2009 has been a busy year for Soulive. The New York-based funk-powerhouse trio formed its own record label, Royal Family Records, released its latest studio endeavor, Up Here, which has been available as a download and will now be available on CD with a bonus live DVD today, July 7. The band has toured nationally this past Spring and launched their own festival, The Royal Family Get Down. They’ll hit the road again this Fall.
The physical release of Up Here includes a bonus DVD of footage filmed live at the Blue Note in Tokyo in Summer 2008. The album was recorded in Soulive drummer Alan Evan’s Play on Brother Studio in Hatfield, MA in Fall 2008. “This is the Soulive album I’ve always wanted to record – I’ve been hearing it in my head for years,” says Evans, who also tracked and mixed the record.
Soulive’s fall tour begins on September 12 at their festival, The Royal Family Get Down. The lineup features Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charlie Hunter Trio, Nigel Hall and Soulive’s own headlining set with special guest John Scofield. Soulive then heads west for a run of dates anchored by stops at the Monterey Jazz Festival and four nights at Yoshi’s in Oakland and San Francisco. The fall tour will then head back east for a series of Northeast dates including the Bowery Ballroom in NYC and Burlington’s Higher Ground.
Soulive Tour Dates:
07/31/09 Fri Prospect Park Bandshell Brooklyn, NY
08/06/09 Thu National Harbor National Harbor, MD
08/07/09 Fri Innsbrook Pavilion Glen Allen, VA
08/08/09 Sat Jewish Mother Virginia Beach, VA
09/12/09 Sat Pines Theater @ Look Park Florence, MA
09/17/09 Thu El Rey Theater Los Angeles, CA
09/18/09 Fri Hopmonk Tavern Sebastopol, CA
09/19/09 Sat Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA
09/22/09 Tue Yoshi’s Oakland Oakland, CA
09/23/09 Wed Yoshi’s Oakland Oakland, CA
09/24/09 Thu Yoshi’s SF San Francisco, CA
10/14/09 Wed The Note West Chester, PA
10/15/09 Thu Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
10/16/09 Fri The Westcott Theater Syracuse, NY
10/17/09 Sat Higher Ground Burlington, VT
10/22/09 Thu Water Street Music Hall Rochester, NY
10/23/09 Fri Revolution Hall Troy, NY
10/24/09 Sat Port City Music Hall Portland, ME