Soulive: Kicking off Vibes’ Late Night Performances

by Sarah Mastroni

Looking over the Vibes’ artist schedule in anticipation of the upcoming extended weekend has surely been an uplifting change from the monotony of pre-festival day to day. With all the hype surrounding the lineup, waiting until Thursday to step out of your office and into your dancing shoes still seems like a lifetime away.

However, day one is quickly approaching. As the crashing waves of Long Island Sound draw nearer, do not forget to lasso up all that post-headliner excitement and unleash it for the late night acts who will play as late at 6 a.m. for your partying pleasure.

For the duration of the festival, keep in mind that both during the day and after the main stage acts at the Green Vibes Stage there will be a variety of bands to fulfill all your can’t stop-won’t stop needs, most notably, Soulive.

Soulive is a funky jazz trio from Woodstock, New York with, you guessed it, a lot of soul. Guitarist, Eric Krasno; brothers Alan Evans, drummer; and keyboardist Neal Evans, have been playing together for over 13 years.

Alan Evans on drums

When asked who brings the funk to fruition, Alan Evans credited the band as whole for their toe-tapping, finger-snapping tunes.

“We definitely bring something different to the band, that’s what really makes Soulive, or in my opinion, any band have a distinct sound,“ he said. “We all have really good ears and we are always listening to what each other is doing. I definitely think that’s one of our strengths.”

In their career, Soulive has joined forces with Chaka Khan, Robert Randolph, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and Dave Matthews to name a few, and credit heavy-hitters the Beatles as one of their many great musical influences.

In 2010, the band released a Beatles cover album Rubber Soulive.

Eric Krasno on guitar

“Rubber Soulive was a fun album to work on in that we got to spend a lot of time listening to the Beatles. We just wanted it to sound like a Soulive album but all of a sudden you realize, we’re playing Beatles tunes,” the drummer said. “The biggest influence the Beatles has had on me is to always strive to write great music… I always respected their craft.”

But when it comes to musical inspiration gathered from artists the band has worked with hands-on, Evans says it’s hands-down John Scofield.

“Every time I hear him and obviously get to play with him [Scofield], he sounds better. You can tell that he just loves music and loves playing music. He makes you play better when he’s on stage,” Evans continued.

Venturing over to the Green Vibes stage after Dark Star Orchestra’s Thursday set will likely result in the Soulive crew jamming out to tunes from their older albums.

“I think the album that was the most fun to make for me was Up Here,” Alan said. “We didn’t really have any plan of making an album at the time, we just recorded some tunes and ended up with an album.”

Other musical influences lie right in the Soulive home. The trio is part of the Royal Family Records label alongside fellow late-night act Lettuce, a Boston-based funk band founded by Soulive’s Eric Krasno.

Neal Evans on keyboard

“We definitely feed off each other. We all love hanging out together so always have a great time. I think it’s really apparent on stage.”

Be sure to check out Soulive playing the late night set at the Green Vibes stage accompanied by fell Royal Family Records artist, Lettuce, on Thursday starting at 1:05 a.m

“The favorite part for me is feeling how good people are feeling at the festivals. There’s usually a lot of really cool music going down so that just helps elevate the vibe of everyone there. It’s just a snowball effect.”

In order to catch the funky trio, or any other late night bands, you will have to purchase a Weekend Camping Pass or a VIP Pass. Tuesday is the last day to buy online, but fear not, tickets are available at the gates.

To learn more about Soulive and other Royal Family Records artists, check out their official website.