A Great Night of Guests, Covers and Sweet Music

October 4th, 2010

Soulive – Terminal 5 – October 2, 2010

Soulive - Terminal 5 - October 2, 2010
For two hours on Saturday night, Terminal 5 became a messy tangle of happy fans and great music. People danced in every corner of all three floors of the venue, while Soulive and a rotating group of friends (otherwise known as the Royal Family Band) provided an excellent groove ranging from borderline freeform jazz to Beatles covers. The band kicked off the set with a few of the latter from their new album of funkified Beatles songs, Rubber Soulive, including an explosive rendition of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”

Those in the crowd were happy to provide their own vocals, especially in these opening moments. The Evans brothers (Alan and Neal, playing drums and organ respectively) and guitar-specialist Eric Krasno brought out a stacked brass section, including Sam Kininger on sax and Sammie “Big Sam” Williams on trombone, and guests like vocalist Nigel Hall, plus famed jazz guitarist John Scofield and local guitar god Warren Haynes, of Gov’t Mule, the Allman Brothers Band and the Dead, for fiery tracks at the end of the set. Scofield even stuck around for the encore, which included Hall doing his best James Brown during an incredible medley of the Godfather of Soul’s best music. —Sean O’Kane

Photos courtesy of Sean O’Kane |

(Big Sam’s Funky Nation plays Brooklyn Bowl on Friday.)