Lettuce Inspires During Three Night Run At Brooklyn Bowl.
In a world where artists are constantly transforming their sound and attempting to latch onto whatever is hot and new, the values of longevity and steadfastness can be easily overlooked. I believe there is not enough said about artists who take the time to master their craft and truly promote the genre in which they belong. Too many groups and bands attempt to reinvent themselves with whatever the current “popular sound” is, so much that they can fall out of touch with the skill set that gained them notoriety. Luckily Lettuce is not one of those bands. This seven piece ensemble, which has been preaching the good word of funk for over two decades now, has never strayed away from the path that initially brought them together and garnered them such a loving and loyal following. Don’t get me wrong, Lettuce has found room for nuance in their many years together. This crew of exceptionally talented musicians has crafted an unbelievable sound and aura that is the result of an impeccable connection between all of the band mates.
When Lettuce puts on a show it feels like an event, almost like a band full of legends doing a farewell tour. Don’t worry these funk masters aren’t going anywhere, but when they jam together it’s quite honestly prodigious. Last week, Lettuce hit the Brooklyn Bowl for a highly anticipated three-night run at the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On a weekend that was marred by atrocious weather, Lettuce-heads flocked in droves to the boroughs grooviest bowling alley in search of a soothing, soulful remedy from the cold. We lucky and valiant patrons in attendance were greeted by the warm caress of sweet, sweet funk.
Lettuce played back-to-back nights of stellar sets without repeating a song. In a beautiful cavalcade of fan favorites like “Do It Like You Do”, “Let It GOGO” and my personal absolute favorite “Don’t Be Afraid to Try” featuring the spine-tingling vocalist Alecia Chakour, Lettuce kept the bowl rocking for three full nights. The band also sliced in some new tracks that were met with a very warm welcome from the enamored crowd. The vibe every night was exceptional. There truly is no better feeling than getting to witness artists play for the fans who love them, not just some folks who thought it would make a nice post on social media. These three nights at the Brooklyn Bowl were special. I was entranced by the manor in which the band fed off each other.
Guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff tore it up with jazzy rifts that spoke to the soul and inspired some dramatic air guitar solos from members of the crowd. Ryan Zoidis and Eric Bloom punctuated each night with sweltering solos on the horns that energized the audience and roused huge applause from the Lettuce faithful. Erick (Jesus) Coomes and Neal Evans tied every performance together with the former providing plodding bass lines that added that oh-so-essential angst to their sets, while the latter broke hearts with his skill on the keys. Adam Deitch does what he always does; simply prove that he is the greatest drummer in the world, hands down. When these seven musicians come together and take time from their many side projects it’s a heartwarming experience . It was truly a privilege to be a part of this astounding three night run.
Lettuce is getting ready to take their show on the road with support from the one and only Break Science. Check out the full list of tour dates for A Funk Odyssey Tour here and you will definitely not want to miss their huge show at Red Rocks with Motet on June 5th.
Check out these Images from the night caught by our friends at Patrick Hughes Photography.