Turkuaz Pearl Street Ballroom Northampton MA October 17, 2018 Photos by Kelly D
Let’s just say that it’s not too common for me to go out and hit a random Wednesday for a show nearly an hour from my house. But my lady loves her some Turkuaz, and it seemed like a bunch of friends were going, and the cocktail of enticements was just too heady to ignore.
The band gets better every time I see them and this show was no exception. Their music has evolved from “four on the floor” dance funk to a compositional funk style that is more in line with Earth Wind and Fire’s most ambitious writing or the more intellectual modern funk of folks like the New Mastersounds.
At times I noticed that the sound mix wasn’t perfect for me which could have been based on my position in the room- I found myself wanting the lead vocals to ride on top of the mix instead of within it as I was hearing.
I ran into so many friends there including my man Marc Lovely who has his own music pages called cue. the Medicine. With his permission here are some of his thoughts on the night: “…When I got there, it opened my heart and I truly enjoyed myself for hour and a half. It took me away. It picked me up and placed me on an island away from everything. And boy, it was peaceful and warm and sunny. I danced alone, met some cool people, danced with them, and sat dead, front and center…
‘Music can save your mortal soul,’ to take a quote from Don McLean. It is a healer, a shoulder to cry on, and a crutch for your mind, body, and soul. Without it I could not survive… I guess what I’m really trying to say is that however down you get, there is someone who has also been there, probably lower than you. And they probably wrote a song about it. You should listen to it. Viva la música.
And thank you Turkuaz for bringing the funk and also taking away the funk I was in.” Check out Marc’s musical world at cue.the medicine. I was super stoked to follow up my recent Wormtown Turkuaz experience with this one.
To see the full review of that day at Wormtown, and to hear the Turkuaz set from that night. That show also included Pink Talking Fish, Zach Deputy, the Get Right Band and Leftover Salmon all of which are chronicled in this review which includes tons of audio.
The latest video release from Turkuaz: