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Steve Kimock Residency: Night I @ Sullivan Hall (03.23.11)

Steve Kimock (Photo by TinyRager)

Steve Kimock (Photo by TinyRager)

Guitarist extraordinaire, Steve Kimock (Zero, Crazy Engine), kicked off a three night residency at Sullivan Hall last night in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  The crowd was thin as not many New Yorkers braved the lightening hail and sleet storm that came through unexpectedly.  Those who did were delivered an intimate, magical musical treat.

Line Up:

Steve Kimock – Guitar
Andy Hess – Bass
Henry Butler – Keys
John Morgan Kimock – Drums

Special Guests:
Donna Jean Godchaux – Vocals
Marc Muller – Guitar
Chris Burger – Vocals

Kimock Residency (Photo by K. Dugan)

Kimock Residency (Photo by K. Dugan)

Joining Steve Kimock on Sullivan Hall’s stage last night was the acclaimed New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, bassist Andy Hess (Govt Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield) and Steve’s son, John Morgan Kimock (Crazy Engine), on drums.  There were a few surprise guests as well.  After only one song into the first set, the foursome welcomed Donna Jean Godchaux (The Grateful Dead) and guitarist Marc Muller, from Dead On: Recreating The Grateful Dead Note For Note, graced the stage for the remainder of the set.

Kimock Residency (Photo by K. Dugan)

Kimock Residency (Photo by K. Dugan)

JMK (Photo by K. Dugan)

JMK (Photo by K. Dugan)

Now just for perspective on my love for Steve Kimock, I just need to throw a little info out there.  When I am I am asked to think of a musician that closely resembles or embodies Jerry Garcia or his spirit, my mind almost always shoots to Steve Kimock.  There really is no other name that ever seems to push Kimock’s out of my mind as a front runner. He is a musician I look to as a teacher.  He is a musician who is constantly willing to connect with his fans, willing to nourish new talent when he discovers it and constantly pushing the envelope of where he can take you with his guitar.


Click HERE for video of their rehearsal of “Crazy Fingers”

Butler and Kimock (Photo by K. Dugan)

Butler and Kimock (Photo by K. Dugan)

There was a stimulating sense of connection within the venue last night.  The lack of audience members did not create an empty feel as the music filled the space magnificently.  The first set was a straight up Grateful Dead infused vibe!  “Nana’s Chalk Pipe” started it off with Henry Butler’s New Orleans infused key play over the trippy Kimock guitar.  It was amazing, such a unique combination of sounds hitting such a small stage.  “Watch The River Flow,” an improved song with Donna Jean joining the stage for lyrics, followed.  “Crazy Fingers” brought the headiness up, up, up.  The group would break into free for all jams that flowed for minutes at a time, “Scarlett Begonias” showcasing each artist’s talents.  Kimock, seated on a stool, would close his eyes and melt into the jam from time to time.  It was moments like these where you could feel the air of Garcia around you. Marc Muller couldn’t have been more on point and it took a while for her vocals to warm up but once they did, Donna Jean’s voice and pure connection to Jerry helped stimulate the energy surrounding us.  They ended the set with a killer “Franklin’s Tower,” where Henry Butler made it clear to us that he felt the music, felt the spirit of Jerry within him.  I have never heard Henry Butler sound quite like he did last night.

The second set was supremely funkier. Andy Hess’s bass lines found their way to the forefront of the songs and Chris Burger (Alphabet Soup) joined the stage for a free style rap session that lasted over 15 minutes with deep exquisite solos brought out by each musician.  Ironically rapping of “rain” on such a gloomy night, he reminded us of the “yin and the yangs” of life which brought a completely different vibe from the first set.  Afterward, we welcomed the weather that was in store for us when we exited the venue. The remainder of the set delivered us a stage full of talented musicians jamming away at their leisure with a melodic under tone that helped lead them through to the end of the set.

Chris Burger (Photo by K. Dugan)

Chris Burger (Photo by K. Dugan)

Set I

Nana’s Chalk Pipe
Watchin’ the River Flow*
Crazy Fingers
Scarlet Begonias^
Eyes of the World
Franklins Tower

*Donna Jean Godchaux remains onstage for set 1
^Marc Muller from Dead On remains on stage for set I

Set II

Thing One
All Together Now *
Something You Got
It’s Up to You

*with vocals by CB (Chris Burger of Band of Brotherz/Alphabet Soup)

Next Wednesday, March 30, 2011, Steve Kimock will be back on stage welcoming Drummer Adam Deitch, Marco Benevento and Marc Friedman (The Slip).

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Bowlive 2011 Poster

Bowlive 2011 Poster

Being asked to write for The Royal Family Records website has been one of my greatest accomplishments.  I discovered Soulive in Charlottesville, Va back in 2000 and have been following their talent ever since.  Eric Krasno is one of my top ten favorite guitarist, I won’t tell you at which spot he lies 🙂 Alan Evans is a beast on the drums and what Neal Evans can do with his hands is spectacular, playing both the bass and keys himself.

