Bowlive Kicks Off at the Brooklyn Bowl
Soulive kicked off their eight-night Bowlive run at the Brooklyn Bowl last night with plenty of guest appearances and a few Beatles and Hendrix covers. John Popper sat in with the band on harmonica and vocals during the first set for “Mulling It Over” and The Beatles’ “Come Together.” North Mississippi Allstars Luther Dickinson then came out early in the first set to add an extra guitar to the mix. That set included renditions of Hendrix’s “Spanish Castle Magic,” as well as The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and a psychedelic version of the already-quite-trippy “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Cody Dickinson also took the stage in the middle of that set to play drums on a few tunes.
After the second set ended, guitarist Eric Krasno came out to tell the crowd that Questlove would not be able to make it for his post-show DJ set before promising to play some more music. The band then went into a long encore that began with a take on Hendrix’s “Manic Depression,” followed by one of Cody Dickinson’s signature washboard performances, which was pretty incredible. The show came to a close with Tedeschi Trucks Band trombonist Saunders Sermons taking the stage to sing and play on Bill Withers’ “Kissing My Love.”
Soulive will continue for another seven nights. A full list of the upcoming dates and special guests can be found here.