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Bowlive V: Night VIII ~ Soulive w/ WOLF! feat. Scott Metzger, Bill Evans, Saunders Sermons, Mark Rivers, The London Souls, Sonya Kitchell and Wyllys @ Brooklyn Bowl (03.22.14)

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Soulive: Photograph Courtesy of Calabro Music

Bowlive, Soulive‘s annual musical residency at the Brooklyn Bowl, has reached the conclusion of its fifth year. Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans started Bowlive V with a bang on Thursday, March 6, 2014, and continued to remain on top of their game for the remainder of the run. A musical residency is not an easy task to accomplish. A few years before Bowlive I, Peter Shapiro, the owner of the Brooklyn Bowl, approached Eric Krasno with the idea of holding a musical residency at some new bowling alley/music venue he was opening. At that time, Krasno didn’t see the same vision that Shapiro saw. A residency at a Bowling alley? Yet, here we are; five years later, 50 Bowlive shows deep, with another year to look forward to. Absolutely incredible. A massive congratulations is in order for these three geniuses for such an accomplishment and a massive thank you to Peter Shapiro for producing such a vision.

“When you see something and you don’t know how it’s done, that is what dreams are made of, that is what art is, and that is what inspires someone to be an artist. I can only imagine how many people were inspired by these performances.” -K.D. 

“I think night 8 was a perfect encapsulation of Bowlive! Guests nonchalantly coming and going from the stage to sit in, playing a mix of classic Soulive tunes and covers. Like I said after Night 1, Brooklyln Bowl is just 100% Soulive’s home turf and I feel like this run encapsulated it more than anything–many of the shows felt relaxed…Sometimes feeling more like jam sessions with their friends than organized concerts, and I can’t get enough. I always joke that Bowlive is Funk Camp–and despite the hearing loss, and very tired legs, I freaking miss Funk Camp. Bowlive for life! “~ B.M.

Bowlive V Logo

Bowlive V Logo

Covering eight sensational nights over the last two weeks, the members of Soulive, with the  help of The Shady Horns, delivered a wide array of new musical partnerships and memories built on trust and appreciation of one another. Many times the audience gets to experience the return of Bowlive alum and they are often lucky enough to see debut artists who begin what eventually turns into a longer relationship with the jazz/organ trio. Bowlive V did everything above and more with the help of over 35 amazingly talented guests.

2014 Bowlive V Guest List (alphabetized)

Adam ‘Shmeeans’ Smirnoff (guitarist)
Beau Sasser (organ)
Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer (11 year old guitar)
Bill Evans (tenor & Soprano saxophone)
Chris St. Hiliaire (drums/vocals)
Danny Mayer (guitar)
DJ Logic (turntabalist)
DMC (of Run DMC) (rapper)
Eddie Roberts (guitarist)
Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom (trumpet)
Felix Pastorius (bass)
George Porter Jr. (bassist)
James Casey (tenor saxophone/percussion)
Joe Russo (drums)
John Scofield (guitar)
Jon Cleary (keyboards)
Jon Shaw (bass)
Kofi Burbridge (flute/piano)
Marco Benevento (piano)
Mark Rivers (vocalist)
Maurice Brown (trumpet)
Nicki Bluhm (vocalist)
Nigel Hall (vocalist/keys)
Oteil Burbridge Bass)
Questlove (drummer/DJ)
Roosevelt Collier (pedal-steel guitar)
Ryan Zoidis (alto & tenor saxophone)
Saunders Sermons (trombone/vocals)
Scott Metzger (guitar)
Sonya Kitchell (vocals/guitar)
Stu Mahan (bass)
Susan Tedeschi (vocals/guitar)
Talib Kewli (rapper)
Tash Neal (guitar/vocals)
Taylor Floreth (drums)
Warren Haynes (guitarist)
Wyllys (turntabalist)

Special guests saxophonist Bill Evans, trombonist and vocalist Saunders Sermons, vocalist Mark Rivers and Sonya Kitchell, and acclaimed trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown were on call tonight for a non-stop jam session of epic proportions. It was all about the music tonight, as it is every night. The featured artists came and went from the stage as they pleased. The energy never once seemed to diffuse as the music was so crisp and tight and the friendships and relationships between the artists on stage with Soulive were completely evident. Enjoy the review…

WOLF! featuring Scott Metzger

Scott Metzger: Photo by Mark Dershowitz

Scott Metzger: Photo by Mark Dershowitz

For the final night of Bowlive V, WOLF! featuring Scott Metzger opened to an eager audience. WOLF! is a very young band, not in age but in performance mileage, having formed in 2011 with a philosophy of “Time. Tone. Taste. Touch.” The instrumental trio consists of seasoned guitarist Scott Metzger, bassist Jon Shaw, and drummer Taylor Floreth. The guitar playing talent of Metzger was undeniable as he shredded through one jamming rock tune with using a drumstick on the frets, into a finger-picking, foot-stomping song, right on into a psychedelic demolition on stage with the help of Shaw and Floreth. Shaw and Floreth support Metzger equally and match his fierceness, creating a vibrant sound that filled the Brooklyn Bowl. It is wonderful when a trio can fill the space as it is not an easy task. There was even audience participation as Metzger asked the audience if they preferred him to play a “fast or slow song.” The audience preferred fast! The members of WOLF! can be found performing frequently on the New York City music scene and you should check them out any time you can.

“Metzger’s country fried telecaster, finger pickin good!” ~ C.Z.

Set I
Uncle Jr.
Backwards Jack
Brother Soul
Nubian Lady

The first set really gave the audience an idea of how the night would play out. Aside from the first instrumental tune, “Bubble,” played solely by Soulive, every other tune had a guest performing alongside our favorite jazz trio. The Shady Horns, comprised of James Casey and Ryan Zoidis on saxophone and Eric Bloom on trumpet, were brought out on “Uncle Jr.” and continued through “Backwards Jack.” Both horn-heavy songs demonstrated the proficiency and technique of each horn player. Bloom’s mastery of the trumpet has changed dramatically since he began playing with Pretty Lights. His new found knowledge with the effect boards has been exposed throughout the entire Bowlive run. The moxie of James Casey dripped off the stage as he bounced between blowing his saxophone and raging the congas. Finally, Ryan Zoidis, the original founding member of The Shady Horns, continually brought the heat with extended technical solos proving that he is worthy of leadership.

“The Shady Horns added breadth to the solos and depth to the already monstrous sound. Nealzilla is relentless on the clav, while brother Alan drove the grooves and Kraz conjuring fantastic ideas in the eye of the storm.” ~ C.Z.

“They put the acid in acid jazz.” ~ W.S.

