Three back up singer-dancers. A five piece horn section.  Two percussionists.  And a whole lot of soul! Little Steven [Steven Van Zandt] and the Disciples of Soul brought their live show to the Palace Theatre last night with some purely live music and a whole lot of energy!  With a tour that Little Steven dedicated to teachers, "the most underpaid" of professions, amidst societal ups and downs, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul spent as much energy on the music as they did on providing music therapy to the crowd.  With stories of Bruce Springsteen and their beginnings in Asbury Park, New Jersey, and talk about the craziness of the world, Little Steven announced that within the walls of the "cathedral" of a music hall, differences are to be put aside to enjoy the music.  Taking time to point out that the music played is "all live" with "no electronic drums, and definitely no lip-synching,"  Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul acted as advocates for live music as they brought the energy to the crowd and got people out of their seats and dancing.  The group brought a raw energy that made me feel as if I was living back in New York City, wandering downtown and into a random music club with a lot of energy and a lot more carefree humbleness.  It was a great night of music, and if you were there, let us know what you thought!

Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul (Credit: Tatiana)