CLIFTON PARK — Lettuce is to play at Upstate Concert Hall on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m.
For more than two decades, Lettuce has brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching smooth and soulful grooves with hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat.
Whether paying homage to Led Zeppelin or delivering a deeply riveting hip-hop medley, Lettuce maneuvers through a kaleidoscopic of sound with sophisticated ease and powerful synergy.
Comprised of a stellar group of musicians – Drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet player Eric Bloom—the band consistently displays an applauded mastery of their respective crafts.
According to the band, it is a sense of unity and togetherness that has much to do with the camaraderie that’s only intensified over the lifespan of the band. Formed in 1992, when several band members attended a summer program at Boston’s Berklee College of Music as teenagers, Lettuce was founded on a shared love of legendary funk artists like Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power. After returning to Berklee as undergrads in 1994, Lettuce started playing in local clubs and steadily built up a following that soon extended to cities across the country and then throughout the world.
In recent years, Lettuce earned its name as a can’t-miss festival act.