LIVE: The Royal Family Affair @ Stratton Mountain, Day One, 8/12/11

August 24th, 2011, 5:00 pm by Greg
Dave One of Chromeo

Dave One of Chromeo

The lucky 1,500 or so who attended Soulive’s sizzling Royal Family Affair were treated to talent on an immense scale. This was not merely a line-up of favorite bands doing familiar songs and long-winded jams, but pure improvisation that sometimes surprised the musicians themselves, with nods of appreciation and laughs with each other over what just went down. One of the ticket options was called a “Full Rager,” and that’s exactly how you could describe the entire weekend. The Friday and Saturday late night DJ sets could be considered “Full Ravers,” as well.

The concert-goers, who included plenty of music students and musicians, had an appreciation for the high caliber of music that was experienced. The level of playing exceeded all expectations and had the entire audience dancing from beginning to end. It was impossible not to dance with the emphasis on funk, classic soul, jazz, rock, reggae, R&B, electronica and improvised jams. When they weren’t dancing, participants hiked, rode the lift to the top of the scenic mountain, strolled the Stratton Mountain Village or played volleyball, tetherball, four-square and frisbee as they soaked in the music. The weather was cool and breezy, and the skies were clear at night to take in the full moon hanging over the pines, as well as the Persied meteor showers streaking overhead.

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Interview: Alan Evans of Soulive

August 9th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
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 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

August 3rd, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg


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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