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Jam Central Station: Turkuaz Live Review – 11.1.17 – The Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

November 11, 2017 | Posted by Jeff Modzelewski



Turkuaz has been riding a huge wave recently. Prior to their Cleveland show last week the band had recently released a new song and video and launched a tour where they’re filling venues on a regular basis. They’ve been getting nothing but positive feedback, and it’s well deserved. The band has a reputation for being extremely tight live, extremely energetic, and simply a lot of fun. Their most recent album, 2015’s Digitorium, was an ambitious 80 minute funk sojourn, and the band has been spending the past 2 years bringing that same ambition to fans.

The band arrived on stage in their usual colored outfits, each member decked out head to toe in their own hue. A deep blue for frontman and guitarist Dave Brandwein, bright white for keyboardist Craig Brodhead, yellow and pink for vocalists Sammi Garrett and Shira Elias respectively. The kaleidoscope on stage was just an indication of the musical rainbow the band was getting ready to paint. They opened with “Nightswimming” from their most recent album, but had no problem mixing in songs from throughout their career. Every song brought another reason to dance, from the layered buildup of “The Mountain” to the the groovy “Tiptoe Through The Crypto,” a song that is reminiscent of a funky version of “The Weight.” The horns were a highlight early and often, laying down foundations for the vocals to play off of.

Their new track, “On The Run,” served as an anchor for the middle part of the set. This catchy tune with its infectious rhythm is simply impossible to ignore, and the band members had no problem moving around in the groove. The ladies led the band through “Club Foot” immediately afterwards, and that was followed by a cover of “Holy Ghost” which saw an impressive beatboxing jam, just in case the band hadn’t already spread their wings enough in the show. The band also pulled out some futuristic sounding tunes with the inclusion of “European Festivity Nightmare” and “Digital Love.” Bringing a 9-piece band on the road to recreate some pretty complex songs is not an easy task, particularly when there’s some intense layering of the synth, guitar, and horns, but Turkuaz was well-rehearsed and took to the task with the ease of nearly a decade on the road.

Turkuaz has been branching out over the past couple of years, and right now their fan base should be anyone who likes music you can dance to. This is a band that wouldn’t be out of place at any club, any party, or any theatre around the country. If you go and see this band you’ll enjoy watching them just as much as listening, if you’re able to stop dancing long enough to watch the stage.



Floydfest Initial Announcement
Floydfest announced their 2018 dates and a small initial lineup. The festival will take place from July 25-29 in Floyd, VA. The festival will include Foster the People, Hiss Golden Messenger, The Infamous Stringdusters, and many more acts.

Winter WonderGrass Tahoe announced
Winter WonderGrass will hold their California event in Squaw Valley, CA from April 6-8. The stacked lineup includes The Devil Makes Three, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Fruition, and many others.

Wood Brothers add spring dates
The Wood Brothers are currently on tour, but they added a spring run of dates as well. This April run will take them throughout the midwest.

April 11 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
April 12 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
April 13 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
April 14 Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
April 15 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
April 17 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Ballroom
April 18 Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
April 19 Indianpolis, IN – The Vogue
April 20 Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theater

The Devil Makes Three add dates
The Devil Makes Three are still out supporting their most recent release, Redemption and Ruin. The band is currently on the road and added another run of dates that will take them through early 2018.

November 11 Seattle, WA—Showbox Sodo
November 12 Vancouver, BC—Commodore Ballroom
November 15 Missoula, MT—The Wilma
November 16 Boise,ID—Knitting Factory Concert House
November 17 Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot
November 18 Denver, CO—Ogden Theater
November 19 Denver, CO—Ogden Theater
January 10 Madison, WI—Orpheum Theater
January 11 Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue
January 12 Chicago, IL—Concord Music Hall
January 13 Detroit, MI—St.Andrews Hall
January 14 Cleveland, OH—House of Blues
January 16 Buffalo, NY—Town Ballroom
January 18 Toronto, ON—Phoenix Concert Theater
January 19 Montreal, QC—Metropolis
January 20 Portland, ME—State Theater
January 23 South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground Ballroom
January 24 Brooklyn, NY—Brooklyn Steel
January 25 Providence, RI—Fete
January 26 Philadelphia, PA—Electric Factory
January 27 Silver Spring, MD—The Fillmore
January 30 Millvale, PA—Mr. Smalls Theatre
January 31 Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theater
February 1 Saxapahaw, NC—Haw River Ballroom
February 2 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Works
February 3 Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theater
February 7 Pensacola, FL—Vinyl Music Hall
February 8 New Orleans, LA—House of Blues
February 9 Austin, TX—Emo’s
February 10 Dallas,TX—Granada Theater

