Bowlive 5: Wolf!, Soulive, the Shady Horns, Bill Evans, the London Souls and Other Special Guests
March 22, 2014
As many of you know, having a full-time job while running a blog essentially full-time often creates competing demands for my time and attention – and although I’m still wishing for a 45 hour day, that’s probably not going to happen anytime soon. So I have to do what I can in a mere 24 hours.
Every year for the past five years, Soulive has performed an eight night residency at Brooklyn Bowl that both the venue and the band has dubbed Bowlive, and of course what makes their residency so interesting every year is the variety of special guests and the collaborations with those special guests. Usually, they have a few regular guests throughout their residency and this year the Shady Horns and the London Souls made multiple appearances. But the last night of their residency included the instrumental act Wolf!, whose sound reminded me of a funkier Toadies and the great saxophonist Bill Evans. (In fact, their set with Bill Evans was probably one of the better sets I’ve seen this year as it had an atmospheric yet unpredictable quality.)
Let’s remember that during considering the fact Bowlive occurred during part of the Allman Brothers annual residency at the Beacon Theatre, and along with countless other live music options across town, including two Cut Copy shows at Terminal 5, that a sell out at Brooklyn Bowl is pretty impressive. But while catching them live, I always have the sense that Soulive could be much larger than what they are as they can adeptly play just about anything at will – and most importantly that their live shows during the residency are a free flowing jam session with friends and colleagues.
Check out some photos from a incredible show below.
For these photos and more from this incredible show, check out the Flickr set here: