MUSIC BOX: Double da funk

By on February 3, 2015



Turkuaz and Spiritual Rez (below), double-bill at Town Square Tavern on Monday.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Is Turkuaz with Spiritual Rez the danciest, funkiest double-bill of the winter?

Turkuaz is more than a funk band with a horn section. Think more David Byrne meets Sly & The Family Stone or Rick James with a pair of sexy, talented female backing vocalists. The Brooklyn-based nine-piece is fronted by rhythm guitarist/vocalist Dave Brandwein, who brings Motown and R&B qualities to match the funk idiom. Hype Music Festivals named the band among the“50 Greatest Acts to See Live Now,” and that’s worthy of consideration. Get inspired by their impressive music videos and rippin’ guitar solos via Craig Brodhead at

As for Boston-based seven-piece Spiritual Rez – a self-described “reggae-rock-ska horn dance party” – they were described by Hippo Press as “Marley-Toots-Tosh reggae and infuse it with everything from Sun Ra Arkestra freak jazz to Steve Vai guitar pyrotechnics. Inventive intersections …” Stand out vocalist Toft Willingham leads the charge on its fourth independent release, Apocalypse Whenever, full of catchy, sing-along choruses and socially conscious themes in true reggae fashion.

Turkuaz with Spiritual Rez, 9:30 p.m. on Monday at Town Square Tavern. $10.; 733-3886.

Matt Costa supports G. Love


Matt Costa’s vintage melancholy will open for G. Love & Special Sauce at the Pink Garter Theatre on Wednesday. (Photo: Nolan Hall)

We all know about G. Love’s Special Sauce, now celebrating 20 years of slapdash alt-hip-hop-blues, so let’s take a peek into the life of the opener Matt Costa, former Southern Cali skateboarder-turned-singer-songwriter. Costa’s been around the block several times in the last decade. First teaming up with No Doubt guitarist Tom Dumont to record in 2003, followed by a Jack Johnson tour support slot in 2005 (U.S.) and 2006 (Europe), and tours with Modest Mouse and Oasis, Costa’s cool-as-a-cucumber vibe comes through in vintage melancholy form on his most recent effort, 2013’s Good Times.

G. Love & Special Sauce with Matt Costa, 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Pink Garter Theatre. $30.

Leftover brings High Country + new member Bill Payne

Leftover Salmon enjoy a niche they created 25 years ago.

Leftover Salmon enjoy a niche they created 25 years ago.

Leftover Salmon’s bohemian jam-fusion-grass has reached epic proportions with the permanent addition of Little Feat keyboardist and songwriter Bill Payne, an honorary member of rock royalty. The band just celebrated its 25th anniversary on New Year’s Eve in Chicago, and to reflect on its years on the road the band has created a forum on its website for fans to share stories, photos, videos and memories.

“When I started kind of thinking of doing this for a living and playing roots music, I never figured I’d blow up and sell as many records as Prince or anything like that (laughs),” frontman Vince Hermann told last month. “But it’s a little niche and we’ve been really lucky to enjoy that niche for 25 years and just feel incredibly blessed to get to keep doing it.

Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin produced Leftover’s new album, High Country, and also appeared on it as a special guest. Other studio guests include Sugar Blue, Casey Driessen, Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters, Joey Porter of The Motet, and Kim Dawson.

“[High Country] was kind of worked on in installations,” Hermann explained. “We originally had an arrangement with a brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, to release some songs from the record on six packs. After so many years of drinking beer and making music, we figured we better put music on the beer.”

Leftover Salmon, 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Knotty Pine in Victor. $25.; 208-787-2866.

About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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