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.
Alecia Chakour Band
Dubbed a "breakout young artist" by the New York Times, Alecia Chakour is a blues siren. Armed with a gritty, bellowing voice, she wraps her vocal chords around stories of love, heartbreak and struggle with the timelessness of an old soul reincarnate. Alecia coalesces gospel harmonies and an ardent R&B feel to make remarkably honest music that echoes influences such as Mavis Staples and Bonnie Bramlett, but with a voice, perspective and fire all her own.
The daughter of a musician, Alecia grew up in rhythm and blues and has found her home there. The past several years have seen Alecia touring and collaborating with a diverse roster of exciting artists, most recently as a member of the Warren Haynes Band. She is now preparing her first full length album along with her Osrah ("family" in Arabic) of some incredible artists she's come to love along the way to create a raw sound that has been deftly described as "sultry badass-ness."