Review + Photos: Galactic + Turkuaz at the Warfield

Galactic (photo: Joshua Huver) On Saturday, March 31, the legendary Warfield Theater in San Francisco held a heavyweight showdown that featured two top-class masters in funk: New Orleans funk-heavy jam band favorite Galactic and Turkuaz from Brooklyn, NY. Wrapping up a winter tour that consisted of 30 shows in 34 days, with 9,268 miles logged from coast to coast, Galactic is known for touring heavily to start the year. Turkuaz joined the tour for its final funky leg through California. Turkuaz has an equal reputation for being a nonstop touring machine that thrives on crisscrossing the country. Although Galactic are solid in [...]

By |April 9, 2018|Tags: , |

Turkuaz bring powerhouse funk to the Bay in November

This fall, frontrunners of today's funk scene, The New Mastersounds and Turkuaz, will join forces for a cross country North American tour that stops in San Francisco and Berkeley on November 11 and 12. Coming off of a hot Fourth of July weekend at this year's High Sierra Music Festival, these bands have each been innovating and pushing their field forward for the better part of two decades. The New Mastersounds are a modern four-piece core, plus additional horns for flavoring, and carry with them a wide influence of timeless funk. Turkuaz, on the other hand, features a massively coordinated nine-piece ensemble [...]

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Review + Photos: The Nth Power and Turkuaz at Slim’s

Turkuaz (photo: Joshua Huver) The last decade has seen an incredible growth in quality and quantity of properly revitalized funk bands coming out of Boston and Brooklyn. Turkuaz, a nine-piece, self-proclaimed "powerfunk" outfit from Brooklyn has been releasing music since late 2011. Their latest, Digitonium, is a nonstop 24 track masterpiece clinic in funk that would make George Clinton and Bootsy Collins proud. Born as a side project by co-founders Dave Brandwein on guitar and Taylor Shell on bass, Turkuaz was formed in Boston in February 2008. Unbeknownst to the duo, a demo of theirs had been submitted to Berklee College [...]

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