The Funk Sessions feat. Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff (Lettuce) ft. Joey Porter & Garret Sayers (The Motet), Isaac Teel (Tauk), Eric "Benny" Bloom (Lettuce) and Special Guest Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) w/ Envy Alo

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The Funk Sessions feat. Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff (Lettuce) ft. Joey Porter & Garret Sayers (The Motet), Isaac Teel (Tauk), Eric "Benny" Bloom (Lettuce) and Special Guest Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment) w/ Envy Alo

Live For Live Music

Tue, January 29, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10 Limited Holiday Allotment / $15 Advance / $20 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff
Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff
For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk,matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. Now, on their fourth studio album Crush, drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet players Eric Bloom and Rashawn Ross deepen that sound by channeling the sonic freedom and infectious energy oftheir incendiary live show.

Produced by Lettuce and Co-Produced recorded/mixed by Joel Hamilton at Brooklyn’s Studio G, Crush first came to life on the road, with the band developing new material and testing it out live as they toured. “We’ve all noticed that our music goes into a lot of different directions onstage, and we wanted to capture that in a way that we never really have before,” says Coomes, who names classic psychedelia and ‘90s hip-hop among Lettuce’s key inspirations on
Crush. “It’s definitely more wide-open in terms
style, but it still stays true to the funk.”

The follow-up to 2012’s Fly, Crush finds Lettuce brilliantly infusing their psychedelic and hip-hop sensibilities into bass-heavy funk. With its spidery guitar work and hypnotic beats, “Phyllis” is a delicately sprawling epic that embodies what Deitch refers to as “a chill-hop vibe that’s kind of the flip-side of all that powerful uptempo funk that people might expect from us.” On “Get Greasy,” Lettuce give a nod to the
groove-fueled EDM subgenre known as future funk, building off its highly danceable rhythm with a blissfully loose and horn-laced arrangement. And on “He Made a Woman Out of Me,” guest vocalist Alecia Chakour lends her bluesy growl to a scorching take on Bobbie Gentry’s 1970 country-soul classic.

Whether paying homage to Led Zeppelin on the fiery and guitar-driven “Silverdome” or delivering a deeply riveting and richly textured hip-hop medley with “Oresteia,” Lettuce maneuver through Crush’s kaleidoscopic sound with sophisticated ease and powerful synergy. “More so than any of the records we’ve done before, this album is very much about the improvised grooves and improvised solos,” says Krasno. “Instead of going at it like, ‘Here’s a melody, now here’s a guitar solo, here’s another
melody, here’s a sax solo,’ everyone’s leaning on each other in a way that’s completely unspoken. It’s all of us moving as one unit and creating this new sound together.”

According to Lettuce, that sense of unity and togetherness has much to do with a camaraderie that’s only intensified over the lifespan of the band. Formed in 1992, when several band members attended a summer program at Boston’s Berklee College of Music as teenagers, Lettuce was founded on a shared love of legendary funk artists like Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power. After returning to Berklee
as undergrads in 1994, Lettuce started playing in local clubs and steadily built up a following that soon extended to cities across the country and then throughout the world. Releasing their studio debut Outta Here in 2002 and its follow-up album Rage!in 2009, the band dedicated the coming years to balancing their frequent touring with involvement in a host of other musical endeavors (including Evans and Krasno’s role as founding members of acclaimed soul/jazz trio Soulive).

In recent years, Lettuce have watched their fanbase expand as they’ve hit bigger and bigger stages and earned their name as a can’t-miss festival act. And in making Crush, the band had no trouble harnessing the spirit of their explosive live show. “Some of these shows we’ve played over the past couple years have been so amazing, it’s like you go home a different person,” says Coomes. “I’m sure
remembering those moments in our minds and our hearts helped bring out something special when we were recording these new songs.”

So while Crush offers everything from all-out party jams to headphone-ready journeys into space funk, each track was born from an unabashed joy and love of live performance. “That energy we get when it’s prime time and we’re about to go onstage and we’re just excited beyond belief—that all came out on this new album,” says Deitch. “There’s a feeling that the band is rising, and it’s a really beautiful thing.”
Joey Porter
Joey Porter
Keyboards - The Motet, Juno What?! , Joey Porter's Shady Business
Garrett Sayers
Garrett Sayers
Garrett began studying jazz on upright bass and bass
guitar starting at a young age. He gained experience
coming up in the renowned music program of Hall High
School, and the local Hartford, CT jazz scene.
In 1996, Garrett was selected to join the National
Grammy In The Schools Jazz Program, an honor awarded
to only 40 people.

From 1996 - 1999 Garrett attended the New England
Conservatory in Boston where he studied with jazz
greats: Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, and Danilo Perez and
graduated with a Jazz Performance Diploma.
In addition, Garrett was selected for the prestigious
Thelonious Monk School: Jazz at Aspen summer program
in 1997.

Shortly after arriving in Boston Garrett formed the
Miracle Orchestra with fellow music school peers. For
5 years the Miracle Orchestra toured the country
gaining a devoted national fan base, while also
maintaining a solid local following, earning them
accolades such as Boston Magazines Best of Boston
"Best Local Jazz Group". The Miracle Orchestra sold
out numerous shows at their local haunt The House of
Blues in Boston as well as the legendary Wetlands in
New York City. The Miracle Orchestra released two
studio albums: "Coalescence" and "Forks Bends &
Spoons", and a live album: "Live Vol. 1".

