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Soulive members, the rhythmic Evans brothers Neal and Alan and guitarist Eric Krasno transformed The Brooklyn Bowl from a guitar god’s wet dream to a world of funk and Beatle Mania on the third night of Bowlive III.

However, before the show could start, there were a few adventures I went on that I would like to share.  The most silly adventure was first. On Jam Cruise this year, a girl named Harmony held a pet adoption with stuffed animals (mostly sheep) of varying styles and sizes. What first occurred at The Catskill Chill Music Festival on a small scale last summer had now made it’s way to the Jam Cruise world on a large scale. As a result, musicians and their children, like New Orleans trombonist Big Sam (Big Sam’s Funky Nation) and Marco Benevento‘s daughter Ruby, adopted animals. Big Sam adopted a sheep and named her…what else? Harmony!

What's with the stuffed animals, you ask?

What’s with the stuffed animals, you ask?

Front row rage with Jessica, Laurie and LUCY!

Front row rage with Jessica, Laurie and LUCY!

Jam Cruisers and their animals were all over the Bowlive scene during the ten day residency but Big Sam is the only artists who engaged in the enjoyment of his adopted pet publicly. Before the show, I was with a friend who had brought her lamb, Lucy. We ran into Big Sam and asked about Harmony. He had her in a plastic bag in his hand. Right then and there, Harmony was brought out and Lucy and she “played” and “danced” a bit together before Big Sam took Harmony backstage! Over the run, Lucy (NY), Smiley-Face (MD), Harmony (NOLA), Fluffy (VA) and Jimmy (NJ) would make their way from various parts of America with their adoptive parents to enjoy Bowlive shows from the front row.  Big Sam’s Harmony, however, was the only one who engaged in the back stage rage and got to dance on stage. Enjoy the clip:


At the end of the day, this new vein within our scene is representative of the curiosity and connection that we all posses and/or seek. Just as The Karma Wash and Fan Club Headquarters are relevant, so is this fun idea. Amazingly, lots of people have mascots and the addition of this adoption program has spawned multiple mascot meetups and adoptive front row rages around our scene. Be sure to look for a stuffed sheep or mascot near you and share a dance 🙂

Neal Evans (Photo by Phrazz)

Neal Evans (Photo by Phrazz)

The previous two evenings, the trio infused their sounds with special guest southern slide guitarist Luther Dickinson and jazz great John Scofield. On this night, Karl Denson (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), Sam Williams (Big Sam’s Funky Nation), and Rahzel (The Roots) graced the stage with their flute and saxophone, trombone and beat boxing, respectively.

The organ-based jazz trio kicked off their set with “Steppin,” off their 2010 Live at the Blue Note Tokyo album and “Uncle Junior,” 2007 Get Down album. As the three core leaders of Bowlive, they immediately established that there would be no slowing down. By the middle of “Aladdin,” all three men on stage were fully invested.  Krasno was taking his solos at the edge of the stage, sometimes rising onto his toes, while Neal Evans dominated the song with his bass keys and organ play and Alan Evans slammed his drums with ferocity.

Karl Denson (Photo by Phrazz)

Karl Denson (Photo by Phrazz)

Karl Denson was announced as the audience was told that he “just got off a plane and walked on this stage.”  Karl Denson is one of the hardest working musicians in the business and his passion for his craft drips off every note he plays. He is a fast, funky band leader who is always consistent in his delivery.  “The Swamp” and “Rudy’s Way” followed with Denson choosing to add his flute to the beautifully composed songs.  The addition of Karl’s flute to the sound of our favorite trio added another dimension of emotion to the songs.  They continued with “Shaheed,” off their 2001 album Doin’ Something where Karl’s flute provided a softness to the hard-edged song. Krasno raged his guitar till the strings broke and had to change to a new guitar and Neal Evans kicked a drum solo into the audience’s guts.

