Brooklyn’s Turkuaz — Dave Brandwein (guitar and vocals), Taylor Shell(bass), Craig Brodhead (guitar and synths), Michelangelo Carubba (drums),Greg Sanderson (sax), Josh Schwartz (sax and vocals), Chris Brouwers(trumpet and keys), Sammi Garett (vocals and tambourine), and Shira Elias(vocals) — released their second full-length, Digitonium, last fall to a fair amount of love from critics and fans alike. And the fun-loving funk army keeps it local this week with three shows at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday,Friday, and Saturday. Ahead of their arrival, the band checked in withKnockdown Alley about all things Brooklyn.
You’ve got a three-night run coming up at Brooklyn Bowl. What are some highlights of playing here in the past?
Dave Brandwein: We’ve had some really special shows at Brooklyn Bowl. We opened for the Funky Meters there years ago. And since then, we’ve done two monthly residencies. At the end of one of them we did Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen with our friends from Dopapod. That was a good night!
Josh Schwartz: I mean, Joe Cocker’s Woodstock performance of “With a Little Help From My Friends” changed the course of my life through the television screen when I was a wee lad. Getting to channel his soul for a whole set at my favorite venue was a dream come true for me.
And what are you most looking forward to upon returning?
Josh: Getting set up and comfortable Thursday afternoon and then not having to load in or out until Saturday night.
Shira Elias: Hometown plays are the best. All your friends come, you know the lay of the land, and it just feels like … home (obviously).
Sammi Garett: And most of our friends and family haven’t seen our new Digitionium stuff, so I am excited for them to hear it live.
Dave: We’re also doing a tribute to the Band on Friday.
Michelangelo Carubba: And the special sit-ins we have planned are really exciting, looking forward to making some funky decisions onstage.
What’s your favorite thing to eat at Brooklyn Bowl?
Shira: Hm … the fried chicken would be a bit predictable, wouldn’t it? I had these dope fried artichokes last time with a super yummy aioli.
Sammi: But man, those knishes!!
Josh: The knish is absurd.
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