September 25, 2020 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

August 12th at the Santa Monica Pier: Soulive and The Breakestra

Tomorrow night The Twilight Dance Series at The Santa Monica Pier will feature Soulive and The Breakestra. As always, the concerts start at 7pm and are free to the public.

Soulive

Not many bands can say they’ve recorded with such diverse artists as Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli and John Scofield. Nor can many, if any, bands lay claim to opening for The Rolling Stones on one tour and having Stevie Wonder sit in with them on the next.

The enduring musical relationships Soulive has developed, from the aforementioned artists to Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Joshua Redman, Robert Randolph, Kenny Garrett, The Roots, Fred Wesley, Ivan Neville and so many others, speak volumes about both how versatile and popular these talented musicians are.

Brothers Neal Evans, Hammond B3 organ, and Alan, drums, along with guitarist Eric Krasno have built a body of work known for its grooves and catchy, upbeat tunes while incorporating their brand of jazz, hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, R & B, blues. Soulive signed with legendary jazz label Blue Note Records in 2000. Six years later, Soulive would be the first band signed to the new Stax Records, home to the soul tradition built by Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers and Sam and Dave. Ever forward looking, Soulive has launched Royal Family Records, giving them full artistic control over their own recordings and making it possible for Soulive to discover and develop emerging artists and talent. Dig this: they have just released a brand new studio recording of Beatles covers, entitled “Rubber Soulive!”


Breakestra

Break: As in “breakbeat.” That ten second slice of percussive magic in the middle of a funk song that, when looped together by progressive South Bronx DJs in the 1970s, became the basis of the hip-hop movement. Arkestra: Out-there jazzer Sun Ra’s funkafied concept of the stuffy classical orchestra. Flip the script and you wind up with a unique definition of the Los Angeles based ensemble known as The Breakestra.

Formed by Dr. Miles Tackett, “Musicman,” in 1996, they began as the house band for the legendary club called the Breaks. The band is rooted in deep funk, soul, jazz fever and musical friendships. A Breakestra show is about dancing and swinging, musicians on stage getting loose and playing serious grooves. Breakestra has a way of invigorating breakbeats, paving the way for the funkily naïve to embrace the rhythmic revolution that James Brown kicked off more than thirty years ago!

We ask you: “What are the first three letters of FUNK?”


Related Posts

Culver City Police Seek Assistance in Locating Missing Infant

February 12, 2019

February 12, 2019

Search for six-month-old continues.  By Sam Catanzaro  The Culver City Police Department (CCPD) is requesting the public’s assistance in locating...

Edify TV Video: Seasonal Cheese

February 5, 2019

February 5, 2019

By Edify TV Did you know cheese can be a seasonal item? Hear from a cheesemaker at the Mar Vista...

Marina del Rey Gas Leak Discovered

February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

Leak unrelated to Jan. 11 well blowout.  By Sam Catanzaro Public health inspectors have discovered a gas leak in Marina...

Homeless Men Charged for Breaking into Westside Home, Showering, Cooking Meal

January 4, 2019

January 4, 2019

Santa Monica police charge Elijah Smart and Markis White. By Sam Catanzaro On Wednesday, December 22, 2018 two homeless men...

Venice Beach’s Top Stories of 2018

December 31, 2018

December 31, 2018

2018 was a busy year in Venice’s news cycle. While the familiar topics of development and homelessness dominated headlines, new...

Potential Serial Killer Arrested for L.A. and Santa Monica Homeless Murders

September 26, 2018

September 26, 2018

Ramon Escobar arrested in Santa Monica, faces three counts of murder.  By Sam Catanzaro  At a press conference Tuesday afternoon,...

West Nile on The Rise

June 7, 2018

June 7, 2018

CDC study show diseases from mosquitoes increasing By Sam Catanzaro While many people associate mosquito-borne illnesses with tropical countries, a...

Rock the Mic at Grandview Market

May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018

On Saturday, May 19th, from 7-9 p.m. the parents and friends of Walgrove Elementary School will be performing in a...

From Mud to Fun

April 7, 2018

April 7, 2018

New park to be built along the Grand Canal. By Sam Catanzaro What is now an empty lot of mud...

Intimacy: the High of all Highs

March 6, 2018

March 6, 2018

  Intimacy is experienced when two or more individuals are consensually interested in reporting and sharing their truth of an...

Fit for a Prince

March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018

by Melanie Camp Chef Ari Taymor’s mom doesn’t know it, but he named his latest venture in her honor. Little...

Venice Benefits from More Cops

February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018

by Sam Catanzaro In a newsletter from February 3rd, Councilman Mike Bonin’s office wrote that a “prolific car burglary ring”...

Stroke Survivor Support Group

February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018

By Kelly Hartog In 2009, Dana Rivera was a healthy, happy woman in her 40s who exercised six days a...

Smile it is National Pet Dental Health Month

February 6, 2018

February 6, 2018

February is National Pet Dental Health month so why not take an active role in your pet’s teeth?  By Maria...