At BLEND - Ridgewood, NJ (3/29/08)


Guitarist Eric Krasno & saxophonist Sam Kininger!

After almost 2 1/2 hours of DJ Rafe Gomez playing tunes (2 1/2 hours is WAY TOO F**KIN' LONG..... can anyone tell me what the f**k is the deal with this??), Soulive finally started playing at 10:15pm with the songs "El Ron" and "Steppin'". Both were fine jazz tunes but better was the funkier "Bobby Bird" and "Flurries", both featuring Sam Kininger on hot saxophone...drummer Alan Evans performed lead vocals with backing vocal support by guitarist Eric Krasno (on "Bobby Bird")! But WAY BETTER was that amazingly wild Funkadelic-style jam starring Neal Evans on SUPER-SUPER-SUPERFUNKY clavinet and bass synthesizer before the band went into "One in Seven".... HELL, Neal was still jammin' on clavinet during most of the song (it was amazing to watch his fingers literally fly at top speed, pouncing hard on the keys)!!!!!!!!! I think that this was the song that featured a good drum solo by Alan. "Dig" was almost DA BOMB, featuring guitar chords that borrowed a little from Jimi Hendrix's "Dolly Dagger" and sinister synthesizer riffs that come from Dr. Dre's "Nuttin' But a 'G' Thang"! Sam returned to play sax for the songs "Liquid", the lively "Cannonball", "East" and "Tuesday".

I was feelin' a little under the weather so I left the club at 11:45pm.....I would imagine that Soulive probably wrapped their show around 12:00 midnight.

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