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Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Bowlive V: Night IV – Soulive feat. Jon Cleary and John Scofield @ The Brooklyn Bowl (03.18.14)

As the members of Soulive settled in over the years, their Brooklyn Bowl based annual residency, Bowlive, has became as institutional as the music itself. During the first week, the audience was privileged enough to enjoy the musical styling of vocalists Nigel Hall and Nicki Bluhm, turntablist DJ Logic, rocking guitarists Warren Haynes and Eddie Roberts, legendary bassist George Porter, Jr., and house band, The Shady Horns. Full band performances and collaborations by Leroy Justice and The London Souls added to the marvel. Every song sailed down the middle of the stage, rolled by the trio with the consistency of a pro bowler. This consistency, of course, has been the key to Soulive’s longevity.

“When Soulive hit the stage, I was surprised at how they constantly matched the energy from the previous nights. I’m always reminded of the 80’s power trio bands that filled a room with just three musicians and am amazed how these guys do it. A modern day jazz/funk power trio like no other.” ~ R.G.

Commencing with their second week of Bowlive V, Neal Evans, Alan Evans and Eric Krasno have put together another long list of talented musicians to keep us satiated for the remaining five nights. Over the next few evenings our musical senses will be overloaded with the likes of Joe Russo, Susan Tedeschi, Jon Cleary, Bill Evans, Alan Evans Trio, DMC (of Run DMC), Marco Benevento, Sonya Kitchell, and WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger. You can also count on some surprise guests.

For night IV, Soulive made all the right moves, showering the audience in musical genius, making sure no one would regret coming out on a Tuesday night. With Jon Cleary and John Scofield as the special guests last night, it was the perfect kick-off for the second week. And what a kick-off it was. It was truly stimulating. Soulive and their guests performed one long extended set with Jon Cleary opening to a packed house at 8:30pm.

“Notes from the front line, my first encounter with Bowlive! Thank you Soulive and Brooklyn Bowl for making our first Brooklyn Bowl/Bowlive experience a very memorable one. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff and had a great pre-show dinner, followed by the acquisition of the highly coveted John Warner Bowlive poster, which are limited to 15 posters per evening. After seeing some fellow Pittsburghers and Jam Cruisers, we secured our spots on the platform area with a killer view of the stage.” ~ M.M & L.M.

Jon Cleary Set
Unknown
I Feel So Damn Good I’ll Be Glad When I Get the Blues
Cheating On You
When You Get Back, We Gonna Cha Cha All Night Long
The Crave (an emotionally complex piece.)
I Get The Blues When It Rains
Unknown (Boogie Woogie Tune)

Phone Capture Courtesy By Rob Mishaan

Phone Capture Courtesy By Rob Mishaan

The venue was packed with devoted music fans. This wasn’t your average audience who was there to drink and chat it up with their friends. Almost every eye was fixated on the stage as Jon Cleary opened the night with a solo piano set showcasing his vested studies in the music of New Orleans. Having moved from Kent, England to study the music of New Orleans, Jon Cleary is arguably the best out there right now. A disciple of Professor Long Hair and James Booker, Cleary’s voice is salty-sweet and he is a master of the piano, organ and guitar. You may know him best as a member of Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal‘s bands and his own group, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen. With his blend of jazz, blues, soul, gospel, and honky-tonk, Cleary epitomizes New Orleans music. His set was evidence of his extreme caliber of musical knowledge.

Jon Cleary started the night of music off right, as I was immediately intrigued by his silky smooth voice and Deniro-esque looks. His “Big Easy” style was quite a cover for his British heritage. This new musical discovery for me had me Googling his discography this morning to see what else I could find out about this man!” ~ M.M. & L.M.

“Having just booked our trip to Nola for jazziest the night before I could not have asked for a better punctuation. Watching Jon Cleary play keys in such classic New Orleans style blew us away. I could only wonder if Neal Evans was peeking down the stairs to watch this guy.” ~ R.G.

Set I
Shaheed
Come Together
One in 7
For Granted
Cannonball
What You See Is What You Get
Nealization
Something’s Got A Hold on Me
Motherless Child
Walk With Me
Don’t Need No Doctor
Turn It Out
Hottentot

Encore: Get Back

Last night, there wasn’t three sets or even two sets, there was one long extended set which ended promptly at midnight. Soulive, The Shady HornsJon Cleary and John Scofield would command the stage with various genres of blues and jazz, filling every second of the evening with prodigious music. The set started out with the members of Soulive performing “Shaheed,” The Beatles‘ tune, “Come Together,” and “One in 7.” During “Come Together,” the audience sang along with heads bobbing and the stage lights flashing, while “One in 7” was played with a delightful intro. It was also during this time that there was some malfunction with Neal’s keyboards. Times like these can break a musical moment but Alan Evans picked up the slack by drumming his heart out while the chords on his brother’s rig were being fixed. When the audience heard the rejuvenation of the bass keys, it was on!

“Upon completion of Jon Cleary‘s set, Soulive took the stage, embracing me with their soul soothing sounds and reminding me that Neal Evans is a true bad-ass! Watching him lay down those bass lines with his left hand as his right hand plays the Hammond chords was literal music to my ears! The Beatles‘ cover “Come Together” got the crowd singing along, but you could see the anxious anticipation for the arrival of John Scofield, who was the special guest of the evening. Having the pleasure of watching such musical prowess and interplay in such close proximity was truly a treat.” ~ M.M.

“For Granted” and “Cannonball” were both played with the help of The Shady Horns. Ryan Zoidis (baritone/alto saxophone), Eric “Benny” Bloom (trumpet) and James Casey (alto saxophone/percussion) always bring a special vibe to the stage when they join Soulive. As much as they is a respected jazz trio, their vested interest in funk runs deep. The audience is blessed to have a horn ensemble in the mix of some of their favorite jazz tunes. “For Granted” was a wonderful showcase for the widely talented Ryan Zoidis, while James Casey absolutely stole the show with his performance on “Cannonball.” Eric Bloom took his liberties with his pedals and effects during his solo, as well.  These two songs were meant to showcase The Shady Horns and boy, did they deliver.

The Shady Horns were dead on, once again. Eric Bloom‘s effects-enhanced solos and James Casey killed it, as always, while Ryan continues to be the mainstay. Gonna get some more rest today so I can get back there tonight with Tedeschi!!!” ~ R.G.

The eyes say so much, and they speak even louder when a musician closes his eyes and is fully immersed in song. This happened to Krasno throughout the remainder of the set. When Scofield came on the stage, Krasno was in a blissed-out state of being, eyes closed, in total focus. “What You See Is What You Get,” a major hit for the Dramatics in 1971, is Scofield’s interpretation of Detroit soul music.  The beautiful thing about John Scofield is that even though he covers many old tunes, the arrangements are all his own. “Nealization,” obviously composed by Neal Evans, was a fantastic representation of his talent. Scofield played lead guitar while Krasno played rhythm. The entire crew on stage was grinning from ear to ear while the ax-men played off each other, trading delicious licks on their guitars.

“I have been a fan of John Scofield since the first time I saw him at The Bottom Line in NYC in 1980. I always mark this night as a must go. Even having stayed home from work sick, I got the energy up to get there. I was not disappointed!!! It is so obvious that Kraz uses Sco as a mentor and has used him as one of his many inspirations. As it is equally obvious how Sco is impressed with Kraz. There dueling solos blew the entire audience away. Sco has a way of making his guitar sing.” ~ R.G.

“Can someone explain to me how Neal Evans solos on keys with Soulive while also dropping funky bass? Meanwhile, I can’t even rub my tummy and tap my head at the same time…” ~ K.S.

“Neal Evans is the most underrated bass player in music. His right hand gets so funky, we forget his left is leading us to the promise land.” ~ J.S.

The next two songs were songs off John Scofield‘s latest album release, Piety Street. The Rev. James Cleveland cover, “Something’s Got A Hold On Me,” was first but it was “Motherless Child,” a traditional negro spiritual born out of slavery and sung by Cleary with sharp new harmonies, that grabbed the audience’s attention. 

“When I heard “Motherless Child,” I almost didn’t recognize it. I recognized that I was hearing the words of a song I knew but the arrangement was so different from the versions I’d previously heard.  I am aging myself by saying this but I remember the first time I ever heard that song. I was just 15 years old. It is the hidden song within Track 11 off the Cracked Rear View album by Hootie and The Blowfish. Y’all remember that? Darius Rucker sings the song in it’s traditional A-Capella style. It was as beautiful to back then as it was now, hearing it in this new style and arrangement. I adore when modern musicians take classic songs and make them their own.” ~ K.D.

“One of my favorite moments of the evening, was when the stage was packed with everyone on the bill, Soulive, The Shady Horns, Scofield and Clearly as they played a tune that featured three part harmonies of Alan EvansJon Cleary and Eric “Benny” Bloom. I look forward to finding that show on Archive.org to relive that moment and sing along with them!” ~ M.M.

Photo Courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Photo Courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Then, the jazz/organ trio pulled a new maneuver out of their Bowlive bag of tricks. Jon Cleary and John Scofield remained on stage, while Soulive and The Shady Horns exited. This would be the first time in Bowlive history where the band allowed the stage to be commanded solely by the guests. It was not a coincidence that Jon Cleary and John Scofield were the two guests playing on the bill last night. Cleary is not only renowned for his ability to play the ivories, but he also composes music and went on to write and join John Scofield on the the road singing and playing with Scofield’s Piety Street Band. Needless to say, the combination of the two artists performing their song, “Walk With Me,” was electrifying and unique. Cleary sat back and watched as Scofield took a few measures for himself before joining in the song.

Through great applause, John Scofield leaned into the microphone. Referring to Cleary, he says, “This guy can play a mean piano but did you know he is an amazing guitarist, as well?” With that, Cleary jumped from the keys and moved to guitar while Krasno picked up the bass for “Don’t Need No Doctor.” Scofield continued, “John Mayer used to sing this song, but you should hear Cleary sing this song.” The audience laughed. The horns had left the stage but James Casey remained playing percussion. Casey is an amazing horn player but his talent by way of understanding sounds in percussion has grown exponentially since we saw him last year at Bowlive IV.  During the song, Scofield could be seen bouncing around, pointing to the next member on stage he wanted to pull a solo.

“I want to say that my highlight was “What You See Is What You Get,” “Nealization” or “Hottentot,” but honestly I had two highlights. (1) Cleary killing it on guitar with Kraz killing it on Bass, and (2) Scofield directing traffic. Maybe it’s an elder statesman thing, but the respect that guy engenders on stage is impressive. He was absolutely in charge and was clearly enjoying going tit for tat with everyone. I especially loved when [John Scofield] made a point to give Alan some play time, because, give the drummer some! Am I right? All in all, just a beast of a show. I fucking love Bowlive.”  ~ B.M.

Jon Cleary‘s turn was up and he retired backstage. The Shady Horns were also held back as Soulive and John Scofield played, “Turn It Out.” This was the time for all the jazz heads to revel in the genre. As much as Soulive likes to give us the funk, jazz is their priority and their growing reputation on this musical path is what has brought them this far. Scofield’s reputation in the Jazz community runs deeper and Krasno’s idolization of Scofield’s style is evident in how Krasno, himself, plays. So you can imagine how equally graceful and intense this part of the set was.

“Seeing two guitar gods trade licks was invigorating, and truly impressive at the same time, as you could see the admiration that Krasno has for Scofield as they both played their hearts out! It was ON, for sure!! “Turn It Out” brought back some great musical memories for me, as I harkened back to a January 2003 Soulive show that took place in an Italian restaurant in the tiny mountain town of Makawao, HI on the island of Maui. It reinforced the fact that we made a great decision to make the trek for our first Bowlive and it’s got me jazzed looking forward to what I’ll get to experience tonight! Thank you Eric, Alan and Neal!! You and your friends bring me musical delight!” ~ M.M.

We love you madly,” said Scofield, “This one is a groover, called ‘Hottentot,’ so let’s keep dancing.” And dance we did. The venue never emptied out like in previous nights and this was a true testament to the musicianship on stage. Like I mentioned previously, this wasn’t your average audience of bar goers. There were super fans in the audience for each of the artists on stage and they were there in full support all night. Alan Evans was featured on a rousing drum solo during “Hottentot.”  He is honestly one of the best jazz drummers around and the audience was overheard speaking on how they were looking forward to the Alan Evans Trio opening for Bowlive on night six.

