Soulive’s 16 Piece P-Funk Celebration
Photo by Vernon Webb
For the third night of Bowlive II Soulive pledged to pay tribute to Parliament’s Mothership, with special guests Corey Glover and Bernie Worrell. The evening began with Alecia Chakour & the Osrah featuring Questlove on drums. Soulive played next, for its trio set, offering up tunes like “Hat Trick,” “Do The Two” and “Too Much” and the Beatles cover “Something.” Nigel Hall was on hand once again, appearing at the close of the group’s performance.
Though one of the evening’s confirmed guests, Corey Glover, did not appear, keyboardist Bernie Worrell, a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic, did step out for a set billed as a celebration of P-Funk. All in all, sixteen musicians appeared on stage, including three keyboardists (Bernie Worrell, Neal Evans and James Hurt) five vocalists (Nigel Hall, Lenesha Randolph, Alicia Chakour, Mel Flannery, Tania Jones), three drummers in rotation (Alan Evans, Questlove and Nikki Glaspie) along with Chris Loftin (bass), Adam “Schmeens” Smirnoff (guitar), The Shady Horns and Eric Krasno (guitar) rounded out the Soulive All Star Band. Drummers Alan Evans and Nikki Glaspie rotated from drums to guitar and vocals respectively.
Starting with “Up For The Down Stroke,” the Soulive All Star Band played a funky, dirty “Mothership” > “Sweet Chariot” > “Me and The Boys” > “Sweet Chariot” jam that lasted for about fifteen minutes. Another highlight came when Worrell moved to synthesizer bass for “Flashlight.” Favorites such as “Dr. Funkenstein” and “Do That Stuff” rounded out the evening.
To listen in on Soulive’s nod to P-Funk at the 2000 Jammy Awards, with special guest John Scofield, click here.
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