaco’s soulful “The Chicken” next but they nixed that and went into Billy Cobham’s “Stratus” instead. Both songs are famous jazz fusion standards but only one made the cut for what turned out to be a psychedelic mash-up of musicians, literally the definition of fusion.

“This was my favorite song of the entire run” ~ T.P.S

Set II
Jesus Children of America/Stay
The Dump
The “In Crowd”
Revolution
Benny and the Jets
When My Guitar Gently Weeps
Soulful Strut
The Ocean
She’s S0 Heavy

Alan Evans handled the vocals for the Stevie Wonder cover, “Jesus Children of America,” while his feel-good drumming kept the beat. “The Dump” is actually a Lettuce tune off their first album, Outta Here, which really brought the crowd up. However, it was when Marco Benevento came out for “The ‘In’ Crowd,” a song composed in 1964 largely for pianos and horns, when the stage might as well have fought on fire from the heat. Marco laid down a beautiful melody of keys while each member of the horn section soloed starting with James Casey, to Ryan Zoidis and then Eric Bloom. Bloom’s trumpet solo was reminiscent of Dizzy Gillespie and Casey brought it all home. At one point, Alan Evans pointed out that Marco was wearing a Soulive shirt.

“Marco has a special relationship with his piano and the audience. The bond is not to be taken lightly. His sensitive side is what makes him talk to the piano and relate to the audience.” ~ H.H

Miami’s acclaimed pedal steel guitarist, Roosevelt Collier from The Lee Boys, was the next guest for the evening. He began by to sitting in on The Beatles’ “Revolution.” It was a special treat for Bowlive fans to see this uniquely talented musician play his equally unique instrument, the lap steel guitar. The Bowl shrieked with the lovely sounds echoing from Rosie’s instrument. Collier was also in town for an Allman Brothers Band after-party gig at B.B. Kings Blues Club in Times Square the following night. There was wonderful playfulness between Neal Evans and Collier. Marco was in his own world crushing so hard. It’s quite possible that Marco gets better with every note he plays. Roosevelt added a fantastic layer of sound with his lap steel-guitar as he and Krasno battled it out in a full on jam session for the ages. Pure hot-sauce.

Soulive added another piece of musical history to the Bowlive run when, with Roosevelt Collier and Marco Benevento’s help, they jammed out their first ever Elton John tune in Bowlive history: “Benny and The Jets!” What a crowd pleaser. Sonya Kitchell was back on vocals, in line with the Shady Horns and then Marco got up from his rig and dangled the microphone over the heads of those in the front row. “Just these guys!” said Marco and the audience joined in on the biggest sing-a-long of the run. The funny man continued to swing the microphone around heads before going back to his keyboards to have a duel with Collier.

The magic continued with “My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Soulful Strut.” What more is there to say that I haven’t already said. Classic after classic, this group of musicians, all seasoned jamming artists, continued to slay the audience with solo after solo. Jam after jam. Collier and Krasno continued to duel it out on the strings while the Evans brothers held down the rhythm so tightly. Audience members had their hands extended towards the sky as if they were worshiping to their gods. Their Gods of Rock!

For the next tune, it was fun to see Marco opened it up with the famous John Bonham count-in, “We’ve done four already but now we’re steady and then they went: One, Two, Three, Four.” BOOM!!!! The audience was immediately washed away by a rousing rendition of Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean.” It’s particularly nice to hear this tune performed during Bowlive with Marco because Led Zeppelin doesn’t have a keyboardist in their band, making this arrangement unique.

Encore I
I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

The set was supposed to end there but it was Friday night and Soulive was on fire. So, they pulled out Encore #1 with Beatles’ tune, “I Want You (She So Heavy).” Ironically, on this day in 1984, part of Central Park in New York was renamed Strawberry Fields in honor of John Lennon.

Encore II
So Live!
Cash’s Dream
Nubian Lady

The stage empties for about 60 seconds. At that point, Alan Evans is back on the microphone stating, “We were going to end the set but we have some more surprises y’all, all the way from the Beacon Theatre, Oteil and Kofi Burbridge.” Eric Krasno leans into the microphone with a huge grin and says, “Burbridge Brothers in the building!” Oteil Burbridge has been the bassist for The Allman Brother’s Band since 1997 and his brother, Kofi, has been playing flute and keys for many bands on the jam scene for years as well. Hearing Kofi’s flute in the mix of “So Live!,” “Cash’s Dream,” and “Nubian Lady” was stunning. He fluttered through the songs, bouncing back and forth between the piano and his flute, both instruments he dominates.

During “Cash’s Dream,” the Shady Horns joined the stage while Oteil Burbridge really let it rip on his bass. Oteil guided the song to a really spacey place. Victor Cornette used the lights to enhance the mood and there it was, the pinnacle of the evening with Ryan Zoidis adding effects to his horn, bringing it that much higher. In the end, it was just one epic extended solo, each musicians playing off each other and feeling the family vibe super hard. People were jumping on their feet with both hands in the air. Just a full on Jam Session between friends and as we danced with our own friends in the audience, it was a great way to end a Friday night. Thank you Soulive, Roosevelt, Marco, Oteil, Kofi, Sonya and all the amazing musicians that made last night another night for the books.

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Tonight, the last night of Bowlive V, you will get an array of surprise musicians playing a laundry list of amazing songs. That is just how it goes down on the finale night of a Bowlive run.

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List of Special Guests and Openers

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 – Special Guests: NIGEL HALL, EDDIE ROBERTS, more TBA

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. and SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special #LONDONSOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 – Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener and Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY, MARCH 19 – Special Guests: JOE RUSSO and SUSAN TEDESCHI
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 – Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 – Special Guests: MARCO BENEVENTO, ROOSEVELT COLLIER, OTEIL and KOFI BURBRIDGE, FELIX PASTORIUS, and BRANDON NIEDERAUER
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 – Special Guest: BILL EVANS,
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Written by, Tinyrager.com

Bowlive V: Night VI – Soulive w/ Dmc (of Run DMC) and Talib Kewli @ The Brooklyn Bowl (03/20/14)

March 27th, 2014

The wonderful crew at the Mischief Collective, specifically Hilary Gleason and Tory Pittarelli, have been covering Bowlive V along side myself the entire run. Understanding and impressed with their dedication to art and music, I felt them to be the ideal candidates to cover Bowlive: V Night VI, for TinyRager.com and the Soulive and The Brooklyn Bowl blogs. This is only the second out of 46 Bowlive shows I have missed and I felt the hard pull to be at the Bowl but knew the review was in great hands. For a complete review of The Mischief Collective’s Bowlive V run to date, please click here.

Alan Evans Trio Set
They Call Me Velvet
Easy Meat
Ain’t No Tellin’
Nothing to Say
Going Back to Buffalo
Sunshine of Your Love
Cosmic Hazel Dust

Alan Evans’ Playonbrotha opened Thursday night in epic fashion. Formerly the Alan Evans’ Trio, the group changed their name earlier this week, in part to buck the notion that they are just a jazz trio. In reality, Playonbrotha, skillfully weaves together rock, blues and jazz in a fresh and exciting way. Persevering through a myriad of technical difficulties during their set, Danny Mayer still impressed the audience with his incredibly smooth and improvisational guitar licks. Soulive’s own Alan Evans anchors the trio on drums, which meant he played for nearly four hours last night.

“I don’t know how Alan Evans did it last night, crushing some awesome rock with Playonbrotha before two more dope sets with Soulive. He truly put on a clinic in versatility last night. ~ R.A.