Get some!

Get some!

Following their music over the years, I knew that this is where their musical headquarters lay when I decided to move to NYC.  I knew that my musical pallet would get a wide variety of musical flavors to choose from moving here in 2004 but it wasn’t until I fully immersed myself in the culture of music in NYC that I realized just how much there was to see and hear.

The lovely female voices of The Royal Family

The lovely female voices of The Royal Family

Bowlive 2010 was announced last March on the heels of my re-entry into NYC’s musical culture after 6 years being taken away due to life’s responsibilities.  Once I realized what this musical event was going to entail, I knew I couldn’t miss a single show.In addition to Bowlive containing all the Royal Family projects, we were delivered some of soul music’s greatest musicians and singers over a 10-night run. Unbelievable…

Ragin'

Ragin'

Don’t believe me? Go buy the 2010 Bowlive DVD on Amazon!! The 112-minute feature includes special guest appearances by Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Susan Tesdeschi, DJ Logic, Ivan Neville, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, Robert Randolph, ?uestlove, Rahzel, The London Souls, the Shady Horns, Nigel Hall, Danny Sewonik, Tash Neal, Raul Midón & more!

Taylor Hicks & Lenesha Randolph @ 2011 Bowlive

Taylor Hicks & Lenesha Randolph @ 2011 Bowlive

By the time Bowlive 2011 had come around, I was in place to write for The Royal Family and cover each night of Bowlive. This was a dream come true as I had placed various members and groups of The Royal Family in my “Top Ten Favorites” lists since discovering them.  This writing project was unmatchable in terms of excitement and it poured out in my writing without any help.

Adam Smirnoff and Nigel Hall @ Bowlive 2011

Adam Smirnoff and Nigel Hall @ Bowlive 2011

Over the course of 10 days, this musical marathon exposed hungry music lovers to over 25 artists, such as old school Funkateers, saxophonist Maceo Parker and keyboardist Bernie Worrell and jazz legend, guitarist John Scofield and pianists James Hurt and Ivan Neville.  As well, many were introduced to the amazing young talents such as vocalist Alicia Chakour and trumpeter Maurice Brown.  We were treated to the poetry in motion of rappers WAX, Pharoah Monch and Talib Kweli as well as the amazing musical talents of the Burbridge brothers, flautist Kofi and Bassist Oteil.   Our minds were blown as horn player Karl Denson and pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph brought the spirit of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix respectively to the stage for us all to climb to the highest heights of musical ecstasy. Corey Glover, Yonrico Scott and DJ Logic were all lying in the cut bringing their own flavors.  Behind it all, what really made this musical marathon amazing is the chemistry and talents of Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans, the brilliant New York City Soulfunk trio Soulive.

Karl D is the man!

Karl D is the man!

Here is a link to each of my nightly reviews on The Royal Family Records website. Enjoy!

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Bowlive II: Night Three – Soulive w/ Alecia Chakour and Bernie Worrell @ The Brooklyn Bowl

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

The Royal Family just keeps raising the bar as the third night of Bowlive 2 was spectacular!!! Any night where the new musical generation of a genre gets to play with an old school member something magical happens on stage.

Last night, fifteen musicians rotated on and off The Brooklyn Bowl‘s stage as Soulive hosted keyboardist/Moog extraordinaire Bernie Worrell of George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic for a Parliament Funkadelic tribute that brought people to their knees.

Alecia Chakour & The Osrah

Alecia Chakour – Vocals
James Casey – Saxaphone
Makaya McCraven– Drums
Jaron Olevsky – Guitar
Igmar Thomas – Trumpet
Darby Wolf – Keyboardist

Special Guests:
Nigel Hall – Keys, Vocals
Ryan Zoidis – Alto Saxophone
Cheme Gastelum – Saxophone
Alan Evans – Guitar

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

The vampy Alecia Chakour engaged the audience with her soulful vocals to open the evening.  Chakour’s emotive voice was a nice change from the Nigel Hall and WAX sets that opened the previous nights. She is a phenomenal power behind the microphone similar to the likes of Joss Stone but better.  Chakour spoke of family and a theme that would define the evening was unleashed.

The addition of Alecia Chakour to The Royal Family has been a pleasant surprise this year. The combination of Nigel Hall and Alecia Chakour’s voice is seamless.  His vibrant, smooth voice melds wonderfully with Alecia’s calm, sexy vocals. Their tonality and harmony on top of one another is flawless.  Their chemistry, amazing as he dances around her and she locks eyes with him.  So long as they continue to perform together, they will become a force to be reckoned with, without a doubt.