Alan Evans, Karl Denson, Big Sam, and Eric Krasno (Photo by Phrazz)

Alan Evans, Karl Denson, Big Sam, Eric Krasno & Nigel Hall (Photo by Phrazz)

Joining the foursome on stage next was Nigel Hall (The Warren Haynes Band) and Sam Williams (Big Sam’s Funky Nation). There can be no doubt that the danceable and excitable energy that Big Sam brings is something you can’t find in many artists. The New Orleans native, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, danced out on stage with his horn, picked up a stage prop that he had brought (his stuffed sheep named Harmony) and began to dance all around the stage. Nigel and Big Sam began grooving it together and the entire audience couldn’t help but beam over the energy of it all.  These are serious performances but it’s ALWAYS appropriate to have a good time and with just his presence; Big Sam will lift any crowd. The powerhouse of funk on stage slowed the rage down for the soulful, “Leave Me Alone,” sung by Hall. Karl Denson changed to his saxophone and kicked us a lightning fast solo to end the set.

Rage (Photo by Phrazz)

Rage (Photo by Phrazz)

Rahzel Set Break Set (Photo by Phrazz)

Rahzel Set Break Set (Photo by Phrazz)

Straying from the formula of the first two nights, during this set break the audience would not be staring at an empty stage waiting for the first set to start. Instead, Beat Boxer Rahzel, the “Godfather of Noyze,” came out to keep them engaged.  Watching the audience react to this amazing addition to the night was almost as exciting as watching Rahzel. Specialize in the “fifth element of hip-hop,” Rahzel’s instrument is himself and a microphone.  He is a vocal percussionist who uses his breath, mouth and body to imitate sounds, instruments and voices.  He projected unmistakable beats from the Wu-Tang Clan and Run DMC. He became a DJ scratching records, created a buzzing insect around his head and brought Optimus Prime (Transforms) to life on stage with his robotic sounds. His signature song, “If Your Mother Only Knew” is always the highlight of a Rahzel performance. Rahzel simultaneously sings the lyrics and works the beats. It is quite difficult to even comprehend how Rahzel does what he does!  AMAZING!

Rubber Soulive Album

Rubber Soulive Album

Before Beatle Mania could kick off the first set, Soulive joined Rahzel on stage and performed “I Am the Magnificent” and it was just that, magnificent.  The entire first half of the second set consisting of songs chosen off Soulive’s latest album, Rubber Soulive.  “Come Together,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” The audience sang along to the first song while the psychedelic lights and trippy sounds emanating off stage for “She’s So Heavy” was reinvented through the jazz trio.

Karl Denson, Big Sam, Nigel Hall and Lenesha Randolph (Photo by Phrazz)

Karl Denson, Big Sam, Nigel Hall and Lenesha Randolph (Photo by Phrazz)

Questlove (Photo by Phrazz)

Questlove (Photo by Phrazz)

Big Sam, Karl Denson, Nigel Hall and now, Lenesha Randolph (Robert Randolph and the Family Band) joined the stage for “Too Much.” Randolph and Hall sang the up-beat tune while Karl and Big Sam took their turn at the mic delivering some of the hardest, funkiest horn solos that Bowlive audiences will experience this run.  They kept up the pace with Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and Questlove (The Roots) replacing Alan Evans, who picked up a guitar.

Full Stage Rage (Photo by Phrazz)

Full Stage Rage (Photo by Phrazz)

The entire crew of Soulive and their special guests kicked off the end of the set with “Tuesday Night Squad.”  Big Sam dominated a 3 minute long trombone rage, Alan was back on killin it on the drums, Nigel was on the Bongos before heading over to Neal where the pair did a little dance, if you will, shifting back and forth past each other to manipulate the various levels of keys that Neal’s kit provides.  Hall sang James Brown’s “Beweildered,” a deep, soulful song that required Nigel to reach the top of his range, and then he walked off stage.  It was back into “Tuesday Night Squad” to close the set.

Nigel and Neal Rage the Boards (Photo by Phrazz)

Nigel and Neal Rage the Boards (Photo by Phrazz)

There was never really an encore because every musician on stage was so into the music and feeling the audience’s energy that they chose to just play through and give their fans that extra five minutes of music that every audience desires.

Download Night 3 Sound Board Audio Here!

In three days Bowlive III had now brought us jazz, soul, psychedelic rock, New Orleans funk, hip-hop and southern-style blues in only three nights. The following evening, the party continued with Karl Denson sticking around for a second night and Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band) joining with her funky trumpet and soulful voice.

