Soulive kicked off its multi-day Bowlive residency at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Bowl last night. The show established the run’s format: Soulive/Lettuce singer Nigel Hall opened the show, the classic Soulive trio played next and the evening closed with a guest-heavy Soulive set. The trio’s first set opened with “Up Shot” and included a number of songs off the band’s debut album Get Down!, including “So Live,” “Turn it Out,” ‘Rudy’s Way” and “Uncle Junior.”
The band opened its second set by playing “Cannonball” with the help of regular Soulive saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, saxophonist James Casey and trumpeter Blake Hillard. Living Colour guitarist Vernon Reid then took the stage for covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Crosstown Traffic” and “Manic Depression,” as well as Sly Stone’s “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).”
Soulive’s Brooklyn Bowl residency will continue this evening. Zoidis, guitarist Charlie Hunter and singer/songwriter Raul Midon are among the guests scheduled to join Soulive onstage. Hunter recently laid down some tracks for Nigel Hall’s upcoming album.