Turkuaz

The release of the final two Turkuaz albums, Paradiso and Apollyon, is bittersweet for co-founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell. In late 2021, while on the road with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew, marking the 40-year anniversary of the Talking Heads’ classic Remain in Light album, the acclaimed powerfunk group who’d spent the previous decade gracing iconic stages from Red Rocks to Bonnaroo, suddenly splintered.

The past two years have been pretty strange for all of us, but particularly so for Dave Brandwein, co-founder of powerfunk band Turkuaz. After 10 steady years of touring as festival mainstays, the band suddenly splintered while on the road with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew, marking the 40-year anniversary of the Talking Heads’ classic Remain in Light album. Amidst a pandemic-induced shutdown, the dissolution of his marriage, and a stint in rehab, Brandwein moved from Brooklyn, NY, to Los Angeles, California, to pick up the pieces.

The release of the final two Turkuaz albums – Paradiso and Apollyon, both slated for September 9, 2022 -- is “bittersweet” for co-founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell, who are torn between two extremes – whether this marks a posthumous homage or a rebirth of the fabled group. In late 2021, while on the road with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew, marking the 40-year anniversary of the Talking Heads’ classic Remain in Light album, Turkuaz suddenly splintered and went their separate ways.

Sammi Garett releases her first single, "With You", from her forthcoming solo EP, Sweet Tooth. Sammi became synonymous with the color pink after nearly ten years as a vocalist for the Brooklyn based funk group, Turkuaz. She describes 2021 as a crazy year full of ups and downs. On the highs, Turkuaz was touring with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew to celebrate the 40th anniversary release of Talking Heads’ album “Remain in Light”, and Sammi announced her engagement to her creative partner, bandmate and soulmate, Greg Sanderson.

Acclaimed nationally touring bands The Motet and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will join forces on Friday, May 27th for a funk-filled evening at one of the most iconic venues in the world, Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Yesterday witnessed the first day of the first ever North Beach Music Festival, taking place at North Beach Bandshell in Miami, Florida. The day saw performances from some local acts like The Heavy Pets, and then later on saw headlining sets from the likes of The Motet, Karina Rykman, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong.

With just one month to go, North Beach Music Festival has shared yet another special collaboration. Today, the North Beach Music Festival is pleased to announce that Jennifer Hartswick, Shira Elias & String Cheese Incident's Jason Hann will join The Motet for a special collaborative set. Tickets are on sale now.

I drove down to Live Oak, Florida the Thursday before last with a close friend, for what was their third Hulaween experience and my very first one. My friend cautioned me at one point: “I wouldn’t tell people this is your first Hulaween.” That made sense at the time, considering much of Hulaween’s attendance were probably loyal returning patrons, who were in the know about what this place and weekend are like (and there’s something to be said for that). But now looking back, I think: why not?

Turkuaz's two-night "Halloween Festivity Nightmare" hometown run at New York City's Webster Hall, the funk nonet has released its first single of 2021, the funky, fright-filled track, "Shakin' In My Sheets." The back-to-back nights at the newly renovated venue promise spooky surprises, including the live debut of the new track and plenty of unreleased material.

Listen to "Shakin' In My Sheets" everywhere now: orcd.co/shakininmysheets.

After COVID-19 derailed live music for over a year, Turkuaz is thrilled to announce their safe, triumphant return to the road with a 2021 fall tour across the U.S. Special guests Thumpasaurus will offer support on many of the dates.

Artist presale tickets are on sale now, and the general on-sale begins Friday, July 30th at 10:00 AM local time via the band's website: turkuazband.com/tour.

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