Posts Tagged ‘Soulive’

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival, Day 2: A Slice of Lettuce

Sunday, July 31st, 2016
Sam Kinninger played at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival's World Beat Pavilion last night.

Sam Kinninger played at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival’s World Beat Pavilion last night.

It seems Lettuce and Soulive sax player Sam Kinninger is popping up all over the area. He played with The Dave Matthews Band at the Lakeview, and last night we saw him jamming with Brownskin in the World Beat Pavilion for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival. Believe it or not, we first met Kinninger when he had a gig in Hanover Square back in the day when the Jazz & Wine Festival was known as Jazz in the Square. He invited us into his show (at a bar) and we’ve been following him ever since.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
“New York City is bigger, Chicago is windier, Atlanta is warmer, but of all the chocolate cities, Buffalo may be the baddest….”
-Rick James
Neal Evans played at the Westcott Theater with Soulive in 2009.

Neal Evans played at the Westcott Theater with Soulive in 2009.

We caught Soulive for the first time almost a decade ago. Their brand of funk is maybe the closest thing we’ve heard to the Sound of Minneapolis (The Time, The Revolution, Flyte Tyme Productions).

Neal Evans (above) and his brother are from Buffalo, where July 9th is considered Soulive Day.

In addition to the music, Evans also scores films (most recently “The Boomer List” by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders).

Friday Night’s Blue Light Special

Monday, October 19th, 2009
Eric Krasnow

Eric Krasnow

Sam Kininger

Sam Kininger

Nigel Hall

Nigel Hall

Soulive made a live recording at the Westcott Theater Friday Night, featuring the Shady Horns and Nigel Hall.

Funky Soul Brothers

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Alan

Some things you have to see to believe; some things you must feel before you can hear.

This was the case last night when I attended a concert by Soulive for the first time last night, held at the Westcott Theater. I over heard someone in the crowd say, “if you’re going to be here, you better be upfront.” Sounded like good advice. Especially since I wanted to get a good shot and only had a wide-angle lens.  But I may have been too close. At one point Alan Evans (pictured above), hit the kick drum so hard I thought my head would blow off.  Just like that I was “baptized,” as one fan told me.

Alan Evans, along with his brother Neal, bass organist, make up the funky heart and soul of the band.  On stage they were joined by guitarist Eric Krasno and later by guest saxophonist Sam Kininger. I’d covered Kininger during a previous music fest.

To say I was impressed with Soulive would be an understatement. I found their live performance and musicianship as good as any band I’ve seen lately.  And their energy was like Red Bull mixed with Amp.

The Syracuse crowd gave new meaning to the word fanatics,  but on the other hand, I found a lot of musicians in the audience.

Made for a sweaty, yet sophisticated party.

The opening act was the Ithaca band Thousands of One, which featured our friend Will Sapp on background vocals. Glad to see he and his band were in such good company.

The  beat goes on.