Oteil Burbridge, Allen Stone, Skerik and Rashawn Ross Join Soulive for Bowlive Night Six
Photos by Rob Chapman
Following two days off, Soulive returned to Brooklyn Bowl on Tuesday to perform the sixth night of their annual Bowlive residency. For last night’s show, the group welcomed several special guests, including opening act Zach Deputy, vocalist Allen Stone, saxophonist Skerik and their brother band Lettuce. In addition to these guests, a few surprise sit-ins occurred throughout the evening with appearances from percussionist Luke Quaranta (Toubab Krewe), bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band) and Rashawn Ross (Dave Matthews Band).
Deputy opened the show with his one-man band of effects and loopers, before jumping into the crowd to dance alongside fans and revelers for the remainder of the evening. Soulive then took the stage, opening with the combination of “One in Seven” into their signature tune “So Live.”
The Lettuce horn section joined in shortly after for a rendition of The Beatles’ “Get Back” followed by “Hat Trick,” both of which featured a guest appearance from Allman’s bassist Oteil Burbride (who is in NYC for the Brothers’ Beacon rehearsals). The horn section remained on stage for the next few tunes, augmented by the addition of Skerik on sax on “PJs.” The next special guest, vocalist Allen Stone, joined the lone trio for one of his own tunes, the tender “Unaware,” followed by Soulive’s “Mary” and Al Green’s “Love and Happiness.”
Instead of a second Soulive set, Eric Krasno’s other group Lettuce performed second set. In addition to Krasno and Soulive keyboardist Neal Evans, Lettuce’s lineup featured guitarist Adam “DJ Schmeeans” Smirnoff, bassist ED Coomes, drummer Adam Deitch, saxophonist James Casey, tenor saxophonist Ryan “Zwad” Zoidis and trumpeter Eric Bloom (Diane Birch). Onetime Lettuce mainstay—and current Dave Matthews Band trumpeter—Rashawn Ross also performed with the group throughout the night while axillary Lettuce member Nigel Hall fronted the ensemble. Later on, Skerik returned to the stage alongside Quaranta for a rendition of the fan-favorite “Squad Live.”
Soulive will return to Brooklyn Bowl tonight with special guests, Zach Deputy, Lettuce and Skerik.