Playonbrotha took the audience on quite a ride last night and undoubtedly converted some new life-long fans. We all know an audience loves a cover, and Beau Sasser did not dissappoint as he skillfully led the trio through bass-heavy hits like Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love”. The trio’s most recent album, Merkaba, was extremely well received and contains two of the songs we heard last night, “They Call Me Velvet” and “Cosmic Hazel Dust”. Building upon this success, Playonbrotha will be releasing a new album later this month and touring with Brooklyn based power-funk group Turkuaz. To see when they will be playing near you, click here. We can’t recommend it enough.

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Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

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Set I
Rudy’s Way
Steppin’
Uncle Jr.
Backwards Jack
Reverb
Flurries
The Blast (Kweli)
State of Grace (Kweli, Abby Thompson)
Get By (Kweli, Abby Thompson, Jennifer Brooks)

It is definitely safe to say that the energy was at its absolute highest thus far in the 8 night run before Talib Kweli or DMC even made their way to the stage. Part of the magic of Bowlive is the element of surprise; no one knew exactly when or how these two hip hop legends would be involved in a Soulive set, but the packed house was ready to find out. Talib was the first guest of the evening alongside Abby Thompson, and the two broke right into “The Blast,” from Talib’s album with Hi-Tek. Talib then introduced “State of Grace,” and the highly anticipated favorite, “Get By,” from his album “Quality,” co-produced by none other than Soulive guitarist, Eric Krasno. After this set, there was no question as to why Talib is considered one of the most respected hip hop artists alive.

Talib’s stage presence and flow can only be matched by that of the legendary Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. DMC took the stage with incredible magnetism, getting the crowd more hyped than we had seen from any of the previous nights. Talib professed to the audience how important their set together was for him because Run DMC is the music he grew up on, and then they busted right into “Peter Piper.” We have never seen a crowd move like this at Brooklyn Bowl. One of the greater moments was when DMC dropped down to his knees in front of Krasno, a move that echoed the sentiments of many of us in the crowd.

We were pleasantly surprised, yet again, when Mike Montali, the lead singer of Hollis Brown joined the stage for “It’s Tricky.” This collaboration was awesome, in part, due to the chemistry between Montali and DMC. The pair recorded a single titled, “The Fly,” at Brooklyn’s Galaxy Smith Studios, which was started by the Mischief Collective’s own Dani Barbieri alongside Dave Brandwein in 2012. You can view the video here.

Set II
The Swamp
Alladin
PJs
Upright
7 Minutes of Funk (DMC)
Peter Piper (Kweli, DMC)
It’s Tricky (Everyone, Hollis Brown)
Walk This Way (Everyone)

Talib, DMC and Mike Montali brought the excitement levels to an all time high when they launched into Aerosmith’s, “Walk This Way.” Last night proved to us once again how versatile Soulive and The Shady Horns can be. Throughout the run we have seen them master every musical genre imaginable, and we can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for us on these last two nights.

Hilary Gleason (Author, Photos)
Tory Pittarelli (Author, Videos)
Dani Barbieri (Photography)

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Tonight, Bowlive will be opened by the beautiful songstress Sonya Kitchell and special guest, avante-garde keyboardist Marco Benevento, joins Soulive for another face-melting night of rage.

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List of Special Guests and Openers:

THURSDAY MARCH 13 – Special Guest: NIGEL HALL, EDDIE ROBERTS, more TBA

FRIDAY MARCH 14 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. & SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY MARCH 15 – Special Guest: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special LONDON SOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY MARCH 18 – Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY MARCH 19 – Special Guests: JOE RUSSO & SUSAN TEDESCHI
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY MARCH 20 – Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY MARCH 21 – Special Guest: MARCO BENEVENTO
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY MARCH 22 – Special Guest: BILL EVANS
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Written by, Tinyrager.com

Bowlive V: Night V – Soulive w/ Jon Cleary, Joe Russo and Susan Tedeschi @ The Brooklyn Bowl (03.19.14)

March 26th, 2014

How is everyone’s energy level? Bowlive is a dance party that just will not quit, am I right? The trio has kept the energy up with amazing musical collaborations, secret treats and high energy, powerhouse guests for five nights. And we still have three more to go. For anyone who might be a bit tired from the previous nights, remember, when the music starts, those endorphins drop and the music lifts you back up. Last night’s special guests, Susan Tedeschi, Joe Russo and Jon Cleary, all collaborated to bring us to the highest plane of musical existence that could be reached.

Having been to 44 out of 45 Bowlive shows, I am able to pick out the faces of those of you who are engaging with Soulive every single night. I know that the band sees your face and appreciates your dedication as well. Something I have also noticed during this run, more than others, are the faces of other musicians just hanging in the wings watching and dancing. Last night Reggie Watts and Danny Mayer were on the Bowling ledge. Previous nights, you could see famous NBA players, members of Deep Banana Blackout and bassist Ron Johnson.

I was talking to my friend last night about a residency Soulive did in the early 2000′s. It was a five week run on Tuesday nights at different venues throughout the city with different guests and types of music being played. A funk night. A jazz night. A rock night with Warren [Haynes]. It was really special. Well, I hit all of those shows and we both talked about how the band and I have graduated from a show a week to playing every night with these guests and incorporating all types of music to really make a delicious soul stew.” ~ G.F.

Bowlive Hump Day edition: From the first notes of So Live! last night, my brain refreshed and reminded me why I have such a fondness for this band, these boys can play! ~ M.V.M.

Photo Courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Photo Courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Jon Cleary Set
Unknown
I Feel So Damn Good I’ll Be Glad When I Get the Blues
Cheating On You
The Crave (an emotionally complex piece.)
I Get The Blues When It Rains
Unknown (Boogie Woogie Tune)

Jon Cleary, opened Bowlive for the second night in a row. Just like the previous night, the dance floor was bulging with New Orleans music fans by 8:30pm. For a man with his level of musical knowledge, I was expecting to see more of his talent unfold on the Brooklyn Bowl stage. However, we were all quite shocked when Cleary performed the same exact set as he had the night prior. Song for song, word for word, story for story. This was wonderful for those who had missed Cleary’s uplifting performance last night, but some of us were looking for more. Don’t get me wrong, the set he put together was upbeat, engaging, and informative, as he described each tune before he played them, dropping bits of knowledge on the songs before performing. This is a trait I wish all musicians would adopt. To learn more about Jon Cleary’s set, please check out yesterday’s review on Tinyrager.com.

Cleary opened again with pretty much the same set as the night before. His piano solos with the band prove why he is a Nola living legend. I particularly enjoyed seeing Cleary watching Neal Evans from the stairs for at least 2-3 songs, obviously blown away by his prowess. ~ R.G.

Set I
So Live!
DIG
Eleanor –> I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
76 (Joey)
Up & Out (Joey)
For Granted (Horns)
Vapor
When You Get Back (Cleary, Mark Rivers)

The ever-powerful members of Soulive, Eric Krasno (guitar), Neal Evans (bass keys/clavinet), and Alan Evans (drums), took to the stage for a fifth night of electric and eclectic music. Following the pattern of the previous nights, Soulive hit the stage as a solo trio for “So Live!” and “DIG.” Both songs are heavy hitting tunes that grab your attention right out the gate. The musical prowess of the trio was thrown from the stage into the ears of the audience, which got everyone grooving.

Once again, Bowlive delivers! Strong, classic Soulive opening reminding us all what we really came for! ~ R.G.