Bowlive 2010 alums James Casey and Igmar Thomas made up Chakour’s horn section while keyboardist Darby Wolf, guitarist Jaron Olevsky and drummer Makaya Marcus McCraven made their Bowlive debuts.  The smoothness flowed as Nigel Hall, Cheme Gastelum, Ryan Zoidis and Alan Evans (on guitar!) all joined the stage for a slow and subtle jamming “Hard Times,” joining two musical families together and closing out a great set!

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Special Guests: Bernie Worrell, James Hurt and ??  (Photo by Allison Murphy)

Soulive

Eric Krasno – Guitar
Neal Evans – Keys, bass
Alan Evans – Drums

Special Guests:
Alecia Chakour – Vocals
Nigel Hall – Keys, Vocals
Ryan Zoidis – Alto Saxophone
Cheme Gastelum – Saxophone

The ever hilarious MC Mike Gibney introduced Soulive speaking of his new haircut and how sharp he looks for this awesome band! Soulive started their set with tracks such as “Something” from their latest album Rubber SouliveThe Shady Horns, consisting of Ryan Zoidis and Cheme Gastelum, stepping in for Sam Kininger, were brought out to compliment the jazzy/funk trio on a KILLER “Hat Trick,” where Gastelum was given room to release a spectacular solo. Nigel Hall came out to lend his vocals to “Do the 2” and “Too Much” with help from Alecia Chakour.

Set List: Beatles medley, Something, Upright, For Granted, Hat Trick, Doin’ The 2, Too Much

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Soulive w/Bernie Worell

Bernie Worrell – Keys/Moog/Organ

Eric Krasno – Guitar
Neal Evans – Keys, bass-keys
Alan Evans– Guitar

Special Guests:

Chris Loftlin – Bass
James Hurt – Keys
Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff – Guitar
Nikki Glaspie – Percussion, drums, vocals
?uestlove – Drums
Ryan Zoidis – Saxophone
James Casey – Saxaphone
Cheme Gastelum – Saxophone
Igmar Thomas – Trumpet
Nigel Hall – Keys, Vocals
Lenesha Randolph – Backup vocals
Tanya Jones – Backup vocals
Mel Flannery – Backup vocals

When Parliament Funkadelic’s Bernie Worrell hit the stage, funk hit the fan.  It begged me to ask the question: Where would Soulive be without Parliament Funkadelic?  Where would the funk genre be without Parliament Funkadelic?

Parliament Funkadelic Group Promo Shot

Parliament Funkadelic Group Promo Shot

A group that helped define a genre, Parliament Funkadelic was the bearer of multiple musicians that helped developed what FUNK sounds like and stands for!!  Band leader George Clinton lead the Mothership of musical freaks to the promise land through his vocals, songwriting and outrageous character.  Bassist Williams “Bootsy” Collins is considered highly influential in his funk bass styling.  Then, you have Bernie Worrell,  an amazing keyboardist who brought the synthesizer to the forefront of funk.

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Almost as if Bernie Worrell was calling out to his youthful counterparts through his Moog, one by one every musician that was wondering around the venue ended up on stage.  Over the course of a phenomenal danceable set, 15 musicians including three guitarists (Alan Evans, Adam Smirnoff, Eric Krasno), five vocalists (Nigel Hall, Tanya Jones, Mel Flannery, Lenesha Randolph, Nikki Glaspie), four keyboardists (Neal Evans, Nigel Hall, James Hurt and Bernie Worrell), three horns (Ryan Zoidis, Cheme Gastelum, Igmar Thomas and James Casey), bassist Chris Loftlin and drummers Nikki Glaspie and Questlove,  tore the stage apart.


With a scarf on his head, Nigel Hall led the masses through a medley of P-Funk tunes.  Where some might say the “Dr. Frankenstein” was the highlight others will argue that “Flashlight” blew the cobwebs out our minds!  During “Mothership,” Bernie Worrell played the keys as Neal Evans perfectly projected a sound that emulated a spaceship landing.  It was amazing and uplifting to say the least.

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

During “Dr. Frankenstein”, my personal favorite RIPPING JAM of the night, hilarious bassist, Chris Loftlin, comes to the front of the stage, takes the microphone and proceeds to sing the children’s tune “Little Mrs. Muffit,” throwing us his ROCK HORNS and amping up the audience more then ever. He is so unbelievably fun, hilarious, vibrant and awesome!  I adore Chris Loftlin. Check it out:

Set List: Up For the Downstroke, Mothership, Dr, Frankenstein, Flashlight, Do That Stuff

Are you ready for more?  Tonight Krasno and the Evans Brothers welcome pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph (Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Word) to engage Brooklyn Bowl’s audience in yet another night of soulful music..

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Bowlive II: Night Two – Soulive w/ Wax, Pharoahe Monch & Lettuce @The Brooklyn Bowl

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOULIVE!!!