Pictures by Phrazz

Videos by: I can’t believe there are no videos for this entire night. If anyone finds some, send them my way

Words by The Tiny Rager

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August 2010 Potential Show Run Down!

August 2010 Potential Show Run Down

Calendar updated daily!


Sunday, August 1st, 2010

  • Gathering Of The Vibes Music Festival, Bridgeport, CT
  • ($20) Hot Buttered Rum @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30) Larry Coryell Power Trio w/ Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts @ The Iridum Jazz Club

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo@ The Living Room (W/ Charlie Hunter)
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$65) Dr. John & The Lower 911 @ City Winery

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) Talib Kweli & Friends w/ Live Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($30) Los Lobos @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($35-$65) Dr. John and The Lower 911 @ City Winery
  • ($37.50) The Dead Weather @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($50-$100) Heart @ Hammerstein Ballroom

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

  • (1 Drink Min,) American Babies @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Devi @ Bowery Electric
  • ($18) Jemimah Puddleduck ft. Mark Karan of Ratdog @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($50) Arcade Fire @ Madison Square Garden

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

  • Royal Family Ball @ Sullivan Hall (Private party)
  • ($5-$7) ?uestlove (DJ Set) @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8 + 1 drink) Will Bernard Trio @ The Bar Next Door
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer @ City Winery
  • ($50) Arcade Fire @ Madison Square Garden

Friday, August 6th, 2010

  • (Free) House of Usher: Marco Benevento Trio @ Prospect Park Bandshell
    • Marco Benevento to write a new original score to this cult B-movie study in creeping, diabolical menace.
  • ($10) Mark Guiliana & Jason Lindner Trio @ The Jazz Gallery
  • ($10) Sonya Kitchell @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($15) Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 w/ special guests Ryan Zoidis and Maurice Brown

  • ($21 – $70+) Paramore @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($25) Buster Williams @ The Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($20-$35) Pat McGee Band @ City Winery
  • ($40) Keane w/ Ingrid Michaelson @ East River State Park (Williamsburg Waterfront)
  • ($40) Corrine Bailey Rae @ Governors Island

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Sharon Jones + Budos Band at Prospect Park bandshell (Funk Live)
    • The Budos Band @ Prospect Park Bandshell
  • ($15-$22) Simone Felice w/ Nicole Atkins @ City Winery
  • ($80 – $300+) Anthony Hamilton, Kem & Jaheim & Raheem Devaughn @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

  • (Free) Soul Rebels Brass Band @ Lincoln Center (Outdoor Concert Series)
  • (Free) Justin Townes Earle @ The Beach @ Governors Island
  • ($15) Reckoning @ B.B. Kings
    • The Lead Heads (opening @ 7pm)

Monday, August 9th, 2010

  • ($5) Deadcenter Presents…Jerry Garcis: A Restrospective – The Jam Stampede (feat. members of the Zen Tricksters)
    • With: Jason Crosby, Michael Falzarano, Johnny Markowski, Barry Mitterhof
  • ($20-$25) Jimmie’s Chicken Shack @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($25) Empire of the Sun @ Terminal 5
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($35) Leo Nocentelli w/ Les Paul Trio @ City Winery

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5) The Infamous Stringdusters @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($25) The Felice Brothers @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour w/ Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

  • (Free) American Babies @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • (Free) Jackie Green & Gov’t Mule @ Central Park Summerstage
  • ($10) Melvin Seals & JGB @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves @ Le Poisson Rouge
  • ($25) Big Sam’s Funky Nation @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note
  • ($35) STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) @ The Gramercy Theater

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

  • ($12) Break Science @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note
  • ($35) STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) @ Roseland Ballroom
    • Lotus @ Roseland Ballroom
    • AFTER PARTY: ($??) Big Gigantic @ Irving Plaza
  • ($50 – $300+) Aerosmith @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Friday, August 13th, 2010

