By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon As New Orleans spends the full year of 2018 celebrating its 300th birthday, the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been [...]
By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon The 48th annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival kicked off Friday, April 28, 2017, with overcast skies and breezes that helped to [...]
On May 14, 2011 Soulive and their supporting cast of label mates brought their Royal Family Ball to Club Nokia in downtown LA. The show included almost all of the artists that record on the Royal Family label and the crowd was treated to a night of pulsating sounds from a variety of lineups.
On December 16, 2010 Soulive (www.soulive.com) rocked the Roxy Theater with a little help from their talented friends, Nigel Hall, and Karl Denson. The band has been on a lengthy tour across the country. The LA show offered a mix of their old funk, jazz, and improvisation material, as well as highlights from their new tribute album, Rubber Soulive
. That album reinterprets the Beatles classics. Nigel Hall, a brilliant vocalist and keyboard player is part of Soulive’s stable of talent at Royal Family Records, their own label. Karl Denson (www.karldenson.us,) who is a saxophone wizard, as well as accomplished flutist and vocalist, joined the band for a few of the tour stops including the one at the Roxy in LA.
On Thursday, September 17, Soulive (www.soulive.com) shook the El Rey Theater with their unique blend of soul, funk, jazz, and improvisation. The band celebrated both their tenth album, and their ten-year anniversary. The New York-based band released “Up Here” on their brand new label, Royal Family Records, earlier this year. Some talented friends that performed on the new release were on stage to support the band.
The Long Beach Blues Festival took place at the beautiful Rainbow Lagoon Park over Labor Day weekend. The weather was hot, and so was the music. The festival was a major fund-raiser for publicly supported radio station KKJZ, located at California State University in Long Beach and known as "America's Jazz and Blues Station." Celebrating their 30th anniversary, the festival had a world-class lineup of artists on September 5 and 6.