Bowlive 2! Night 2! Soulive kept the Brooklyn Bowl pumping with soul, funk and hip-hop last night.  The power trio, consisting of Eric Krasno and brothers Neal and Alan Evans, hosted hip-hop artists WAX and Pharoahe Monch for a night of hip-hop laden funk.

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Obscure hip-hop artist WAX opened the show with a few solo songs warming the crowd up before members of Soulive and Lettuce joined for a horn-raging “I Can’t Remember Your Name” and “Shake” As the musicians were plugging in, WAX recognizes that his mic is the only one whose is working.  “I can talk mad shit now! All ya mamma’s are fat!”  He looks at Krasno and says: “I didn’t say yall could come out and play.”

Not sure how to express how I felt about him but I knew I liked whatever he was doing once the band joined in.  I wish I could have understood him better but as I walked around the venue, I could never find a spot that feed me his lyrics in a way I could understand. Here is what I mean:

This is a little better:


The vibe was different from last night’s performance as the audience was filled with more hip-hop heads rather than old school Maceo Parker fans.  However, just like last night, the energy was the UP UP UP!  Prior to the performances, you could find members of Lettuce and Soulive roaming around the venue.  Where as last night it was packed so tight, so early, the musicians knew to stay in the cramped backstage area they normally reside. Even guitarist Kirk Yano was roaming the floors for a while.

There was a raffle that began to help raise awareness and monies for New Orleans Musicians still effected by Katrina.  Buying a ticket for $5 locks you into a possibility of snagging one of the three tapestries created by Michael Weintrob (Michael Weintrob Photography) picturing the members of Soulive in three amazing settings.  Check it out:

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

Fear and Loathing was playing on the big screen in the middle of the room.  I had to smile at that one. Tonight, I also realized that Michael Weintrob (Michael Weintrob Photography) and two of my favorite NYC based photographers, Dino Perrucci (Dino Perrucci Photography) and Allison Murphy, (Allison Murphy Photography) had released a limited edition book of pictures from Bowlive 2010 ($75) all signed by the band on opening night! I’ve looked at the book and everyone should get this one if you were there and have any emotional connection to the musical run that started a GREAT tradition at the Brooklyn Bowl!

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Soulive

Eric Krasno – Guitar
Neal Evans – Keys, bass
Alan Evans – Drums

This evening would mark Soulive’s twelfth birthday. Around 10:20pm, Nigel Hall introduced the members of Soulive and the bass heavy “Steppin” started it off. They played into a set of songs from their first album Get Down, released in 1999!

Soulive – Get Down! Album Track Listing
1       So Live!
2       Uncle Junior
3       Rudy’s Way
4       Cash’s Dream
5       Turn it Out
6       Brother Soul
7       Right On

(Photo By Allison Murphy)

(Photo By Allison Murphy)

“We are going old school yall,” shouted Alan Evans. There is something about his voice and the way he MCs, I just immediately snap to attention when I hear him.  Love him. He continued to tell a story of how there was so much hype over last year being Soulive‘s ten birthday that it was overlooked that it was really their eleventh  birthday.  So, the record was set straight and  “Rudy’s Way” was next, followed by a drumming solo by brother Alan Evans.

Lettuce w/Pharoahe Monch

Pharoahe Monch – Rapper

Eric Krasno – Guitar
Neal Evans – Keys, bass
Adam Deitch – Drums
Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff – Guitar
Alan Evans – Percussion, Vocals
E.D. “Jesus” Combes – Bass, Vocals
Ryan Zoidis – Alto Saxophone
Cheme Gastelum – Saxophone
Igmar Thomas – Trumpet
Brian Thomas – Trombone
Eric Bloom – Trumpet
Nigel Hall – Keys, Vocals

Special Guest:

Alecia Chakour – Vocals
James Hurt – Keys
Talib Kweli – Rapper

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

A raging Lettuce set closed out the night with sensational hip-hop artist Pharoahe Monch stepping in and spittin’ his way through “Welcome to the Terradome,” “Shine,” “Desire” and many of his signature songs.  This set was pure fire as drummer Adam Deitch beat on busted cymbals and Neal Evans almost knocked over his keyboard as they played with fierce excitement.

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Neal Evans has really stood out in my mind over the past two nights.  He is really amazing.  He holds down a position in a band that not many other artists hold down as he plays the bass line on the keyboards.  I love when I fall in love with musicians over and over again and right now, I’ve fallen in love with Neal and his amazing skill of playing the bass-keys.  I’d love to get inside his brain and his closet as he is always wearing killer kicks.

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

“Cash’s Dream,”  Nigel’s favorite Soulive song as he would later tell me, followed and I remembered that even musicians are big fans too!

Nigel Hall (The Nigel Hall Band), Alecia Chakour (Alecia Chakour & the Osrah) and Lenesha Randolph (Robert Randolph and the Family Band)  joined in on background vocals  while the horns section consisting of Eric Bloom (The Diane Bitch Band), Ryan Zoidis (Rustic Overtones), Igmar Thomas (The Igmar Thomas Quartet) and Brian Thomas (Pressure Cooker) provided that layer of funk that we all crave.

