Eli Winderman Of Dopapod To Help Out Turkuaz

Those catching funkmeisters Turkuaz this week will be treated to a modified version of the band. Turkuaz front man, guitarist and co-founder Dave Brandwein has been dealing with either a tendon or nerve issue that has affected his right hand since a May 2 date at Howlin’ Wolf in New Orleans. The band has called upon their close friend from Dopapod, Eli Winderman, to fill out Turkuaz’s sound this week.

[Photo by Matthew Heffron]

Brandwein is scheduled to see a hand specialist in Atlanta today and is currently uncertain whether he’ll be able to join the band on stage through the weekend’s dates in Atlanta with New Mastersounds and at LEAF Fest in Black Mountain, NC. Dave was still singing and slinging the guitar, playing chords with his left hand until yesterday, and the band has made do by adjusting the arrangements to feature more of guitarist / keyboardist Craig Brodhead.

“It’s been a strange week— we had a great Jazz Fest run of shows, but Brouwers had to leave for a few days for a funeral and Dave wasn’t able to play guitar with this fluke injury. We have had first-time shows in Tampa, Dunedin and Boca Raton, and— although people seeing us for the first time definitely got the funk handed to them, and will in Atlanta, for sure, we wanted to do everything possible to make sure folks were getting the best thing we could deliver. Eli is an old friend and a great player, and Dopapod is off the road this week, so we’re flying him in to play Atlanta and LEAF Fest. It’s gonna work great. For people who haven’t seen us, we just want to say we’re still going to kill it and we hope you come back and see the full band, but the next few shows may be a little heavy on covers and old school R&B and Motown. For people who already know Turkuaz, well, this is going to be sort of a special treat. Either way, we didn’t want to cancel the dates and we know Dave wouldn’t want to let anybody down, so we’re going to get funky and have fun up there and make people dance their butts off. That’s how we do it,” bassist and co-founder Taylor Shell commented in a press release.

Here’s a list of the band’s May dates:

May 07, 2014: Underbelly -Jacksonville, FL
May 08, 2014: Terminal West (with The New Mastersounds) -Atlanta, GA
May 09, 2014: LEAF Festival -Black Mountain, NC
May 10, 2014: LEAF Festival -Black Mountain, NC
May 23, 2014: Strange Creek Festival -Greenfield, MA
May 25, 2014: Summer Camp Music Festival -Chillicothe, IL May 29, 2014: The Beachland Ballroom -Cleveland, OH
May 30, 2014: Dome Fest -Terra Alta, WV
May 31, 2014: Color Dance Music & Arts Festival -Guysville, OH