The chatter and anticipation is humming here in NYC with the return of the 3rd annual Bowlive, Soulive’s 10 day residency at The Brooklyn Bowl.
Soulive has announced in drips and drabs the special guests, and to be honest with you, this year sounds like the best yet. I am excited to get it on with my bad self, and the hundreds of other bad selves dancing to great music, incredible jams, loud horns and shredding guitars. Ah, let Bowlive III begin.
Tonight was a celebration of Jazz and the students of the New England Conservatory at BB Kings in Times Square. All the musicians on stage were alumni of NEC. The proceeds of tonight’s show will go towards scholarships for the NEC. Cool, right? All the musicians came on for one song each, there was a short set break, and the gig was over by 10. There is no dance floor, the atmosphere is a sitting down culture, and… well, let’s just say sometimes I like to dance. Yeah, that’s how BB King’s rolls.
I walked in and Sarah Jarosz, a student was on stage. Adorable and oh, yeah, way talented. Great singer, really nice and bluesy, she played a banjo, then went into this plucking thing. Ran Blake comes on piano and does this amazing song alone. Wow. It blew the room away.
Bernie Worrell receives the NEC Lifetime Achievement Award. He got a bit emotional saying a few words. We got a bit emotional listening. So, so, sweet. Continue reading →