Turkuaz

Monqui Presents

Turkuaz

Object Heavy

Fri, February 8

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Wonder Ballroom

Portland, OR

$22.00 - $24.00

This event is 21 and over

Turkuaz
Turkuaz
Drip painting entails actively splashing myriad colors on canvas.
Popularized by Jackson Pollock, Janet Sobel, Max Ernst, and other 20th century luminaries, the artform itself relies on action and motion. In similar fashion, energetic splashes of funk, alternative, rock, R&B, and psychedelia color the music of Turkuaz. Balancing male-female harmonies, strutting guitars, wild horn arrangements, and interminable grooves, this spirit takes shape in the color donned by each respective member on stage nightly via larger-than-life performances.
The Brooklyn-based nonet—Dave Brandwein [guitar, vocals], Taylor Shell [bass], Craig Brodhead [guitar, keys], Michelangelo Carubba [drums], Chris Brouwers [trumpet, keys], Greg Sanderson [tenor sax], Josh Schwartz [baritone sax, vocals], Sammi Garett [vocals], and Shira Elias [vocals]—ignite an explosion of energy punctuated by neon hues, deft musicality, and show-stopping singalongs on their fifth full-length album, Life In The City.
“Turkuaz is made up of individuals, each their own shade of the color spectrum,” explains Dave. “Each person brings a signature style and embodies his or her own color. The respective auras come together to create our sound. The name itself implies that vibrancy, but it’s a different spin on turquoise. In the same way, we put a different spin on groove-oriented music by telling stories that you wouldn’t normally associate with funk.”
Since emerging in 2011 with their self-titled debut, the group have quietly animated a movement.
Touring incessantly in support of four full-length studio albums and three official live releases, they’ve lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo, Hulaween, Okeechobee, Electric Forest, and Mountain Jam to Telluride Jazz, High Sierra, and Lock’n, in between gracing stages at legendary spots such as Red Rocks, Terminal 5, and The Fillmore, to name a few. Among numerous critical plaudits, The New Yorker claimed, “This Brooklyn-based nine-piece delivers horn-filled funk incorporating elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock, and just about any genre that gets people dancing.”
Most recently, 2015’s Digitonium yielded fan favorites such as “Nightswimming” and “European Festivity Nightmare” and generated over 1 million-plus cumulative streams. When it came time to commence work on Life In The City, the musicians switched up the flow and took a different approach.
“We did Digitonium in a short period of time and created a concept based on The Sword in the Stone,” says Dave. “We sifted through a lot more material for Life In The City. We threw all of the paint on the canvas. There was more collaboration in the writing. Some members who hadn’t participated before brought ideas to the table. We didn’t have anything road-mapped. In that respect, it was exploratory as far as who we are sonically. The same goes for the lyrics. Beyond the turmoil in current events and the world, I was going through some difficult challenges in my personal life. So, Life In The City is more based in reality and the experience I’ve lived in the past few years than a fantasy like the last record. The city is representative of modern life and all of these distractions we face day to day.”
Object Heavy
Object Heavy
Blazing out of the North Coast of California with a diverse assemblage of hypnotic rhythms to spark up any dance floor, Object Heavy delivers a uniquely heavy sound that fuses Progressive-Soul, Rock and R&B in a strikingly fresh way.

After spending the past two years touring throughout the pacific northwest, Object Heavy’s contagious sultry funk has garnered a momentum and buzz that shows no sign of letting up. In it’s short time Object Heavy has had the honor of sharing the stage with heavy hitters like George Clinton and P Funk, Cheech & Chong, Orgone, Flobots, Polyrhythmics, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Afrolicious, Delhi 2 Dublin, March 4th Marching Band and even backed up legends like Fred Wesley, Chali 2na, Raashan Ahmad, John Popper, DJ Logic and more.

Object Heavy is exploding onto the scene with their sights set on reaching the ears and hearts of a connected global community that is looking to groove, dance and love. Get down with the highly infectious soul of one of Northern Cali’s most prolific and entertaining bands, Object Heavy.