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Catch the Funk Army Turkuaz on Saturday in Williamsburg

November 26th, 2014

Dave Brandwein (vocals and guitar) and Taylor Shell (bass) formed the nine-piece funk orchestra Turkuaz—rounded out by Craig Brodhead (guitar and synths), Chris Brouwers (trumpet and keys), Greg Sanderson (sax), Joshua Schwartz (sax and vocals), Michelangelo Carubba (drums) and Sammi Garett (tambourine and vocals)—in 2008. Mixing Funk, R&B and Motown with world-music flourishes, Turkuaz (above, performing “Future 86” live at Brooklyn Bowl) take cues from bands like Parliament, Sly and the Family Stone and Talking Heads. Their most recent album, Future 86 (stream it below), came out in April, and it’s filled with the psychedelic funk and brassy soul that’s become one of the funk army’s calling cards. Another is their electric stage performances: “If you’re a good live band, you’ve got to get out and play. That’s really all there is to it,” Brandwein told Relix. See for yourself on Saturday at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Energetic Baltimore five-piece Pigeons Playing Ping Pong opens the show.