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Published: 2011/03/11
by Meredith Berke

A Sly Night for Bowlive

Photo by Allison Murphy

Bowlive II, Soulive’s ten day residency at Brooklyn Bowl, continued last night with a Sly and the Family Stone tribute. Alicia Chakour and her band opened the evening with vocalist Nigel Hall before Soulive took the stage.

Yonrico Scott joined on percussion throughout the night to complement Soulive drummer Alan Evans. Kofi Burbridge added flute to “So Live” while guitarist Eric Krasno’s face turned red as he brought the energy up. Other favorites such as “One in Seven” and “In My Life” were showcased before Karl Denson brought out his own flute for “Shaheed” and then played with The Shady Horns and Burbridge on “Tuesday Night Squad.”

All of the special guests then joined in to focus on the music of Sly and The Family Stone. The setlist featuring “Stand,” “If You Want Me To Stay,” “Que Sera,” “In Time” (with Questlove on drums), and “Family Affair”(with Chakour and Ivan Neville on vocals). Denson played both his sax and flute while Burbridge played keyboards and flute. Hall not only sang but also picked up a guitar at one point during the evening, while Van Hunt added vocals as well.

By the end of the evening, the stage held no less than fifteen musicians to a bouncing crowd and Questlove kept the old school 70’s funk going with his DJ set.

Tonight’s Bowlive II special guests include Kofi Burbridge, Karl Denson, Yonrico Scott, Van Hunt and Break Science.

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