Guitarist Scott Metzger, who had just finished his opening set, jumped back on stage for a playful “Brother Soul,” with him and Krasno trading guitar licks. According to JamBase, in 2002, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, told Metzger that his guitar playing is “Frightening! I swear you play so much guitar it scares me!” That pretty much sums him up. If you were to open up Metzger’s veins, blood wouldn’t pour out, musical notes would.

Bill Evans courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Bill Evans courtesy of Mark Dershowitz

Special announced guest, saxophonist Bill Evans, joined the stage for the remainder of the set. Evans played the tenor saxophone on Soulive‘s original tune, “Cannonball” and he exemplified a snake charmer with his soprano saxophone on the Dr. Yusef Lateef cover, “Nubian Lady.” “Povo,” a tune off the latest collaborative album, Spark!, between Soulive and Karl Denson, ended the set. Spark! is a tribute to the late Melvin Sparks, an American soul and jazz guitarist who passed away in 2001.  Everyone who understands the history of a horn looked up to this musician and still does even postmortem. It was also on “POVO” that the first unannounced surprise guest, Grammy winning trumpet virtuoso Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, came out.  As the timbres of horns played around the stage, the audience reacted in kind, hooting and hollering enthusiastic praise.

“Bowlive.. Just what the doctor ordered. These guys never fail to bring it. Their continuous gelling with so many different artists shows that they are some of the highest level of talent out there. As a long time fan of Soulive, I can truly say that every show gets better & better. So thankful to them & the Brooklyn Bowl for bringing us all together.” – J.B.


During the set breaks, turntabalist Wyllys, whose real name is Wade Wilby, spun records of all styles to keep the energy up. The last thing anyone wanted on the last night of Bowlive, on this raging Saturday night, was to have the energy drop. Wyllys is a Bowlive Alum from Bowlive IV and has also hosted Bowlive After-Parties in past years.

Beginning as the Lighting Crew Chief for Umphrey’s McGeeWyllys eventually made his name in the DJ and Jam Band community for his elevating demeanor while spinning. Every impression the audience gets from Wyllys is that he is doing something fabulous and fun. He always looks like he is having such a wonderful time, dancing and just power grooving to his own set along with the audience.  The choices he pulls out are based solely on the reflection of energy he feels from the crowd he is playing to. His in-the-moment choices can range from pop to funk to disco and just like last year, he was the last musician standing as he spun a set after Soulive completed their run. But it’s not over yet….on to Set II.

Set II
El Ron
Tuesday Night Squad
Maybe Grandma’s Hands
When I’m Kissing My Love
Inner City Blues

Finally, notwithstanding the encore, the last set of Bowlive V was upon us. Wyllys had kept the vibe up and the high expectations from the audience members were now directed towards the stage. Soulive had to bring the jazzy, funky ferocity that would leave a lasting impression in the minds of Bowlive addicts. The trio came out on a blazing “El Ron,” one of their most powerful opening songs and one that allows Eric Krasno to manifest monstrous solos. “Tuesday Night Squad” might be a horn-heavy tune but the rhythm of the piano is crushing. The range of Neal Evan‘s ability is endless. Musical ideas are literally at his fingertips and his excitement is contagious. That being said, it was Ryan Zoidis‘s alto saxophone solo that stole this song away from the rest of the band members on stage.

“Neal Evans might be one of the Great Americans, like up there with the guy who founded the Red Cross or Buzz Aldrin” ~ E.M.

“You could drop Krasno into any indigenous people’s music circle, anywhere in the undiscovered world, and he’d be able to play.” – E.M.

The beautiful Sonya Kitchell was back for a second night and was invited on stage for “Grandma’s Hand’s,” a widely influential Bill Withers tune he wrote about his own grandmother. Kitchell wore a slinky black dress, which was quite a change from her all-white, layered ensemble from the previous night. This change of vibe was enjoyable because the audience was being shown a different side of Kitchell. Her style of singing did not bring the funk last night and now, she was crushing the audience with her soul. During this tune, trombonist and vocalist Saunders Sermons assisted on the harmony, while falling in line with The Shady Horns. Special unannounced guest vocalist Mark Rivers (Tedeschi/Trucks Band) was front and center for Marvin Gaye‘s emotional tune “Inner City Blues.” This portion of the set really gave vocalists time to pull out all the stops. Scatting is improvised vocalization that does not contain lyrics and Rivers proceeded to dominate the audience with a lengthy, incredibly difficult and perfectly pitched scat session that lasted a good six minutes.

Mark Rivers scatting solo was absolutely stunning. Right now, Esperanza Spaulding is the only young artist who I have felt can hold her own on every note when she attempts this style of vocal improvisation. Ella Fitzgerald made the style famous in my house when I heard my father playing her music. What Rivers accomplished on that stage was nothing short of a male reincarnation of Fitzgerald. Happy to add Mark Rivers to my list of phenomenal scatters. It is so difficult and he made it look effortless.” ~  K.D.

Special guest for the evening, Bill Evans, joined the stage for “When I’m Kissing My Love,” another Bill Withers‘ cover. The stage was now filled with an entirely different horn section. The Shady Horns were now replaced by Saunders Sermons on trombone, Bill Evans on saxophone and Maurice “Mobetta” Brown on trumpet. Mark Rivers was on percussion. All four now backed Soulive for the remainder of the set. Saunders Sermons brought his trombone to the microphone and delivered the second extemporized vocal scatting solo with some trombone blasts accented throughout. It is moments like these that continually define the meaning of what BOWLIVE tries to portray; the sharing of each others talents, putting other artists on the pedestal and in the spotlight. Sonya Kitchell could be seen in line with the horns breaking down the dance moves as she sang along. Let’s not forget the dynamic Evans Brothers duo holding down the rhythm section.

“On the final night, Zoidis kicked the horns in with a blistering alto run that brought the crowd to a frenzy. Later, Benny Bloom brought the chill factor with the hauntingly electronic trumpet solo. Solid tenor solos by James Casey complemented the more eccentric playing of Bill Evans. Maurice Brown silenced the crowd as his sublime trumpet evolved from the primordial to a force that brought Soulive, and the crowd, back in hard. Saunders Sermons added crisp, soulful vocals while the crowd got a bit closer to each other, sexy time at Bowlive.” ~ C.Z.

“Almost shit myself when that cat picked up the trombone!” ~ E.M. referring to Saunders Sermon

At the end of the set, Krasno announced that it was Saunders Sermons‘ birthday and then followed up by letting us know that at midnight, it would also be Alan Evans‘s birthday. A lovely moment was shared between the musicians on stage and the participants on the dance floor. We all sang “Happy Birthday” to Alan as the Brooklyn Bowl staff brought out a birthday cake with candles for him to blow out. What a way to celebrate! Alan had his best friends, fans who adore him and a venue full of people who praised him. But it still wasn’t over.