The highlight of the night, however, was when Talib Kweli bolted out onto the Lettuce stage to rip open “Move Somethin'” & “Get By.”

Soulive keeps the party going tonight with a Parliament Funkadelic tribute with P-Funk member Bernie Worell leading the pack.

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Bowlive II: Night One – Soulive w/ Lettuce and Maceo Parker

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Photo by Allison Murphy)

Bowlive 2, a two week Soulive residency at the Brooklyn Bowl, kicked off yesterday firing on all cylinders.  For a Tuesday, the venue was packed! You could literally feel The Gods of Funk smiling down upon the Bowl’s stage the entire night as we were delivered one of the funkiest weeknights the Brooklyn Bowl has seen.

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Right off the bat it was evident that this year would be different. There were more cameras propped up around the venue to tape the magic that would take place over the ten day run.  There were three beautiful tapestries lining one of the walls with Eric Krasno‘s face shimmering in gold.  There was a Soulive backdrop on the wall across from the merchandise table set up for fans to take pictures in front of.  But the biggest difference this year…Bowlive 2 opening night sold more tickets than The Funky Meters did on their opening night.  That is crazy!!  Last year on opening night the venue was barely half full.  It was quite literally myself, my boys Rob and Russ and maybe 50 other people.  It was also the night that I met the wonderful musical blogger of ViewsSkewed.com, Meredith Berke.  I can safely say, without her assistance and guidance, Tinyrager.com may never have existed 🙂

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

The Nigel Hall Band

Nigel Hall – Keys, Vocals
Eric Krasno – Bass
Adam Deitch – Drums
Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff – Guitar
Alan Evans – Percussion
Neal Evans – Keys, bass
Tania Jones– Backup vocals
Mel Flannery – Backup vocals

Special Guest:
Ryan Zoidis – Alto Saxophone

Last year’s Bowlive saw Nigel Hall singing alone at his Rhodes until the ends of his set when members of Soulive and Lettuce would join in to help him close it out with major energy.  After a year of rotating back ground singers and putting together various combinations of musicians, The Nigel Hall Band has finally gotten it’s core group on lock down.

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

A little after 9pm, The Nigel Hall Band, consisting of Eric Krasno on bass, Adam Deitch on drums, Neal Evans on organ, Alan Evans on percussion, Mel Flannery and Tania Jones on backup vocals and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff on guitar, hit the stage filling the excessively packed venue with soulful songs layered with get-down funk.  It’s always awesome seeing Krasno on bass.  He is so smooth with his guitar and to see him with a bass while others fill the guitar spot,  well, it’s fun! The always soulful Hall, decked out in an orange and white argyle sweater and a baseball cap, geared us up in a way that only he could.  While most songs were sung seated at his Rhodes, Hall sang his way through fan favorites such as “Never Know” and “Gimmie A Sign.”

Engaging the audience with his expressive nature, Hall danced around the stage for “Never Gonna Let You Go” and “Too Sweet” during which Ryan Zoidis came out for an impromptu saxophone solo.   Nigel Hall’s undeniable energy is exactly why Soulive has slated him to open for the remainder of the Bowlive 2 run.

Set List: Baby We Could Have It All (end), Hang It Up,  Back Home, Give Me A Sign, Too Sweet, Never Know, Never Wanna Let You Go

Click here to download a copy of the performance for your enjoyment!

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Soulive

Eric Krasno – Guitar
Neal Evans – Keys, bass
Alan Evans – Drums

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

By the time the members of Soulive were set to hit the stage, the Brooklyn Bowl was a sardine can busting at the edges with excitement.  However, before the anticipated set could begin, Brooklyn Bowl owner Peter Shapiro came on stage to express his gratitude for this musical event and for the audience participation by offering 600 shots of Tequila which were delivered by the tray full throughout the venue.

The lucky residents of New York City recognized that even though this was a school night, nothing would keep them from enjoying the first night of what is expected to be a giant success of a musical run. Pete knew this and the turn out was jaw-dropping.  Perhaps everyone felt stupid for missing Lettuce and Maceo Parker playing Brooklyn Bowl together back in January.  Perhaps they just heard how good it was and needed to check these guys out for themselves.

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

Nigel Hall comes to the front of the stage and screams into the microphone, “Are you ready to Rage?”…a pitiful response follows.  He repeats himself and the venue caught on.  We were ready to rage.

Finally, the hosts for the night, guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and organist Neal Evans, appropriately dressed in Royal Purple, entered on stage and the Brooklyn Bowl erupted.  Over the course of the next hour, the funky trio blasted through “El Ron” and releasing a fantastic “One in Seven” on us before offering us a few Beatles covers from their latest album, Rubber Soulive.

Set List: El Ron, Aladdin, One in Seven, Come Together, Eleanor Rigby—>I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

Click here to download a copy of the performance for your enjoyment!

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

Lettuce w/ Maceo Parker

Maceo Parker – Saxophone

Eric Krasno – Guitar
Neal Evans – Keys, bass
Adam Deitch – Drums
Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff – Guitar
Alan Evans – Percussion, Vocals
E.D. “Jesus” Coomes – Bass, Vocals
Ryan Zoidis – Alto Saxophone
Cheme Gastelum – Saxophone
Igmar Thomas – Trumpet
Brian Thomas – Trombone
Eric Bloom – Trumpet
Nigel Hall – Keys, Vocals

Special Guest:

Alecia Chakour – Vocals
James Hurt – Keys

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Lettuce came on stage raging full force into the appropriately named “Blast Off” with “Last Suppit” following. A few songs in, Maceo Parker, the leader of James Brown’s infamous horn section, joined the stage.  As he enters, he playfully goes for Nigel Hall‘s baseball cap and then drops his hand and they share a laugh.  Now it was time to dance your ass off as they raged right into several covers beginning with Parliament Funkadelic’s “Up for the Down Stroke.”

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

It was pretty sick to see Cheme join the horns even though Sam wasn’t there and how it was nice they gave him real room to solo during the encores, the same way they gave James Casey a long solo during “Get Back” last year. ~ Russ Agdern

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

The tidal wave of funk through the combination of Lettuce and Maceo continued to bring the fire with “Uptown Up” were Maceo rapped the Corey Parker verse.  “There Was a Time,” a James Brown favorite, saw Adam Deitch solo on the drums as Maceo Parker teased Brown’s “Cold Sweat” over top.  At one point Parker focuses on  It was then time to give Ray Charles a little love as Maceo and the gang brought it down nice and slow for “Night Time is the Right Time” where Alecia Chakour ripped a solo that had all eyes on her and people asking left and right, “Who was this phenomenal voice?”

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

The remainder of the set continued to up the heat with funky vibes and soulful solos. Alecia Chakour joined backup vocals as Maceo Parker exited the stage.  She is absolutely amazing.  Talk about attitude and vocal style. Straight soul sista right there.  An audience member got on a friend’s shoulder and screamed for her during her solo before being asked to get down. The energy in this place was killer.

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

(Photo by Michael Jurick)

There was a time where there were at least 8 people on stage and they were all just playing, improving beats. Nigel and Chakour inserting their voices in various places.  The focus was again on Nigel Hall as he busts out his vocals with “Making My Way Back Home.” Acclaimed Jazz pianist, James Hurt, popped in for a few minutes to tear up “Pass the Peas” and  again for the encore of “By Any Schmeans Necessary.” Somewhere in the middle of all of it, Maceo Parker returns to the stage in his long winter jacket, looking all ready to walk out the door, but not without one more goodbye!

Set List: Blast Off, Last Suppit, P-Funk Medley including: Up for the Down Stroke/Mothership Connection/Let’s Take It To The Stage/take Your Dead Ass Home, Uptown Up, There Was a Time, Night Time is the Right Time, Shake Everything U Got, Pass the Peas, Soul Power tease, Makin My Way Back Home.

Encore: Sam’s Flying Huff Machine, By Any Schmeans Necessary

Click here to download the Lettuce Set

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

(Photo by Allison Murphy)

Tonight Soulive will take the stage with yet another serving of Lettuce along with a few sides of hip-hop MC Pharoahe Monch and WAX.  Be prepared to be blown away by their spittin’ lyrics and fresh beats.

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March Music Calendar

March 2011 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

  • (Free) The Jamie McLean Band @ 315 Bowery
    • John Varvatos Presents: JMB’s 2011 EP Release Party! Free Show! Open Bar!
  • ($10) Red Baraat @ Barbes
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Corey Glover & Bernie Worrell @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($33-$95) Tibet House Benefit Concert @ Carnegie Hall
    • Feat: Philip Glass, Tenzin Choegyal, The Flaming Lips, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal, James McCartney, The Roots, Patti Smith, Jesse Smith and Michael Campbell, Michael Stipe
  • ($40-$80) Mahler’s Fourth Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall

Friday, March 4th, 2011

  • ($7-$10) Official Conspirator After-Show feat. The Manhattan Project @ The Delancey
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Robert Randolph & Corey Glover @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Rebelution and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25) Conspirator @ Gramercy Theatre (Mis Ter Bugsley)
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio with Victor Bailey & Lenny White @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40-$80) Mahler’s Fourth Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($40-$45) Dr. John and the Lower 911, Marco Benevento, High and Mighty Brass Band @ Sullivan Hall

