The Evolution of Turkuaz

Since emerging in 2011, Turkuaz has lit up stages everywhere from Bonnaroo, Hulaween, Okeechobee and Electric Forest, to Telluride Jazz Fest, Lock’n, Red Rocks, and The Fillmore. Their horn-filled funk incorporates elements of R&B, psychedelic pop, gospel, Afro-pop, New Wave, classic rock, and just about any genre that gets people dancing.

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We had a chance to chat with the nonet about the evolution of their music and style over the past nine years.

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Q: You guys are entering a new era as a group. Beyond the color scheme change, what evolutions can we expect from Turkuaz in 2020?

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A: Well, the color scheme change was inspired by this last EP we released, Kuadrochrome. About 5 years ago, we released its’ predecessor, Stereochrome, which had the band dressing in all black and white. This was followed by 5 years of the “colors” era, as we’re calling it. As much as we and our fans both loved the colors on-stage, 5 years is a lot and we knew it was time for a change. We had a few other songs and arrangements lying around that had yet to be released that fit the vintage style of Stereochrome, and creating a sequel with a four-tone scheme instead of two seemed like a fun and unique opportunity to break out of the rainbow.

As far as what’s to come—we want to keep growing and changing, and being open to whatever that means when inspiration strikes. As mentioned, this last EP leaned more vintage funk/soul, but we’re already working on a ton of new recordings with a wide range of sonic influences. This was more of a palate cleanser or a little pit-stop on our journey. We don’t entirely know where it will lead and that’s part of the fun. The only constant for us at this point will be change. And we look forward to seeing where that takes us in 2020 and beyond.

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Q: We’re really excited about the upcoming “Remain in Light” shows with Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew. What is that experience going to be like?

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A: We’re also very excited about it. We’ve been playing Talking Heads’ music since the inception of our band, and it’s deeply woven into the fabric of what we do. We worked with Jerry on a couple songs a few years back, and we were very happy when he approached us with the idea of doing this tour. Adrian is also a musical force that we have been a fan of for a long time, and getting to play this music with them is a great honor.

Rather than play the record straight through, we’ve been discussing modeling the show partially on the 1980 Rome show which was on the “Remain in Light” tour. This show featured highlights from the record, as well as the rest of their existing catalogue at the time. If you haven’t seen that show, do yourself a favor and check it out. It’s truly inspiring and we’re looking forward to pulling ideas from it. Jerry has also mentioned wanting to do some Turkuaz songs which, of course, we’d love to do, as long as it doesn’t distract too much from the vibe of the show we put together. All in all, we want a high energy and fun show that does justice to the import legacy of that music.

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Q: The four shows at the Blue Note in Tokyo are amazing, what was your favorite experience from those shows?

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A: It was amazing. Playing the shows as well as meeting and interacting with our fans there were both so great, it’s hard to say what the favorite experience was. Simply exploring Japan was also something none of us had ever done, so the entire trip really feels like one meaningful and unforgettable experience.

The Japanese audience there was very different from our typical American audience. In addition to the Blue Note being a jazz club which naturally is a more calm and reserved environment, public space in Japan is generally treated differently and people are incredibly collected and respectful. This creates a concert environment where the audience is sitting and carefully listening to every note. I don’t think one approach is necessarily better than the other, but this was the first time we had ever played to an audience like this and I think we struck a good balance of adapting while also giving them the Turkuaz experience.

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Q: Do you have any personal favorites from the shows currently released on nugs.net?

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A: Cleveland is a good one, and Brooklyn Steel is our most recent hometown show, so I’m glad that’s in there. The Nashville show has some of the newer stuff we’ve been doing on the Kuadrochrome tour. Overall, I think they’re all pretty solid which is why they’re up there. With a band this size, and so much happening in the arrangements, we’re just looking to continually feature the audio that came out the best as opposed to posting every show. We’re not a jam band with a 100% different setlist every single night, but every show is different by at least 40-70% night-to-night, and we never repeat the same set. We plan on presenting a “best of” every so often to keep a good flow of shows coming. The best is yet to come and we look forward to adding to the catalogue.

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Q: What are you guys looking forward to most in 2020?

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A: I’m looking forward to all the collaborations. The “Remain in Light” shows will be amazing, and the Brooklyn Comes Alive set we’re doing in March will also be a blast (with Cory Henry, Nate Werth and Robert “Sput” Searight). We also have a ton of new music in the works which we look forward to sharing with the world. We’re also very happy to be part of the Nugs family! It’s gonna be a good year.

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Start streaming live Turkuaz audio today on nugs.net.

Top Jam Band Podcasts

There are a lot of podcasts out there these days, making it hard to know which ones are worth your time. That’s why we put together this list of the 15 Jam Band podcasts to check out this year.

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Jam Session

This weekly podcast caters to music lovers within the jam band community, featuring artists like Umphrey’s McGee, Lotus, The String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic and more. During the show, host Kory French works through his weekly playlist of new releases and old favorites, giving listeners some history on the songs and the bands behind them.

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Endless Boundaries Jam

If you’re looking for all music and no-frills, then this is the podcast for you. It’s 3+ hours of live/studio jam band music. You can find the playlists for each episode on their website: endlessboundaries.com

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Upful Life

Hosted by music writer and enthusiast B. Getz, this podcast focuses on the movers and shakers in the industry, and beyond through interviews with artists and industry professionals.

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Phemale Centrics

A Female run podcast that discusses all things Phish from a woman’s point of view. Listen as they interview Phish’s community members, play games like “Market Price” and discuss the latest goings-on in the Phish scene online and on the lot.

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The Drop

A weekly podcast sharing the week’s music news, artist interviews, festival previews and coverage, and highlights from across the Osiris network.

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Long May They Run

Hosted by music journalist Dean Budnick, LMTR tells the story of a band, their fans, and the journey that made them one of the most successful touring bands of all time. With over 50 interviews, season one of LMTR focuses on Phish, shedding light on how they pioneer an entire industry on many impactful and important levels, doing it their way.

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After Midnight

This podcast looks back on Phish’s Big Cypress festival 20 years later—examining the legacy for Phish and the music world. Hosted and narrated by Jesse Jarnow, this five-episode series draws on interviews with members of Phish and its crew, fan memories, and conversations with other people across the music industry.

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nugs.net Live Stash

nugs.net founder Brad Serling’s podcast guides fans through a playlist of recent live music from artists like Phish, Dead & Company, The Allman Brothers, Pearl Jam, Metallica, The Raconteurs, Wilco, Widespread Panic, Umphrey’s McGee, and more.

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No Simple Road

A Grateful Dead-inspired show that highlights musicians, artists, writers, and fellow members of the psychedelic world.

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Analyze Phish

Harris and Scott are comedians, music lovers, and friends. Where do they differ? Harris loves Phish, and Scott does not. On Analyze Phish, Harris navigates the vast landscape of Phish’s catalog to find entry points for Scott while trying to explain the live Phish experience without the use of illegal substances.

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36 From The Vault

Steven Hyden and Rob Mitchum explore the Grateful Dead’s celebrated Dick’s Picks live series. The show takes a deep dive into the 36 Dick’s Picks entries, the history of the Dead organization, and popular culture around each show.

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Touchdowns All Day

In this podcast, Jon Barber dives deep into analysis and commentary of The Disco Biscuits and talks about his role in the band, music, technology and other topics. Jon also brings on a variety of exciting and inspiring guests to co-host with him.

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The Sound

The Sound Podcast is a music discovery interview-style podcast, hosted by Ira Haberman. Featuring Jam Bands and more… much more. Rooted in Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Reggae, Rock, Soul but mostly Jam Band music. New episodes of The Sound Podcast are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The Wednesday episode is exclusively a live music playlist called LIVEFIVE powered by nugs.net.

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Under the Scales

A podcast by the longtime songwriter for Phish that explores the rich and complex culture surrounding the band and its devoted fanbase.

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Inside Out with Turner and Seth

This is a Podcast about Music – Industry, Festivals/Concerts, and Culture. It’s a mix of the Fan (Rob Turner) and Industry (Seth Weiner w/ Shimon Presents, Inc.) perspectives. Their presentation style can be difficult to jive with, but their guests are top-notch!