Everyone was brought back on stage for the single-song encore, “Get Back.” A Beatles‘ tune, it was expertly played by the musicians on stage, having all worshiped the Beatles at some point in their musical careers.  The audience was invested as well and sang along with bodies bouncing. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful collaboration of musicians.

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Tonight, Jon Cleary will return with special guests jazz saxophonist Bill Evans, acclaimed Brooklyn drummer Joe Russo and southern vocalist and guitarist Susan Tedeschi. 

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List of Special Guests and Openers:

THURSDAY MARCH 13 – Special Guest: NIGEL HALL, EDDIE ROBERTS, more TBA

FRIDAY MARCH 14 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. & SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY MARCH 15 – Special Guest: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special LONDON SOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY MARCH 18 – Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY MARCH 19 – Special Guests: JOE RUSSO & SUSAN TEDESCHI
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY MARCH 20 – Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC) and TALIB KWELI
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY MARCH 21 – Special Guest: Marco Benevento, Sonya Kitchell, Roosevelt Collier, Felix Pastorius, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, and Brandon Niederauer
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY MARCH 22 – Special Guest: Bill Evans and more TBA
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Bowlive V: Night III – Soulive feat. George Porter Jr. and The London Souls #LondonSoulive @ The Brooklyn Bowl (03.15.14)

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

We are all influenced by something. It’s inevitable. Everything around us is influential, just as we are influential in our own special way to all things in the universe that surround us. It becomes fascinating when you are privileged enough to see your favorite artist, someone who has influenced your life so deeply, become fascinated by amazing another. That is what happened last night. Many times over.

This is a golden age of live music. To be able to hear this caliber of music at small venues with reasonable prices is not something to be taken lightly. Having grown up in the heyday of the Fillmore East, I thought the explosion of good live music would last forever. We had some lean years in between. Appreciate it and support it. ~ R.M.

Bowlive V Logo

Bowlive V Logo

Soulive has now stomped out three nights of shredding, grooving, bluesy, jazzy goodness with non-stop energy and musical perfection. For other artists looking to see how it’s done, well, this is the band to watch. They are inspirational, to say the least. They invite people who influence them to join them on stage and they subliminally invite us to be inspired.

Over the past two nights, keyboardist Neal Evans, drummer Alan Evans, and guitarist Eric Krasno have enjoyed the musical company of Nigel Hall, DJ Logic, Eddie Roberts, Nicki Bluhm, George Porter, Jr., Warren Haynes, The Shady Horns, and Leroy Justice. And last night, a new term would be coined when the London Souls joined Soulive for what would become a face melting #LondonSoulive set.

Photo Courtesy of Headyshots

Photo Courtesy of Headyshots

London Souls Set

Tash Neal (guitar/vocals), Chris St. Hilaire (drums/vocals) and Stu Mahan (bass) make up one of the sickest trios around right now. These three powerhouse musicians truly grab your attention with their full-on, Rock-N-Rage sets. Tash Neal is the epitome of a person who was meant to be a guitarist, always drenched in sweat minutes into the start of their set from playing with so much force. Stu Mahan’s bass riffs fit so well into the pocket that it might be impossible to ever pull him out. The drumming of Chris St. Hilaire helps drive the force of the other two gnarly beasts.

I think it was Bowlive II or III, but I remember seeing them open for Soulive and there were literally 15 people watching. Look at this now, the place is packed and now they are opening for Tedeschi/Trucks Band. They sounded  great then but they sound amazing now. ~ J.M.

Dude, you just getting here? They are CRUSHING IT!!! ~ J.I.

You know what I love about them? They all look absolutely different. ~ S.G.

Tash Neal was in a serious car accident a few years back when a drunk driver t-boned his taxi. No one knew what to expect from recovery, but look at this guy now!!! Are you kidding me? You’d never know anything happened by looking at him but you can HEAR that he plays with the passion of survival every SINGLE time. ~ K.D.

Their sex appeal is undeniable as girls in the audience were totally zoned into the band, screaming like super fans. This was a face-smashing head-banging kind of rock and here it was the girls were more animated then the guys, but only at times.  The London Souls released their latest album, Here Come The Girls, on January 8, 2013. Go grab a copy and be enjoy a modern day version of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Cream.

What really stood out for me is two things with the London Souls. Similar to Soulive, they make an incredibly full sound for only three guys. Sometimes it amazes me there aren’t more people on stage. Even Soulive uses guests and horns, the London Souls have a raw energetic sound. ~ J.M.

I thought they had just a ton of energy right from the start – the London Souls were amazing and made me wonder why I don’t listen to more of them. ~ B.M.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Set I
Hat Trick
Aladdin
Vapor
Keep On Marchin’ (w/ GPJ)
People Say
No More Okey Doke
Chug A Lugg
Africa

Last night, the venue was packed to the brim. There were no special announcements, but I wager that many thought they might get a surprise artist tonight given that Warren Haynes showed up the night before without warning. Regardless of who MIGHT be showing up, we already had the best hitters in the house. Mr. George Porter, Jr., a Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame nominee and bassist for the funk legends, The Meters, was the special guest of the evening and we would see him shortly.

Nobody, I mean nobody lights up a room like George Porter, Jr. but you already knew that ~ J.M.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Soulive and The Shady Horns came out on stage together last night for the first set. Other nights its been just the audience and our favorite jazz/funk trio.  They went heavy into “Hat Trick” and James Casey (saxophone) blew out his best solo of the run to date. Neal Evan’s keys on “Aladdin” and Eric Krasno’s guitar solo on “Vapor” was like sonic therapy for the soul.

There were so many audience members commenting on how tired they were due to the previous nights of raging Bowlive V. All that changed when George Porter, Jr. came out. This is where it gets fascinating, when you get to see your favorite artists playing with their musical inspirations. Soulive is a funk/soul/jazz band and George Porter Jr. is a king of kings when it comes to funk bass. Up there with Bootsy Collins and Larry Graham, he is a master of funky bass playing and the respect he is given from the funk community is wonderful.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Having seen him many times, his energy was off the charts this night. His shenanigans and antics were infectious. “Keep On Marchin'” into “People Say,” both Meters originals, were fantastic but there were a few moments when Ryan Zoidis (saxophone) and Porter engaged in a playful back and forth, that had fans jumping off their feet. And when Zoidis completed his killin’ solo, Mr. George Porter, himself, leapt off the ground in recognition, shouting, “Yeah!”

My appreciation of Ryan Zoidis grows each time I hear him live. He has become a monster on sax, from the alto to the big baritone. ~ R.M.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

The Shady Horns, Evan Brothers and Krasno were all smiles. They kept the pace up without missing a beat. Porter said, “Here’s something you don’t hear too often,” and with that, they went into “No More Okey Doke,” a stray from the original set list. It was back to the set list for “Chug A Lugg,” when Porter pulled a change up and says, “Sorry y’all, this some Earth, Wind and Fire shit.” Sadly, a song that I couldn’t name. Lastly, they played the Meters classic, “Africa,” where James Casey brought the house down with one of his signature solos.

Set II – 12:20am
El Ron
PJs
Lucille
Hit It & Quit It
Steady As You Go
Memphis Train
OHIO
Them Changes
Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Krasno and the Evans brothers came out with The Shady Horns for the second set but this time The Shady Horns were joined by Mike Tucker, a Berkley-taught tenor saxophonist from Massachusetts. Neal Evans lead the  organ-heavy “El Ron,” as Krasno’s fingers flew over his guitar. In fact, I am chalking it up to the audience being tired and possibly drunk, but Krasno ripped such an amazing solo, that he was shouting to himself while up on his toes, and only a handful of people recognized the dope sauce he was throwing in our ears. A slow and passionate “PJs” was next but not before the audience was given a bath in brass.  The Shady Horns, consisting of Eric Bloom (trumpet), Ryan Zoidis (baritone and tenor saxophone), James Casey (tenor saxophone) and special guest, Mike Tucker, started popping and honking and blowing their way through measure after measure of uninterupted horn rage.

The highlight last night was the cascading lines of the extended horn section during “El Ron.” What a treat it was to be bathed in a brass waterfall of soulful saxes electrified by the captivating timbre of Eric Bloom’s trumpet. ~ P.S.P.

Night 3, after James Casey killed it at the Leprechaun’s Ball with Eddie Roberts and Nigel Hall, he brought his amazing energy to the Bowl to crush his solos with the Shady Horns and man, he got the crowd going wild. ~ J.G.
The thing about having only missed one out of the 43 Bowlive shows, is that it can be difficult to separate them from one and other. Every night the boys are expected to bring the fire while we hope that they bring the unexpected. For those of us with track records like that, we can be hard to please since we are always looking for the next best Soulive fix. This next collaboration was exactly the fix we were seeking.
The idea to mix The London Souls with Soulive was brilliant. The combination being called “LondonSoulive,” it was just like it sounded. The trios mashed-up, placing Alan in a position to play guitar and sing his way through the rest of the set. Neal Evans was relieved of the bass keys as Stu Mahan stepped up.  This was about to become electric.

And the other thing K.D. was quick to point out was during “London Soulive” was that there was only one drum kit and Alan wasn’t on it. With what I’m sure wasn’t that much practice time, Chris St. Hilaire was able to basically be the drummer for Soulive and they didn’t miss a beat. That in itself is a huge compliment to his ability. ~ J.M.

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Rob Chapman

Krasno looks to Tash as a peer who challenges him. As much as Krasno loves playing with the legends who came before him, he becomes a better version of himself when he performs next to Tash. His stance changes, his playing changes, he knows he can’t back down because Tash will shred his face off. For the first time ever, I saw little beads of sweat forming under Krazno’s signature hat. That was the palpable energy that fed the entire rest of the set. Starting with “Lucille,” it was just pure, unadulterated shredding by Krasno and Tash.  A jam session of epic proportions.

Tash and Krasno traded guitar licks, as they powered through “Hit It & Quit It,” Steady As You Ready,” and “Memphis Train.” All three songs pinned the two guitar virtuosos against each other, both pulling the best out of each other with each new measure. Then, they began to play the Neil Young classic, “OHIO.” Everyone sounded fantastic, the guitarists, the keys, the drums. However, there were no horns for “OHIO.” It was just pure grungy, rock-n-roll to the extreme. Everyone in the audience was bouncing, literally jumping off their feet to the beat and they didn’t stop.

It was great to see the raw rock and roll energy that the London Souls bring to Bowlive.  Ohio was a stand out tune.  You could picture Neil Young, the Godfather of Grunge loving the energy that the Souls put into the classic CSNY song.  By the time I was done dancing around the lanes to that one I had to take a couch break    Those guys really add a great energy to the Soulive mix. ~ J.R.

For me it was all about The Souls in the second set…. loved Chris on the drums freeing up Alan to take to the mic standing. – Tash from Souls is absolutely ridiculous on that guitar…downright mesmerizing rock and roll shredding… and to see him and George porter trading licks and deep grooving… was so good. ~ A.R.

Photo Courtesy of Robert Chapman

Photo Courtesy of Robert Chapman

Alan was back on the drums for “Them Changes” while Chris St. Hiliare moved to percussion and the Shady Horns returned for the is last tune. It was a dance party and when Eric Bloom snagged his solo, even the band was smiling ear to ear and gave him a huge applause.

Encore – 1:30am
Just Kissed My Baby
George Porter, Jr. was brought out for the Encore where he performed an extended version of “Just Kissed My Baby,” with Alan, Neal and Krasno. The London Souls remained also and Porter lead the guys in every direction. He was yelling, and jumping around, so animated. Stu Mahan held his own on the stage next to Porter, beginning to carve out his own deep bass legacy.
My legs were so tired by the end of the night–but you just couldn’t help but dance to “Just Kissed My Baby” ~ B.M.
Porter was appreciating every moment of being on stage with all these talented modern day funk musicians. He appeared not only proud, but spirited, so full of life as he engaged with each artist, walking up to them, cheering them on to do better, to pull something out that would make him holler. It was open season for bass rage as far as I was concerned. They extended “Just Kissed My Baby” with so much force that nothing else would have lived up to it.
And so we have reached the end of the first week of Bowlive V. Similar to the previous years, multiple Bowlive alums, such as George Porter, Jr., The London Souls, Nigel Hall and many more were present to lend their talents to our favorite power trio. Tonight will kick off five more nights of music to revel and dance in with special guests, John Scofield, John Cleary, Joe Russo and Bill Evans, DMC (of Run DMC), Susan Tedeschi, and Marco Benevento. You can expect high-energy, soulful opening acts from John Clearly, Sonya Kitchell, The Alan Evans Trio and finally, WOLF! feat. Scott Metzger.
See you at the Brooklyn Bowl….
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Tonight’s Special Guests will be the famous eclectic jazz guitarist, John Scofield and New rleans keyboardist John Cleary. Mr Cleary will also be performing the opening set. Doors open at 6, set beings at 8:30 pm. This will be another face-melting gig so don’t miss out. 

