Greg Ormont (vocals and guitar), Jeremy Schon (guitar and vocals) and Ben Carrey (bass and vocals) met eight years ago while at the University of Maryland—in 2015 Alex Petropulos replaced original drummer Dan Schwartz—and what began as a dorm project has become a full-time job, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Mixing psychedelic funk, fun-loving enthusiastic live performances, a healthy dose of improvisational jamming and a straight-up cool light show has earned the Baltimore band fans across the country, often appearing at bigger venues each time they return to a city. But they’re not only known for playing live. In fact, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (above, doing “Sunny Day”) put out their fourth LP, Pizazz (stream it below), about a month ago, which has again prompted them to hit the road. Extend your Thanksgiving festivities and see them on Friday night at Brooklyn Steel. Flamingosis opens the show with funky hip-hop beats.
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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.
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