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (late night)
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Robert Randolph @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio with Victor Bailey & Lenny White @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) 5th Annual Nolafunk Mardi Gras Ball: featuring Dr. John & The Lower 911 , Soul Rebels Brass Band and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($40-$80) Mahler’s Fourth Symphony @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($41-$331) Bon Jovi @ Madison Square Garden

Sunday, March 6tht, 2011

  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio with Victor Bailey & Lenny White @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30) Fred Hersch & Joshua Redman Duo @ Jazz Standard

Monday, March 7th, 2011

  • ($5) London Souls Residency @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Friday, March 11th, 2011

  • (FREE) Tall Tall Trees @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Karl Denson, Van Hunt @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Budos Band @ The Bell House
  • ($18) Tab Benoit & Kung Fu @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($22) Los Amigos Invisibles @ HighLine Ballroom
  • ($25) Devon Allman’s Honeytribe @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Al Dimeola World Sinofina @ The Blue Note
  • ($30-$43) Dropkick Murpheys @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($35) Pete Yorn with very special guest Ben Kweller @ Terminal 5
  • ($46-$54) Piano Power: Brad Mehldau & Friends w/ Joshua Redman @ Zankle Hall
  • ($59) FURTHUR: Phil Lesh & Bob Weir @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Saturday, March 12th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (late night)
  • ($15) Bowlive 2: Soulive w/ Matisyahu
  • ($59) FURTHUR: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater
    • ($10) A Post Furthur and Allman Brothers Band Show w/ Reckoning @ Sullivan Hall
    • ($25) Post Allmans in New York Midnight Concert Series w/ The Yonrico Scott Band featuring Oteil and Kofi Burbridge @ Iridium Jazz Club

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30-$40) Al Dimeola World Sinofina @ The Blue Note (2 shows)
  • ($30-$42) Intimate Solo Acoustic Citizen Cope @ City Winery

Monday, March 14th, 2011

  • ($5) London Souls Residency @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Steve Martin performing with The Steep Canyon Rangers: An Evening of Bluegrass & Banjo @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($30-$42) Intimate Solo Acoustic Citizen Cope @ City Winery
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($5) That 1 Guy @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30-$42) Intimate Solo Acoustic Citizen Cope @ City Winery
  • ($35) Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($59) FURTHUR: Phil Lesh and Bob Weir @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

  • ($10) Gent Treadly @ The Sugar Bar
  • ($30-$42) Intimate Solo Acoustic Citizen Cope @ City Winery (2 shows)
  • ($35) Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($40) New York Dolls @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($80-$180) Elton John @ Madison Square Garden

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

  • (Free) The Farewell Drifters @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) Dead Kenny G’s @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Chris Morrisey Quartet w/ Mark Guiliana @ The Jazz Gallery
  • ($18-$22) JJ Grey(MOFRO) solo acoustic with Shannon McNally @ City Winery
  • ($35) Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Joe’s Pub
  • ($40) New York Dolls @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($50-$93) Celtic Women @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Friday, March 18th, 2011

  • (Free) Nutritious @ The Cove
  • ($5) The Heavy Pets (GOLDYS BIRTHDAY PARTY) @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($5) Buzz Universe & Afro Skull @ The Bowery Poetry Club
  • ($30) Duduka Da Fonseca Quintet featuring Anat Cohen @ Jazz Standard
  • ($35) FUNK SUMMIT: Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), Fred Wesley (James Brown, P-Funk) @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater
    • ($12) A Post Allman Brothers Band Show featuring Some Cat From Japan: The Music Of Jimi Hendrix featuring Scott Metzger / Will Bernard / Ron Johnson / Eric Bolivar @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($60-$275) Janet Jackson – Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

  • (Free) Mark Guiliana @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (late night)
  • ($10) Anders Osborne w/ Leroy Justice @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30-$40) Pat Martino Organ Quartet @ Birdland
  • ($35) FUNK SUMMIT: Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), Fred Wesley (James Brown, P-Funk) @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater
  • ($60-$275) Janet Jackson – Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour @ Radio City Music Hall

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

  • ($20) Murder By Death @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($60-$200) Diana Ross – Greatest Hits Tour @ St. George Theater, S.I.
  • ($75-$125) Benefit for Cornell Dupree w/ Cornell Dupree, Joe Cocker and Dr. John @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($80-$180) Elton John @ Madison Square Garden

Monday, March 21st, 2011

  • ($5) London Souls Residency @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($10-$17) 101.9 Wrxp 3rd Anniversary Show Feat. Guster @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25) Mingus Dynasty @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Rick Derringer @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($50) Keyshia Cole @ B.B. Kings
  • ($60-$275) Janet Jackson – Number Ones, Up Close and Personal World Tour @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($15-$20) Mike Gordon @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($18-$22) Noah and The Whale @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25-$40) Paula Cole – DIVINALE: A Month of Wine, Women and Song @ City Winery
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