Infamous Stringdusters add dates
The Infamous Stringdusters set their early 2018 plans with a series of dates that will take the band through mid March.
January 17 Athens, GA—Georgia Theater
January 18 Saxapahaw, NCC—Haw River Ballroom
January 19 Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theater
January 20 Washington, DC—9:30 Club
January 21 Asbury Park, NJ—Stone Pony
January 23 Northampton, MA—Pearl Street Ballroom
January 24 Portland, ME—Aura
January 25 Rochester, NH—Rochester Opera House
January 26 Boston, MA—Paradise Rock Club
January 27 Philadelphia, PA—Union Transfer
February 7 Louisville, KY—Headliners Music Hall
February 8 Indianapolis, IN—Vogue
February 9 St. Louis, MO—Old Rock House
February 10 Nashville, TN—Marathon Music Workd
February 11 Knoxville, TN—The International
February 13 Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom
February 14 Columbus, OH—Newport Music Hall
February 15 Milwaukee, WI—Turner Hall Ballroom
February 16 Chicago, IL—Park West
February 17 Chicago, IL—Park West
February 27 Telluride, CO—Sheridan Opera House
February 28 Telluride, CO—Sheridan Opera House
March 1 Salt Lake City, UT—The State Room
March 2 Boise, ID—Knitting Factory
March 3 Missoula, MT—The Wilma
March 4 Enterprise, OR—OK Theater
March 6 Bend, OR—Domino Room
March 7 Ashland, OR—The Historic Ashland Armory
March 8 Eugene, OR—HiFi Music Hall
March 9 Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom
March 10 Seattle, WA—The Showbox
March 15 Los Angeles, CA—Troubadour
March 16 Solana Beach, CA—Belly Up


Dominican Holidaze
December 1-5
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, The Disco Biscuits, GRiZ, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, TAUK, The Motet, Lotus, Spafford

Strings & Sol
December 8-12
Now Sapphire
Puerto Morelos, MX
Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds in Mexico
January 12-14
Riviera Maya, MX
3 nights of Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds as well as Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Brandi Carlisle, and Joseph

Gov’t Mule’s Island Exodus
January 13-17
Jewel Paradise Cove
Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes, JJ Grey & Mofro

Jam in the Sand
January 18-22
Jewel Paradise Cove
Ruanaway Bay, Jamaica
Dark Star Orchestra, Hot Tuna, Rumpke Mountain Boys

Jam Cruise
January 17-22
Medeski, Martin, Scofield & Wood, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Maceo Parker, Lotus, Lettuce, Gramatik, Keller Williams, The New Mastersounds, Dumpstaphunk, Turkuaz, The Main Squeeze

Gem & Jam
January 25-28
Tuscon, AZ
STS9, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Breaking Biscuits, Emancipator, Railroad Earth

Panic En La Playa
January 26-30
Riviera Maya, Mexico

Winter WonderGrass
February 21-23
Steamboat Springs, CO
Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Elephant Revival, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, Travelin’ McCoury’s, Fruition, Billy Strings

Winter Wondergrass Tahoe
April 6-8
Squaw Valley, CA
The Devil Makes Three, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, The Lil’ Smokies

Sweetwater 420 Festival
April 20-22
Centennial Park
Atlanta, GA
Umphrey’s McGee, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sturgill Simpson, Vulfpeck, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Papadosio, The Record Company, Spafford, Southern Avenue

June 7-10
Manchester, TN

Electric Forest Weekend 1
June 21-24
Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI

Electric Forest Weekend 2
June 28-July 1
Double JJ Ranch & Resort
Rothbury, MI

July 25-29
Floyd, VA
Foster the People, The Infamous Stringdusters, Hiss Golden Messenger


Thanks again for stopping by. I’ll be back next week with more jam. Until then, check me out on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute concert announcements. Until next week, Jam On!