List of Special Guests and Openers:

THURSDAY MARCH 13 w/ Special Guest: NIGEL HALL

FRIDAY MARCH 14 w/ Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. & SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY MARCH 15 w/ Special Guest: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special LONDON SOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY MARCH 18
w/ Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener: & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY MARCH 19
w/ Special Guests: JOE RUSSO & BILL EVANS & SUSAN TEDESCHI
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY MARCH 20
w/ Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY MARCH 21
w/ Special Guest: MARCO BENEVENTO
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY MARCH 22
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Bowlive V: Night II – Soulive feat. Nicki Bluhm, George Porter Jr., Warren Haynes, and the Shady Horns, Leroy Justice Opener @ The Brooklyn Bowl (03.14.14)

“Beware the Ides of March!” Julius Caesar was warned by a soothsayer of the impending doom that would come to him on March 15 and his response to the soothsayer was, “He is a dreamer, let us leave him!” Perhaps, if Caesar had listened to the soothsayer, had he had more faith believing that dreams can become reality, then he would not have been slain. I reference this famous tale not only because of the date, but because believing in dreams is what has gotten us to this point. And I do mean the collective us: you, me, Soulive, the Brooklyn Bowl…all of us.  

“A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists.”~ L. Ron. Hubbard

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Photo Courtesy of Jay Blakesberg

Leroy Justice Set
Evil K
Light Cig
Lovin Cup
16 Tons
Reverend Son
Tears of a Clown
Temp Cure
A Little More Conversation
(Las Vegas)

Leroy Justice opened Night II of Soulive‘s Bowlive V last night at the Brooklyn Bowl. This hard-driving rock-n-roll band consists of the charismatic Jason Gallagher (guitar/vocals), Sloan Marshall (keys), Bradley Wegner (bass), Josh Karis (drummer) and Justin Mazer (guitarist). Playing a wide range of styles, they power through original tunes like “Evil K” and “Light Cig,” sprinkled with covers such as the Rolling Stone‘s “Loving Cup” and Smokey Robinson‘s “Tears of  A Clown.” Everyone loves a well-played cover and this band has got it all. The maneuver through rock, country or sometimes just jam out on other songs. With a hearty spirit, they got the Bowl up and ready to dance. 

“Let’s hear it for Bradley’s chin!” ~ Jason Gallagher, referencing Bradley Wegner’s shaved signature beard.

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Set I – 10pm
Outrage
DIG
Eleanor Rigby –> 3rd Stone –> Lenny
El Ron
Too Much
Never Gonna Let You Go
Every Body Wants to Rule The World

Soulive came out the gate last night with guns a-blazing.  “Outrage” was the song that kicked off an evening of music that was, literally, outrageous!! Last night was a special night indeed, with three sets of music and a special guest who helped put the “RAGE” in “OUTRAGEOUS!!” Eric Krasno was shredding his guitar within a few measures. Bass keys player, Neal Evans, had his head down and his arms bent, tuned into his boards. All the while, the wildly talented drummer, Alan Evans, ancorhed the trio. For die-hard Soulive fans, this is as good as it gets for many. They don’t need anything or anyone tainting the sound of their favorite jazz/funk trio.

“Observing that her friends had not yet arrived: “Everyone is missing the best part…right here…when it’s just the three of them.” ~ Nameless Diehard Fan

“What is that smell?” ~ P.S.P.  “That would be hippies and chicken” ~ K.D.

Set List for Bowlive V, Night II

Proposed Set List for Bowlive V, Night II

“DIG” is a personal favorite and sounds just like the title suggests. It’s as if the boys are digging for the best groove. Deep, consistent drumming by Alan Evans and Neal Evans‘ bass keys drive the song home. Then, they hit us with a super psychedelic run of songs beginning with The Beatles‘ “Eleanor Rigby,” into Jimi Hendrix‘s “3rd Stone From the Sun,” into Stevie Ray Vaughan‘s “Lenny.” ENDLESS FACE-MELT! When Eric Krasno plays this run of songs, he channels every single vetran guitarist that made the song popular in the first place. From beautiful melodic embelishments, to improvisational rock to the sensual blues, it’s an absolute showcase of his instrument and talent.

“That’s the blues, y’all” ~ Alan Evans

“Eleanor Rigby made me just straight up yell, f&%king Bowlive!!”~ B.M., who’s been front row for the last three years! #superfan #superfunky

The Shady Horns, Soulive‘s house band, joined the stage for a fantastic rendition of “El Ron.” Saxophonist, Ryan Zoidis crushed the song as the only horn to play, while saxophonist James Casey hit the cowbell and trumpeter Eric Bloom shook the tambourine. Ryan Zoidis took this song to another level as he blew us away for what felt like an eternity. Had we been sitting, a standing ovation would have been in order. Instead, everyone just screamed and threw their fists in the air at the end of his extended solo.

“I saw the tapers there and was so thankful for them. I wish they were at every night of Bowlive. These musical treasures should all be on archive.org for the public to enjoy.” ~ K.D.

And now ladies and gentleman, Mr. Nigel Hall.  The tenured Bowlive alum grabbed the microphone for “Too Much” and Eric Bloom delivered a tasty trumpet solo. There was some call and response with the audience and Nigel waxed poetic, “If you are in tune with the whole lot, that’s why ya do it.” “Never Gonna Let You Go” had everyone dancing and they ended the set with their amazing arrangement of the Tears For Fears tune, “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” mashed up with Bobby Caldwell‘s, “Open Your Eyes.”

Photo Courtesy of Dino Perrucci

Photo Courtesy of Dino Perrucci

Set II
Upright
Little Too Late
Nothing
Piece of My Heart
Check Out Your Mind
Need More Time
Pungee
Out In the Country
What Cha Say (not played)

The trio played a tight “Upright” alone on stage before welcoming vocalist and Bowlive first timer, Nicki Bluhm, to join them. She sang her original tune, “Little Too Late.” The energy deflated, as it does in all moments when the audience doesn’t know what is going on. However, as Bluhm warmed up her vocals, the crowd warmed up too and by the time she finished slaying Janis Joplin‘s, “Piece of My Heart,” everyone was shouting her praises.

“To be honest, all my judgement on Nicki was boiling down to how she was gonna handle “Piece Of My Heart.”  When she went for the high note at the end, instead of hitting the easier low note, that solidified her presence for me. That tiny little lady has soul. So happy to finally get to see her live.” ~ K.D.

Nicki Bluhm is not messing around. Huge talent who’s hustling right now. Here crushing it with Soulive tonight, rocking with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe in San Francisco Sunday.” ~ R.A.

Special guest, Mr. George Porter, Jr., was up next. The legendary bass player from The Meters brings with him a vibe that envelops the band when he joins in. Neal Evans, normally playing bass keys, graduates all his attention to the clavinet and just smoked the ivories during the rest of the blues-turned- funk set. A set that included Meters originals, “Check Out Your Mind,” “Need More Time,” and “Pungee.” These songs were released in the 70’s and this performance proved that they were just as relevant now and will be forever. Timeless music performed by an acclaimed bassist. They finished off the set with Sly and The Family Stone’s “Take You Higher.” All the while, Porter sang his heart out. He was straight up howling on the tips of his toes.

“Last night was just a funky marathon.” ~ B.M.

Set III – 1:45pm
Manic Depression
The Dragon
Sugaree
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Ain’t No Use

The venue must have lost two third of it’s customers after the second set. That would make it that much sweeter for those who remained after Krasno told them to “stay for a big surprise.” Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band, in town for their annual residency at the Beacon Theatre, would be the icing on the cake for another fantastic evening of music.

“Every year, Bowlivers assume Haynes will perform due to the residencies overlapping and you should cross your fingers in hopes that we might get Oteil Burbridge and Derek Trucks one night. That is the thing about Bowlive, you never know what you are going to really get by way of surprise musicians.” ~ K.D. 

Soulive performed “Manic Depression” before Warren Haynes was announced. All of a sudden, the Brooklyn Bowl stage held Neal Evans, Alan Evans, Eric Krasno, George Porter, Jr., The Shady Horns and Warren Haynes. What musical power squad. We can all a free on the name, I assume? Yes.  Team Ragers, it is!

Warren Haynes and Porter embrace in musical friendship

Warren Haynes and Porter embrace in musical friendship

Warren stumbled with the tuning of his guitar at first but was given a second one a few minutes later. That’s when it really took off. They started with the Meter’s staple, “The Dragon,” sung by George Porter, Jr. Having never seen these two performers on the same stage together, I was completely enthralled. Grateful Dead’s “Sugaree” was next with  Nicki Bluhm invited back to the stage for the vocals. Warren, Nicki and Porter took turns singing the verses while every musicians took a turn crushing a solo.

“The third set was one of the most amazing sets of music I have ever seen. Watching Warren, Kras and Porter stand side by side crushing one endless solo after the next was epic. It felt like each one of them pushed the other to the next level of insane Jamming. Neal Evans also crushed a solo during this set that blew my mind. Warren should mix “He Bite Me” (“The Dragon”) into the Mule sets forever. EPIC… “~ J.R.

Photo Courtesy of Marc Millman

Photo Courtesy of Marc Millman

Nicki Bluhm‘s vocals were a beautiful addition to Warren Haynes‘ southern drawl on “Sugaree.”  Her voice stood out and made the song sound closer to a 70’s version by the Grateful Dead, featuring Donna Jean Godchaux.

Hearing a female voice in Grateful Dead music is a very familiar and joyous thing for many fans at Bowlive. Nicki’s voice brought me back to a happy place where Jerry resides.” ~ J.R.

Nicki Bluhm‘s vocals were blasting out again for “How Sweet It Is,” a 1964 song written by the Motown songwriting team of Holland–Dozier–Holland and first recorded by American soul singer, Marvin Gaye. This was  an extreme highlight as everyone was so pumped up. The audience was singing along, friends were hugging, lovers were embracing.

This incredible night of music was capped off with a wonderful rendition of another Meter’s song, “Ain’t No Use.” Check out the video below for the straight fire. Now, go purchase your tickets for the rest of BOWLIVE V.

I freaked the f*&k out when they started playing “Ain’t No Use!” I sprinted over to Marc Millman when they started, so fired up.” ~ R.A.

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Tonight’s special guest, returning for his second night, is the famous funky bassist from The Meters, Mr. George Porter, Jr. However, The London Souls are opening at 8:30 pm and continuing on to play with Soulive for a newly coined LondonSouLive performance. Be prepared to have your faces melted with shredding, ripping guitars and so much more….

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List of Special Guests and Openers

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 – Special Guests: NIGEL HALL, EDDIE ROBERTS, more TBA

FRIDAY, MARCH 14 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. and SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special #LONDONSOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 – Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener and Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY, MARCH 19 – Special Guests: JOE RUSSO and SUSAN TEDESCHI
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 – Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY, MARCH 21 – Special Guests: MARCO BENEVENTO, ROOSEVELT COLLIER, OTEIL and KOFI BURBRIDGE, FELIX PASTORIUS, and BRANDON “TAZ” IEDERAUER
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY, MARCH 22 – Special Guest: BILL EVANS,
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Bowlive V: Night I – Soulive feat. DJ Logic, Nigel Hall, The Shady Horns, Eddie Roberts, Adam Smirnoff and Questlove (03.13.14)

Hitting a milestone fifth year, Soulive is back for their annual “Bowlive” residency at the Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York.

