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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.
Watch the video for “Superstatic,” the latest single from Brooklyn funk act Turkuaz’s 2018 LP ‘Life In The City.’
Turkuaz has announced a handful of new summer dates in the Rocky Mountain region this June and July.
Watch Turkuaz perform three songs for ‘Jam In The Van,’ which includes a cover of The Band’s “The Shape I’m In.”
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Turkuaz at Centennial Olympic Park
- If I Ever Fall Asleep
- Coast to Coast
- Chatte Lunatique
- The Question
- Make You Famous
- Big Business
- Slippery People
- Percy Thrills, The Moondog
- Tiptoe Through The Crypto
- 20 Dollar Bill
- Lookin' Tough, Feelin' Good
- Babies Makin' Babies
- Every 1's a Winner
- Monkey Fingers
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…
Phish will soon release an official recording of their November 11, 1998 show at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan via LivePhish.
Episode 35 of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ features a double dose of “Tour Stories” segments after “The Rundown.” Zach Gill tells tales of a wild “BBQ” at an ALO show, meeting the president and jamming with Eddie Vedder, while Son Volt’s Jay Farrar recalls a pair of weird incidents during his time on the road.
The lineup for the inaugural THING festival at historic Fort Worden in Port Townshend, Washington features Jeff Tweedy, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Khruangbin and more.
Watch Jason Isbell and Widespread Panic shred through two classic rock covers at the final day of the 2019 SweetWater 420 Fest in Atlanta.
Iconic guitarist Eric Clapton announced a series of U.S. tour dates leading up the 2019 Crossroads Music Festival.