Things got all psychedelic with a Beatles medley, “Eleanor Rigby” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” off Soulive’s Rubber Soulive album, released in 2010, during Bowlive I. The arrangements of these Beatles tunes are distinctly Soulive. They perform the songs with the energy of the 70′s and with a deep appreciation of what it means to be able to play these inspirational tunes today. To get an idea of how hard-hitting the boys have been kicking things off, it was during the medley that Alan Evans broke his drum. Not his drum stick, HIS DRUM! The stage hands were on point and if you hadn’t been watching, you might not have ever known something happened. The beat goes on…

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After getting down to the classics, it was time to turn our appreciation upon one of the greatest drummers in the jam band community. Joe Russo, the current drummer for Furthur (featuring Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead), joined the stage for “76″ and “Up & Out.” Russo has a laundry list of musical projects that he is involved with. Most notably, Russo makes up one half of the Benevento/Russo Duo (many might know them simply as “The Duo”) and Marco Benevento, his musical better half, will be a special guest this coming Friday.

Not only did Krasno start with “76,” one of my favorite songs but Joe Russo destroys the drum kit like I’ve never seen, specifically on that song before. Watching Krasno quietly show Russo the rhythm of the song just before they got into it, blew me away even more. ~ R.G.

Russo came out with so much force. The audience had already seen one drum broken and we were waiting on another after seeing Russo’s fierce start. Russo plays a giant drum set-up when he is playing for Furthur but his range was not squelched one bit as he beat his way around Alan’s kit. All of the power that is normally spread out amongst his large kit became refined and focused on Alan’s.

The Shady Horns, consisting of Eric Bloom (trumpet), Ryan Zoidis (baritone saxophone) and James Casey (alto saxophone), hit the stage next, with Alan Evans back on the drums, for the horn-heavy, “For Granted.” A fan favorite, this song features tight horn arrangements from long-time Soulive collaborators and friends, Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis. Each horn took a solo, showing off their chops and then kicked it right into “Vapor,” which was dominated mainly by Bloom’s trumpet.

For the final song of the set, Jon Cleary was brought out to drop the sound of New Orleans back into the mix for “When You Get Back, We Gonna Cha Cha Cha.” Cleary played this tune during his solo set last night so hearing it will a full band was phenomenal. What a full sound. We were also privileged enough to have a surprise sit-in by Mark Rivers, the harmonious vocalist from the Tedeschi/Trucks Band. It was a fabulous set and for those who had felt even the slightest bit tired, had shaken it off with all the dancing.

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Set II
El Ron
Aladdin
Butterfly (Susan)
Tired of My Tears (Mark Rivers)
Break In The Road
It’s So Heavy
Misunderstood
Clean Up Woman (Cleary)

“El Ron,” written by Alan Evans and found on the Steady Groovin album, kicked off the second set and the audience straight grooved. This was followed by “Aladdin,” with deep improvisations and extended jams including a cascading brass waterfall within the horn section. Then, just when you thought it couldn’t get more jamming, special guest of the evening, American blues and soul musician, Susan Tedeschi, joined the stage. Man, oh, man! What a treat!

“Eleanor Rigby” was sweet, as was the other Beatles cover that enticed the crowd. Seeing Joe Russo and his ferocity on Alan’s kit was a treat, but my hopes for Susan’s arrival had me wondering when I might see her saunter down the steps from the green room above. Needless to say, my wish was granted three songs into the second set, when she came out for her time to shine with “Butterfly.” ~ M.V.M.

Susan Tedeschi was the second lady of music to grace the Bowlive stage this year. Nickie Bluhm preceded her last week with her folksy voice, but now, it was time for some deep, southern blues and soul. Tedeschi is unparalleled in this department, as far as I am concerned. Her style is based in American roots music, especially electric blues, Southern soul and black gospel. So, when she opened her pipes for her original tune “Butterfly,” those who were not paying attention, stood at attention. Both men and women fixated on her amazing presence. Did I mention that she crushes the guitar also?

“Susan is the direct heir to Bonnie Rait and Muddy Waters.” P.P.

“I can’t give enough love to this woman. Her voice touches my soul. We all have artists who we connect with on a DEEP, personal level and Susan Tedeschi is one of mine. I broke off an engagement in 2009. Susan’s version of the Bob Dylan tune, “Baby, Don’t Think Twice,” was quite literally the song that saved my heart and my head. I was totally prepared to let the tears flow if she sang that tune. Or anything slow for that matter!” ~ K.D.

For those of you who might not know who Susan Tedeschi is, you might know her husband, Derek Trucks, of The Allman Brothers Band. In fact, while Tedeschi was headlining the Brooklyn Bowl last night, Trucks was headlining the Beacon Theater. This husband and wife duo formed the Tedeschi/Trucks Band in 2010 but plan on focusing on this project full-time after the Allman Brothers end their final run at the Beacon this week. Having played with Soulive on numerous occasions, as well as having made her Bowlive debut at Bowlive I, Susan is a veteran in that regard but her band-mate, vocalist Mark Rivers, made his debut last night, coming out for the remainder of the set. “Tired of My Tears,” a Ray Charles tune, was a wonderful showcase of their joint ability to sing and perform together. Tedeschi lead the group on guitar while Krasno kept it reeled in on rhythm for “Break In The Road,” a great sing-along song with Joe Russo back on drums. The slower, blues-based Tedeschi/Trucks Band tune, “It’s So Heavy,” was next, followed by “Misunderstood.” Both of these tunes were “written by Eric Krasno,” said Susan, and the harmonies between she and Mark Rivers continued.

I really loved the “Tired of My Tears,” but the sweetest moment of that set for me was the all star ensemble covering Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman,” that in itself, solidified my girl crush for that amazingly talented songstress and one hell of a guitar player, also known as Susan Tedeschi! ~ M.V.M.

The stage was set for an explosive encore as Jon Cleary was brought out again, this time for the Betty Wright tune, “Clean Up Woman.” It should be noted that James Casey also sang the harmonies with Rivers while Joe Russo was seen at the back of the stage beating and shaking all the percussion instruments he could find.

“Last night was amazing. Susan and the boys out on a blues and soul revue. From the moment she walked on stage her ability to sing and play guitar took both the crowd and the band to the highest levels of the run so far. The last coupe of songs with Cleary and Russo really showed just how good Soulive is at allowing their guests to shine while never taking a step backwards.” ~ G.F.

Encore
Little By Little (Joey & Tash)
Turn On Your Love Light (Everyone)

Tash Neal, the shredding guitarist for the rock trio The London Souls, surprised the crowd when he came out for the heart breaking tune, “Little By Little.” There were now three crushing guitarists and two raging keyboardists on stage amongst the horns, drums and vocalists. This tune was supposed to be the finale of the night but when it ended, none of the musicians left the stage. Instead, they put their heads together and pulled out an epic, “Turn On Your Love Light,” that beamed out over the entire audience, who beamed back with intense appreciation. “Love Light” is a famous song recorded in 1961 by Bobby Bland but made famous by The Grateful Dead, who adopted it into their catalog in 1966. The Grateful Dead had finally come to Bowlive and the audience responded with such a fury of applause and smiles.

Soulive and there special guests continue to make magic. The shows get better and better.There “Love Light” was shining oh so bright last night! What fun! ~ L.H.

“Is your light shining yet? ARE YOU SHINING YET?” ~ A.S. shouted as she grabbed my hand and thrust it in the air!