This is an outstanding achievement for Eric Krasno (guitar), Neal Evans (drums), and Alan Evans (Hammond B3 organ, bass keys, clavinet), who, over the past four years, have performed 40 nights of strong, energetic, exciting shows including musical collaborations with artists from all genres.  The jazz/funk trio’s “Bowlive” event is now  solidified as a staple in the land of famous musical NYC residencies. You can be certain that this year will not disappoint.

For a recording of the evening’s music, click here!

Photo Courtesy of Andrew H. WalkerNeilson BarnardRick Diamond, Getty Images

DMC, Talib Kweli, George Porter, Jr.: Photo Courtesy of Andrew H. Walker/Neilson Barnard/Rick Diamond, Getty Images

DJ Logic, Leroy Justice, Jon Cleary, Alan Evans Trio, The London Souls, WOLF! and Sonya Kitchell will open for Soulive over the eight night run. Special guests include Bowlive DMC (of Run DMC), Susan Tedeschi, John Scofield, Talib Kweli, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, George Porter Jr., Bill Evans and more. All the while, the Shady Horns will be on point each night rounding out Soulive’s house band.

“Thank you Soulive. Thank you Brooklyn Bowl. Thank you Madison House. Thank you Peter Shapiro. Thank you Royal Family Records. Thank you. Thank you. Thank You.”  ~ K.D.

“There’s just something about Soulive at the Bowl that is so amazing. It’s like the old school Knicks at the Garden, with Nigel playing, John Starks firing up the crowd, and everyone just relaxed and amped at the same time.” ~ B.M.

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Opener

For the opening night of Bowlive V, turntablist DJ Logic (Project Logic, Zen of Logic, For No One in Particular, The Anomaly), was on hand spinning upbeat grooving, funky, soulful tunes. Logic is a standout DJ in the jam band scene and electronic jazz community. Working with latter-day jazz saints such as Vernon Reid and Medeski, Martin and Wood, Logic shares the same musical passion as the jamming musicians that he began performing with many moons ago. He relishes in the improvisational spirit of jazz and makes you want to shake your ass.

Set  1
So Live
Uncle Junior
Rudy’s Way
Cash’s Dream
Turn It Out
Brother Soul
Right On

Neal Evans: Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

Neal Evans: Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

Our favorite power trio took the stage at 9:30 pm. In previous years, there have been Mod dancers in the bowling lanes and other visually stimulating nuggets to aid the group in the residency kick-off. This year, there was no fanfare; nothing to distract the audience from what was truly important: the music.  The members of Soulive, dressed in their signature black suits, simply walked out on stage, smiles on their faces and after a few seconds of checking their instruments, went right into “SO LIVE!”

While at The Allman Brothers Band residency the previous night, Eric Krasno shared with me that they would be playing their first album, “Get Down” in its entirety. It took everything in my power not to blast this news out over the world wide web at that moment. However, yesterday, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut and spread the word to as many friends as I could because I knew that dropping this knowledge on them would draw those who were on the fence to the venue.

"Get Down!" Album Cover

“Get Down!” Album Cover

“Get Down” was recorded in 1998-99 and released in 2002. For many of us in the audience, we were transported to a time in our own musical history, when this CD was instrumental and meaningful in our daily lives. I was surrounded by friends and Soulive enthusiasts who couldn’t stop commenting on the power this album had on them when it was released. Having listened to the album for over a decade myself, nothing compared to the live musical experience we were about to be delivered.

The trio finished their first tune and Krasno took to the microphone. “We truly appreciate you guys being here,” he proclaimed as he began clapping, getting the audience involved. As we all clapped along to the beat, Alan Evan gave his first drum solo of the night, leading the boys into “Uncle Junior,” a major staple and fan favorite of the Soulive catalog. Neal Evans was on fire during this organ-driven tune.

“Cliff Robinson turned to me as Neal was grooving and said, “No matter how many times I hear these guys, it feels like the first time.” ~ G.F.

Only two songs into the set and it was outstanding. The animation of the guys on stage was infectious and it was evident that they were feeling great and on point. We would have been satisfied if it had remained just the three of them on stage but it wouldn’t be BOWLIVE without a certain someone. That someone was Mr. Nigel Hall, soul singer and keyboardist extraordinaire.

Alan Evans and Nigel Hall: Photo Courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Alan Evans and Nigel Hall: Photo Courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

During the first Bowlive in 2010, The Nigel Hall Band opened for Soulive every single night. He is the one Bowlive veteran to play as a guest every year.  As the audience hollered, Alan Evans introduced Nigel Hall and shouted excitedly, “Get Down, Brother Nigel! Get Down!” It was now Nigel’s turn to shine, and while Krasno was twinkling away at the strings,  Nigel grabbed the microphone and said, “You guys just keep doing that while I tell a story.”  And with that he recalled his childhood memories of listening to “Get Down!” with his mother, while sitting on their porch in Washington DC, smoking weed. He continued on:

“The song I am about to play on has meant something to me for many years. I used to live in Bangor, Maine and I played in a band there. One time, we had a gig in Portland and while we drove from Bangor to Portland, we listened to this one song the entire two hour trip. When the gig was over, we drove back, listening to the same song for another two hours. We listened to that song for four hours. I have asked the guys (Soulive) to let me play it with them and they said, “No! No! No!,” until now. Do you know what this means to me, to my soul?” ~ Nigel Hall

Soulive & Nigel Hall: Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

Soulive & Nigel Hall: Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

And with that, Nigel Hall put his hand over his heart and then crushed “Cash’s Dream.” I don’t know where to begin praising Nigel Hall for his performance during this song. Having transplanted to New Orleans from New York City since Bowlive IV, Nigel Hall has clearly fine-tuned his talent on the keyboards. The speed at which he played; the precision on his runs over the keys. It was an outstanding solo and performance. The camaraderie on stage was ignited.

“The musical moment I enjoyed most was Soulive playing Cash’s Dream. Nigel sat in on this tune and told a touching introduction about listening to this tune in 1999 with his since deceased mother. They went on to play an amazing rendition of this song which I have never heard live with an awesome piano solo by Nigel.” ~ A.S.

“Five years ago when we saw Nigel Hall playing, he was good. He has always been good. But this performance…something has changed. He is AMAZING now.” ~ R.A.

After the song, Nigel high-fived his way off the stage as Alan spoke on how it was true that Soulive hasn’t played that song in a while and how playing these songs now brought back cherished memories.

My favorite part…is that they’re playing 15 year old songs for the nth time and Kraz is still marveling at how Neal is crushing the hand bass and Hammond. I just fucking love Bowlive. ~ B.M.

“Brother Soul” was next, bringing out DJ Logic and The Shady Horns, consisting of Eric Bloom (trumpet), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone) and James Casey (saxophone/percussion). Each of the horns took their turn soloing while DJ Logic scratched his turn tables, adding a great texture to the remaining songs.

Eddie Roberts and Eric Krasno: Photo Courtesy of TinyRager's phone!

Eddie Roberts and Eric Krasno: Photo Courtesy of TinyRager’s phone!

The big surprise for the end of the first set was the arrival of Eddie Roberts, guitarist for the supremely funky British band The New Mastersounds. His soaring hard-bop guitar playing complemented Soulive’s final tune of the set and the last track off the album, “Right On.”

The Shady Horns never seize to amaze me. I think this trio of Zoidis, Bloom and Casey may be my favorite. Special love for James because he was at our wedding and seems to be blowing up!!! ~ R.G.

“My favorite moment and also one of my favorite 2 Soulive songs ever is “Right On,” which I’m not sure I’ve ever heard them play. We watched Eddie staring at Krasno’s fingers for the first part of the song, and then both followed with dueling solos that crushed the crowd. As good as all that is, I’m reminded if what a genius Neal is holding bass line down with the left (hand) while soloing or laying down melodies with his right (hand).” ~ R.G.

Eddie Roberts: Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

Eddie Roberts: Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

The only song that wasn’t played from the album was Track 6, titled “Bitch-Ass Ho.” Considering that it’s a 23 minute track, that is probably why it was left off the first set.

“Bowlive kinda kicks of the festival season and spring off for us for the past 5 years. Watching them, I’m reminded of what truly gifted musicians they all are. The choice to play their first album was perfect and a punctuation to the obvious synergy these guys must have had since day one.” ~ R.G.

 Set Break

DJ Logic returned to the tables during set break and kept the energy level high for the audience. During this time, I generally like to take a walk around the venue and listen to the reactions of the audience. The buzz over the album was prevalent while many people were speaking individually about each artist or their favorite song. The Eddie Roberts sit-in had some audience members inquiring about the New Mastersounds. It was clear to me that the people in the audience were true fans, Soulive lovers and most of them men with bro-crushes on the band. Jen Durkin from Deep Banana Blackout was standing 20 feet away from me on the right while Basketball All-Star Cliff Robinson towered behind me most of the evening.

 Set II
Tuesday Night Squad
Don’t Change For Me
Gimmie A Sign
Layaway
Leave Me Alone

The second set started as simply as the first and with just as much energy. Eric, Neal and Alan took to the stage, joined by the Shady Horns and Nigel Hall for a fantastic rendition of “Tuesday Night Squad.” At one point during the song, Nigel got up from his keyboards, ran across the stage and jumped on the Clavinet with Neal Evans for a good 20 measures of excellent showmanship and musicianship. Talk about a highlight of the evening. The crowd went wild.

“I was mesmerized watching Neal and Nigel play the Hammond/bass keys together last night…they were having so much fun!! and the antics/keyboard trickery it was like a choreographed dance between two ridiculously amazing boards men – ducking under each other’s arm, jumping back and forth with their hands. Yeah, it was something fierce.” ~ A.R.

“Nigel getting up from the keyboard second set to lead the crowd was awesome.” ~ L.H.

“The hottest moment if the night was Neal and Nigel switching positions on the keys while never missing a note in the bass line!!! SUPER HOT AND ENTERTAINING!!!!” ~ R.G.

Eddie Roberts: Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

Eddie Roberts: Photo Courtesy of Dani Barbieri

Nigel’s smooth voice overtook us with “Don’t Change For Me,” a bluesy tune that had Krasno’s guitar strumming along sweetly in our ears. At one point, Nigel was on the ground, on his knees, singing directly to the lucky folks in the front row. His signature soulful scream resonating throughout the crowd, as we all melted into his vibe.

Nigel Hall’s original tune, “Gimmie A Sign” was next. He spoke about the new Brooklyn Bowl Vegas and how much he loved it there but how the original Brooklyn Bowl will always be home. This proclamation extended to Soulive as they have played The Brooklyn Bowl more times then any other group, while Krasno has played the Bowl more then any other artist.

When The Root’s drummer, Questlove, walked on stage for “Layaway,” Nigel’s latest musical creation, the audience went wild. Alan Evans moved to vocals while Questlove added his signature groove to the song. Questlove has a standing DJ gig every Thursday at the Brooklyn Bowl. If you are ever in the area, bring your dancing shoes because his long-standing set is one of the hottest dance parties in the city.

The entire night, Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (Lettuce) had been hanging in the wings, looking sharp in his suit. We all wondered when we would get a chance to hear this amazing guitarist and “Leave Me Alone” gave us that chance. We now had a slew of amazing musicians on stage and the sound was so tight. Nigel asked Shmeens to “tell us a little bit about yourself” and with that, Schmeens went into a disgustingly rich, hearty guitar solo. Eric Krasno beamed at Schmeens as he played, recognizing the hotness we were being delivered through his strings.

“Any night that you get to see Shmeeans, Kraz and Eddie Roberts play together in a show is funk guitar at its best. All three are so amazing in their own way. Kras crushing leads, Shmeeans playing rhythm guitar timed to the perfection of a Swiss watch, and Eddie Roberts who swings back and forth between amazing leads and perfect rhythm. For us guitar heads, it was a night to remember.” ~ J.R.

Encore: James Brown Medley
Lickin Stick
There Was A Time

For the encore, Soulive, Nigel Hall, The Shady Horns and DJ Logic delivered a rousing James Brown medley of “Lickin Stick” into “There Was A Time.” Alan Evans continued holding down the beat on the drums while his brother, Neal, slayed the keys. This brotherly duo demonstrates quality, seasoned musicianship with every note they drop.

“The James Brown Medley was this band at its finest. So good, so tight and they played so well with each other.” ~ G.F.

“Last night was one of my most favorite Bowlive ever. The vibe in the bowl was magical and everybody was really into it. I can’t wait for tonight!! Always great to hang! George matters and bring Nigel back on stage!! He was so happy last night!” ~ L.H.

