It's very easy to go down the rabbit hole on the internet. While searching for the latest music news I came across two bands that I was unaware of, but happy to find. Both are funk bands, with one from Brooklyn and the other from the UK. And lucky for us, they're both playing in New Haven at the College Street Music Hall on December 3rd. Tix are only $23 - $25. Both have videos available on their websites if you'd like a flavor of their sound. I like them both for different reasons... obviously the horns and vocals of Turquaz, and the minimalism of The New Mastersounds. I strongly suggest you check them both out. Maybe I'll see you on December 3rd!
Turquaz self describes as, "... a 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern take on the classic funk sound has established them as leaders in the funk revolution that’s currently taking place in the genre. Blending elements of Pop, R&B, and Soul with their distinct aggressive funk core, Turkuaz sounds like the musical love child of Sly & the Family Stone and Talking Heads."
The New Mastersounds is a straight shooting quartet who occasionally use horns. They're from Leeds in the UK. "As an example of the respect this band commands, Peter Wermelinger - DJ, collector, and author of the crate-diggers’ bible The Funky & Groovy Music Lexicon - places the 2001 NMS track ‘Turn This Thing Around’ in his all-time top-ten tunes, along with the likes of Eddie Harris, Funkadelic, and Herbie Hancock. The New Mastersounds are at the very top of an elite selection of acts that bring the true soul out of funk."