Lettuce & Steel Pulse Join Forces for Co-Headlining Summer Tour

Article Contributed by Leah Concialdi | Published on Friday, February 24, 2023

Psychedelic funk sextet Lettuce and legendary roots reggae band Steel Pulse will unite on a three-week-long co-headlining summer tour for 13 unforgettable shows from June 15th through July 8th. With stops spanning from Miami, FL to Atlantic City, NJ on the east coast and two dates in Ohio, each band will present full sets at every show with support by professional big wave surfer-turned-musician Makua Rothman.

In the spirit of summer, many of the performances will take place at some of the region’s premier outdoor venues and amphitheaters. Beginning with four shows in Florida, both bands make return appearances at the Miami Beach Bandshell in Miami, FL before making their way North with stops in St. Petersburg, Apopka, and Ormond Beach. They will continue the tour through the east coast with performances in Outer Banks, NC, Richmond, VA, and Hyannis, MA before two indoor shows at Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ and The Fillmore Silver Spring in Silver Spring, MD, The Refinery in Charleston, SC before wrapping up the regional run at Salvage Station in Asheville, NC. The tour concludes in Ohio with a pair of dates at PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati and Rose Music Center at the Heights in Huber Heights.

Both projects are coming off remarkable years and active spring schedules leading up to the summer tour. 2022 saw the release of Unify, Lettuce’s eighth studio album that got the endorsement from legendary funk icon Bootsy Collins who guests on vocals and bass on the anthemic lead single “Keep the Funk Alive.” The group has maintained an active schedule on the road supporting the release of Unify and will have racked up appearances at Jam Cruise; Backwoods Music Festival; a 3-night residency at the celebrated Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC; and a very special performance with the Louisiana Philharmonic and Tower of Power during Jazz Fest before uniting with Steel Pulse.

Formed in 1975, Steel Pulse has amassed 9 GRAMMY nominations and one win throughout their storied career. One of the nominations was for their latest studio offering, Mass Manipulation, which reflects on four decades committed to bettering mankind through music. The band will trek through club dates with Orange County-based, cross-cultural reggae band Common Kings; a pair of shows in Hawaii; an April 20th show at Red Rocks Amphitheater with The Marley Brothers; an appearance at São Paulo, Brazil’s Encontro das Tribos Festival alongside Wiz Khalifa, Ice Cube & more; and a one-off show in Martinique’s Mizik Nou - Live Festival prior to hitting the road with Lettuce.

What may seem like a sonically contrasting pairing on paper excites each project as they cite the co-billed tour as an opportunity to introduce each band to one another’s fan base every night instilling a sense of curiosity and enlightenment. David Hinds, lead singer and guitarist of Steel Pulse, draws comparisons to the group’s 1981 tour with Average White Band. “It’s an experience of going into the unknown that we ourselves first encountered touring with Average White Band 42 years ago,” he says, “I know it left us being far more knowledgeable musicians; tapping into different forms of arrangements.”

Hinds’ mention of Average White Band brings an even more full circle nature to the tour as Adam Deitch, drummer of Lettuce, performed with AWB on drums for three years after studying at Berklee School of Music. As Deitch continues to carry the torch and has solidified himself as one of today’s most revered drummers, he echoes Hinds’ sentiments of anticipation, “It's a complete honor to be sharing the stage with a legendary band like Steel Pulse. They are powerful musical shamans and we look forward to such a spiritual experience.”

The summer tour will feature VIP offerings in every city that include exclusive pre-show hangouts with both bands, group photo opportunities with both bands, exclusive Steel Pulse & Lettuce collaborative merchandise, and more.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: http://ffm.to/lettucesteelpulsetour

TOUR DATES

Thursday, June 15: Miami Beach Bandshell, Miami Beach, FL

Friday, June 16: Jannus Live, St. Petersburg, FL

Saturday, June 17: Apopka Amphitheater, Apopka, FL

Sunday, June 18: The Pavilion at Destination Daytona, Ormond Beach, FL

Tuesday, June 20: Roanoke Island Festival Park, Outer Banks, NC

Wednesday, June 21: Music at Maymont, Richmond, VA

Friday, June 23: Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis, MA

Saturday, June 24: Sound Waves at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City, NJ

Saturday, July 1: The Fillmore Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD

Monday, July 3: The Refinery, Charleston, SC

Thursday, June 6: Salvage Station, Asheville, NC

Friday, July 7: PNC Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, June 8: Rose Music Center at the Heights, Huber Heights, OH