Soulive @ The Knitting Factory, 1/19/08
Eric Krasno (Guitar), Neal Evans (Hammond Organ) and Alan Evans (drums, not pictured) Collectively Known as Soulive Moved the Knitting Factory Crowd Saturday Night
Every January, organ trio, Soulive heads out to Southern California for The NAMM Show. While the trio of Eric Krasno, Neal Evans and Alan Evans take part in the gathering of music industry professionals, they also book themselves a few concerts in Anaheim and Los Angeles to give the SoCal Soulive heads a taste of their trademark jazzy funk sound.
On Saturday, the brothers Evans and Kraz put on a fantastic set before a jam packed Knitting Factory. I walked into the Hollywood venue thinking this would be the first time I would witness Soulive as a quartet, unfortunately Toussaint, the vocalist who was added to the band for their 2007 release No Place Like Soul was not in attendance. Also missing on Saturday was the band's horn section.
Soulive, however, did not seem to miss a beat. I was very impressed with Saturday's show which was my first time seeing the band stripped down to the core trio. In fact, I might go as far as to say that this set was one of my favorite Soulive performances I have ever seen.