The birth of this music blog began four years ago, at the first Bowlive, Soulive’s yearly residency at The Brooklyn Bowl. The Bowl had also just opened their doors around that time, and it seemed that View Skewed and Brooklyn Bowl has grown leaps and bounds since that time.
Brooklyn Bowl has become one of the top 10 destinations in NYC, and opening locations in Las Vegas and London. View Skewed has been writing for such great publications like Jambands.com, Relix.com and now for The Capitol Theatre. It is fitting that View Skewed returns to our roots by covering Bowlive IV. The reviews of the first Bowlive shows, if your interested, for shits and giggles….
NIGHT 1 Highlights: (set lists below)
The Bowl was packed, Kung Fu opened, with their amazing 100% in your face jazz/funk fusion fury. Night 1 special guests were John Popper, from Blues Traveler, and Luther & Cody Dickinson, with an unannounced appearance from Tedeschi and Trucks Band trombonist, Saunders Sermons.
NIGHT 1 Scene: John Popper, special guest
Packed Bowl. Packed for a Thursday, the most packed first night of Bowlive I’ve seen in the four years. Soulive played first set and then brought out John Popper. Popper sounds gooood, he looks good, and he sounded powerful and strong when he sang his tune, “Mulling it Over.” His signature voice sounds sweet yet tough, and it was great to see him up there. It’s always a treat for me to see Popper.
Second Set: Luther and Cody Dickinson, special guests
It was all southern twang style with Luther and Kraz going tit for tat against each other, and Cody was playing some electronic drum next to Neal Evans’ keyboard rig. Then Cody put on his infamous electronic washboard, and made those odd yet fun swishing sounds that I have come to love from the North Mississippi Allstars. I turned to my friend and said, “This makes me feel like Wanee is close.” Indeed, The Wanee Festival is about a month away. Saunders Sermon strolled on stage to finish the last couple of songs with Soulive and The Dickinson Brothers.They played long on the first night, since DJ Questo couldn’t make his Bowltrain set, and we danced until around 1:15pm on a Thursday evening in Brooklyn.
Pre-Show: Line to get in, packed house, people milling around for Sister Sparrow. We got our drink, we said hello to some people, we found our spot near the stage, and watched the opening set. Continue reading