Soulive at Nectar’s on Martha’s Vineyard


Soulive and the Royal Family crew are taking over Nectar’s for two nights this weekend to end the summer with a bang. Each evening features a separate themed set: one to celebrate the music of James Brown and another to highlight music from Soulive’s Beatle Tribute album, “RubberSoulive.”

The band formed in 1999 and is composed of Eric Krasno, Alan Evans, and Neal Evans, who operate their own recording studio as well as their own record label, Royal Family Records. Soulive is recognized for their jazz, funk, and blues rhythms, which have placed them at the forefront of the soul jazz revival.

The band’s accomplishments include a two-week residency in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Bowl, which featured special guests Talib Kweli, Susan Tedeschi, and Warren Haynes among others. The three band members are also preparing to release a highly anticipated debut album in 2011 from the acclaimed, young R&B vocalist Nigel Hall, who will also be performing in the weekend’s concerts, along with the Royal Family Record’s band Shady Horns.

Beach Ball, as the two-night event has been dubbed, will be sure to drum to the beat of the heterogeneous musical community of the Island. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, for single-day general admission; and $35 for a two-day general admission pass. A two-day VIP pass, for $75, includes a download card, signed poster, and an invitation to the meet and greet, an afternoon BBQ with all artists, in addition to food, games, and music before Sunday night’s show. Tickets can be purchased online at