Last night was an epic night at Bowlive. Joe Russo brought a level of energy to the drum kit that pumped the band up to full throttle. Susan Tedeschi blew my mind. I am so used to seeing her next to Derek Trucks these days that I forgot what a virtuoso guitarist she is in her own right. She played pretty songs and blues tunes and ripping jamming songs. By the time the night was over and her “Love Light” was shining on all of us. I felt so happy to be a part of it all standing in the Brooklyn Bowl, my temple on earth. So blessed. ~ J.R.

“Love Light” was the proverbial icing on the cake, the cherry on top, the gravy for my mashed potatoes. Whatever you want to call it, that was on fire! My musical cup overfloweth and my Bowlive cherry has been popped proper! So grateful for two amazing nights of music! ~ M.V.M.

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Last night was one of those fantastic Bowlive evenings when everything comes together. Various artists from various genres, playing their various instruments and sounding as if they had rehearsed for weeks. Truth be told, they probably rehearsed earlier that day but one of the most beautiful things about our music scene, which incorporates all genres of music, is that the jam is what is most important. Not the money or fame, but the music itself. Bowlive delivers us our favorite band kicked up a notch. Every night they strive to beat out the first. Every night they strive to hit the highest plane of musical magic. Soulive recognizes that the music is the key ingredient to BOWLIVE and they bring out key players in the musical world to deliver that message to our ears. Thank you Soulive!

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Tonight, Soulive will change the game completely with conscious rapper, Talib Kewli and DarrylD.M.C.Matthews McDaniels, a pioneer of hip hop culture and founding members of the hip hop group Run–D.M.C.

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List of Special Guests and Openers (and past night reviews)

THURSDAY MARCH 13 – Special Guest: NIGEL HALL, EDDIE ROBERTS, more TBA

FRIDAY MARCH 14 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. & SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY MARCH 15 – Special Guest: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special LONDON SOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY MARCH 18 – Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY MARCH 19 – w/ Special Guests: JOE RUSSO & SUSAN TEDESCHI
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY MARCH 20 – w/ Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY MARCH 21 – w/ Special Guest: MARCO BENEVENTO
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY MARCH 22 – w/ & BILL EVANS
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Written by, Tinyrager.com

Bowlive V: Night IV – Soulive feat. Jon Cleary and John Scofield @ The Brooklyn Bowl (03.18.14)

March 25th, 2014
Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

As the members of Soulive settled in over the years, their Brooklyn Bowl based annual residency, Bowlive, has became as institutional as the music itself. During the first week, the audience was privileged enough to enjoy the musical stylings of vocalists Nigel Hall and Nicki Bluhm, turntablist DJ Logic, guitarists Warren Haynes and Eddie Roberts, legendary bassist George Porter, Jr., and The Shady Horns. Full band performances and collaborations by Leroy Justice and The London Souls added to the marvel. Every song sailed down the middle of the stage, rolled by the trio with the consistency of a pro bowler. This consistency, of course, has been the key to Soulive’s longevity.

When Soulive hit the stage, I was surprised at how they constantly match the energy from the previous nights. I’m always reminded of the 80′s power trio bands that filled a room with just three musicians and am amazed how these guys do it. A modern day jazz/funk power trio like no other. ~ R.G.

Commencing with their second week of Bowlive V, Neal Evans, Alan Evans and Eric Krasno have put together another long list of talented musicians to keep us satiated for the remaining five nights. Over the next few evenings our musical senses will be overloaded with the likes of Joe Russo, Susan Tedeschi, Jon Cleary, Bill Evans, Alan Evans Trio, DMC (of Run DMC), Marco Benevento, Sonya Kitchell, and WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger. You can also count on some surprise guests.

For night IV, Soulive made all the right moves, showering the audience in musical genius, making sure no one would regret coming out on a Tuesday night. With Jon Cleary and John Scofield as the special guests last night, it was the perfect kick-off for the second week. And what a kick-off it was. It was truly stimulating. Soulive and their guests performed one long extended set with Jon Cleary opening to a packed house at 8:30pm.

Notes from the front line, my first encounter with Bowlive! Thank you Soulive and Brooklyn Bowl for making our first BB experience a very memorable one. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff and had a great pre-show dinner, followed by the acquisition of the highly coveted John Warner Bowlive poster, which are limited to 15 posters per evening. After seeing some fellow Pittsburghers and Jam Cruisers, we secured our spots on the platform area with a killer view of the stage. ~ M.M & L.M.

Jon Cleary Set
Unknown
I Feel So Damn Good I’ll Be Glad When I Get the Blues
Cheating On You
When You Get Back, We Gonna Cha Cha All Night Long
The Crave (an emotionally complex piece.)
I Get The Blues When It Rains
Unknown (Boogie Woogie Tune)

The venue was packed with devoted music fans. This wasn’t your average audience who was there to drink and chat it up with their friends. Almost every eye was fixated on the stage as Jon Cleary opened the night with a solo piano set showcasing his vested studies in the music of New Orleans. Having moved from Kent, England to study the music of New Orleans, Jon Cleary is arguably the best out there right now. A disciple of Professor Long Hair and James Booker, Cleary’s voice is salty-sweet and he is a master of the piano, organ and guitar. You may know him best as a member of Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal’s bands and his own group, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. With his blend of jazz, blues, soul, gospel, and honky-tonk, Cleary epitomizes New Orleans music. His set was evidence of his extreme caliber of musical knowledge.

Jon Cleary started the night of music off right, as I was immediately intrigued by his silky smooth voice and Deniro-esque looks. His “Big Easy” style was quite a cover for his British heritage. This new musical discovery for me had me Googling his discography this morning to see what else I could find out about this man! ~ M.M. & L.M.

Having just booked our trip to Nola for jazziest the night before I could not have asked for a better punctuation. Watching him play keys in such classic New Orleans style blew us away. I could only wonder if Neal was peeking down the stairs to watch this guy. ~ R.G.

Set I
Shaheed
Come Together
One in 7
For Granted (Horns)
Cannonball (James Blows)
What You See Is What You Get
Nealization
Something’s Got A Hold on Me (Cleary)
Motherless Child
Walk With Me (duo/Sco/Cleary)
Don’t Need No Doctor (Cleary on guitar/ Krasno on bass)
Turn It Out
Hottentot
Encore: Get Back

Last night, there wasn’t three sets or even two sets, there was one long extended set which ended promptly at midnight. Soulive, The Shady Horns, Jon Cleary and Jon Scofield would command the stage with various genres of blues and jazz, filling every second of the evening with prodigious music. The set started out with the members of Soulive performing “Shaheed,” The Beatles tune, “Come Together,” and “One in 7.” During “Come Together,” the audience sang along with heads bobbing and the stage lights flashing, while “One in 7″ was played with a delightful intro. It was also during this time that there was some malfunction with Neal’s keyboards. Times like these can break a musical moment but Alan Evans picked up the slack by drumming his heart out while the chords on his brother’s rig were being fixed. When the audience heard the rejuvenation of the bass keys, it was on!

Upon completion of Cleary’s set, Soulive took the stage, embracing me with their soul soothing sounds and reminding me that Neal Evans is a true badass! Watching him lay down those bass lines with his left hand as his right hand plays the Hammond chords was literal music to my ears! The Beatles cover “Come Together” got the crowd singing along, but you could see the anxious anticipation for the arrival of John Scofield, who was the special guest of the evening. Having the pleasure of watching such musical prowess and interplay in such close proximity was truly a treat. ~ M.M.

