Soulive celebrated its 10th anniversary and the launch of its Royal Family record label with a festival at Northampton, MA’s Pines Theater this past Saturday. The Royal Family Get Down kicked off with an appearance by the Nigel Hall Band and also featured support sets by the Charlie Hunter Duo with Eric Kalb, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Hall also made a guest appearance on vocals during Hunter’s set. As expected, Soulive’s headlining performance was a family affair featuring a number of the day’s performers. Hall, who has been on the road with Soulive recently, took the stage for “Too Much” and, along with Jones, “Signed Sealed and Delivered.” John Scofield, who played guitar on Soulive’s first major album Turn It Out, then emerged for “What You See Is What You Get,” “Backwards Jack” and later “Move on Up.” Throughout the entire set, the core Soulive trio was enhanced by the horn section of Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis.
As many readers are likely aware, Krasno, Kininger, Zoidas and Neal Evans also play in Lettuce. So it seemed fitting that partway through Soulive’s set drummer Alan Evans moved to percussion and most of Lettuce—Hall, drummer Adam Deitch and guitarist Adam Smirnoff—took the stage for a stealth Lettuce spot. A medley of James Brown tunes closed out the night.
Later in the evening, Break Science ft. Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee headlined the event’s official after party at Northampton, MA’s Pearl Street. At various points throughout the night, both Krasno’s Chapter 2 band and Lettuce made stealth appearances on stage.