Last night I had the pleasure of watching some amazing musicians display their skills at The State Theatre in Virginia. It was my first time at this particular venue. It has a pretty unique setup. A converted movie theatre, The State Theatre features a seating area where concert goers can enjoy dinner, as well as standing room in front of the stage and next to the two bars flanking the ground floor. In addition, The State Theatre has a balcony with auditorium seating.
The night started with a DJ set from KRAZ (aka Eric Krasno- Soulive guitarist). It was pretty fun to watch him work, and even more entertaining watch the eclectic audience dance. My only complaint of the night however, was the length of the set, as it lasted over an hour, and I was anxious for Soulive to take the stage.
Alas, around 10:30 Eric Krasno returned with band mates Alan and Neal Evans to start the main set. The whole band was amazing and blew the roof off the place, but Eric Krasno stole the show. I have to admit, watching him play guitar is reason #1 for my love of Soulive. In ever jam, he finds a balance between distortion and classic technical guitar playing to send the tune beyond it's boundries.
About halfway through the set, the band performed a series of Beatles covers featured in their latest release Rubber Soulive. Here, Krasno's shined! During "Eleanor Rigby" those in the audience sitting took to their feet to enjoy his frantic playing. By far this was the highlight of the show for me. To finish off the night, the trio played "Do It Again", as staple of their repertoire featuring a call and response that the crowd thoroughly enjoyed.
It was a blast watching Soulive perform, and I highly recommend checking them out if you get a chance!