  • ($7) Afro Funky Party w/ Zongo Junction, Top Shotta & DJ Offbeat @ Cameo Gallery (Funk Live)
  • ($25) Lenny White & Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($5) Rubblebucket @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($) Jason Crosby w/Common Rotation @ The Library
  • ($10) Grizzly Adamz (John Medeski, Saft, Perwosky and Blume) @ Littlefield
  • ($25) Lenny White & Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note
  • ($40 – $150) Kiss @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

  • (Free) Dr. Dog & Eli Paperboy Reed & The True Loves @ The Beach @ Governor’s Island
  • ($13) Daedelus with Mux Mool, Sepalcure and Beautiful Bells @ Santos House Party
  • ($25) Lenny White & Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($25) Deep Banana Blackout @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($30-$40) Lee Ritenour With Dave Grusin @ The Blue Note

Monday, August 16th, 2010

  • (Free) John Kimock w/ Mike Gamble, Daniel Carter and Marc Freidman @ Bar 4
  • (Free) Jason Crosby & Dark Loft @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Jimmy Herring @ Iridium Jazz Club

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($50-$150+) Phish @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($40) MGMT @ Radio City Music Hall

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

  • Sushioke #17
  • ($40) MGMT @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($50-$150+) Phish @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • (Free) A BIG YES and a small no (Joe Russo Project) @ Lakeside Lounge
  • ($10) Jason Lindner Trio @ Smalls
  • ($33-$100) Ray Lamontagne & David Gray @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($99) Henry Butler with Gent Treadly @ Rocks Off Cruise

Friday, August 20th, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • ($10) O’Death @ The Rock Shop
  • ($25) Bonerama @ The Rocks Off Boat Cruise – The Jewel (Funk Live)
  • ($25) Joe Krown, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Russel Batiste @ The Rocks Off Boat Cruise – Half Moon
  • ($17-$100+) Crosby, Stills & Nash @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
  • ($50) Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds – @ B.B. Kings
  • (not sure) Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears @ Maxwells, Hoboken, NJ

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • (Free) West African Band @ St. Nicks, Harlem
  • ($20) Urban Sun @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($25) Some Cat From Japan @ Rocks Off Cruise
    • w/ Will Bernard & Nigel Hall

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

  • CAMP BAREFOOT ~ Bartow, West Virginia
  • (Free) Black Joe Lewis and The Honey bears @ Summerstage (Funk Live)

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($20-$25) Dylan Different: Ben Sidran with Amy Helm, Will Bernard, Tim Luntzel, Leo Sidran  @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

  • ($22.50) Xavier Rudd & Izintaba @ Irving Plaza
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

  • ($20-$25) Hudson River Live! A concert series by Affairs Afloat aboard the Queen of Hearts
  • ($25) American Babies & Big Light @ Rocks Off Cruise (unknown)
  • ($25) Ryan Montbluea Band @ Rocks Off Cruise (The Jewel)
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($40) Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave feat. Jon Cleary @ South Street Seaport
    • W/ High and Mighty Brass Band

Friday, August 27th, 2010

  • ($??) DJ Nutrious @ Southpaw
  • ($20) Benevento Russo Duo Acoustic @ The Highline Ballroom
  • ($25) Donna The Buffalo @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($25) Future Rock @ Rocks Off Cruise
  • ($35) Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Tony Malaby & Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

  • ($6-$8) Pimps of Joytime @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($99-$400) Rock the Bells Festival 2010: Governors Island
    • Wu-Tang Clan @ The Beach @ Governor’s Island
  • ($10) Reckoning @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($18) New Rider’s Of The Purple Sage @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($35) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($39-$65) The Rhythm Devils, feat Bill Kreutzmann & Mickey Hart @ Tarrytown Music Hall

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

  • ($35) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard

Monday, August 30th, 2010

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo @ The Living Room
  • ($25) The Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($25) Roots & Dub on the River for Ethiopa @ Rocks Off Cruises
  • ($30) Eric Krasno w/ Les Paul Trio @ Iridium Jazz Club

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

  • (Free + 1 drink ) Nigel Hall @ Rockwood Music Hall #2 @ 10:15
  • (Free + 1 drink) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall @ midnight
  • ($8) Caravan of Thieves @ The Living Room
  • ($35) Bill Frisell @ Village Vanguard
  • ($60-$150+) Jimmy Buffet @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

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