Encore – 1:30am
The London Souls
Down By The River
Feelin’ Alright
(Another Song)

Ryan Zoidis Fan Club TeeShirt Print Courtesy of Chris Zegers

Ryan Zoidis Fan Club TeeShirt Print Courtesy of Chris Zegers

The guests kept on coming when the members of The London Souls came out for the encore. A few nights earlier, Soulive and The London Souls combined on stage for a raging LondonSoulive set.  It was one of the most aggressive, rock-n-roll sets of the run. The audience wasn’t sure if this set had been scheduled all along or if this was a last minute decision based on the success of the LondonSoulive night, but here they were again to close out one of the greatest residencies New York City music lovers will see all year. The Shady Horns joined the guest horns, Alan Evans moved to guitar and vocals while Chris St. Hiliare took over the drum kit and Stu Mahan was back filling in the rhythm on his bass. Eric Krasno and Tash Neal matched each others energy, absolutely melting the faces of the audience with their alternating musical antics. When the Neil Young tune, “Down By The River,” was played, the crowd went wild. The audience, especially the men, were singing along, many at the top of their lungs. This song was an excellent choice for the rocking musicians on stage. Traffic‘s “Feelin’ Alright” kept the power pumping as the solos and individual performances of the musicians on stage just rolled out one by one. The audience continued to sing along on these vintage tunes before going into another “Happy Birthday” for Alan Evans, this time sung by his brothers Neal.  It was pure BOWLOVE, yall!

“The greatest musicians in the business are masters of their craft but are humble about it at the same time. I think that is what shines most throughout Bowlive. And never did it shine brighter than when Al Evans gave up his kit to Chris St. Hilarie and the London Souls were brought onstage to close out Bowlive 5. ~ K.G.


That’s a wrap folks! The fifth year of Bowlive is over. I won’t wax poetic about everything I have already covered in the previous wrap-ups but I will leave you with these final thoughts. Bowlive is the ultimate musical residency! It creates opportunities for Soulive to invite all manners of artists on stage for a time and takes them away from their normal environment and obligations. It provides a time of reflection and remembrance for the audience members and a time of presentation, research, and production for the band, musical guests, back line crew, writers and photographers. It also allows each individual artist to explore his or her talent within another musical community; meeting new people, performing and creating new material, and experiencing life in a new location. This residency emphasizes the importance of meaningful and multi-layered musical collaborations and in the end, we are all artists, playing a role in this thing called Bowlive.

“Every year I make too many friends, too many memories, and have way too much fun at Bowlive. Somehow Soulive continually manages to bring out the best people (musicians and fans alike) for two weeks of genre defying sets, all under the amazing intimate roof of the Brooklyn Bowl.” ~ N.G.

“Eric Krasno said the nicest thing last night and called us all family.” ~ A.S.

“The sheer power of Soulive that was on display at the Brooklyn Bowl was an honor to witness. Like a fine wine they get better with age, Soulive kept us dancing and smiling for eight nights!!! I can’t wait for Bowlive Six!” ~ L.H.

“Wow, two days in a row of live music and my soul feels like it’s been on a mini vacation. However, my body is aching from the Funk of Bowlive V.” ~ H.H.

Thank you Peter Shapiro for your brilliant ideas and to the ever appreciative Brooklyn Bowl staff for always taking care of this Tiny Rager and all my Soulive-loving friends, who so graciously provided the quotes for the articles. Thank you so much to Hilary Gleason and Tory Pittarelli of the The Mischief Collective for covering Night 6 for this weary writer who needed a much needed night of relaxation with her family. Thank you to all the folks who donated media like photographers Mark Dershowitz (Headyshots), Greg Horowitz (Creative Solutions Music Promotions), Marc Millman (Marc Millman Photography), Andrew Blackstein (ASB Photography), and Scott Harris (LanguageStrange Photography). Thank you to all who took videos and posted them on Youtube. A giant thanks to the music tapers, who make it possible for everyone else in the world to experience the soundtrack from the best musical run EVER! Finally, thank you to the talented members of Soulive for your never ending energy and love that you poured over us the past eight nights.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. Until next year….

To read the previous seven night Reviews, click on the links below:


List of Special Guests and Openers



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

Opener and Special Guest: JON CLEARY

Opener & Special Guest: JON CLEARY

THURSDAY, MARCH 20 – Special Guest: DMC (of RUN DMC)


Opener: WOLF! Featuring Scott Metzger

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Bowlive III: Night Ten – Finale Recap for Soulive w/ Ledisi, Derek Trucks and The London Souls ~ Extended Review + Media (03.10.12)

After nine nights of warming up, Soulive members Eric KransoNeal Evans and Alan Evans tore the roof off the Brooklyn Bowl Saturday night for the final night of their 3rd annual ten-night residency, Bowlive. Over the course of the last two weeks, Soulive presented their audience with talented guests from across the musical spectrum. Virtuoso guitarists such as jazz legend John Scofield, southern blues rocker Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), and the hard-bopping Warner Brothers artist Mark Whitfield created slaying duets with guitarist Eric Krasno. Renowned bassists Oteil Burbridge (The Allman Brothers Band) and George Porter, Jr. (The Meters) rocked the stage, adding to the cool bass keys Neal Evans plays so strikingly. Hip-hop drummer ?uestlove (The Roots), experimental percussionist Billy Martin (MMW) and world beat drummer Luke Quaranta took their turns leading the rhythm when the smoother than smooth Soulive drummer Alan Evans stepped aside to play rhythm guitar.

Guest vocalists Nigel Hall, Allen Stone, Jennifer Hartswick and Alecia Chakour brought their own style of strength and soul to the mic, Citizen Cope and Alice Smith sang an eclectic mix of blues, laid-back rock and folk while Rhazel and Ledisi delivered beat boxing and R&B/Soul into the eager ears of their audience. As well, for two night and two full sets, Royal Family recordings artists Lettuce, consisting of guitarist Adam Smirnoff, drummer Adam Deitch (Break Science), bassist ED “Jesus” Coomes, and The Bowlive horns, seared the stage with their urban funk flavor.

The Bowlive Horns, consisting of saxophonist James Casey, trumpeters Eric Bloom and Matt Owens and tenor saxophonist Ryan Zoidis were joined over the course of the run by numerous big name brass players.  Trombonist Sam “Big Sam” Williams (Big Sam’s Funky Nation), flautist/saxophonist Karl Denson (Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe), trumpeters Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band) and Jennifer Hartswick, flautist Kofi Burbrudge (Derek Trucks Band) and wild improvisational saxophonist Skerik, rotated throughout the ten nights creating one of the sickest brass ensembles some have ever seen.

