Little Steven

State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul
State Theater 
New Brunswick, NJ,  April 29, 2018
Article By Dennis Morgillo​ - Photos by Rebecca Wolf

Little Steven packed the State Theater, on this Sunday Night, and that was just his band.  Guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keys, horns, background singers, flugelhorns, there must have been 50 people up on that stage. Actually, it was more like 12, but it sounded like 50, and had the energy of 100. 

It was the first night of the tour, and Little Steven was in fine form and great spirits in front of the hometown crowd.   

It was a night of Soul, and Fire, Soulfire! This is the music Little Steven loves, his roots. Little Steven is a student of music. As you can tell from listening to his ‘Underground Garage’ radio station on Sirius, Steven loves music, garage music of the 1960’s, Soul music and R&B.  

The band started off right, with the classic, “Sweet Soul Music” by Arthur Conley. It was a night of covers. The best bar band of all time, made the beautiful State Theater seem like a sweaty Jersey Shore dive from 1976.

Little Steven originals, mixed perfectly with Southside Johnny covers, a James Brown cover, an Etta James cover, a Gary U.S Bonds cover, an Electric Flag cover, more Southside Johnny and more Little Steven. 

Of course Little Steven is best known as the man with the babushka in Bruce’s E Street band, but tonight it was all about Little Steven. No one expected Bruce to show up, or seemed to care on this night. Tonight was Little Steven’s night. The church of Soul, with Deacon Van Zandt at the pulpit. Preach on brother. 

Besides Van Zandt, the highlight of the night for me was watching the 3 lovely background singers. Talk about energy, they danced, sang, smiled, joked, laughed for the entire night. I would have dropped dead after one song. These ladies lit up the stage with their smiles and beautiful voices. Energy & Soul & Fire, they got it all. JaQuita May, Sara Devine and Tania Jones, great job!

If all of this isn’t enough, the tour is supporting education, and offering free tickets to all teachers. teachrock.org - "Music will forever be humanity’s most effective and consistent source of inspiration and motivation, and, we have learned, music turns out to be our most solid common ground for establishing communication between teachers and students which is where education begins.” Little Steven. 
They closed the show with “I Don’t Want to Go Home” by Southside Johnny and the Little Steven song “Out of the Darkness”. I was exhausted at the end of the night, from all the excitement on the stage. I had such a good time. You CAN learn a lot from a 3 minute song. 

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