Lettuce, the seven-person all-star collective featuring members of Soulive and John Scofield’s returned to NYC for two sold out shows Feb 29th and March 1st, 2008, at Sullivan Hall.
For their second Sullivan performance, Lettuce wasted no time getting the crowd grooving with tunes from their new release, RAGE!. Paying homage to all stripes of funksters including Parliament / Funkadelic, James Brown, Sly Stone, Herbie Hancock, and Earth Wind & Fire, Lettuce proved- to the delight of the crowd- that funk still creates a following and a packed house.
Playing to a packed house, bassist Erick “E.D.” Coomes, guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, drummer Adam Deitch, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonists Sam Kininger and Ryan Zoidis were joined on several songs by special guest vocalist Nigel Hall.
Throughout the nearly two hour set, the band’s energy never waned as they delivered their signature blend of old school funk with a new school vibe. The fans were shakin’ it – some to the point of exhaustion as one guy hit the floor next to me. The bass was thumping, the beats were grooving, the crescendos, staccatos, the solos- the whole night was a display of fierce funk by truly talented musicians.
Photo by Eric Townsend