Other surprise guests included virtuoso pianist Eldar and organist Mitch Chakour while DJ Wyllys spun the ones and twos in between the weekend sets. When Soulive didn’t open the show themselves, the one man band, Zach Deputy, Royal Family recording artists The Nigel Hall Band, The Alecia Chakour Band and The London Souls amped the energy of the evening before Soulive took over to lay devastation upon the stage. It has been a two week rage of full on face melting, mind warping, soul filling, gut busting musicianship that accelerated with power each night and with audience members wondering how it could be topped.

Saturday night was the tenth and last night of Bowlive III. The audience, clad in white outfits for the evening’s White-Out Party theme, could be heard whispering their ideas of who the special guests might be. The London Souls, Ledisi and The Royal Family All-Stars were billed which could only mean that a surprise that couldn’t be named was being prepared.

The London Souls opened the evening with their Hendrix-style rock and roll sound. It is quite impossible to remain calm when guitarist Tash Neal, bassist Stu Mahan, and drummer Chris St. Hilaire are slamming away on their instruments.  The perfect opening for the end of a great run.

Soulive’s set started off with the super horn heavy, high-energy “El Ron”  However, during “Upright,” some unexpected technical difficulty occurred.  What could have been a rough moment turned into something special. There was three minutes where Alan Evans and his team worked at lightning speed to repair a broken drum head while the remaining members on stage worked together to keep the audience engaged. The audience clapped and cheered, supporting their favorite trio because there was importance in this moment. The band’s talent was exposed so much more during this time as they kept it together. The power from the applause in the audience when Evans’ silver shimmering drum kit was finally lifted in the air and put back in place was outstanding. It was a killer moment in rock n roll, a killer moment in Bowlive History. The trio ripped into the end of “Upright” and kept the momentum UP, UP, UP! They rolled through “Tuesday Night Squad” and Nigel Hall sang on the lively “Too Much” and the beautifully arranged “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears For Fears that segued into Bobby Caldwell’s “Open Your Eyes.”

When Ledisi was brought back on stage for the second night, the crowd exploded. Her R&B flavor had brought such joy to the previous night’s performance and we wanted more. Singing “Love Never Changes” off her Turn Me Loose album, Ledisi unleashed her massively powerful voice upon the audience. Her range and strength were unbelievable as she swiftly scatted her way through “Them Changes,” a Buddy Miles cover off of Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsys. Tash Neal also performed on this song where he and Krasno playfully raged a duet to end the set.

The second set began as multiple white balloons were tossed out into the audience while Soulive played “One in Seven.” The second technical difficulty of the night occurred as Neal Evans’ clavinet finally gave way after nine nights of solid pounding. Not to miss a beat, Alan Evans began jamming on his kit, delivering a tight an extended drum solo as the back line team fixed the issue.  It was then time for some Beatles love as they played an electric run of “Eleanor Rigby,” “She’s So Heavy” and “Get Back.”

Finally, the last surprise guest of this amazing musical journey was invited on the stage. Southern rock, slide guitarist Derek Trucks (The Allman Brothers Band) walked out on stage with Nigel Hall and Ledisi to perform Sam Cooke’s Civil Rights Era anthem “A Change Gonna Come,”. It was no wonder that while Ledisi and Hall sang with all their passion and Derek Trucks made his guitar cry, audience members began to weep where they stood. The meaning and epic delivery of this song wasn’t lost on a single soul. Soulive flipped the emotional script by following Cooke’s song with the raging Jimi Hendrix’s tune, “Manic Depression!” Derek Trucks, Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans delivered a sick rendition of the song with Trucks and Krasno playing off each other and Trucks taking a ripping solo to end the set.

Before the encore, Brooklyn Bowl owner, Pete Shapiro, came on stage with Rosemary and Lavender plants in his hands. He explained that everyone on the floor was to take a piece of the plants being passed around the audience in hopes that the aroma therapy would help us gather our strength for one last song. Ending their epic ten night run the way they began, our favorite trio, just the three of them, took the stage for “Aladdin.”

Bowlive III is now over, leaving some New Yorkers wondering what to do with themselves.  For two weeks, dedicated fans came to the Brooklyn Bowl to see Neal Evans, Alan Evans and Eric Krasno play their hearts out, touching on every musical genre and playing with many of Americas most talented musicians. Let us give thanks to Soulive for the dedication to their craft and their ability to express it through the creative outlet that is Bowlive. Thanks for their want to educate us on new talent, their need to put new twists on old classics, and their determination to raise the bar each and every night.

Let us give thanks to The Brooklyn Bowl, because without them there would be no Bowlive. Thanks for their wonderful environment, staff and treatment.  For the last 2 weeks the Brooklyn Bowl has been our community’s second home. We’ve feasted on their fantastic Blue Ribbon cuisine, felt at home on their plush leather couches and enjoyed their attentive staff.   Soulive + The Brooklyn Bowl = Bowlive and don’t you forget it!

A change has come to New York City. A change has come to the music community.  Soulive has created something so special in Bowlive.  There is nothing else like it in our scene and it’s through that unique way of doing things that Soulive will remain one of the most influential groups in our music community. Bowlive is the development of a passionate dream that is now reality. After three years, Bowlive is no-doubt a game changer in the music community and will continue to be for many years to come. Thank you Soulive!

 Karen E. Dugan
– Photo courtesy of Phrazz

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Bowlive III: Night Nine – Soulive w/ George Porter Jr., Ledisi and Skerik ~ Extended Review + Media (03.09.12): Bowlive Finale White Party Ledisi, The London Souls, and The Royal Family All-Stars TONIGHT!

Fire! Fire! Fire! These three little words are the simplest yet perfect definition of what occurred on the Brooklyn Bowl‘s stage last night for the ninth night of Soulive’s third annual ten night residency, Bowlive. So far, nine epically diverse nights of music have now been devoured by sold-out crowds of rabid NY music fans. The members of Soulive, the amazing Neal Evans on organ and bass keys, Eric Krasno, and the backbone of it all, Alan Evans on drums, were back at it for the last weekend of this fantastic run. After eight nights of raging musical collaborations, Soulive continued to deliver with an onslaught of some of America’s most influential musicians. The members of Soulive, The Bowlive Horns, George Porter, Jr., Eldar, Ledisi, Mark Whitfield, Nigel Hall and Alecia Chakour invested all their energy into making last night’s audience react just as powerfully as these musicians performed.

