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Published: 2011/03/12
by Meredith Berke

A Bit of The Beatles and James Brown at Bowlive

Photo by Allison Murphy

On Friday, Bowlive II continued, with night nine of Soulive’s ten night residency at The Brooklyn Bowl. This sold out show featured special guests Karl Denson, Kofi Burbridge and Yonrico Scott.

Soulive started their set with three Beatles songs: “Revolution,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “I Want You” (with Karl Denson on flute for song three). Then, as on Thursday, Yonrico Scott joined drummer Alan Evans for the remainder of the evening. Denson moved to saxophone and played an exploding solo on “Rudy’s Way.” The set continued with Maurice Brown (trumpet), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone), Van Hunt (vocals), Alicia Chakour (vocals) and Nigel Hall (vocals). Van Hunt’s original song, “Anything To Get Your Attention” was also a highlight of the set.

As Soulive returned for its second set, the Brooklyn Bowl’s stage was packed with all the special guests including Kofi Burbridge (flute), Chris Rob (keys), Adam Smirnoff (bass), Brown and Denson. Soulive and friends kept the crowd amped with favorites such as “Alladin,” and “Uncle Jr.” Nigel Hall lent vocals to a few James Brown covers including “Since You’ve Been Gone,” “Clap Your Hands and Stamp Your Feet,” before the night ended in true dance party style with and 80’s favorite “Joy and Pain.”

Break Science came on for a late night set, with Lettuce’s Adam Deitch (drums) and Borahm Lee (keys) until the wee hours of the morning.

Promising a mash-up of sounds, Bowlive II will conclude on Saturday with Matisyahu, trumpetist Maurice Brown and Nigel Hall.

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