Brothers Alan and Neal Evans, on drums and Hammond B-3 organ, respectively, form two-thirds of the soul/groove trio Soulive. Rounding out the group is Eric Krasno on guitar. The band was formed in the late '90s when all three members were under 25 years old. However, each already had a substantial background in the "jam band" scene. Alan and Neal are former members of Moon Boot Lover, and Alan also played with the Greyboy Allstars. Krasno founded the super-funky Lettuce, a wildly popular Boston-based band.
Soulive is all about danceable, organ-driven instrumental groove-jazz. Their success is a result of fusing the soul-jazz of the past with a modern hip-hop feel. Krasno's spidery yet very direct guitar lines recall Grant Green. The rhythmic concepts employed date back to those learned from artists such as James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Sly Stone.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Brooklyn-based soul-infused rock band Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds will kick off Super Bowl weekend by performing Led Zeppelin IV in its entirety. The show will take place at Brooklyn Bowl on January 31st and will feature the band’s take on such classic songs as “Stairway to Heaven”, “Black Dog” and “When the Levee Breaks”, in addition to fan-favorite originals. Following on the success of their last hometown show at Irving Plaza in November, the band conducted an online poll to select a classic album to cover, and fans selected Zeppelin IV as the winner by a large margin.
Grammy award-winner and former American Idol judge Randy Jackson produced the band’s recently released EP, Fight. The EP’s lead single and video for “The Long Way” were premiered in partnership with Billboard and Baeble, respectively. In 2014, the band will premiere new material at SXSW and continue on their extensive touring schedule. Since releasing their debut album in 2010, the band has brought their “stick-to-your-ribs style rock” (Wall Street Journal) nationwide, playing 150 shows across the country
in each of the past three years. In addition to appearing at major festivals such as Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, and Firefly, they have shared the stage with the likes of The Avett Brothers, Gov’t Mule, Trombone Shorty & New Orleans Avenue, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, among others.