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Listen to Turkuaz’s surprise five-song collection ‘Afterlife Vol. 1’ featuring material recorded during the sessions that yielded ‘Life In The City.’
Watch Turkuaz perform a stripped-down, acoustic take on ‘The Question.’
The Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival has revealed the first stage of its 2019 lineup.
Brooklyn-based funk act Turkuaz goes unplugged for a performance of “European Festivity Nightmare” as part of their contribution to the ‘Sugarshack Sessions’ video series.
With Turkuaz and Aqueous about to embark on a run of three shows, the bands interviewed each other for JamBase.
All nine members of Turkuaz loaded into Paste’s tiny New York City studio for a live session. Watch the funk act perform a trio of songs from throughout their career.
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Turkuaz at Tipitina's
- Bubba Slide
- The One and Lonely
- Make You Famous
- Lady Lovely
- 20 Dollar Bill
- Murder Face
- E.Y.E. (Lookin' Good)
- X.Y.Z. (Feelin' Tough)
- European Festivity Nightmare
- Babies Makin' Babies
- Eminence Front
- Life In The City
- Doktor Jazz
- The Question
- Rule the World
- If I Ever Fall Asleep
- Electric Habitat
- Take Me to the River
- Percy Thrills, The Moondog
- Don't Do It
Credible bios are supposed to be objective and not full of superlatives and hyperbole, but it’s hard to avoid gushing when the subject is a funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who-even on an off night-can blow away a room on the basis of sheer physics alone. That’s one way to describe Turkuaz, but it doesn’t address the music. In this regard, as with any band, influences are everything. One cannot escape them as one seeks to carve out a unique sound for themselves. Still, there are so many benefits to having Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James, Parliament and Bohannon in your record collection. With this as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of jittery, world-pop-power groove—reminiscent of Remain In Light era Talking Heads—and a passion for Motown and R&B, resulting in a refreshing twist on the funk idiom.
Turkuaz certainly does have sheer size in their favor, but when broken down into the basic components, each stands out on their own. Founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell had the cream of the crop to choose from at Berklee, but making it happen as a large touring ensemble takes more than chops: it takes the right blend of personalities. When Turkuaz takes the stage the chemistry is clear. The special combination of elements—singers in sequined dresses, guys in tails (or sometimes all of them in jumpsuits or other complimentary outfits) horns, keys, guitars, amps and drums and smiles all around… well, it’s easy to get caught up in the explosive auditory and visual circus and find oneself dancing. Despite all of the gear and people on stage, it is becomes clear that it is not the size that matters here: it is performance.
Through constant touring and great festival performances, Turkuaz has built a solid, passionate coast-to-coast fan base that grows with every mile driven and each night on stage. They are currently criss-crossing North America in support of their third independent release, Future 86, and have plans to conquer the world… or at least shake the walls and all the booties in every room they play…
Watch Neil Young & Promise Of The Real join with the crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle to sing “Happy Birthday To You” to drummer Anthony Logerfo.
Watch the trailer for the Trey Anastasio documentary ‘Between Me & My Mind.’
The Tedeschi Trucks Band teamed with members of Los Lobos in Sacramento on Tuesday night.
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has added 11 live concerts to Spotify and Apple Music.
Trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman and guitarist/vocalist Ian Faquini gave an inspired performance at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall on Monday night.