  • ($10/$12) Heyoka, The Malah, Octopus Nebulae, Tucci @ Public Assembly (Mis Ter Bugsley)
  • ($15) Surprise Me Mr. Davis @ The Bell House
  • ($15-$20) Mike Gordon @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$25) Steve Kimock 2011 NYC Residency w/ special guests Henry Butler , Andy Hess (Gov’t Mule, Black Crowes, John Scofield) and John Morgan Kimock @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30) Jeff Lorber Fusion @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

  • ($10) The Macpodz and Sister Sparrow And The Dirty Birds @ Studio at Webster Hall
  • ($25) James Blood Ulmer with The Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Jeff Lorber Fusion @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$52) Cold War Kids @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($40-$80) Hungarian Echoes IV: Bartók’s First Piano Concerto @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Friday, March 25th, 2011

  • ($??) Mahavishnu Project plays Jeff Beck (Wired, Blow By Blow, There & Back) @ Iridium Jazz Club
    • DVD Release Event for “Jeff Beck: Live at Iridium” [free DVD giveaways]
  • ($12) A Post Furthur & Allman Brothers Band Show featuring Some Cat From Japan: The Music Of Jimi Hendrix featuring Nigel Hall , Scott Metzger , Will Bernard , Ron Johnson , Eric Bolivar @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($18-$20) The Wood Brothers with Carsie Blanton @ City Winery (2 shows)
  • ($20) Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) James Blood Ulmer with The Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ Jazz Standard
  • ($25) Post Allmans in New York Midnight Concert Series Col. Bruce Hampton and Pharoah Gummitt Featuring Duane Trucks @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30) Steve Smith, Jon Herington and Col. Bruce Hampton @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($32.50) Victor Wooten and Stanley Clarke @ BB Kings
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$47) Queens of the Stone Age @ Terminal 5
  • ($40-$80) Hungarian Echoes IV: Bartók’s First Piano Concerto @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($50-$60) Don McLean with Special Guest Dar Williams @ Town Hall
  • ($50-$84) Furthur @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem (late night)
  • ($10) A Post Furthur and Allman Brothers Show with Reflections @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($15-$20) Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) James Blood Ulmer with The Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ Jazz Standard
  • ($35) Hubert Sumlin Band @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40) Charlie Haden Quartet West Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Release of Sophisticated Ladies @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$80) Hungarian Echoes IV: Bartók’s First Piano Concerto @ Avery Fisher Hall
  • ($45-$65) Afro-Cuban All Stars @ The Concert Hall
  • ($50-$84) Furthur @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($61-$172) Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theater
  • ($100-$175) Rod Stewart / Stevie Nicks – Heart and Soul Tour @ Madison Square Garden

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

  • ($8-$10) Dangermuffin @ The Rock Shop
  • ($25) Hubert Sumlin Band @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($25) James Blood Ulmer with The Memphis Blood Blues Band featuring Vernon Reid @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir @ BB Kings
  • ($50-$84) Furthur @ Radio City Music Hall

Monday, March 28th, 2011

  • ($5) London Souls Residency @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($25) New Sounds Live: So Percussion and Bobby Previte with John Medeski, Zeena Parkins, DJ Olive & Jen Shyu @ Merkin Concert Hall
  • ($35) Hubert Sumlin Band @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($40-$47) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($50-$117) Jeff Beck and Rock N Roll Party w/ Imelda May & Her Band @ Radio City Music Hall

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall (late night)
  • ($5) BoomBox @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12-$65) Medeski Martin & Dunn, John Zorn & MASADA Marathon @ David H. Koch Theater
    • Featuring: Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Dave Douglas, John Medeski, Secret Chiefs 3, Greg Cohen, Joey Baron, Cyro Baptista, Kenny Wollesen, Jamie Saft, Erik Friedlander, Mark Feldman, Sylvie Courvoisier, Trevor Dunn, and many others
  • ($20) Billy Martin w/ Dj Oliver and Ikue @ The Stone
  • ($30-$40) Kevin Eubanks Trio @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$47) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($55-$65) Billy Bragg – At Home In The City W/ Special guest Ben Sollee @ City Winery

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

  • ($20) Steve Kimock 2011 NYC Residency with special guests Marco Benevento , Marc Friedman (The Slip) , Adam Deitch (Lettuce, Breakscience) @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($25) Reggie Watts @Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($30-$40) Kevin Eubanks Trio @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35-$60) Aaron Neville @ BB Kings Blues Club
  • ($40-$47) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($55-$65) Billy Bragg – At Home In The City W/ Special guest Ben Sollee @ City Winery

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

  • ($20) Mimosa @ Irving Plaza (Mis Ter Bugsley)
  • ($27.50) Tim Reynolds @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Kevin Eubanks Trio @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$47) LCD Soundsystem @ Terminal 5
  • ($55-$65) Billy Bragg – At Home In The City W/ Special guest Ben Sollee @ City Winery

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