“For Granted” and “Cannonball” were both played with the help of The Shady Horns. Ryan Zoidis (baritone/alto saxophone), Eric Bloom (trumpet) and James Casey (saxophone) always bring a special vibe to the stage when they join Soulive. As much as Soulive is a respected jazz trio, their vested interest in funk runs deep. The audience is blessed to have a horn ensemble in the mix of some of their favorite jazz tunes. “For Granted” was a wonderful showcase for the widely talented Ryan Zoidis, while James Casey absolutely stole the show with his performance on “Cannonball.” Eric Bloom took his liberties with his pedals and effects during his solo, as well. These two songs were meant to showcase the Shady Horns and boy, did they deliver.

The Shady Horns were dead on, once again. Eric Bloom’s effects-enhanced solos and James Casey killed it, as always, while Ryan continues to be the mainstay. Gonna get some more rest today so I can get back there tonight with Tedeschi!!! ~ R.G.

The eyes say so much, and they speak even louder when a musician closes his eyes and is fully immersed in song. This happened to Krasno throughout the remainder of the set. When Scofield came on the stage, Krasno was in a blissed-out state of being, eyes closed, in total focus. “What You See Is What You Get,” a major hit for the Dramatics in 1971, is Scofield’s interpretation of Detroit soul music. The beautiful thing about John Scofield is that even though he covers many old tunes, the arrangements are all his own. “Nealization,” obviously composed by Neal Evans, was a fantastic representation of his talent. Scofield played lead guitar while Krasno played rhythm. The entire crew on stage was grinning from ear to ear while the ax-men played off each other, trading delicious licks on their guitars.

I have been a fan of Scofield since the first time I saw him at The Bottom Line in NYC in 1980. I always mark this night as a must go. Even having stayed home from work sick, I got the energy up to get there. I was not disappointed!!! It is so obvious that Kraz uses Sco as a mentor and has used him as one of his many inspirations. As it is equally obvious how Sco is impressed with Kraz. There dueling solos blew the entire audience away. Sco has a way of making his guitar sing. ~ R.G.

Can someone explain to me how Neal Evans solos on keys with Soulive while also dropping funky bass? Meanwhile, I can’t even rub my tummy and tap my head at the same time… ~ K.S.

Neal is the most underrated bass player in music. His right hand gets so funky, we forget his left is leading us to the promise land. ~ J.S.

The next two songs were songs off John Scofield’s latest album release, Piety Street. The Rev. James Cleveland cover, “Something’s Got A Hold On Me,” was first but it was “Motherless Child,” a traditional negro spiritual born out of slavery and sung by Cleary with sharp new harmonies, that grabbed the audience’s attention.

When I heard “Motherless Child,” I almost didn’t recognize it. I recognized that I was hearing the words of a song I knew but the arrangement was so different from the versions I’d previously heard. I remember the first time I ever heard that song. I was just 15 years old. It is the hidden song within Track 11 off the Cracked Rear View album by Hootie and The Blowfish. Y’all remember that? Darius Rucker sings the song in it’s traditional A-Capella style. It was as beautiful to back then as it was now, hearing it in this new style and arrangement. I adore when modern musicians take classic songs and make them their own. ~ K.D.

One of my favorite moments of the evening, was when the stage was packed with everyone on the bill, Soulive, the Shady Horns, Scofield and Clearly as they played a tune that featured three part harmonies of Alan Evans, Jon Cleary and Eric “Benny” Bloom. I look forward to finding that show on Archive.org to relive that moment and sing along with them! ~ M.M.

Photo Courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Photo Courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Then, Soulive pulled a new maneuver out of their Bowlive bag of tricks. Jon Cleary and John Scofield remained on stage, while Soulive and the Shady Horns exited. This would be the first time in Bowlive history where the band allowed the stage to be commanded solely by the guests. It was not a coincidence that Jon Cleary and John Scofield were the two guests playing on the bill last night. Jon Cleary is not only renowned for his ability to play the ivories, but he also composes music and went on to write and join John Scofield on the the road singing and playing with Scofield’s Piety Street Band. Needless to say, the combination of the two artists performing their song, “Walk With Me,” was electrifying and unique. Cleary sat back and watched as Scofield took a few measures for himself before joining in the song.

Through great applause, John Scofield leaned into the microphone. Referring to Cleary, he says, “This guy can play a mean piano but did you know he is an amazing guitarist, as well?” With that, Cleary jumped from the keys and moved to guitar while Krasno picked up the bass for “Don’t Need No Doctor.” Scofield continued, “John Mayer used to sing this song, but you should hear Cleary sing this song.” The audience laughed. The horns had left the stage but James Casey remained playing percussion. James is an amazing horn player but his talent by way of understanding sounds in percussion has grown exponentially since we saw him last year at Bowlive IV. During the song, Scofield could be seen bouncing around, pointing to the next member on stage he wanted to pull a solo.

I want to say that my highlight was “What You See Is What You Get,” “Nealization” or “Hottentot,” but honestly I had two highlights. 1) Cleary killing it on guitar with Kraz killing it on Bass, and (2) Scofield directing traffic. Maybe it’s an elder statesman thing, but the respect that guy engenders on stage is impressive. He was absolutely in charge and was clearly enjoying going tit for tat with everyone. I especially loved when [Scofield] made a point to give Alan some play time, because, give the drummer some! Am I right? All in all, just a beast of a show. I fucking love Bowlive. ~ B.M.

Cleary’s turn was up and he retired backstage. The Shady Horns were also held back as Soulive and John Scofield played, “Turn It Out.” This was the time for all the jazzheads to revel in the genre. As much as Soulive likes to give us the funk, jazz is their priority and their growing reputation on this musical path is what has brought them this far. Scofield’s reputation in the Jazz community runs deeper and Krasno’s idolization of Scofield’s style is evident in how Krasno, himself, plays. So you can imagine how graceful and yet, intense this part of the set was.

Seeing two guitar gods trade licks was invigorating, and truly impressive at the same time, as you could see the admiration that Krasno has for Scofield as they both played their hearts out! It was ON, for sure!! “Turn It Out” brought back some great musical memories for me, as I harkened back to a January 2003 Soulive show that took place in an Italian restaurant in the tiny mountain town of Makawao, HI on the island of Maui. It reinforced the fact that we made a great decision to make the trek for our first Bowlive and it’s got me jazzed looking forward to what I’ll get to experience tonight! Thank you Eric, Alan and Neal!! You and your friends bring me musical delight! ~ M.M.

“We love you madly,” said Scofield, “This one is a groover, called ‘Hottentot,’ so let’s keep dancing.” And dance we did. The venue never emptied out like in previous nights and this was a true testament to the musicianship on stage. Like I mentioned previously, this wasn’t your average audience of bar goers. There were super fans in the audience for each of the artists on stage and they were there in full support all night. Alan Evans was featured on a rousing drum solo during “Hottentot.” He is honestly one of the best jazz drummers around and the audience was overheard speaking on how they were looking forward to the Alan Evans Trio opening for Bowlive on night six.

Everyone was brought back on stage for the single-song encore, “Get Back.” A Beatles tune, it was expertly played by the musicians on stage, having all worshiped the Beatles at some point in their musical careers. The audience was invested as well and sang along with bodies bouncing. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful collaboration of musicians.

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Tonight, Jon Cleary will return with special guests jazz saxophonist Bill Evans, acclaimed Brooklyn drummer Joe Russo and southern vocalist Susan Tedeschi.

