Posts Tagged ‘Soulive’

LIVE: Soulive @ the College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 10/30/11

Monday, November 7th, 2011
Eric Krasno

Eric Krasno

“This is about the exact opposite of last night,” Soulive’s Alan Evans drily observed, looking up at the crowd that packed the Massry Center for the band’s return to the Capital Region. Uhh, Alan? About that “exact opposite” thing? The feeling’s kinda-sorta mutual. But don’t worry, I understand… kinda-sorta.

It hadn’t been a great day for the group, when you get right down to it. Between driving through the snowstorm that smacked downstate and getting a flat tire on their Penske van, Soulive arrived a half-hour later than expected. Apparently, this necessitated that the announced 7:30pm start time be pushed back a half-hour. No biggie: Massry staffers put up notices all over the entrance area, and people seemed perfectly happy to sit in their chairs and hang out. The band’s latest disc “Rubber Soulive” (Royal Family Records) was supposed to be a blistering examination of the Fab Four’s legendary discography, and everyone wanted to see it in concert – me especially, after suffering through David Lanz’ calculated desecration of “the Lads” a couple of weeks before. (Read review here.)

But when 30 minutes stretched to 40, and the only people coming onstage were duct-tape-wielding technicians, I began wondering if the tribute subject had switched from the Beatles to the Rolling Stones. Fortunately, this did not turn into “the breakfast show.” Soulive came out single-file at the 45-minute mark, all wearing thin-lapeled black suits and skinny ties in the tradition of the “Hard Day’s Night”-era Beatles; the only differentiation came from the color of the soles of the band’s black sneakers and guitarist Eric Krasno’s purple tie. Then they kicked into a completely nasty version of “Drive My Car”, and that was that – all delays forgotten, all sins forgiven.

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Interview: Alan Evans of Soulive

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011
Alan Evans

Alan Evans performing with Soulive at Revolution Hall in Troy, 10/23/09 (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Not only the drummer and driving force behind the big beat of the fab funkateers Soulive, Alan Evans is also the sound engineer and producer for Soulive and their record label, Royal Family Records. And, of course, along with his bandmates Eric Krasno and Neal Evans, he’s also been deeply involved with organizing the Royal Family Affair, a funky, three-day festival of music and more that will be taking over Stratton Mountain this weekend.

Yeah, he’s a mighty busy guy, but fortunately not too busy to take a few moments to chat with Nippertown.com about the upcoming Royal Family Affair, Soulive and his other projects:

Q: Do you plan on making this a regular event?

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Festival Fever: The Royal Family Affair @ Stratton Mountain, 8/12-14

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
Soulive

Soulive

Join Eric Krasno, Alan Evans and Neal Evans – the members of the funk-soul-jazz trio Soulive – for a three-day get-down at beautiful Stratton Mountain in the Green Mountains of Vermont on August 12-14. Soulive has toured with bands from the Rolling Stones to Dave Matthews, and they’re bringing a whole bunch of their friends together for a weekend blow-out of funk-soul jams.

The diverse line-up boasts Royal Family label-mates and very special guests including – Chromeo, Lettuce, Big Gigantic, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstafunk, Karl Denson, John Medeski, Skerik, Adam Deitch, the London Souls, Zach Deputy, John Brown’s Body, the Pimps of Joytime, Paper Diamond, Jennifer Hartswick, Caveman, Charlie 2NA, the Shady Horns, the Sam Kininger Band, Neal., Kraz (DJ set), lespecial and the Royal Family All-Stars. And, of course, Soulive will be playing the closing set on Saturday night.

It all gets started with the Sam Kininger Band at 6pm on Friday, August 12.

What makes the Royal Family Affair so spectacular is not only the powerhouse performances, but the series of intimate 75-minute studio clinics and workshops with the artists, open to musicians of all levels and festival participants, for an additional fee and pre-registration. The workshops are $15 each, or you can purchase an all-workshop pass for just $75.

The afternoon workshops cover quite a variety of topics:

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Festival Fever: Bella Terra Festival @ Gardner’s, 8/19-22/10

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Soulive

Soulive


The Bella Terra Festival rolls into Gardener’s Farm in Stephentown (at the intersection of Routes 22 & 43) on Thursday, and it promises to be the biggest Bella Terra bash yet with such impressive headliners as Soulive and reggae pioneer Lee “Scratch” Perry.

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LIVE: Soulive @ Revolution Hall, 10/23/09

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Frenzied fingers: Soulive's Eric Krasno

Frenzied fingers: Soulive's Eric Krasno


Outside, the onslaught of sonic energy emanating from Revolution Hall on Friday night had the building rocking on its River Street foundation. Inside, the power-trio Soulive churned loud, electric, funky-jazzy-blues sounds to a packed house of people lost in the groove.

Throughout the night, Neal Evans’ fingers danced around and in between three tiers of organ-clavinet-synthesizer keyboards, while his brother Alan’s sticks continually whirled from one end of the drum kit to the other. Smack in the middle, guitarist Eric Krasno embodied stoic coolness as his frenzied fingers madly traversed the fretboard.

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