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Watch pro-shot video of Turkuaz’s performance of “Electric Habitat” at Burlington, Vermont’s Higher Ground in April.
Watch pro-shot video of Turkuaz’s combo of David Byrne’s “Big Business” into “Murder Face” from their April show in Burlington, Vermont.
Powerhouse funk band Turkuaz shared their acoustic performance of “Desert Island” from the ‘Sugarshack Sessions’ video series.
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.
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Turkuaz at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
- Monkey Fingers
- Make You Famous
- E.Y.E. (Lookin' Good)
- Tiptoe Through The Crypto
- Gogo Mr. Dodo
- Electric Habitat
- Babies Makin' Babies
- Big Business
- Murder Face
- Lookin' Tough, Feelin' Good
- Coast to Coast
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…
Current The Marcus King Band keyboardist DeShawn “DVibes” Alexander will soon be “stepping away from the band to work on other musical endeavors.”
Listen to North Mississippi Allstars’ cover of The Staples Singers’ “What You Gonna Do?” featuring Mavis Staples from their upcoming album ‘Up And Rolling.’
Guitarist Anders Osborne tacked on a handful of dates to his 2019 Tour and will play three Bob Dylan tribute concerts with Joan Osborne & Jackie Greene.
Check out the setlist, a recap and The Skinny for Phish’s opening night of their Summer Tour 2019 two-show run in Bangor, Maine.
The late Jeff Austin has been honored with tributes and remembrances from across the music world.