Buffalo understands funk. Our legacy, when it comes to R&B’s more soulful younger brother, runs deep, back to Dyke & the Blazers, and on through several generations of bands.
Amherst native Michaelangelo Carubba is one of the funkiest drummers going. As a member of Brooklyn’s Turkuaz, he has aided in the band fulfilling one of the mandates of its Facebook bio – adding “healthy doses of jittery, world-pop power-groove to a passion for Motown and R&B.” The result is a sound that is at once forward-looking and deeply rooted in the funk tradition.
Turkuaz has just dropped its third album, “Future 86,” and it’s a scorcher, a full-frontal funk tour de force. The nine-piece band will celebrate the album’s release with a party at 9 p.m. Friday in Nietzsche’s (248 Allen St.). Turkuaz will be joined by a few other funky Buffalonians, namely another of the world’s finest drummers, erstwhile Soulive co-founder Alan Evans and his new project, PlayOnBrother, and master turntablist DJ Cutler.
Tickets are $10 advance (www.ecepresents.com). A visit to www.turkuazband.com also is highly recommended.
– Jeff Miers