Last night’s opening act is one of the newest musical collaborations within the Royal Family. Nigel Hall and Alecia Chakour took to the stage with a “little help from their friends” to deliver a set of beautifully arranged classics.  These soul-filled vocalists are being compared to some of the greatest soul singing duos of our era and deserve all the love and recognition that comes their way. Supporting their slow, soulful vibe was drummer Adam Deitch (Break Science), trumpeter Eric Bloom (Diana Birch), guitarist Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), saxophonist James Casey (6figures), Ryan Zoidis (Lettuce), and Alecia Chakour’s brother, bassist Alex Chakour. Nigel Hall sat behind his Rhodes keyboard while Alecia dominated the crowds command from the front of the stage. Performing such classics as Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling,” Hall and Chakour made the music their own with beautifully blended voices and arrangements of the songs. These two voices were meant to find each other and the audience couldn’t have been more invested in the harmonies and beauty resonating between them. Pure soul perfection. Keeping with the “Family Affair,” Mitch Chakour, Alecia and Alex’s father, was invited on stage to play keys for Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help From my Friends!” When Nigel Hall and Alecia Chakour join forces on stage, their bond through music and their passion for soul pours out of them. This was only the second time the duo had performed as an organized set all their own and fans can be sure that it will not be their last. There is magic in this musical union that doesn’t come around often.

After such an touching set, NY-bsed DJ, Wyllys, spun on the 1’s and 2’s to keep the crowds elevated before Soulive took to the stage. When Soulive finally hit, they came out blasting with “Steppin.” This was the final weekend of Bowlive and the trio, who have been delivering us powerful sets for two weeks, raised their own bar a little higher.  After the short set with George Porter Jr. (The Meters) the previous night, Soulive jumped right into the second song by inviting New Orleans funkiest bassist back out on stage for “Pungee” and “Need More Time.” There is an energy that George Porter, Jr. brings to a stage that is tangible. Nigel Hall was back to join Porter for “Leave Me Alone,” but not before Nigel bowed at Porter’s feet letting the crowd know that this “was the funkiest black man in the universe!”

When special guest New Orleans singer-songwriter Ledisi was announced, the venue erupted. This portion of the set was so smokin’ that heat was rising from the stage. Performing “Knocking,” with Adam Deitch now on drums, Ledisi wowed the crowd with her powerful, demanding vocals and sensual style. There is no doubt that she deserves the multiple Grammy nominations that have come her way in the past few years as this was the definition of pure entertainment. “Chain of Fools” followed with The Bowlive Horns, Porter, and a surprise sit-in by Eldar, a fellow Grammy nominated pianist and composer. Surely one of the hottest portion of the night, confirmed by the buzz heard through the audience, Eldar delivered a complex piano solo while Ledisi scatted atop his gorgeous improvisational composition.  George Porter Jr. and the remaining musicians on stage supported this musical bliss to end one of the most magnificent sets of the run. Ledisi’s vocals supported by George Porter Jr. funky bass and combined with the jazzy vibe from Soulive and surprise guest Eldar was truly inspirational, uplifting and touched the audience’s soul. This is what Bowlive is all about, the deliverance of truly developed artists who are masters at their craft!!

Wyllys was spinning again for set break. Never using a set list, Wyllys kept the energy UP with choice selections of funk, R&B, and soul tunes. He kept the crowd dancing before Soulive came back for “Cannonball” supported by the Bowlive Horns. Always ready for something special and new, Soulive invited hard bop jazz guitarist Mark Whitfield on stage next for an electric rendition of George Benson’s “World is a Ghetto.” Following this amazing sit-in, George Porter, Jr. came back on stage and took the lead for the rest of the night performing multiple tunes from The Meters catalog, “Funky Miracle,” “The Dragon,” “People Say,” and “Ain’t No Use.”  The consistent funky bass lines and powerful, invested vocals coming from Porter during these selections fueled the set as well as the musicians sharing the stage. They were long arrangements making room for each artist to share their talent with rousing solos and epic extended jams. Tears were in the eyes of their audience as Eric Krasno and friends ended the set with a stunning, gorgeous arrangement of “Out in the Country.”

There are some music performances that are simply impossible to describe with words. Last night was one of those nights and any attempt at doing justice through written word seems unfulfilling after witnessing the magic of last night. The musical genius that poured off the stage resulted in emotional ballads and extended improvisational jams that expanded on the already amazing two weeks that Soulive has provided it’s audience. It’s painful to even imagine that this adventure is coming to an end. However, we still have one night!  A single night to enjoy one of the sickest musical residencies to happen to our musical community. Every night Soulive has stepped up their game, tightened their sound, and put together an arsenal of talented musicians to play some of the greatest songs ever written.  Tonight, Soulive invites Ledisi, The London Souls, and the Royal Family All-Stars to close out the residency. You can expect nothing but pure gold this evening as these boys will surely be going out with a bang! 

 Karen E. Dugan

– Photo courtesy of Marc Millman

*To see photos of these musicians and lots of other live music, please check out: http://www.marcmillmanphotos.com/music


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Night 4 Recap with Karl Denson, Jennifer Hartswick and The London Souls :: Marco Benevento and Jennifer Hartswick Tonight!

The fourth night of Bowlive took place at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg last night to a sold-out crowd of dedicated Soulive fans. Drummer Alan Evans, guitarist Eric Krasno, and organist Neal Evans took it easy as guitarist Tash Neal, bassist Stu Mahan, and drummer Chris St. Hilaire opened the evening with a hard-rocking 30-min set. This was Stu’s second live performance with the London Souls and he couldn’t be a better fit. Tash is an aggressive guitarist and Chris’s powerhouse drumming makes you want to full on head bang. Perhaps you have heard their song “Steady As You Ready” off of Mob Wives, which they killed last night! Eric Krasno could be seen in the audience bopping his head to one of his favorite bands in our scene. The London Souls return to Bowlive on Saturday, March 10th.

When the endless lines outside the Brooklyn Bowl had finally been let in, Soulive took to the stage and played “El Ron” with such a fierce level of energy, shouting out musically that the weekend had begun! In that first song, Krasno was at the edge of the stage on his tiptops shredding his guitar into the faces of those in the front row. Keeping up the energy, “Dig” followed with teases of Snoop Dog and Lettuce mixed in.

The first tribute of the run was to the great Melvin Sparks. Soulive’s highly anticipated latest release, Spark, had only just shown up in Vinyl form that morning to the Brooklyn Bowl. Melvin Sparks was an American guitarist who passed last year. His soul jazz, hard bop and jazz blues influence can been seen in every one of today’s talented guitarists. Spark is a collaboration between the members of Soulive and Karl Denson. That pretty much is all that really needs to be said to convince you to check it out.

Flutist and saxophone player Karl Denson was special guest for his second night. He joined the stage for the song “Spark,” which had audience members fully engrossed. Karl added a gorgeous level with his flute while drummer Alan Evans, once the drummer for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and the rest of the stage passionately layered their sound atop one another. A lovingly delivered tribute to the end.

Trumpeter Jennifer Hartswick, the second special guest billed last night and the first female presence to grace the stage for the run, joined for another song of Spark titled “Povo,” another head banging rock song that at times turned psychedelic is an instrumental by Freddie Hubbard. Krasno and Hartswick bantered playfully with their instruments and Karl now back on his saxophone. When Jennifer took her solo, she slammed the audience so hard with her talent that afterwards, the place erupted! Female Power!! A beautifully executed “Nubian Woman” was the choice off their latest cd with a more psychedelic jazz flavor. The members on stage were feeling the Melvin Sparks vibe flowing through them freely.