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List of Special Guests and Openers:

THURSDAY MARCH 13 – Special Guest: NIGEL HALL, EDDIE ROBERTS, more TBA

FRIDAY MARCH 14 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. & SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY MARCH 15 – Special Guest: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special LONDON SOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY MARCH 18 – Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY MARCH 19
w/ Special Guests: JOE RUSSO & BILL EVANS & SUSAN TEDESCHI
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY MARCH 20
w/ Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY MARCH 21
w/ Special Guest: MARCO BENEVENTO
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY MARCH 22
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Written by, Tinyrager.com

Bowlive V: Night III – Soulive feat. George Porter Jr. and The London Souls #LondonSoulive @ The Brooklyn Bowl (03.15.14)

March 24th, 2014

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

We are all influenced by something. It’s inevitable. Everything around us is influential, just as we are influential in our own special way to all things in the universe that surround us. It becomes fascinating when you are privileged enough to see your favorite artist, someone who has influenced your life so deeply, become fascinated by amazing another. That is what happened last night. Many times over.

This is a golden age of live music. To be able to hear this caliber of music at small venues with reasonable prices is not something to be taken lightly. Having grown up in the heyday of the Fillmore East, I thought the explosion of good live music would last forever. We had some lean years in between. Appreciate it and support it. ~ R.M.

Bowlive V Logo

Bowlive V Logo

Soulive has now stomped out three nights of shredding, grooving, bluesy, jazzy goodness with non-stop energy and musical perfection. For other artists looking to see how it’s done, well, this is the band to watch. They are inspirational, to say the least. They invite people who influence them to join them on stage and they subliminally invite us to be inspired.

Over the past two nights, keyboardist Neal Evans, drummer Alan Evans, and guitarist Eric Krasno have enjoyed the musical company of Nigel Hall, DJ Logic, Eddie Roberts, Nicki Bluhm, George Porter, Jr., Warren Haynes, The Shady Horns, and Leroy Justice. And last night, a new term would be coined when the London Souls joined Soulive for what would become a face melting #LondonSoulive set.

Photo Courtesy of Headyshots

Photo Courtesy of Headyshots

London Souls Set

Tash Neal (guitar/vocals), Chris St. Hilaire (drums/vocals) and Stu Mahan (bass) make up one of the sickest trios around right now. These three powerhouse musicians truly grab your attention with their full-on, Rock-N-Rage sets. Tash Neal is the epitome of a person who was meant to be a guitarist, always drenched in sweat minutes into the start of their set from playing with so much force. Stu Mahan’s bass riffs fit so well into the pocket that it might be impossible to ever pull him out. The drumming of Chris St. Hilaire helps drive the force of the other two gnarly beasts.

I think it was Bowlive II or III, but I remember seeing them open for Soulive and there were literally 15 people watching. Look at this now, the place is packed and now they are opening for Tedeschi/Trucks Band. They sounded great then but they sound amazing now. ~ J.M.

Dude, you just getting here? They are CRUSHING IT!!! ~ J.I.

You know what I love about them? They all look absolutely different. ~ S.G.

Tash Neal was in a serious car accident a few years back when a drunk driver t-boned his taxi. No one knew what to expect from recovery, but look at this guy now!!! Are you kidding me? You’d never know anything happened by looking at him but you can HEAR that he plays with the passion of survival every SINGLE time. ~ K.D.

Their sex appeal is undeniable as girls in the audience were totally zoned into the band, screaming like super fans. This was a face-smashing head-banging kind of rock and here it was the girls were more animated then the guys, but only at times. The London Souls released their latest album, Here Come The Girls, on January 8, 2013. Go grab a copy and be enjoy a modern day version of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Cream.

What really stood out for me is two things with the London Souls. Similar to Soulive, they make an incredibly full sound for only three guys. Sometimes it amazes me there aren’t more people on stage. Even Soulive uses guests and horns, the London Souls have a raw energetic sound. ~ J.M.

I thought they had just a ton of energy right from the start – the London Souls were amazing and made me wonder why I don’t listen to more of them. ~ B.M.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Set I
Hat Trick
Aladdin
Vapor
Keep On Marchin’ (w/ GPJ)
People Say
No More Okey Doke
Chug A Lugg
Africa

Last night, the venue was packed to the brim. There were no special announcements, but I wager that many thought they might get a surprise artist tonight given that Warren Haynes showed up the night before without warning. Regardless of who MIGHT be showing up, we already had the best hitters in the house. Mr. George Porter, Jr., a Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame nominee and bassist for the funk legends, The Meters, was the special guest of the evening and we would see him shortly.

Nobody, I mean nobody lights up a room like George Porter, Jr. but you already knew that ~ J.M.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Soulive and The Shady Horns came out on stage together last night for the first set. Other nights its been just the audience and our favorite jazz/funk trio. They went heavy into “Hat Trick” and James Casey (saxophone) blew out his best solo of the run to date. Neal Evan’s keys on “Aladdin” and Eric Krasno’s guitar solo on “Vapor” was like sonic therapy for the soul.

There were so many audience members commenting on how tired they were due to the previous nights of raging Bowlive V. All that changed when George Porter, Jr. came out. This is where it gets fascinating, when you get to see your favorite artists playing with their musical inspirations. Soulive is a funk/soul/jazz band and George Porter Jr. is a king of kings when it comes to funk bass. Up there with Bootsy Collins and Larry Graham, he is a master of funky bass playing and the respect he is given from the funk community is wonderful.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Having seen him many times, his energy was off the charts this night. His shenanigans and antics were infectious. “Keep On Marchin’” into “People Say,” both Meters originals, were fantastic but there were a few moments when Ryan Zoidis (saxophone) and Porter engaged in a playful back and forth, that had fans jumping off their feet. And when Zoidis completed his killin’ solo, Mr. George Porter, himself, leapt off the ground in recognition, shouting, “Yeah!”

My appreciation of Ryan Zoidis grows each time I hear him live. He has become a monster on sax, from the alto to the big baritone. ~ R.M.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

The Shady Horns, Evan Brothers and Krasno were all smiles. They kept the pace up without missing a beat. Porter said, “Here’s something you don’t hear too often,” and with that, they went into “No More Okey Doke,” a stray from the original set list. It was back to the set list for “Chug A Lugg,” when Porter pulled a change up and says, “Sorry y’all, this some Earth, Wind and Fire shit.” Sadly, a song that I couldn’t name. Lastly, they played the Meters classic, “Africa,” where James Casey brought the house down with one of his signature solos.

Set II – 12:20am
El Ron
PJs
Lucille
Hit It & Quit It
Steady As You Go
Memphis Train
OHIO
Them Changes
Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Krasno and the Evans brothers came out with The Shady Horns for the second set but this time The Shady Horns were joined by Mike Tucker, a Berkley-taught tenor saxophonist from Massachusetts. Neal Evans lead the organ-heavy “El Ron,” as Krasno’s fingers flew over his guitar. In fact, I am chalking it up to the audience being tired and possibly drunk, but Krasno ripped such an amazing solo, that he was shouting to himself while up on his toes, and only a handful of people recognized the dope sauce he was throwing in our ears. A slow and passionate “PJs” was next but not before the audience was given a bath in brass. The Shady Horns, consisting of Eric Bloom (trumpet), Ryan Zoidis (baritone and tenor saxophone), James Casey (tenor saxophone) and special guest, Mike Tucker, started popping and honking and blowing their way through measure after measure of uninterupted horn rage.

The highlight last night was the cascading lines of the extended horn section during “El Ron.” What a treat it was to be bathed in a brass waterfall of soulful saxes electrified by the captivating timbre of Eric Bloom’s trumpet. ~ P.S.P.

