Lettuce Brings Down the House at the Canopy

Lettuce Brings Down the House at the Canopy

Fans of funk music were in for a treat on Wedneday night, as Brooklyn legends Lettuce turned the Canopy Club into a nonstop groove train with dashes of psychedelia. Lettuce has a stellar reputation for good reason; their live shows are bombastic, earth-shaking affairs, replete with stuttering, machine-gun horns, thunderous bass, splashy keyboards, crunchy guitar, and commanding drums.

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They wasted no time getting things started, the pealing horns just splitting the air apart, and suddenly everyone was dancing. I must admit that though I’ve seen Lettuce a few times, I only know the titles of a few songs, so I’m not quite sure of the set list, but the energy was palpable and the band didn’t miss a beat.

Lettuce may be a funk band, but they’re known for their improvisation as well (see their set from LOCKN’ this year, also a doozy), and they didn’t disappoint at the Canopy either, spiraling off into space before crashing furiously back into a smack-in-the-mouth stomp. More and more people kept trickling in as the show went on, and the band saw their energy and raised them a level, bringing things to a dizzying conclusion.

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If you haven’t seen Lettuce yet, you’re missing out for sure. They were amazing at the Canopy as they are every time I see them. They go from straightforward, in-your-face funk to soaring psychedelic jams and back, and they’re a singular live music experience. I’m so glad I went, and I can’t wait to see them again.

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All photos taken by Kristen Burtzos, a.k.a. ValkyrieVisions. See more here: https://www.facebook.com/andrew.howie.10/media_set?set=a.10210508468809218.1270170012&type=3

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