Garrett was a founding member of the award-winning
jazz ensemble Dead Cat Bounce led by Matthew Steckler,
who were voted Boston's Best Local Jazz Act at the
2002 Boston Music Awards, and were winner of Boston
Phoenix Best Music Poll 2001 and 2002 also in the
category of Best Local Jazz Act. Garrett performed
with Dead Cat Bounce between 1996 and 2002 and
released two albums with them: "Lucky By Association"
and "Legends of the Nar" (Chonsky).

Between '99 and '01 Garrett performed with Bob Moses'
Mozamba, along with Sam Kininger and Neil Evans
(Soulive) and (DJ) Mr. Rouke. Mozamba performed at
several festivals including an opening set at Phish's
Oswego festival.

In 2002 Garrett joined the Boulder, CO based group The
Motet and toured the country playing over 250 shows
and festivals per year. In 2006 The Motet played in
front of an estimated 10,000 people at Bonnaroo and
shortly there after Bass Player Magazine wrote a
feature profile about Garrett in October, 2006. In
2007 the Motet performed one special gig with
Christian McBride where Garrett and Christian traded
bass lines and solos throughout the night, a career
highlight. Garrett has released two albums with the
Motet: "Music for Life" and "Instrumental Dissent".

In 2006, Garrett had the great honor of subbing for
Kai Eckhardt in his band Garaj Mahal alongside Fareed
Haque, Eric Levy, and Alan Hertz.

After performing several times with keyboard wizard
Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident), he asked
Garrett in 2007 to join a new project called Soleside
featuring Speech (Arrested Developement), DJ Logic,
and Chief Excel (Blackalicious).

Since the Fall of 2007 Garrett has been touring the
States, Europe and Japan with Koch recording artist
Dwele.

Garrett has also been featured with: Carl Thomas,
Loulou (Thievery Corporation), Marcus Eaton, Goodbye
Champion, magicgravy, Henry Butler, Russel Batiste
(The Funky Meters), Steve Perkins (Jane's Addiction),
Robert Walter, and Papa Mali.
Isaac Teel
Isaac Teel
HAILING FROM BROOKLYN, NY, ISAAC TEEL IS A MUSIC MAKING MACHINE. HAVING OVER 20 YEARS OF DRUMMING/MUSIC EXPERIENCE, HE HAS MASTERED THE ART OF PROFESSIONAL DRUMMING, PERFORMING IN OVER 2000 VENUES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND CANADA, INCLUDING THE MADISON SQUARE GARDEN THEATER, RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER, THE ROXY LA AND JONES BEACH THEATER. HIS NICKNAME/ STAGE NAME, MR. FUNKNASTY, GIVES A MERE GLIMPSE OF THE FUNKY HARD HITTING GROOVES THAT OOZE FROM BEHIND THE KIT.
MOLDING HIS GOSPEL ROOTS WITH STUDIES AT THE DRUMMERS COLLECTIVE IN NEW YORK CITY, HIS SKILLS EVOLVED IN TO A WELL-OILED PRODUCING AND RECORDING ARTIST. PERFECTING SUCH GENRES AS ROCK, R&B, AFRO-CUBAN, FUNK, AND HIPHOP. WINNING THE STORE FINALS IN NYC’S GUITARCENTER DRUMOFF TWO CONSECUTIVE YEARS 2006-2007, HIS NAME SPREAD AS ONE OF THE UP-AND-COMING YOUNG MUSICIANS HITTING THE NYC SCENE. HE HAS PLAYED WITH SUCH ARTISTS AS FABOLOUS, R&B ARTIST JON B, GOSPEL RECORDING ARTIST DORINDA CLARK COLE, AND A HOST OF OTHER TALENTED ARTISTS AND GROUPS.
NOW TOURING WITH HIS ROCK/FUSION BAND TAUK WHILE RECORDING HIS SOLO DEBUT ALBUM, HE BELIEVES THAT WITH THE RIGHT COMBINATION OF HARD WORK AND DISCIPLINE, ANYTHING CAN BE ACHIEVED. ISAAC LOVES TEACHING THE ART OF PERCUSSION AND DRUMMING TO ALL AND IS BLESSED TO CONTINUE LEARNING ALL HE CAN ABOUT MUSIC.
Casey Benjamin
Casey Benjamin
Casey Benjamin is a saxophonist, keyboardist, producer and songwriter from New York City. He is one half of the funk duo HEAVy with vocalist Nicky Guiland, and has also played with Q-Tip, Mos Def, Mary J. Blige, Wycleff Jean, Angie Stone, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, and Arto Lindsay, among others.
Eric Bloom
Eric Bloom
Eric Bloom is a New Orleans based trumpet player that is a member of Lettuce, The Shady Horns & Sonic Bloom.
Envy Alo
Envy Alo
Formed in the fall of 2015, Envy Alo has drawn comparisons to jazz-funk trio Soulive (drummer Alan Evan’s mastered the band’s debut EP “One Time”) and the concise, catchy funk recipe of Vulfpeck. The sound is built on the syncopated foundation of keyboardist Aaron Pettine, bassist Karl Summers, and drummer Nate Etter. The three create an environment ripe for the chops and bright tones of guitarist Kevin Hinder and saxophonist Kevin Supina, fine-tuned in the halls of James Madison University’s School of Music and Manhattan School of Music respectively. In 2018 the band added singer Callie Morocco, whose sultry lead vocals add yet another element to the band’s unique live sound.
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Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/