Night 3, after James Casey killed it at the Leprechaun’s Ball with Eddie Roberts and Nigel Hall, he brought his amazing energy to the Bowl to crush his solos with the Shady Horns and man, he got the crowd going wild. ~ J.G.
The thing about having only missed one out of the 43 Bowlive shows, is that it can be difficult to separate them from one and other. Every night the boys are expected to bring the fire while we hope that they bring the unexpected. For those of us with track records like that, we can be hard to please since we are always looking for the next best Soulive fix. This next collaboration was exactly the fix we were seeking.
The idea to mix The London Souls with Soulive was brilliant. The combination being called “LondonSoulive,” it was just like it sounded. The trios mashed-up, placing Alan in a position to play guitar and sing his way through the rest of the set. Neal Evans was relieved of the bass keys as Stu Mahan stepped up. This was about to become electric.

And the other thing K.D. was quick to point out was during “London Soulive” was that there was only one drum kit and Alan wasn’t on it. With what I’m sure wasn’t that much practice time, Chris St. Hilaire was able to basically be the drummer for Soulive and they didn’t miss a beat. That in itself is a huge compliment to his ability. ~ J.M.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Krasno looks to Tash as a peer who challenges him. As much as Krasno loves playing with the legends who came before him, he becomes a better version of himself when he performs next to Tash. His stance changes, his playing changes, he knows he can’t back down because Tash will shred his face off. For the first time ever, I saw little beads of sweat forming under Krazno’s signature hat. That was the palpable energy that fed the entire rest of the set. Starting with “Lucille,” it was just pure, unadulterated shredding by Krasno and Tash. A jam session of epic proportions.

Tash and Krasno traded guitar licks, as they powered through “Hit It & Quit It,” Steady As You Ready,” and “Memphis Train.” All three songs pinned the two guitar virtuosos against each other, both pulling the best out of each other with each new measure. Then, they began to play the Neil Young classic, “OHIO.” Everyone sounded fantastic, the guitarists, the keys, the drums. However, there were no horns for “OHIO.” It was just pure grungy, rock-n-roll to the extreme. Everyone in the audience was bouncing, literally jumping off their feet to the beat and they didn’t stop.

It was great to see the raw rock and roll energy that the London Souls bring to Bowlive. Ohio was a stand out tune. You could picture Neil Young, the Godfather of Grunge loving the energy that the Souls put into the classic CSNY song. By the time I was done dancing around the lanes to that one I had to take a couch break Those guys really add a great energy to the Soulive mix. ~ J.R.

For me it was all about The Souls in the second set…. loved Chris on the drums freeing up Alan to take to the mic standing. – Tash from Souls is absolutely ridiculous on that guitar…downright mesmerizing rock and roll shredding… and to see him and George porter trading licks and deep grooving… was so good. ~ A.R.

Photo Courtesy of Robert Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Robert Chapman

Alan was back on the drums for “Them Changes” while Chris St. Hiliare moved to percussion and the Shady Horns returned for the is last tune. It was a dance party and when Eric Bloom snagged his solo, even the band was smiling ear to ear and gave him a huge applause.

Encore – 1:30am
Just Kissed My Baby
George Porter, Jr. was brought out for the Encore where he performed an extended version of “Just Kissed My Baby,” with Alan, Neal and Krasno. The London Souls remained also and Porter lead the guys in every direction. He was yelling, and jumping around, so animated. Stu Mahan held his own on the stage next to Porter, beginning to carve out his own deep bass legacy.
My legs were so tired by the end of the night–but you just couldn’t help but dance to “Just Kissed My Baby” ~ B.M.
Porter was appreciating every moment of being on stage with all these talented modern day funk musicians. He appeared not only proud, but spirited, so full of life as he engaged with each artist, walking up to them, cheering them on to do better, to pull something out that would make him holler. It was open season for bass rage as far as I was concerned. They extended “Just Kissed My Baby” with so much force that nothing else would have lived up to it.
And so we have reached the end of the first week of Bowlive V. Similar to the previous years, multiple Bowlive alums, such as George Porter, Jr., The London Souls, Nigel Hall and many more were present to lend their talents to our favorite power trio. Tonight will kick off five more nights of music to revel and dance in with special guests, John Scofield, John Cleary, Joe Russo and Bill Evans, DMC (of Run DMC) and Marco Benevento. You can expect high-energy, soulful opening acts from John Clearly, Sonya Kitchell, The Alan Evans Trio and finally, WOLF! feat. Scott Metzger.
See you at the Brooklyn Bowl….
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Tonight’s Special Guests will be the famous eclectic jazz guitarist, John Scofield and John Cleary. Mr Cleary will also be performing the opening set. Doors open at 6, set beings at 8:30 pm. This will be another face-melting gig so don’t miss out.

List of Special Guests and Openers:

THURSDAY MARCH 13 w/ Special Guest: NIGEL HALL

FRIDAY MARCH 14 w/ Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. & SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY MARCH 15 w/ Special Guest: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special LONDON SOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY MARCH 18
w/ Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener: & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY MARCH 19
w/ Special Guests: JOE RUSSO & BILL EVANS
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY MARCH 20
w/ Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY MARCH 21
w/ Special Guest: MARCO BENEVENTO
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY MARCH 22
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Written by, Tinyrager.com

Bowlive V: Night II – Soulive feat. Nicki Bluhm, George Porter Jr., Warren Haynes, and the Shady Horns, Leroy Justice Opener @ The Brooklyn Bowl

March 20th, 2014

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“Beware the Ides of March!” Julius Caesar was warned by the soothsayer of the impending doom that would come on March 15 and his response: “He is a dreamer, let us leave him!” Perhaps if Caesar had listened to the soothsayer, had faith that dreams can become reality, then he would not have been slain. I reference this famous tale not only because of the date, but because believing in dreams is what has gotten us to this point. And I do mean the collective us: you, me, Soulive, The Brooklyn Bowl…all of us.

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Leroy Justice Set
Evil K
Light Cig
Lovin Cup
16 Tons
Reverend Son
Tears of a Clown
Temp Cure
A Little More Conversation
(Las Vegas)

Leroy Justice opened Night II of Soulive’s Bowlive V last night at the Brooklyn Bowl. This hard-driving rock-n-roll band consists of the charismatic Jason Gallagher (guitar/vocals), Sloan Marshall (keys), Bradley Wegner (bass), Josh Karis (drummer) and Justin Mazer (guitarist). Playing a wide range of styles, they power through original tunes like “Evil K” and “Light Cig,” sprinkled with covers such as the Rolling Stone’s “Loving Cup” and Smokey Robinson’s “Tears of A Clown.” Everyone loves a well-played cover and this band has got it all. The maneuver through rock, country or sometimes just jam out on other songs. With a hearty spirit, they got the Bowl up and ready to dance.

“Let’s hear it for Bradley’s chin!” ~ Jason Gallagher, referencing Bradley Wegner’s shaved signature beard.

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Set I – 10pm
Outrage
DIG
Eleanor Rigby –> 3rd Stone –> Lenny
El Ron
Too Much
Never Gonna Let You Go
Every Body Wants to Rule The World

Soulive came out the gate last night with guns a-blazing. “Outrage” was the song that kicked off an evening of music that was, literally, outrageous!! Last night was a special night indeed, with three sets of music and a special guest who helped put the “RAGE” in “OUTRAGEOUS!!” Eric Krasno was shredding his guitar within a few measures. Bass keys player, Neal Evans, had his head down and his arms bent, tuned into his boards. All the while, the wildly talented drummer, Alan Evans, ancorhed the trio. For die-hard Soulive fans, this is as good as it gets for many. They don’t need anything or anyone tainting the sound of their favorite jazz/funk trio.

