Soulive To Return to Philly for Liberty Ball Part 2
Soulive returns to the Blockley in Philadelphia this Thursday, July 18 for Part 2 of the so-called Liberty Ball (Part 1 being the performance of fellow Royal Family Records group Lettuce on May 16). The band’s last performance in the City of Brotherly Love was back in November 2012 at the Theatre of the Living Arts as part of the Royal Family Ball, and I think I speak for many when I say that Philadelphia is due for another dose of the soulful goodness this band consistently provides.
At its heart, Soulive is a trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, keys/organ/clavinet player Neal Evans, and drummer Alan Evans. However, as any true fan of Soulive knows, the trio rarely plays alone. In the numerous shows of theirs which I have been fortunate enough to catch I have seen them, musicians including Nigel Hall (vocals) and the Shady Horns (which in the past has included some combination of founding member Ryan Zoidis on tenor and baritone sax, Eric Bloom on trumpet, James Casey on tenor sax, Brian Thomas on trombone, Rashawn Ross on trumpet, and on special occasions original member Sam Kinninger on alto sax) have joined them on stage.
The band has a reputation for simply annihilating instrumental solos and laying down funky grooves that can keep your feet moving all night. And at slightly over $25 on ticketfly, this show is a steal and not-to-be-missed for those of you who, like me, can’t get enough of the true instrumentalism and musicianship so typical of Soulive. Get ready for some funkin’ soul!
Doors open at 8 PM, and the show starts at 9 PM. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.