With out a doubt, Neal Evans, Alan Evans and Eric Krasno enjoyed the first night of their milestone fifth year of Bowlive. We all did. I pray every year that they will come out with a DVD of these adventurous nights of music simply because no words do justice to the energy and animation of these three wonderful men. Three wonderful men who have created a treasured event based around love, music and friendship.

Tonight’s Special Guests will be the famous funky bassist from The Meters, Mr. George Porter, Jr. and Leroy Justice will open at 8:30 pm

On to the next one….. 🙂

List of Special Guests and Openers:

THURSDAY MARCH 13 – Special Guest: NIGEL HALL

FRIDAY MARCH 14 – Special Guests: GEORGE PORTER JR. & SPECIAL GUESTS TBA
Opener: LEROY JUSTICE

SATURDAY MARCH 15 – Special Guest: GEORGE PORTER JR. feat. a special LONDON SOULIVE joint set
Opener: THE LONDON SOULS

TUESDAY MARCH 18 – Special Guest: JOHN SCOFIELD
Opener: & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

WEDNESAY MARCH 19 – Special Guests: JOE RUSSO & BILL EVANS
Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY MARCH 20 – Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)
Opener: ALAN EVANS TRIO

FRIDAY MARCH 21 – Special Guest: MARCO BENEVENTO
Opener: SONYA KITCHELL

SATURDAY MARCH 22 – Special Guest: BILL EVANS
Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

March 2014 Music Calendar

Calendar updated daily!

Bowlive V: Soulive’s annual residency at The Brooklyn Bowl is here for it’s FIFTH YEAR at the city’s best music venue, The Brooklyn Bowl.  For the past three years I have enjoyed the pleasure of covering Bowlive each night for Soulive’s record label, Royal Family Records. This will be one residency that you will not want to miss a single night of, always worth every penny and then some. Want a taste? Enjoy my recap on RoyalFamilyRecords.com from last year’s amazing 8-night run.

92Y Soul Jazz Festival: Two nights of soul jazz-modern music with a deep foundation in groove and melody and the freedom of improvisation with DJ Logic and Friends, Esperanza Spalding and Remembering Marian: A Celebration of the Music and Life of Marian McPartland.

The 2nd Annual Leprechaun’s Ball: Presented by Equifunk featuring Eddie Roberts & The Funky Charms with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, James Casey, Ron Johnson, John Staten, & also featuring Bobby Paltauf Band, and Dorsia.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

  • ($10) Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket @ The Bitter End – NYC DEBUT!!
  • ($10) Wax Poetic @ Nublu
  • ($15) North Mississippi Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15-$20) Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ The Cutting Room
  • ($20-$35) Bill Evans SoulGrass with Marco Benevento and John Popper (Blues Travlers) ~ 2 Sets
  • ($21-$119) An Evening With Patti LuPone & Mandy Patinkin @ NJ Performing Arts Center
  • ($22) Jeffrey Gaines @ The Art Garage (Montclair, NJ)
  • ($25) Tab Benoit @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($28.50-$120) Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, Leo Genovese Quartet @ Rose Theater at Lincoln Center
  • ($30) Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) @ The Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$35) An Evening with Mike Gordon @ Webster Hall
  • ($40-$52) Zappa Plays Zappa @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury (Westbury, NY)
  • ($45-$70) Bob Weir and Rat Dog @ The Capital Theater (Port Chester, NY)

Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • ($15) Patterson Hood of Drive-By-Truckers @ City Winery
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($45-$65) Christian McBride Presents: Jazz Meets Sports w/ Kareem Abdul Jabbar & Bernie Williams @ NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)
  • ($45-$70) Bob Wier and Rat Dog @ The Capital Theater (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($49-$99) Air Supply @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (Englewood, NJ)

Monday, March 3, 2014

  • (Free) Kevin McCormack @ Ceol
  • ($10) Alecia Chakour Band: First Mondays @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($25) An Evening With Branford Marsalis @ Village Vanguard (8:30 PM and 10:30 PM each night)
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard (2 sets)
  • ($35) Ashanti Album Release Concert @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
  • ($44.50-$50) Rick Ross @ The Best Buy Theater

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • ($8-$10) Oak & Spire, Take Berlin, Johnny Butler and Bram Kincheloe, JJ Byars @ The Rock Shop
  • ($10-$12) Brooklyn Bowl Mardi Gras All Star Brass Band feat. Skerik, Billy Martin, Ryan Zoidis & Eric Bloom, Adam “Scmeens” Smirnoff & Joe Scatassa @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($11) Communion NYC: Bear’s Den, Pearl And The Beard, Vacationer, Foreign Fields, Emily Fehler, Zane Carney, Lyle Divinsky, MT Warning, Dustin Tebbutt, Nevada, Nevada, Michael Daves, Syd Arthur, and Simone Felice @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($15-$18) CRWN: A Conversation with Elliott Wilson and Rick Ross @ Subculture
  • ($20-$35) Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham Trio @ Blue Note, 8pm & 10pm
  • ($35-$50) Cowboy Junkies @ City Winery
  • ($37.50-$40) George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars @ BB King Blues Club
  • ($50-$270) Paul Simon and STING @ Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • ($10) French Horn Rebellion (LIVE) w. Damn Right! @ Glasslands Gallery
  • ($15) #Offline w/ Q-Tip & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests @ Output
  • ($20-$35) Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham Trio @ Blue Note, 8pm & 10pm
  • ($35-$50) Cowboy Junkies @ City Winery
  • ($40-$70) Los Lobos @  The Space At Westbury (Westbury, NY)
  • New York Philharmonic @ Carnegie Hall

Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($10) Jimkata @ Lovin’ Cup
  • ($10) Sonya Kitchell & Alan Hampton @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
  • ($15-$25) Juan Maclean and Friends @ OutPut
  • ($20-$35) Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham Trio @ Blue Note, 8pm & 10pm
  • ($30-$125) Deer Tick @ The Allen Room at Lincoln Center
  • ($50-$270) Paul Simon and STING @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($81-$95) Patti Austin with The Duke Ellington Orchestra @ Town Hall

Friday, March 7, 2014

  • ($20) Stirfried with special guest John Popper @ Mexicali Live
  • ($20-$30) RAQ w. FiKus @ Gramercy Theatre
  • ($20-$35) Melvin Seals & JGB & ShwizZ @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($22-$25) Antibalas @ SOB’s
  • ($30-$45) Bob Mould: 25 Years of Workbook @ City Winery
  • ($30-$45) Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham Trio @ Blue Note, 8pm & 10pm
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)
  • ($69-$125) Robin Thicke @ The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • The Edgar Winter Band @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($10) Danny Tenaglia Birthday Bash @ Pacha NYC
  • ($10) Rustic Overtones with Belt, Tom Cintula & Buffalo 24 & Ukelelelein @ The Bowery Electric
  • ($20-$35) Melvin Seals & JGB & FiKus @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($30-$45) Bob Mould: 25 Years of Workbook @ City Winery
  • ($30-$45) Donald Harrison, Ron Carter & Billy Cobham Trio @ Blue Note, 8pm & 10pm
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

  • (Free) Kevin McCormack @ The Coachman’s Inn
  • ($12) Jerry Joseph @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • ($22-$25) Antibalas @ SOB’s
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30-$40) When In Robe: A Spa Dance Party ft. Nick Hook, Subset, Plastic Plates @ Body By Brooklyn
  • ($30-$45) Leo Kottke @ City Winery
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Monday, March 10, 2014

  • (Free) Kevin McCormack @ Ceol
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard (2 sets)
  • ($30-$45) Leo Kottke @ City Winery
  • The Edgar Winter Band @ Iridium Jazz Club

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • ($10) Cornmeal & The Brummy Brothers @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($35-$200) Tibet House Benefit Concert @ Carnegie Hal
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

  • ($15) #Offline w/ Q-Tip & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests @ Output
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)
  • ($70-$140) Elivs Costello & The Roots @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • (FREE) Marion LoGuidice @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($15) Bowlive V feat. Soulive, Nigel Hall and The Shady Horns

Friday, March 14, 2014

  • (FREE) Alecia Chakour Band w/ Cheme Gastelum @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (FREE) Bryan Elijah Smith @ Hill Country
  • ($10) Spanglish Fly @ NuBlu
  • ($18) Yarn w/ The Wallace Brothers @ DROM
  • ($20) Bowlive V – Soulive feat. George Porter Jr., The Shady Horns, Leroy Justice and Nicki Bluhm @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Shitkill @ The Studio at Webster Hall
  • ($25) Butch Trucks & Very Special Friends @ B. B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($25-$30) Ravi Coltrane meets Luis Perdomo @ Union County Performing Arts Center Hamilton Stage (Rahway, NJ)
  • ($35) The Skivvies @ 54 Below
  • ($35-$78) Cassandra Wilson And Harriet Tubman Present Black Sun @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (Englewood, NJ)
  • ($40) DJ Logic & Friends / Joey DeFrancesco All-Star Band / with Opening Act Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope @ Kaufmann Concert Hall
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

  • Bobby Paltauf Band @ Garcia’s at The Capital (Post Chester, NY)
  • (FREE!!) Bryan Elijah Smith @ Hill Country
  • ($8) Bowlive V – Soulive for Kids @ Brooklyn Bowl (2pm show)
  • ($10) Leroy Justice @ The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ)
  • ($15-$25) Esperanza Spalding: New Songs @ 92Y Kaufmann Concert Hall
  • ($20) Bowlive V – Soulive feat. George Porter, Jr., The London Souls, The Shady Horns @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Butch Trucks & Very Special Friends, Oteil Burbridge: Duane Allman’s daughter, Galadrielle Allman, will be reading and signing copies of her new book about her father titled “Please Be With Me”
  • ($25-$40) An Evening with Justin Townes Earle @ City Winery ~ 2 sets
  • ($25-$45) Deep Banana Blackout & Kung Fu @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($35) The Skivvies @ 54 Below
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

  • ($18-$22) Cassandra Wilson @ BRIC House Ballroom
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Monday, March 17, 2014

  • (Free) Kevin McCormack @ CEO
  • ($17) Reel Big Fish @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ Jazz Standard (2 sets)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($15) Bowlive V – Soulive feat John Scofield, Opener & Special Guest: Jon Cleary, The Shady Horns @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Rudy Royston and Eyvind Kang @ Village Vanguard
  • ($35-$75) Rosanne Cash and Band @ Town Hall
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • ($12) Glen David Andrews @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • ($15) #Offline w/ Q-Tip & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests @ Output
  • ($15) Bowlive V – Soulive feat. Joe Russo & Bill Evans, Opener & Special Guest Jon CLeary and The Sahdy Horns @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Rudy Royston and Eyvind Kang @ Village Vanguard
  • ($45-$75) John Zorn w/ Special Guests: Marc Ribot, Uri Caine, Secret Chiefs 3, Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer, John Medes, Abraxas, Many Arms, Uri Gurvich, Ikue Mori, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Cleric @ Town Hall
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($15) Bowlive V – Soulive feat. DMC (of Run DMC), Talib Kweli, The Shady Horns, Alan Evans Trio @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Allen Stone @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($25) Bill Frisell’s Beautiful Dreamers featuring Rudy Royston, Eyvind Kang and special guest Thomas Morgan @ Village Vangard
  • ($30-$35) Drive-By Truckers @ Terminal 5

Friday, March 21, 2014

  • ($8) Fat Mama w/ A Big Yes and a Small No @ Bowery Electric
  • ($15-$20) Hot Jazz Gang @ Lucille’s at B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($20) BoomBox @ The Bowery Ballroom
  • ($20) Bowlive V – Soulive feat. Marco Benevento, Roosevelt Collier, The Shady Horns and Sonya Kitchell @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$25) Royal Southern Brotherhood ft. Devon Allman, Cyril Neville, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott @ B. B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($25) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($35-$40) SWV: Sisters With Voices @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($35-$40) Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue @ The Space At Westbury (Westbury, NY)
  • ($35-$50) Turn Back The cap: 1980s w/ Naughty By Nature @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, New York)
  • ($43-$50) Bettye LaVette @ Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)
  • ($65-$125) Billy Joel @ Madison Square Garden

Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves @ The Studio at Webster Hall
  • (FREE) Talib Kweli @ Rough Tade NYC
  • ($12-$15) The Mantras and TAUK @ The Paper Box
  • ($20) Bowlive V – Soulive feat. The Shady Horns and Wolf! feat. Scott Metzger @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Roosevelt Collier with Kofi Burbridge & Friends @ B. B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($22-$28) 2014 GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS: Snarky Puppy @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($25-$35) Freddie GIbbs (MC) and MadLib (DJ) @ The Gramercy Theatre
  • ($40-$55) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue w/ THe London Souls @ The Capotol Theare (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • (Free) Kevin McCormack @ The Coachman’s Inn
  • ($15-$20) Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($25) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($40) Jefferson Starship @ B.B. King’s Blues Club

Monday, March 24, 2014

  • (Free) Kevin McCormack @ Ceol
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard (2 sets)
  • ($30-$50) Los Lonely Boys @ City Winery

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($15-$17) Robert Randolph & the Family Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30-$50) Los Lonely Boys @ City Winery
  • ($32-$80) The Blind Boys of Alabama @ The Paramount (Huntington, NY)
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

  • ($8) Zoogma @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) #Offline w/ Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests @ Output
  • ($30-$50) Los Lonely Boys @ City Winery
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

  • (FREE) Leroy Justice @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night sets
  • ($8-$10) The Sweater Songs: Performing Weezer’s “Blue Album” and songs from “Pinkerton” @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($23) The Infamous Stringdusters @ Bowery Ballroom

Friday, March 28, 2014

  • ($10) Start Making Sense: Talking Heads Tribute Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($18-$27) Red Baraat: 3rd Annual Festival of Colors @ Gramercy Theatre
  • ($30-$145) An Evening with Johnny Mathis, accompanied by orchestra   @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ)
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)
  • ($55-$60) Jorma Kaukonen @ The Towne Crier Cafe (Beacon, NY)
  • ($66-$202) Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom

Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • ($12) Bonerama @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Colonel Bruce Hampton & Friends @ B. B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($22-$33) Mobb Deep @ Gramercy Theatre
  • ($50-$150) The Allman Brothers Band @ Beacon Theatre (THEY ARE BREAKING UP)
  • The Charlie Daniels Band @ Paramount Hudson Valley (Peekskill, NY)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35-$55) The Music of Paul Simon: Antibalas and Special Guests, Live Rehearsal @ City Winery
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($66-$202) Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom

Monday, March 31, 2014

  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard (2 sets)
  • ($66-$202) Lady Gaga @ Roseland Ballroom
  • Antibalas @ City Winery

February 2014 Music Calendar

Calendar updated daily!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

  • ($15-$18.50) Break Science @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($20-$25) Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe @ The Space At Westbury (Westbury, NY)
  • ($20-$50) Matt Wilson Quartet with Special Guest John Medeski @ Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (2 sets)
  • ($25-$50) Steve Earle And Robert Earl Keene Solo and Acoustic @ The Capitol Theater (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($30-$45) Maceo Parker @ The Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • (First come, First serve) Paramore @ PIER 40

Sunday, February 2, 2014

  • ($20-$50) Matt Wilson Quartet with Special Guest John Medeski @ Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (2 sets)
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30-$45) Maceo Parker @ The Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Monday, February 3, 2014

  • ($10) Alecia Chakour Band: First Mondays @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($10) Jason Linder @ NuBlu
  • (SOLD OUT) John Butler Trio @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($35) John Butler Trio @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • ($15) #Offline w/ Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests @ Output
  • ($15) Rebirth Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle Solo & Acoustic Special Request Show @ City Winery
  • ($50-$300) Amnesty International Bringing Human Rights Home @ Barclays Center (Don’t forget the Description of bands)
    • Featuring Pussy Riot, Imagine Dragons, The Flaming Lips, The Fray, Tegan and Sara, Colbie Caillat, Cold War Kids, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Bob Geldof, Blondie, Yoko Ono, more…

Thursday, February 6, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Raul Midón with special guest Master Kong Nay: Target Free David Rubenstein Atrium
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($15) Bustle In Your Hedgerow @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25-$29) The Hold Steady: Nights Go On Forever Tour @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($26.50) The Ringers Ft. Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz And More @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($30-$70) Rosanne Cash @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (Englewood, NJ)
  • ($35-$75) Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings @ Beacon Theatre
  • ($45-$125) Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis @ The Capitol Theatre
  • ($54-$170) NYC Fab 50 Presents Twist & Shout: NY Celebrates The Beatles

Friday, February 7, 2014

  • ($8-$10) Matt Butler and Friends @ Bowery Electric
  • ($10-$12) New York Funk Exchange @ Knitting Factory
  • ($15) Bustle In Your Hedgerow @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15-$35) Walter Wolfman Washington & The Roadmasters with Special Guests Bobby Paltauf Band @ Drom
  • ($30-$35) Rachael Yamagata w/ Zach Djanikian @ City Winery
  • ($38-$55) Wetlands 25th Anniversary Show featuring moe. @ The Capitol Theatre (Portchester, NY)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Benyoro @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (FREE!!) Jay Blakesberg Book Signing @ Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre
  • ($10) Tounges in Trees featuring Sunny Jain (Red Baraat) @ Barbes
  • ($12-$100) Wynton Marsalis with JLCO – Family Concert: Who is Dave Brubeck? @ Rose Theater
  • ($25-$30) Jay Farrar of Son Volt @ City Winery
  • ($30-$65) Arctic Monkeys @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($35-$60) Steve Earle Solo And Acoustic @ The Space At Westbury (Westbury, NY)
  • ($38-$55) Wetlands 25th Anniversary Show featuring moe. and John Medeski @ The Capitol Theatre (Portchester, NY)
  • ($44) Strawberry Fields @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • ($25-$30) Jay Farrar of Son Volt @ City Winery
  • ($25-$35) Stanley Jordan @ Lehman Center For The Performing Arts
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Monday, February 10, 2014

  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard
  • ($25-$30) John Hammond and Albert Cummings @ City Winery
  • ($35) Skrillex @ Brooklyn Bowl

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($15-$20) The Autumn Defense (John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone of Wilco) @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) Helen Sung: Anthem For A New Day CD Release Event (with special guest Paquito D’Rivera) @ The Jazz Standard (2 sets)
  • ($25) John Medeski with The Word, North Mississippi Allstars and Eric Krasno  @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($35-$40) Skrillex @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

  • ($10) Now vs. Now feat. Jason Lindner (keys), Panagiotis Andreou (bass) & Mark Guiliana (drums) @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • ($15) #Offline w/ Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests @ Output
  • ($25) Helen Sung: Anthem For A New Day CD Release Event (with special guest Paquito D’Rivera) @ The Jazz Standard (2 sets)
  • ($27.50-$30) G. Love & Special Sauce w/ Kristy Lee @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($35-$42) Skrillex @ SRB Brooklyn
  • ($35-$45) Kung Fu and John Medeski with The Word (& North Mississippi Allstars) @ Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle Solo & Acoustic Special Request Show @ City Winery

Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Raul Midón with special guest Master Kong Nay: Target Free David Rubenstein Atrium
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($10) Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band @ Fontana’s
  • ($12-$15) The Soul Rebels @ Garcia’s at The Capitol Theater (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($25-$30) Skrillex and Bro Safari @ Output
  • ($30-$35) Shpongle: The Museum of Consciousness Tour @ The Space At Westbury (Westbury, NY)
  • ($45-$65) Macy Gray @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($73-$113) Ladies Night R&B Extravaganza with El Debarge, K-Ci & JoJo, Jagged Edge, Christopher Williams, Carl Thomas, Al B. Sure!, Keith Sweat, Case @ Barclays Center

Friday, February 14, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Bobby Paltauf Band @ Garcia’s at The Capital (Post Chester, NY)
  • ($15) Jeffrey Gaines & Amy Fadden @ Hebe Music (Mt. Holly, NJ)
  • ($15) The Soul Rebels @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15-$25) Girls & Boys feat. EOTO @ Webster Hall
  • ($20) Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard (3 sets)
  • ($30-$100) Dianne Reeves and Sean Jones @ Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • ($30-$50) Galactic w/ JJ Grey & Mofro @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($50-$100) Lincoln Center presents: American Songbook with Beth Orton @ The Allen Room
  • ($50-$90) Kings of Leon @ Madison Square Garden

Saturday, February 15, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Big Daddy Love @ Hill Country BBQ
  • ($10) Sophistafunk @ Zeppa Auditorium (Rochester, NY)
  • ($15) The Bernie Worrell Orchestra with Zongo Junction @ Littlefield
  • ($15) The Soul Rebels w/ Special Guests Slick Rick, Rahzel, Mark Kelley of the Roots, and many more @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($30) Buckwheat Zydeco @ The Iridium
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard (3 sets)
  • ($30-$36) Galactic w/ JJ Grey & Mofro @ Terminal 5
  • ($30-$100) Dianne Reeves and Sean Jones @ Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • ($39-$52) 1st Annual “Louder Than Love Valentine’s Ball Freestyle with Heart, TKA, Judy Torres, Sugar Hill Gang , Freedom Williams of C&C Music Factory, The Covers Girls, Noel, Soave, Alisha, Joyce Sims and Disco Unlimited @ NYCB Theatre at Westbury (Westbury, NY)
  • ($42-$117) Cheap Trick @ The Wellmont Theater (Montclair, NJ)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

  • ($15-18.50) Those Darlins @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30) Buckwheat Zydeco @ The Iridium
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard (3 sets)
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($5-$12) DJ Jazzy Jeff and more @ Brooklyn Bowl

Monday, February 17, 2014

  • ($25) Mingus Orchestra @ Jazz Standard (2 sets)
  • ($55-$65) Michael Bolton @ Humanities Theater (Bayside, NY)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($25) Ravi Coltrane: Quartets @ Jazz Standard
  • John Medeski (keyboards) Thomas Workman (various instruments) Mike Rivard (bass) @ The Stone

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • ($15) #Offline w/ Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests @ Output
  • ($18-$27) Black Joe Lewis @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25) Ravi Coltrane: Quartets @ Jazz Standard
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle Solo & Acoustic Special Request Show @ City Winery
  • John Medeski (keyboards) Ben Perowsky (drums) Chris Speed (reeds) @ The Stone

Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($7-$10) McLovins Cd Release Party @ Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($10) Spiritual Rez @ Stanhope House (Stanhope, NJ)
  • ($17-$20) RJD2 @ Brooklyn Bowl (Presented by Govenors Ball)
  • ($20-$45) Anders Osborne w/ Marco Benevento, Billy Iuso and Scott Metzger @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) Ravi Coltrane: Quartets @ Jazz Standard
  • John Medeski (keyboards) Billy Martin (drums) with special guests @ The Stone

Friday, February 21, 2014

  • ($12) Future Rock @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($12) Spiritual Rez @ 89 North (Patchogue, NY)
  • ($15) Mark Guiliana Presents: “My Life Starts Now” feat. Stu Brooks and Yuki Hirano @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • ($25) Ravi Coltrane: Quartets @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30-$35) Rachael Yamagata w/ Adrien Reju @ City Winery
  • ($30-$45) Big Head Todd & The Monsters with Anders Osborne @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • Billy Iuso and Friends @ The Shrine
  • John Medeski (keyboards) Marc Ribot (guitar) Calvin Weston (drums) @ The Stone

Saturday, February 22, 2014

  • ($10) Turbine @ Fontana’s
  • ($10-$17) Official Railroad Earth After Party: WIG PARTY ft. Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth @ Lucille’s at B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($15) Brownout Presents BROWN SABBATH – Funk Interpretations of Black Sabbath @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Railroad Earth @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($25) Ravi Coltrane: Quartets @ Jazz Standard
  • ($40) Regina Belle @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • John Medeski (keyboards) Marc Ribot (guitar) Calvin Weston (drums) @ The Stone
  • Performance with John Leventhal and Special Guests Wayne Henderson, Rosanne Cash and Larry Campbell @ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • ($25) Ravi Coltrane: Quartets @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30) Johnny Winter 70th Birthday Celebration @ B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill
  • ($35-$75) Zappa Plays Zappa @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (Englewood, NJ)
  • ($35-$220) Kanye West @ Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY)
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • Dark Wave: John Medeski (keyboards) Adam Deitch (drums) Skerik (reeds) @ The Stone
  • Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax @ Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage @ Carnegie Hall (2pm Set)