Observing that her friends had not yet arrived: “Everyone is missing the best part…right here…when it’s just the three of them.” ~ Nameless Diehard Fan

“What is that smell? ~ P.P. “That would be hippies and chicken” ~ K.D.

“DIG” is a personal favorite and sounds just like the title suggests. It’s as if the boys are digging for the best groove. Deep, consistent drumming by Alan Evans and Neal Evans’ bass keys drive the song home. Then, they hit us with a super psychedelic run of songs beginning with The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” into Jimi Hendrix’s “3rd Stone From the Sun,” into Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Lenny.” ENDLESS FACE-MELT! When Erick Krasno plays this run of songs, he channels every single vetran guitarist that made the song popular in the first place. From beautiful melodic embelishments, to improvisational rock to the sensual blues, it’s an absolute showcase of his instrument and talent.

That’s the blues, y’all ~ Alan Evans

“Eleanor Rigby” made me just straight up yell, “F&%king Bowlive!!”~ B.M., who is always in the front row!

The Shady Horns, Soulive’s house band, joined the stage for a fantastic rendition of “El Ron.” Saxophonist, Ryan Zoidis crushed the song as the only horn to play, while saxophonist James Casey hit the cowbell and trumpeter Eric Bloom shook the tambourine. Ryan Zoidis took this song to another level as he blew us away for what felt like an eternity. Had we been sitting, a standing ovation would have been in order. Instead, everyone just screamed and threw their fists in the air at the end of his extended solo.

I saw the tapers there and was so thankful for them. I wish they were at every night of Bowlive. These musical treasures should all be on archive.org for the public to enjoy. ~ K.D.

And now ladies and gentleman, Mr. Nigel Hall. The tenured Bowlive alum grabbed the microphone for “Too Much” and Eric Bloom delivered a tasty trumpet solo. There was some call and response with the audience and Nigel waxed poetic, “If you are in tune with the whole lot, that’s why ya do it.” “Never Gonna Let You Go” had everyone dancing and they ended the set with their amazing arrangement of the Tears For Fears tune, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” mashed up with Bobby Caldwell’s, “Open Your Eyes.”

Photo Courtesy of Dino Perrucci

Photo Courtesy of Dino Perrucci

Set II
Upright
Little Too Late
Nothing
Piece of My Heart
Check Out Your Mind
Need More Time
Pungee
Out In the Country
What Cha Say (not played)

The trio played a tight “Upright” alone on stage before welcoming, vocalist and Bowlive newb, Nicki Bluhm, to join them. She sang her original tune, “Little Too Late.” The energy deflated, as it does in all moments when the audience doesn’t know what is going on. However, as Bluhm warmed up her vocals, the crowd warmed up too and by the time she finished slaying Janis Joplin’s, “Piece of My Heart,” everyone was shouting her praises.

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To be honest, all my judgement on Nicki was boiling down to how she was gonna handle “Piece Of My Heart.” When she went for the high note at the end, instead of hitting the easier low note, that solidified her presence for me. That tiny little lady has soul. So happy to finally get to see her live. ~ K.D.

Nikki Bluhm is not messing around. Huge talent who’s hustling right now. Here crushing it with Soulive tonight, rocking with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe in San Francisco Sunday. ~ R.A.

Special guest, Mr. George Porter, Jr., was up next. The legendary bass player from The Meters brings with him a vibe that envelops the band when he joins in. Neal Evans, normally playing bass keys, graduates all his attention to the clavinet and just smoked the ivories during the rest of the blues-turned- funk set. A set that included Meters originals, “Check Out Your Mind,” “Need More Time,” and “Pungee.” These songs were released in the 70′s and this performance proved that they were just as relevant now and will be forever. Timeless music performed by an acclaimed bassist. They finished off the set with Sly and The Family Stone’s “Take You Higher.” All the while, Porter sang his heart out. He was straight up howling. Absolutely feeling it.

Last night was just a funky marathon. ~ B.M.

Set III – 1:45pm
Manic Depression
The Dragon
Sugaree
Ain’t No Use
How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You)

The venue must have lost two third of it’s customers after the second set. That would make it that much sweeter for those who remained after Krasno told them to “stay for a big surprise.” Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, in town for their annual residency at the Beacon Theatre, would be the icing on the cake for another fantastic evening of music.

Every year, Bowlivers assume Haynes will perform due to the residencies overlapping and you should cross your fingers in hopes that we might get Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks one night. That is the thing about Bowlive, you never know what you are going to really get by way of surprise musicians. ~ K.D.

Soulive performed “Manic Depression” before Warren Haynes was announced. All of a sudden, The Brooklyn Bowl stage now held Neal Evans, Alan Evans, Eric Krasno, George Porter, Jr., The Shady Horns and Warren Haynes. What musical power.

Warren Haynes and Porter embrace in musical friendship

Warren Haynes and Porter embrace in musical friendship

Warren stumbled with the tuning of his guitar at first but was given a second one a few minutes later. That’s when it really took off. They started with the Meter’s staple, “The Dragon,” sung by George Porter, Jr. Having never seen these two performers on the same stage together, I was completely enthralled. Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree” was next with Nicki Bluhm invited back to the stage for the vocals. Warren, Nicki and Porter took turns singing the verses while every musicians took a turn crushing a solo.

The third set was one of the most amazing sets of music I have ever seen. Watching Warren, Kras and Porter stand side by side crushing one endless solo after the next was epic. It felt like each one of them pushed the other to the next level of insane Jamming. Neal Evans also crushed a solo during this set that blew my mind. Warren should “Mix He Bite Me” (“The Dragon”) into the Mule sets forever. EPIC… ~ J.R.

Photo Courtesy of Marc Millman

Photo Courtesy of Marc Millman

Nikki Blum’s vocals were a beautiful addition to Warren Haynes’ southern drawl on “Sugaree.” Her voice stood out and made the song sound closer to a 70′s version by the Grateful Dead, featuring Donna Jean Godchaux. Then it was back to another Meter’s song, “Ain’t No Use.” Check out the video below for the straight fire.

Hearing a female voice in Grateful Dead music is a very familiar and joyous thing for many fans at Bowlive. Nicki’s voice brought me back to a happy place where Jerry resides. ~ J.R.

I freaked the F*&k out when they started playing [Ain't No Use]! I sprinted over to Marc Millman when they started, so fired up ~ R.A.

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This incredible night of music was capped off with a wonderful rendition of “How Sweet It Is,” a 1964 song written by the Motown songwriting team of Holland–Dozier–Holland and first recorded by American soul singer, Marvin Gaye. This was an extreme highlight as everyone was so pumped up. The audience was singing along, friends were hugging, lovers were embracing.

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Tonight’s special guest, returning for his second night, is the famous funky bassist from The Meters, Mr. George Porter, Jr. However, The London Souls are opening at 8:30 pm and continuing on to play with Soulive for a newly coined LondonSouLive performance. Be prepared to have your faces melted with shredding, ripping guitars and so much more….

List of Special Guests and Openers:

THURSDAY MARCH 13: w/ Special Guest: NIGEL HALL & Eddie Roberts – Click for the recap on TinyRager.com

FRIDAY MARCH 14:
w/ Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. & SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY MARCH 15
w/ Special Guest: GEORGE PORTER JR.
Featuring a special LONDON SOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY MARCH 18
w/ Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener: & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY MARCH 19
w/ Special Guests: JOE RUSSO & BILL EVANS
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY MARCH 20
w/ Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY MARCH 21
w/ Special Guest: MARCO BENEVENTO
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY MARCH 22
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Written by, Tinyrager.com