Soulive Kicks Off Bowlive VIII Residency With Ivan Neville & Horns

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Soulive was joined by keyboardist Ivan Neville, trombonist Brian Thomas and saxophonist Jared Sims during the first night of Bowlive VIII at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City on Thursday. The band and their guests mixed originals and a wide variety of covers at the first of six concerts that make up this year’s residency.

The trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, keyboardist Neal Evans and drummer Alan Evans put the focus on originals in the first set outside of one Beatles cover. Soulive opened the run with Turn It Out track “Steppin'” and then debuted “Big Brother” before heading back to their early years for “Uncle Jr.” and “Rudy’s Way.” A cover of The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” was followed by “PJ’s” and “Up Right” to close out the frame. Thomas and Sims both added to the final two songs of the set.

Special guest Ivan Neville and the horns both emerged with Soulive at the start of the second set for Sly & The Family Stone’s “I Cannot Make It.” The augmented ensemble then worked through “Got Soul” from Soulive’s 2005 LP Break Out. Neville went on to lead the group through covers of Dr. John’s “Quitters Never Win” and “Heart Shaped Box” by Nirvana. The ensemble then went back to Break Out for their collaboration “Take It Easy.” Ivan starred on Stevie Wonder’s “Jesus Children Of America” and Sly Stone’s “If You Want Me To Stay.” Soulive, Ivan Neville and the horns said farewell with a cover of The Meters’ “Fire On The Bayou” as the encore.

Watch pro-shot video of the entire show via The Relix Channel below:

Setlist

Set One: Steppin’, Big Brother, Uncle Jr., Rudy’s Way, Eleanor Rigby, PJ’s*, Up Right*

Set Two (w/ Ivan Neville & Horns): I Cannot Make It, Got Soul, Quitters Never Win, Heart Shaped Box**, Take It Easy, Jesus Children, If You Want Me To Stay

Encore (w/Ivan Neville & Horns): Fire On The Bayou

* – w/ Horns, ** – w/o Horns

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