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Citizen Cope Joins Soulive During Bowlive Residency

Last night two amazing Brooklyn based bands joined forces at Brooklyn Bowl. Soulive invited Citizen Cope, among many other guest musicians that night (hello George Porter, Jr.! hello Skerik! hello Billy Martin!) to the stage to perform a handful of songs: Some older, some newer … and all amazing. In this vid capture, Eric Krasno, guitarist for Soulive, really nails the soft and gentle dynamics of Cope’s “Something to Believe In” a tune previously written and recorded by Cope for Debi Nova. For me, the pairing of Soulive and Cope brought together two very different musical worlds and sounds. I’m a big fan of both–but was wondering how they would mesh. Would the slightly jazzier Soulive jive with the understated melodies of Cope’s super-mellow, sometimes emo-driven lyrics and vocals? The answer was, simply put, yes. If you’re familiar with the ever-moving nature of Soulive (see Rubber Soulive the band’s take on The Beatles Rubber Soul) you’d know that as a band they are so musically adept that they just as easily can adapt. That’s the beauty of Bowlive, the pairings and special guests that are invited and join the Soulive sound.

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