When Jennifer Hartswick moved from horn row to the front stage, those in the audience who realized the treat they were in store for began screaming. Saxophonist James Casey (The Shady Horns) also joined the stage. The musicians teased Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady” as Jennifer hummed the tune to warm her voice and to tease us with her sultry sound before delivering  the goods. Her voice shook the rafters on the high notes and as the cool James Casey rocked the audience a killer solo, the shades on his head fell over his eyes in true rockstar fashion.

“Bowlive Staple,” as Krasno called him, Nigel Hall joined the stage now as the entire vibe was slowed down for a song that would, regardless of it’s slower speed, would trigger fond memories and raise the energy of the minds in the audiences. Tears for Fears cover “Everyone Wants to Rule the World” is a song that Soulive has perfected with their own style. Something every artist hopes to accomplish, especially when it’s a cover. Nigel Hall on vocals was heart melting as always while Alan and Krasno filled in the backup vocals. Towards the end of the tune, Nigel flowed seamlessly into “The Light” by Bobby Caldwell. An absolutely gorgeous, mellow, yet powerful mash-up to end the set.

Soulive opened up the second set with the fuly raging “One in Seven.”  Neal Evans, who has been on fire this entire run, continued his trend while brother Alan was then left on stage for a calculated isolated drum solo. After witnessing his drum solos each night, it is fun to enjoy the different tricks Alan pulls out of his bag to ensure that we get a taste of his various abilities. And then it was back to close out One in Seven.

Tash Neal (The London Souls) was the next guest invited out on stage to perform the famous Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song “Ohio!” Unbelievable guitar rage between he and Krasno. The Evans brothers were crushing it as Karl Denson couldn’t miss this wonderful performance and ran out on stage grabbing a tambourine. Tash and Karl left as the trio, now alone on stage, executed a gorgeous rendition of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s “Lenny,” a beautiful love song Vaughan wrote for his wife and performed beautifully and emotionally by Krasno.

Karl Denson joined for the raging “Turn It Out,” where he delivered a beautiful flute solo. They continued on into “For Granted,” where he was joined by James Casey, Jennifer Hartswick, and Nigel Hall on keys with Neal. The playful song gave each artist a dedicated two minute solo to showcase their instruments. Starting with Krasno establishing the musical chorus, Karl followed, then Hartswick, and James Casey, who crushed it so hard Karl Denson began fanning Casey’s fire off with a towel giving him the props he rightfully deserved.  Nigel Hall solo followed with Neal filling in the blanks. Each solo established that these musicians had chops. That they were the best in their game and at that time, they were making sure we recognized that fact.

Neal Evans, now alone again on his rig, started off “Jesus Children” with a heavy, deep organ rage, before Hall started singing. It was here the set ended. The flavorful Wyllys, a DJ and Jennifer Hartswick’s husband, would be following the show so the high-energy of live music had to end. However, Wyllys has an extensive vinyl collection of some of the hottest tunes and with the help of Quincy Jones and other amazing samples, he got everyone back on the dance floor and fully engaged.

A killer beginning to what is going to be a jam-packed weekend of Delicious Soulive rage, the party continues tonight with Jennifer Hartswick and her band coming out for her second night with new special guest unique jazz improvisational keyboardist Marco Benevento. Seriously? The excitement of seeing Marco and Neal together is going to be worth the measly $15 it will l take to experience the musical magic!

 Karen E. Dugan
– Photo courtesy of Phrase

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February 2012 Music Calendar

February 2012 Music Calendar

Calendar updated daily!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

  • ($15) The Louis Armstrong Centennial Band @ Birdland NYC
  • ($20-$35) Chrisette Michele: A Tribute to The Legends w/ Robert Glasper @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($45-$58) Skrillex @ Pascha NYC

Thursday, February 2, 2012

  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train – Late Night DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($7) Break Science and Monolith Code Album Release Party @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8) Larkin Grimm, Cuddle Magic, Tall Tall Trees @ The Rock Shop
  • ($15-$18) Emancipator @ Highline Ballroom

Friday, February 3, 2012

  • (Free) The Statesmen (Jonah Smith, Josh Dion, Scott Metzger, Ben Rubin) @ Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2 (Midnight)
  • (Free?? – $10) Eclectic Method @ Cameo Music and Art Gallery (The Loving Cup)
  • ($10-$12) Soul Rebel Brass Band @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10-$12) CEG Presents: Kung Fu with Sophistafunk @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($35) Brooklyn Music Shop Presents: Joan Osborne, The Holmes Brothers, with Special Guest Catherine Russell @ Grand Prospect Hall
  • ($35) Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana Duo @ Smoke
  • ($45-$58) Skrillex @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($150-$170) bjork: biophilia live @ New York Hall of Science

Saturday, February 4, 2012

  • (Free) American Babies @ Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2
  • ($5) Leroy Justice @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($35) Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana Duo @ Smoke
  • ($45-$58) Skrillex @ Terminal 5

Sunday, February 5, 2012

  • Oddly enough, I found nothing for this date!

Monday, February 6, 2012

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason @ The Living Room
  • ($22) Howie Day w/ Matt White – RESIDENCY @ City Winery
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($45-$65) Steve Earle & Allison Moorer w / The Dust Busters – Residency @ City Winery
  • ($150-$170) bjork: biophilia live @ New York Hall of Science
  • ($150-$2500) JAY Z with Special Guests: Benefit for United Way of New York City and The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation @ Carnegie Hall

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

  • ($20) YES! Trio featuring Ali Jackson | Aaron Goldberg | Omer Avital @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($20-$25) Roy Hargrove Big Band w/ special guest Roberta Gambarini @ Blue Note Jazz Club
  • ($25) Bone Thugs-N-Harmony w/ Krayzie & Wish @ Gramercy Theater
  • ($150-$2500) JAY Z with Special Guests: Benefit for United Way of New York City and The Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation @ Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Bembe
    • We’re giving away 10 pre-release copies of Nutritious’s 2012 Exclusive Mix
  • ($20) YES! Trio featuring Ali Jackson | Aaron Goldberg | Omer Avital @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($20-$25) Roy Hargrove Big Band w/ special guest Roberta Gambarini @ Blue Note Jazz Club
  • ($22) Howie Day – RESIDENCY w/ Julia Sinclair @ City Winery
  • ($25-$30) Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe pres The Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” with Anders Osborne @ Webster Hall
  • ($30) Ed Palermo Big Band featuring Legendary Frank Zappa Band Member Mike Keneally @ Iridium Jazz Club
  • ($37.50) George Clinton & The Parliament-Funkadelic All-Stars @ B.B. Kings
  • ($40) Anthrax @ Best Buy Theater

