On Thursday night, Soulive kicked off the eighth installment of Bowlive, their recurring residency at Brooklyn Bowl, with full set featuring Dumpstaphunk keyboardist/vocalist Ivan Neville, plus a horn section sit in, some choice covers and more.
The evening opened up with the trio—guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans—running through some of their catalog by themselves, including cuts like “Steppin’,” and “Uncle Jr.,” before welcoming the horn duo of trombonist Brian Thomas and saxophonist Jared Sims for the final two tunes of the set, “PJ’s” and “Up Right.”
For set two, Soulive once again brought out the horns, plus the announced guest for the night, Ivan Neville, who helped the group kick off the frame with a cover of Sly & The Family Stone’s “I Cannot Make It,” followed by “Got Soul” from Soulive’s 2005 album, Break Out, which featured Neville. The collective then launched into covers of “Quitters Never Win” from the late New Orleans legend Dr. John and Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box,” which Neville’s Dumpstaphunk sometimes covers at their own performances. The set later rounded out with another Sly Stone tune, “If You Want Me To Stay,” and Soulive and their guests closed out night one with a cover of The Meters’ “Fiya On the Bayou.” (Ivan’s uncle Art Neville is a founding member of The Meters, and Ivan frequently plays with members of the funk icons and the extended Neville family.)
Check out last night’s setlist below, along with full-show video from the webcast via The Relix Channel, where fans can watch all six nights for free. Bowlive VIII continues this evening with special guest Oteil Burbridge.
Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
Set I: Steppin’, Big Brother, Uncle Jr., Rudy’s Way, PJ’s^, Up Right^
Set II: I Cannot Make It*^, Got Soul*^, Quitters Never Win*^, Heart Shaped Box*^, Take It Easy*^, Jesus Children*^, If You Want Me to Stay*^
Enc: Fiya On the Bayou*^
Notes: ^ w/ Brian Thomas and Jared Sims
* w/ Ivan Neville