In Focus: Soule Monde and Victory Soul Orchestra at Alive at 5

For the second week of the City of Albany’s Alive at 5 concert series, funk was on the lineup and Soule Monde and company delivered. Moving to the rain location at the boat lunch under 787, the night started on time with Victory Soul Orchestra, who have been on the rise over the last year with memorable streams and now, live performances.

Headlining Alive at 5 tonight was Soule Monde, featuring Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski from Trey Anastasio Band. The drums and keys duo sounds more like a full band and got the ample crowd up and moving. Deep funky Afrobeat influenced rhythms framed much of the performance, one that paused for 15 minutes following the song seen below, and then continued until the 8pm curfew.

Alive at 5 returns next week with Amy Helm headlining, and The Sea The Sea opening the night.

Alive at 5Ray PaczkowskiRuss LawtonSoule MondeVictory Soul Orchestra