Thursday, February 9, 2012

  • (Free) BrooklyNites Jazz featuring Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra @ The Brooklyn Museum
  • ($5-$10) Uncomun: Loud Apartment CD Release with Bernie Worrell and Maya Azucena @ DROM
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train – Late Night DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($8-$10) Freaks Night Out feat. Erik Deutsch, Joe Russo (Furthur, The Duo), Scott Metzger (Wolf!), Hagar Ben-Ari (Dap Kings) @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) Mark Guiliana’s “Beat Music” w/ Aaron Comess (w/Teddy Kumpel & Richard Hammond) @ Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2
  • ($12-$15) Papadosio @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($15-$80) A Tribute to the Music of Motown with Ray Chew @ Carnegie Hall
  • ($20-$25) Roy Hargrove Big Band w/ special guest Roberta Gambarini @ Blue Note Jazz Club
  • ($30-$42) Bob Mould @ City Winery
  • ($50-$65) Primus: A Benefit for Baby Matthew / Be The Match Foundation @ Gramercy Theater
  • ($150-$170) bjork: biophilia live @ New York Hall of Science

Friday, February 10, 2012

  • (No Price Yet) Guns N’ Roses @ Roseland Ballroom
  • ($10) Turkuaz @ The Studio at Webster Hall
  • ($15-$20) Blowoff: Featuring the DJ Sounds of Bob Mould & Richard Morel @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($20) Tab Benoit @ Hiro Ballroom
  • ($20-$23) Tea Leaf Green @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($20-$25) Roy Hargrove Big Band w/ special guest Roberta Gambarini @ Blue Note Jazz Club
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club (2 sets)
  • ($50-$330) Barry Manilow @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, February 11, 2012

  • (Free) NY Funk Exchange @ Club Groove
  • ($10) THOR Takes Over Hiro Ballroom @ Hiro Ballroom (All Ages)
  • ($10) lespecial @ Sullivan Hall (Late Night Set)
  • ($12) Tea Leaf Green @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15-$20) John Kadlecik Band (from Furthur, DSO) @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($20-$25) Roy Hargrove Big Band w/ special guest Roberta Gambarini @ Blue Note Jazz Club
  • ($30) Buster Williams @ Iridium Jazz Club (2 sets)
  • ($35) Rebirth Brass Band: Pre-Mardi Gras Celebration with 2012 Grammy Nominees @ Hiro Ballroom
  • ($50-$330) Barry Manilow @ Radio City Music Hall

Sunday, February 12, 2012

  • (No Price Yet) Guns N’ Roses @ Terminal 5
  • ($20-$25) Roy Hargrove Big Band w/ special guest Roberta Gambarini @ Blue Note Jazz Club
  • ($30) Ralph Stanley @ B.B. Kings
  • ($40-$100) An Intimate Valentine’s Concert with Jim Brickman @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($50-$330) Barry Manilow @ Radio City Music Hall

Monday, February 13, 2012

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason @ The Living Room
  • ($10) An Evening with: Nigel Hall and Alecia Chakour @ Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2 (9pm)
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($33-$95) Tibet House Benefit Concert @ Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    • Feat. Laurie Anderson, Antony, James Blake, Tim Fain, Philip Glass, Stephin Merritt, Rahzel, Lou Reed, Dechen Shak-Dagsay
  • ($35) Les Paul Mondays feat. Special Guests Earl Slick (Guitarist with David Bowie) and Lee Rocker (Bassist from Stray Cats) with The Les Paul Trio @ Iridium Jazz Club (2 sets)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

  • ($35-$55) David Sanborn @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($40-$60) Richard Thompson – Special All-Request Shows @ City Winery
  • ($50-$330) Barry Manilow @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($75-$85) Cedric The Entertainer @ The Beacon Theater

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Bembe
  • (No price yet) Guns N’ Roses @ Webster Hall
  • ($15-$17) Legendary Meters Drummer: Zigaboo Modeliste’s NY Foundation of Funk Revue ft. Andy Hess, Brian Mitchell, Jonathan Batiste & Jamie McLean @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($35-$55) David Sanborn @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($40-$60) Richard Thompson – Special All-Request Shows @ City Winery
  • ($150-$170) bjork: biophilia live @ New York Hall of Science

Thursday, February 16, 2012

  • ($73) John Hammond & John Mayall @ The Allen Room at Lincoln Center
  • (Free) Taylor Carson @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train – Late Night DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($15) Less Than Jake @ The Brooklyn Bowl (Early Show)
  • ($35-$40) Auktyon featuring John Medeski & Marc Ribot @ le Poisson Rouge
  • ($35-$55) David Sanborn @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($40-$60) Richard Thompson – Special All-Request Shows @ City Winery

Friday, February 17, 2012

  • ($8) Higher Nebulae @ Sullivan Hall (early show)
  • ($10) Gent Treadly @ Sullivan Hall (part of another band on the bill)
  • ($10-$13) Tall, Tall Trees @ Mercury Lounge
  • ($15) A toga-party with America’s #1 Party Band!: Otis Day & the Knights @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($18-$22) Saul Williams @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
  • ($35-$55) David Sanborn @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($55-$130) Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall

Saturday, February 18, 2012

  • (Free) Hot Peas ‘N Butter @ Carnegie Hall (45 Minute Children’s Performance)
  • ($8-$10) Skatalites @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($10) CEG Presents: MUN’s CD Release Party featuring MUN plus Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($13) The Souljazz Orchestra plus Zongo Junction @ The Studio at Webster Hall
  • ($22-$32) Emilie Autumn @ Gramercy Theater
  • ($30) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard
  • ($35-$55) David Sanborn @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($38-$42) Davy Jones of The Monkees @ B.B Kings
  • ($50-$65) Mardi Gras Ball with Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers plus Bonerama w/ special guest Marco Benevento, DJ Cochon de Lait and special guests Outer Borough Brass Band @ Hiro Ballroom
  • ($50-$100) Peter Frampton: Back by Popular Demand! The Frampton Comes Alive 35 Tour @ The Beacon Theater
  • ($55-$130) Aretha Franklin @ Radio City Music Hall
  • ($150-$170) bjork: biophilia live @ New York Hall of Science

Sunday, February 19, 2012

  • ($18-$23) Big Gigantic @ Webster Hall
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ Jazz Standard
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($35-$55) David Sanborn @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($50-$65) Mardi Gras Ball with Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers and Bonerama @ Hiro Ballroom

Monday, February 20, 2012

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason @ The Living Room
  • ($15-$18) Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem w/ Nels Cline, Jim Black, and Todd Sickafoose @ le Poission Rouge
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($32-$38) Marcia Ball and BeauSoleil @ City Winery
  • ($30) Les Paul Mondays: The Jon Herington Band (lead guitarist of Steely Dan) and the Les Paul Trio @ Iridium Jazz Club

