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.
Garage a Trois brought their rage and killer, psychotic, free form rock and jazz metal to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night (5/21/11). Promoting their new album, “Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil” GAT performed various tunes off the album throughout the evening. Stanton Moore (drums), Mike Dillon (percussion), Skerik (sax), and Marco Benevento (keys) all came out in matching gray Puma jump suits and kicks. I think the jackets were off by second set–they were definitely shed by the time the tequila bottle was being passed around on stage. There was a good crowd at the Bowl, everyone dancing and eating up the stage antics. Mike Dillon climbed on top of an amp, sang a Ween song, and narrowly cleared his xylophone when he jumped over it–in all, Mike D was being Mike D and it was awesome. Skerik, between wailing on his sax and exchanging solos with Marco, would turn around and stick his tongue out at Stanton. These guys act like it’s their first day of kindergarten and have the most fun I’ve ever seen a band have on stage…though it was the last stop on their recent tour…I hope NYC gets a taste of GAT again soon. Until then…here’s some video I shot with my iPhone. Pretty ragin’
Soulive kicked-off their second year of Bowlive action at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl with an all-star evening that closed with an all-out Funk fest from Maceo Parker with Lettuce. Did someone say, RAGE?! Soulive’s set featured new tunes off their recent Rubber Soulive album, and the video below is a killer version of The Beatles “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).