Soulive 10 Year Anniversary :: 07.31.09 :: Prospect Park Bandshell :: Brooklyn, NY
Neal Evans – Soulive :: 07.31 :: Brooklyn
On Friday night July 31, Soulive celebrated 10 years of great music as they presented the Royal Family at Prospect Park as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn summer concert series. New Orleans’ own Dumpstaphunk opened up the show and longtime Soulive conspirators John Scofield (guitar) and Christian Scott (trumpet) were announced as official special guests. Dumpstaphunk played a powerful set and brought out The Shady Horns (Ryan Zoidis and Sam Kininger) for their take on “No More Okey Doke.” The Soulive set was cooking from top to bottom with highlights rolling one after the other. John Scofield seemed to be in especially good spirits as he traded acid-jazz guitar licks with Eric Krasno throughout the night and the Evans Brothers (Neal keys and Alan drums) were locked on the groove. Guest vocalist Nigel Hall led a rousing rendition of the Curtis Mayfield classic “Move On Up” while Ivan Neville and Tony Hall (bass player for Dumpstaphunk) joined in on Stevie Wonder’s “Jesus Children of America.” On a night that was threatened by thunder storms early on the music kept fans high and dry as Brooklyn celebrated not only Soulive’s decade of music, but warm summer parties and good friends.
After a few days to reflect back we asked some of the guys for their thoughts on the night:
Eric Krasno (Soulive) “Celebrate Brooklyn is always something we look forward to, and I think some of our best gigs have been there. Playing with Scofield and the horns on that stage in our hometown was like a dream come true.”
Nick Daniels III (Dumpstaphunk) “That Friday evening was wonderful, rain and all, it’s always an honor playing with our brothers Soulive. We need more nights like that and so do the fans.”
Ryan Zoidis (The Shady Horns) “That stage is magical. Last time we played there was really heavy, too. The weather clearing up right before we hit was my favorite part because I visualized it earlier in the day, and it happened. All in all the vibe was incredible, we were all having fun, enjoying ourselves, and the energy from the crowd was amazing.”
Soulive with Special Guests: John Scofield, Christian Scott, Nigel Hall & The Shady Horns