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Soulive brings the funk to Brooklyn Bowl

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Everyone needs a reason to groove from time to time — but how about 10 nights of straight funk?

Soulive has worked its way to the top of a new wave of jazz since its inception in the late 1990s, and the virtuosos are celebrating their 10th anniversary by taking over Brooklyn Bowl for 10 hot nights in March.

It’s no small feat to sign with Blue Note Records and join the ranks of Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter in just 10 years. The troupe has played all over the world since then, but has never abandoned its roots — the band got its start at the defunct Manhattan venue, Wetlands, which was owned by the same people who currently own Brooklyn Bowl.

Clearly, Soulive couldn’t resist the allure of a new venue in a better borough.

“We cut our teeth at the Wetlands,” said guitarist Eric Krasno. “Playing Brooklyn Bowl feels like a natural continuation of our early days.”

It’s easy to see why Brooklyn Bowl co-owner Peter Shapiro was so quick to jump on the opportunity for 10 nights of Soulive — the band’s live charm is what created its legend, and the guys aren’t running out of sweltering steam any time soon. The band’s tight, horn-infused progression could match Parliament and Funkadelic in skill, yet the music is a fresh, sometimes psychedelic beast of its own.

Soulive at Brooklyn Bowl [61 Wythe Ave. between N. 11th and N. 12th streets in Williamsburg, (718) 963-3369]. March 2-6 and 9-13, $10 or $12.50 on weekends. Doors open at 6 pm. For info, visit www.brooklynbowl.com.

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Tom from Manhattan says:
Amazing!
Feb. 16, 2010, 10:21 am

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