Monday, February 24, 2014

  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard (2 sets)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($15) Shaggy @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($42.50) Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • ($15) #Offline w/ Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest) & Natasha Diggs + Special Guests @ Output
  • ($25) Conspirator @ StageOne (Fairfield, CT)
  • ($42.50) Ginger Baker’s Jazz Confusion @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle Solo & Acoustic Special Request Show @ City Winery

Thursday, February 27, 2014

  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($8) Leroy Justice @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
  • ($10) People’s Blues of Richmond @ Fontana’s
  • ($10) Sophistafunk @ Fontana’s (10:30pm Set)
  • ($20-$35) Bill Evans Soulgrass feat. Tim Carbone, Neal Evans & Eric Krasno @ Blue Note (8pm & 10pm)
  • ($22-$32) The Wood Brothers @ Irving Plaza
  • ($25-$29) Murder By Death @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($25-$30) Mayer Hawthorne @ Webster Hall
  • ($32-$44) Flogging Molly @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($35) Yaslin Bey (Mos Def) @ Highline Ballroom

Friday, February 28, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Reckoning @ Rollin Greens
  • ($15) North Mississippi Allstars @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15-$20) That 1 Guy @ The Cutting Room
  • ($15-$90+) Let the Good Times Roll at NYC’s 8th Annual Mardi Gras Party, celebrating arts and culture from New York City to New Orleans.@ Angel Orensanz Foundation
  • ($20-$35) Bill Evans Soulgrass w/ John Medeski & John Popper (of Blues Traveler) @ Blue Note (8PM & 10PM)
  • ($25-$55) Zappa Plays Zappa: Roxy & Elsewhere 40th Anniversary Tour @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($28.50-$120) Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, Leo Genovese Quartet @ Rose Theater at Lincoln Center
  • ($40-$50) Band of Horses – A Special Acoustic Performance @ Town Hall
  • ($42) Mardi Gras Ball: Dumpstaphunk, Kermit Ruffins & BBQ Swingers, High and Mighty Brass Band, Ivan Neville and DJ Cochon De Lait @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

January 2014 Music Calendar

Calendar updated daily!

 

Backbeat Foundation Presents the 6th Annual Export NOLA @ The Cutting Room

http://backbeatfoundation.org/

The Backbeat Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt Louisiana non-profit corporation whose mission is to foster support of the rich New Orleans cultural heritage through the presentation of innovative arts and music programming and community based events and projects. Learn more about them here.

Backbeat Foundation began its Backbeat Jazzfest Series in 2006, crossing our fingers and hoping that the music lovers who annually descend upon our city would not let Hurricane Katrina silence the music, passion and kinetic energy of the night. The fans did not disappoint. As the series matures we strive to create not just concerts, but happenings that encourage new collaborations on stage and help to create unique and intimate experiences for our supporters and the musicians alike. Our programming is intended to inspire discovery of new music and honor the legends that laid the bedrock upon which this temple of music we call New Orleans is built.

Jam Cruise: A Musical Adventure at Sea

http://www.jamcruise.com

The 12th installment of Jam Cruise, a jamming music cruise on the Caribbean, sets sail on January 4th from Miami Florida and does not return until January 9, 2014. A new boat and a new dock. And 1000 new spots for new music lovers. I participated on the last 4. I got my repeat offender robe and had to make some touch decisions this year which resulted in me missing the only boat I will ever miss again. That being said, it’s quite literally  the greatest music festival in international waters, hands down. It WILL change your life, ok, well, maybe just your perspective on life.

NY Guitar Festival (Marc Ribot)

http://www.newyorkguitarfestival.org

Since 1999, the New York Guitar Festival has explored virtually every aspect of the guitar’s musical personality, presenting many of the world’s most distinctive and influential guitarists at venues including Carnegie Hall, The 92nd Street Y, Merkin Concert Hall, Joe’s Pub, Barbes, (le) Poisson Rouge, and The World Financial Center Winter Garden. Performers have included: Pepe Romero, The Assad Duo, Eliot Fisk, Vernon Reid, Andy Summers, Daniel Lanois, David Torn, Jorma Kaukonen, Dan Zanes, Bill Frisell, Sonny Landreth, Cindy Cashdollar, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Kaki King, Bon Iver, Bryce Dessner, Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Lenny Kaye, Yamandu Costa, Bucky Pizzarelli, and surprise guests Bruce Springsteen, Levon Helm + Emmylou Harris.

My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday

http://mmjonebigholiday.com/

My Morning Jacket is delighted to invite you to the beautiful Riviera Maya, Mexico for a 4-night concert adventure January 26-30, 2014featuring 3 totally unique shows plus an off-the-hook dance party hosted by the band that promises plenty of surprises. This unique experience will include daily activities, a variety of off site excursions and all the magic that comes from being on vacation in an intimate setting with just 2,500 fans.

There will be a host of other activities like daily yoga classes, tequila tastings, theme nights, and more. Before the show, get your friends together and dine in one of many on site restaurants featuring ethnic cuisines or hit the pre-show BBQ. Remember that all drinks including beer, wine and premium liquor are yours for the taking, served in multiple bars and lounges throughout the property and are all included in the price of admission. After all – this is One Big Holiday!

3 Full Shows with My Morning Jacket & 1 Super-Fun Dance Party hosted by the Band, Flaming Lips, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ Sets @ The Hard Rock Hotel (Riviera Maya, Mexico)

 1st Annual New York Brass and Heritage Festival

Blue Note Entertainment Group has announced its first-annual NEW YORK BRASS AND HERITAGE FESTIVAL, a celebration of New Orleans music and culture January 7-12, 2014. Artists including THE REBIRTH BRASS BAND, THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, THE DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND, KELLER WILLIAMS AND THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS and more will take to the stage at Blue Note Jazz Club, B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, The HighlineBallroom, Lucille’s Bar & Grill, and Drom, bringing a mix of New Orleans jazz-fusion, blues and brass for six nights of unforgettable Southern comfort.

NYC Winter Jazzfest

Since its debut 10 years ago, the NYC Winter Jazzfest has expanded its number of performances nearly fivefold. This year’s five-day festival kicks off Tuesday night at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village with Bobby Previte’s Terminals and guests. The Winter Jazzfest will continue through Saturday with more than 90 acts performing at 10 different venues around the city. Brice Rosenbloom, the festival’s founder, said he expects about 7,500 people to attend this year’s festival.

globalFEST

http://www.globalfest-ny.com/

America’s catalytic springboard showcase/festival and year round service organization for world music. Taste-makers for an increasingly diverse and innovative planet-spanning scene, this one-night festival will gather a dozen international acts at New York City’s Webster Hall on January 12, 2014.

That single evening will witness everything from vintage Bollywood confections from Down Under to soaring, heartfelt gospel from the deep South, from lush big bands to the sparest single-string guitar. Long-revered artists—including seminal performers who put Gypsy brass and North African Gnawa trance music on the map—will cross paths with rarely heard masters from little-explored genres.

CONCERTS

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • ($15) Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) @ The Stone
  • ($20) The Harlem Gospel Choir @ B.B. King Blues Club
  • ($30) Henry Butler with Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9 @ Jazz Standard (7:30pm and 9:45pm set)
  • ($40) The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe, w/ Special Guest James Genus @ Birdland NY
  • ($40-$75) Chris Botti @ Blue Note NYC (2 Sets @ 8pm/10:30pm)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Raul Midón with special guest Master Kong Nay: Target Free David Rubenstein Atrium
  • (FREE!!) Kevin Mccormack @ The Highbury Pub
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train @ Brooklyn Bowl (late night set)
  • ($15) Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) @ The Stone
  • ($15-$20) Living Colour @ Brooklyn Bowl (Opener: Dave Dreiwitz’s Crescent Moon)
  • ($30) Henry Butler with Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9 @ Jazz Standard (7:30pm and 9:45pm set)
  • ($40) The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe, With Special Guest James Genus @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$55) Peter Wolf (The J. Giels Band) @ City Winery
  • ($40-$75) Chris Botti @ Blue Note NYC (2 Sets @ 8pm/10:30pm)

Friday, January 3, 2014

  • (FREE) Tall Tall Trees @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage I)
  • (FREE!!) Kevin Mccormack @ Old Castle
  • ($10-$15) Milo Z (Opening for the Icons of Funk)  @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($15) Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) @ The Stone
  • ($28-$32) The Icons of Funk: Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Bernie Worrell (P-Funk), Fred Wesley (JB Horns) @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($30) Henry Butler with Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9 @ Jazz Standard (7:30pm and 9:45pm set)
  • ($40) The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe, With Special Guest James Genus @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$55) Peter Wolf (The J. Giels Band) @ City Winery
  • ($40-$75) Chris Botti @ Blue Note NYC (2 Sets @ 8pm/10:30pm)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Jam Cruise 12: Musical Cruise on the Caribbean
  • ($10) Wax Poetic @ Nublu
  • ($15) Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) @ The Stone
  • ($15) PR & Giant Step present Afrika Bambaataa (DJ set) w/ Cosmo Baker and OP! @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • $30) Henry Butler with Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9 @ Jazz Standard (7:30pm and 9:45pm set)
  • ($40) The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe, With Special Guest James Genus @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40-$55) Peter Wolf (The J. Giels Band) w/ special guest Kenny White @ City Winery
  • ($40-$75) Chris Botti @ Blue Note NYC (2 Sets @ 8pm/10:30pm)
  • ($60-$130) New York Philharmonic @ Tilles Center Concert Hall (Greenvale, NY)
  • ($80) The Might Sparrow @ B.B. Kings Bar and Grill Club

Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Jam Cruise 12: Musical Cruise on the Caribbean
  • ($15) Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) @ The Stone
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30) Henry Butler with Steven Bernstein & The Hot 9 @ Jazz Standard (7:30pm and 9:45pm set)
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($45-$65) Leon Russell w/ Hellbound Glory @ City Winery
  • ($40-$75) Chris Botti @ Blue Note NYC (2 Sets @ 8pm/10:30pm)

Monday, January 6, 2014

  • Jam Cruise 12: Musical Cruise on the Caribbean
  • (FREE) Jim Campilongo Trio w/ Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage I)
  • ($10) Alecia Chakour Band: First Mondays @ Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($45-$65) Leon Russell w/ Hellbound Glory @ City Winery

Tuesday, January 7, 2014Neil Young 

  • Jam Cruise 12: Musical Cruise on the Caribbean
  • 1st Annual New York Brass and Heritage Festival (See explanation in Description)
  • The NYC WINTER JAZZFEST (Read Description for Blog)
  • ($8) Pitchblak Brass Band & Outer Borough Brass Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($20-$25) Bucky Pizzarelli Birthday Bash @ The Cutting Room
  • ($25) Christian McBride Big Band @ Village Vanguard
  • ($25-$35) Rebirth Brass Band @ Blue Note NYC (2 Sets @ 8pm/10:30pm)
  • ($30-$35) Johnny Winter @ B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill
  • ($80-$400) Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

  • Jam Cruise 12: Musical Cruise on the Caribbean
  • 1st Annual New York Brass and Heritage Festival (See explanation in Description)
  • The NYC WINTER JAZZFEST (Read Description for Blog)
  • ($25-$35) Rebirth Brass Band @ Blue Note NYC (2 Sets @ 8pm/10:30pm)
  • ($17) Brian Stoltz (Funky Meters) with Brooklyn Jazz Warriors plus special guests WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger @ DROM (9:30 set)
  • ($20) Julian Lage w/Nels Cline @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 3)
  • ($25) Christian McBride Big Band @ Village Vanguard
  • ($25-$35) Rebirth Brass Band @ Blue Note NY
  • ($27-$59) Eric Harland, Jason Moran, Ravi Coltrane and Robert Glasper @ Town Hall

Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Jam Cruise 12: Musical Cruise on the Caribbean
  • 1st Annual New York Brass and Heritage Festival (See explanation in Description)
  • The NYC WINTER JAZZFEST (Read Description for Blog)
  • (FREE LIVE BROADCAST) Mike Dillon Band @ AURA Studios – Watch for FREE at http://www.LIVEfromAURA.com
  • (FREE!!) Raul Midón with special guest Master Kong Nay @ Target Free David Rubenstein Atrium
  • (FREE!!) Steve Blanco Trio with Sunny Jain (Red Baarat) @ Domaine Wine Bar
  • ($10) Oceanographer Ft. Mark Kelly of The Roots @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25) Christian McBride Big Band @ Village Vanguard
  • ($25-$35) Rebirth Brass Band @ Blue Note NYC (2 Sets @ 8pm/10:30pm)
  • ($80-$400) Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall

Friday, January 10, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Kevin Mccormack @ Old Castle
  • ($$$) Roy Hargrove Quintet @ Le Poisson Rouge for Winter Jazz Fest
  • ($12) The Whigs @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Charlie Hunter w/ Dionne Farris @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 3)
  • ($20) Snarky Puppy @ DROM (11:30pm set)
  • ($20-$25) Export Nola APAP Showcase feat. Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Stooges Brass Band, Brassaholics and more @ The Cutting Room
  • ($22.50-$25) Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Red Baraat @ Highline Ballroom
    • ($10) High and Mighty Brass Band (Dirty Dozen & Rebirth Brass After Party) @ Lucille’s Grill (B.B King Blues Club)
  • ($25-$35) Rebirth Brass Band @ Blue Note NYC (2 Sets @ 8pm/10:30pm)
  • ($25-$45) Paul Oakenfold @ Pacha NYC
  • ($30) Christian McBride Big Band @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40-$45) The Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, Ruthie Foster & Paul Thorn @ B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill
  • ($80-$400) Neil Young @ Carnegie Hall

Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Jam Cruise 12: Musical Cruise on the Caribbean
  • 1st Annual New York Brass and Heritage Festival (See explanation in Description)
  • The NYC WINTER JAZZFEST (Read Description for Blog)
  • ($10) PitchBlak Brass Band @ Drom (1:30am set)
  • ($10) The Stooges Brass Band w/ Brass-A-Holics, Maurice Brown & Soul’D U Out, Mia Borders @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25 – $150) A Concert to Benefit Free the Slaves @ Plymouth Church
    • The Impressions featuring members of the Dap-Kings, with Special Guests Joan Osbourne, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens and The Inspirational Voices of the Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • ($26-$38) Rusted Root and Cherry Poppin Daddies @ Gramercy Theatre
  • ($30) Christian McBride Big Band @ Village Vanguard
  • ($30-$35) Edwin McCain and Friends @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
  • ($35-$48) Carbon Leaf, Lisa Marie Presley, Crystal Bowersox, Garland Jeffreys (APAP Showcase) @ City Winery
  • ($35-$55) Winter JazzFest: NEXT Collective, Jason Lindner’s Now Vs. Now @ Blue Note NYC (1:45am set)
  • ($45) Kurt Elling “PassionWorld” with Special Guest Regina Carter @ Birdland NYC

Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • 1st Annual New York Brass and Heritage Festival (See explanation in Description)
  • (FREE!!) Kevin McCormack @ Molly Blooms Pub
  • ($16) Big Sam’s Funky Nation, MIA Borders, Luke Winslow King, Maurice Mobetta Brown & Sould U Out @ S.OB.s (EXPORT NOLA PRESENTS)
  • ($25-$30) Keller Williams with the Travelin’ McCoury’s & Classic Albums Live perform “The Dark Side of the Moon” @ B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill
  • ($25-$45) Stanley Clarke Trio feat. The Harlem String Quartet + Bettye LaVette @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($30) Christian McBride Big Band @ Village Vanguard
  • ($30) Regina Carter’s “Southern Comfort” @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30-$42) Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ City Winery
  • ($32-$200) Jay-Z @ The Barclays Center
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($40-$45) globalFEST w/ Abigail Washburn @ Webster Hall

Monday, January 13, 2014

  • (FREE) Jim Campilongo Trio w/ Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1)
  • ($5 or Free with RSVP) MOM DJs Present “Motown On Mondays” : The Stereophytes ft. members of The Pimps of Joytime, The Fela! Band, and High & Mighty Brass Band, DJ Wisdom @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Sunny Jain @ Spectrum
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($32-$200) Jay-Z @ The Barclays Center
  • ($35-$40) Cassandra Wilson  20th Anniversary Performance of “Blue Light ‘Til Dawn” @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($38-$45) moe. Acoustic, Trigger Hippy & Aoife O’Donovan @ City Winery

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($25) Christian McBride Trio @ Village Vanguard

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • ($10) Gent Treadly @ Zinc Bar
  • ($25) Christian McBride Trio @ Village Vanguard
  • ($35-$50) An Evening with Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely @ City Winery

Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Jungle Jam – FESTIVAL
  • (FREE!!) Kevin McCormack @ Highbury Pub
  • (FREE!!) Gent Treadly @ Rodeo Bar
  • (FREE!!) Raul Midón with special guest Master Kong Nay: Target Free David Rubenstein Atrium
  • ($7-$10) Fikus Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre (Portchester, NY)
  • ($12-$15) Dangermuffin and Les Raquet @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($15) Big Head Todd and the Monsters Featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks and Hazel Miller @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15-$25) Christian Scott @ Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • ($25) Christian McBride Trio @ Village Vanguard

Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Jungle Jam – FESTIVAL
  • (FREE!!) Zongo Junction @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
  • (FREE!!) Kevin McCormack @ Old Castle
  • ($10) DJ Turmix w/ Spanglish Fly @ DROM
  • ($15) Slick Rick: The Ruler @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15-$20) Yellowcake @ The Cutting Room
  • ($15-$25) Christian Scott @ Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • ($25-$30) Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25-$30) Roy Hargrove RH Factor @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($30) Christian McBride Trio @ Village Vanguard
  • ($30-$42) Robert Earl Keen, Andrea Davidson @ Irving Plaza
  • ($30-$65) Umphrey’s McGee @ Beacon Theatre
  • ($35-$50) Alejandro Escovedo: An Acoustic Evening with Strings @ City Winery
  • ($37.50-$42) Morris Day & The Time @ B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill
  • ($45+) Bill Frisell: Reflections on the Bristol Sessions @ The Allen Room
  • ($65-$150) Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Jungle Jam – FESTIVAL
  • ($14) Zion80 w. Jessica Lurie @ Joe’s Pub (Jewish Afrobeat)
  • ($15-$25) Christian Scott @ Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • ($30) Christian McBride Trio @ Village Vanguard
  • ($30-$65) Umphrey’s McGee @ Beacon Theatre
  • ($35-$50) An Evening with Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys @ City Winery
  • ($45+) Bill Frisell: Reflections on the Bristol Sessions @ The Allen Room
  • ($65-$150) Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall

Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Jungle Jam – FESTIVAL
  • (FREE!!) Kevin McCormack @ Molly Blooms Pub
  • ($10-$12) Normal Instruments w/ Jeff Bujak @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($15-$25) Christian Scott @ Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • ($22) Martin Luther King Jr, Celebration Honoring Nelson Mandela Feat. Talib Kweli @ S.O.B.’s
  • ($22.50-$25) Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($30) Christian McBride Trio @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
  • ($60) The Pixies @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)

Monday, January 20, 2014

  • (FREE) Jim Campilongo Trio w/ Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1)
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • (FREE LIVE BROADCAST) McLovins @ AURA Studios – Watch for FREE at http://www.LIVEfromAURA.com
  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($30-$35) Johnny Winter @ B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

  • ($8-$10) The Zen Tricksters @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15-$18.50) Diane Birch @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($30) Pat Martino and Eldar Djangirov @ Iridium Jazz Club (2 sets)
  • ($30-$35) Mehliana feat. Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($36) Neutral Milk Hotel @ The Capitol Theatre (Port Chester, NY)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Kevin McCormack @ Old Castle
  • (FREE!!) Raul Midón with special guest Master Kong Nay: Target Free David Rubenstein Atrium
  • ($10) Jamie McLean Band @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2)
  • ($15) Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe & More Special Guests To Be Announced @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$50 for VIP) Rock for Haiti (supporting Project House of Hope) @ DROM
    • Featuring Sushi Grade Panda, Zero Recall and Groove Alert
  • ($22-$27) Sonny Landreth & Cindy Cashdollar @ City Winery
  • ($25-$30) Hard Working Americans feat. Todd Snider, Dave Schools, and Neal Casal @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($30) Pat Martino and Eldar Djangirov @ Iridium Jazz Club (2 sets)
  • ($30-$35) Taylor Dayne w/ Live Band @ B.B. Kings Blues Club

Friday, January 24, 2014

  • ($15) Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe & More Special Guests To Be Announced @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) MIDNIGHT SHOW w/ RAQ @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25-$55) The Midnight Ramble Band @ The Capital Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($35) moe. @ State Theatre (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • ($64-$135) Master of Ceremony @ Radio City Music Hall
    • Featuring DMX, Epmd, Rakim, Naughty By Nature, Brand Nubian, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Biz Markie, Black Sheep

Saturday, January 25, 2014

  • ($10) Spiritual Rez and Kiwi @ Fontana’s
  • ($15) Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe & More Special Guests To Be Announced @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) MIDNIGHT SHOW w/ RAQ @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($25-$55) The Midnight Ramble Band @ The Capital Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($30-$37) Dr. Dog @ Terminal 5
  • ($40-$90) Jazz and Beyond @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • ($1,299 – $2,199) My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday @ Hard Rock Hotel Riviera, Maya Mexico
    • 3 Full Shows with My Morning Jacket & 1 Super-Fun Dance Party hosted by the Band, Flaming Lips, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ Sets
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($40) Harlem Gospel Choir Brunch @ B.B. King Blues Club and Grill

Monday, January 27, 2014

  • ($1,299 – $2,199) My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday @ Hard Rock Hotel Riviera, Maya Mexico
    • 3 Full Shows with My Morning Jacket & 1 Super-Fun Dance Party hosted by the Band, Flaming Lips, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ Sets
  • (FREE) Jim Campilongo Trio w/ Chris Morrissey, Josh Dion @ Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1)
  • ($25) “Mingus Mondays” w/ Mingus Orchestra @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($38-$45) Neutral Milk Hotel @ Webster Hall (New York, NY)
  • ($104-$145) Billy Joel in Concert @ Madison Square Garden

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • ($1,299 – $2,199) My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday @ Hard Rock Hotel Riviera, Maya Mexico
    • 3 Full Shows with My Morning Jacket & 1 Super-Fun Dance Party hosted by the Band, Flaming Lips, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ Sets
  • (FREE!!) Jessica Lurie @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($15) Boogie Back Tuesdays with  Q-Tip @ Cielo – New York, NY
  • ($30-$45) Maceo Parker @ The Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • ($38-$45) Neutral Milk Hotel @ Webster Hall (New York, NY)
  • ($45-$50) Madeleine Peyroux @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($76-$96) An Evening With David Crosby (with Full Band) @ City Winery

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • ($1,299 – $2,199) My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday @ Hard Rock Hotel Riviera, Maya Mexico
    • 3 Full Shows with My Morning Jacket & 1 Super-Fun Dance Party hosted by the Band, Flaming Lips, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mariachi El Bronx, Rob Garza (Thievery Corporation) Solo DJ Sets
  • ($30-$45) Maceo Parker @ The Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • ($76-$96) An Evening With David Crosby (with Full Band) @ City Winery

Monday, January 30, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Raul Midón with special guest Master Kong Nay @ Target Free David Rubenstein Atrium
  • ($20-$23) Greensky Bluegrass @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($20-$50) Matt Wilson Quartet with Special Guest John Medeski @ Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (2 sets)
  • ($30-$45) Maceo Parker @ The Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • ($12-$15) The Farewell Drifters @ SubCulture
  • ($25) Toubab Krewe @ Merkin Concert Hall
    • Toubab Krewe will be premiering their original score for Yasujiro Ozu’s 1932 silent film masterpiece, “An Adult’s Picture-Book View: I Was Born, but…” Come hear and see!

Monday, January 31, 2014

  • (FREE!!) Kevin McCormack @ Old Castle
  • ($12) Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Brooklyn Bowl (Opener: Zongo Junction)
  • ($15) Alan Evan Trio @ DROM (7:30pm set)
  • ($20-$50) Matt Wilson Quartet with Special Guest John Medeski @ Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (2 sets)
  • ($30-$45) Maceo Parker @ The Blue Note NYC (2 sets)
  • ($35-95) Ms. Lauryn Hill @ The Capital Theatre (Port Chester, NY)
  • ($76-$96) An Evening With David Crosby (with Full Band) @ City Winery
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