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

  • ($15) Less Than Jake @ The Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20-$30) Monty Alexander: 50 Years in Music & 50 Years in Jamaica: UPLIFT! With Special Guest Christian McBride & Russell Malone @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($25) Tigran Hamasyan & Jason Lindner/Mark Guiliana Duo @ Highline Ballroom

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Bembe
  • (Free) Cabinet @ Rodeo Bar
  • ($20-$30) Monty Alexander: 50 Years in Music & 50 Years in Jamaica: UPLIFT! With Special Guest Christian McBride & Russell Malone @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($50-$60) Flogging Molly, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and The Devil Makes Three @ Manhattan Center Hammerstein Ballroom
  • ($150-$170) bjork: biophilia live @ Roseland Ballroom

Thursday, February 23, 2012

  • (Free?) Gent Treadly @ East Side Billiards
  • ($5-$8) DJ ?uestlove Presents Bowl Train – Late Night DJ Set @ Brooklyn Bowl
  • ($20) Phife Dawg (of Tribe Called Quest) and Friends @ B.B. Kings
  • ($25-$40) Monty Alexander: 50 Years in Music & 50 Years in Jamaica: UPLIFT! With Special Guest Dr. Lonnie Smith @ The Blue Note (2 sets)
  • ($25-$45) In-Tune Music Festival: Philip Glass performing Kaddish (7pm)
    • One of the greatest works to emerge from the Beat Generation was Allen Ginsberg’s Kaddish, a sprawling, propulsive poem about the poet’s estrangement from Judaism. The 2012 Tune-In Music Festival will begin with a world premiere, commissioned by the Park Avenue Armory from jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, to be performed by the composer and an eight-piece ensemble accompanying a reading of Kaddish by Ginsberg collaborator Hal Willner and artist Ralph Steadman, who will create the visual design and staging to accompany the piece. (Runs 75 minutes with no intermission)
  • ($30-$35) Sinead O’Connor @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($55-$250) HIAS Regina Spektor Benefit Concert @ Rose Theater at Lincoln Center

Friday, February 24, 2012

  • ($12) Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad @ Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2 (10pm)
  • ($12-$15) Twiddle / FiKus with Psychedelphia and The Fundimensionals @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($15) Wyllys ft. Jennifer Hartswick w/ Special Guests @ The Blue Note (Late Night Series)
  • ($15) An Evening With The Cast and Crew of: The Adventures of Pete and Pete @ Bowery Ballroom
  • ($25-$45) Tune-In Music Festival: Philip Glass and Patti Smith: The Poet Speaks @ Park Avenue Armory (7pm)
    • Longtime Glass collaborator Patti Smith and her band join Glass for the second concert, “The Poet Speaks,” performing music and readings celebrating their favorite poets, including Ginsberg and William Blake, which will be the first New York performance for the pair. (Runs approx. 90 Minutes with no intermission)
  • ($30) Hit Squad – Reunion Show: Redman, Epmd, Das Efx, Keith Murray @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($30-$35) Sinead O’Connor @ Highline Ballroom

Saturday, February 25, 2012

  • ($10) Dopapod / Turbine with The Mantras , MiZ , XVSK @ Sullivan Hall
  • ($15) Kung Fu @ The Blue Note (Late Night Series)
  • ($20) Eric Lindell with special guest Otis Taylor @ Hiro Ballroom
  • ($22-$26) Buckwheat Zydeco @ B.B. Kings (Grammy Winning King Of New Orleans Zydeco)
  • ($25) Railroad Earth and Cornmeal @ Best Buy Theater
  • ($30-$37) Galactic, Soul Rebel Brass Band & Steel Pulse @ Terminal 5
  • ($30-$50) Tune-In Music Festival: The Philip Glass Ensemble performs his Music in 12 Parts @ Park Avenue Armory (5pm)
    • For the third concert, The Philip Glass Ensemble will offer a rare performance of the entire Music in Twelve Parts, Glass’s epic minimalist composition which he considers his “breakthrough” work. (Runs a total of 5 hours including two short intermissions and one hour long dinner break)
  • ($150-$170) bjork: biophilia live @ Roseland Ballroom

Sunday, February 26, 2012

  • ($15) Chris Rob: Game Rebellion @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($15-$35) Tune-In Music Festival: Philip Glass performs Afternoon Concert @ Park Avenue Armory (2pm)
    • The final day of the Festival will begin with compilation of unique artists that Philip Glass has assembled and represent the forward momentum of contemporary music. (Runs a total of 2 hours 15 minutes with one Intermission)
  • ($15-$35) Tune-In Music Festival: Philip Glass’s Another Look at Harmony – Part IV @ Park Avenue Armory (7pm)
    • The Festival concludes with Glass’s Another Look at Harmony, a choral work Glass started in 1975 for organ and 100 voices, performed by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Collegiate Chorale, and organist Michael Riesman, music director and keyboardist of The Philip Glass Ensemble. (Runs 62 minutes with no intermission)
  • ($25-$40) Monty Alexander: 50 Years in Music & 50 Years in Jamaica: A Night at Jillys ft Dee Dee Bridgewater & Freddy Cole @ The Blue Note
  • ($27.50) Marc Ribot’s ” Really The Blues” @ Iridium Jazz Club (2 sets)
  • ($30) Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra @ Birdland NYC
  • ($50-$75) An Unpredictable Evening With Todd Rundgren@ City Winery

Monday, February 27, 2012

  • ($8) Jim Campilongo Electric Trio with Stephan Crump & Tony Mason @ The Living Room
  • ($10) Erik Deutsch Demonio Teclado CD Release Party @ Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2
  • ($25) Mingus Big Band @ The Jazz Standard
  • ($27.50) Marc Ribot’s ” Really The Blues” @ Iridium Jazz Club (2 sets)
  • ($50-$75) An Unpredictable Evening With Todd Rundgren@ City Winery

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

  • (Free) Dred Scott Trio @ Rockwood Music Hall
  • ($15) Bowlive III @ The Brooklyn Bowl: Special Guests: John Scofield & Luther Dickinson
  • ($30-$40) Leo Kottke @ City Winery
  • ($35-$40) Robert Glasper Experiment:With Special Guests Yasiin Bey, Chrisette Michele, Lalah Hathaway & More @ Highline Ballroom
  • ($50-$150) Van Halen with Kool & The Gang @ Madison Square Garden
  • ($150-$170) bjork: biophilia live @ Roseland Ballroom

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

  • (Free) Nutritious @ Bembe
  • ($15) Bowlive III @ The Brooklyn Bowl: Special Guests: John Scofield & Luther Dickinson
  • ($30-$40) Leo Kottke @ City Winery

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