FREE MUSIC THIS WEEK

LEFTOVER SALMON – STRINGS & SOL – PUERTO MORALES, MX – 12/8/18

This show is an epic live performance from Strings & Sol, a festival on the beach in Puerto Morelos, Mexico. Featuring the debut of the song “Everyone’s Talkin”.

DAVEY KNOWLES – OFFICIAL BOOTLEGS

Davy Knowles is a world touring blues guitarist, with a unique sound due to his combined folk-rock songwriting talents. This free compilation showcases his amazing sound. He has toured with The Rhythmy Devils and Gov’t Mule.

DOOM FLAMINGO

At its core, Doom Flamingo is a synthwave dance party featuring retro synthesizer sounds that conjure nostalgia for the music of 1980s pop culture. The project is a side project of Umphrey’s McGee’s bassist Ryan Stasik.

JOE RUSSO’S ALMOST DEAD – RED ROCKS – MORRISON, CO – 08/16/18

This special show from the JRAD crew features an insane cover of “The Bends” by Radiohead plus a number of your favorite Grateful Dead songs. Crack one open and enjoy.

TWIDDLE – PARADISE ROCK CLUB – BOSTON, MA – 12/30/18

 Everything we love about Twiddle appears in this show: long instrumental-improvs, smooth vocals from lead singer Mihali, and plenty of funky rhythms. Have fun head-bopping to this one, we sure did. Make sure you add to your “My Stash” soon because this free offer ends on February 12, 2019.

ASSEMBLY OF DUST – TERRAPIN CROSSROADS – SAN RAFAEL, CA – 04/23/16

Assembly Of Dust is led by former Strangefolk frontman Reid Genauer. This particular show has a smooth, laidback vibe that showcases the group’s rich melodies and meaningful lyrics.

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – TRAVELOGUE – BEST OF 2018

The String Cheese Incident decided to offer fans this free show because it features the best live tracks of 2018. Highlights include special guests Jennifer Hartswick, John Kadlecik, and members of the Motet. Make sure you add to your “My Stash” soon because this free offer ends on February 17, 2019.

THE DISCO BISCUITS – CAMP BISCO – SCRANTON, PA – 07/14/18

In a headlining performance at their own festival, Camp Bisco, this show was picked by the band as one of their favorites from 2018 and it truly showcases their diverse range, melding electronic and jam as only they can. Among a monstrous 3 sets this show features songs done in their unique ‘perfume’ and ‘tractorbeam‘ styles along with a fan favorite ‘wheel set’.

REID GENAUER & FOLKS – NEW ALBUM – CONSPIRE TO SMILE

Reid Genauer, the frontman of Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust, worked with two dozen acclaimed musicians including Jennifer HartswickLEBO, Scott Metzger, and more to create his latest album, Conspire to Smile. A collection of covers and originals, this album contains songs about compassion and positivity, universal messages of love and strength.

AQUEOUS – TWO SHOWS FROM 2018

From Jam Cruise to Summer Camp, 2018 was an epic year for Aqueous and we have two of the bands favorite shows for you.

Crowbar – Tampa, FL – 11/10/18

Mile High Music Hall – Frisco, CO – 12/06/18

Both of these shows truly highlight their unique groove-rock stylings and exploratory jams. Check out the Frisco show then dig into their catalog to explore Tampa and more.

LETTUCE – THE ANTHEM -WASHINGTON D.C. – 11/03/2018

Lettuce brings a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop inspired urgency and hard-hitting rhythm. This recent show features the extraordinary talents of guest guitarist Marcus King along with a host of special guests from the DC area flexing their unique ‘go-go’ style of funk.

FREE MUSIC THIS WEEK

JOE RUSSO’S ALMOST DEAD – RED ROCKS – MORRISON, CO – 08/16/18

This special show from the JRAD crew features an insane cover of “The Bends” by Radiohead plus a number of your favorite Grateful Dead songs. Crack one open and enjoy.

TWIDDLE – PARADISE ROCK CLUB – BOSTON, MA – 12/30/18

 Everything we love about Twiddle appears in this show: long instrumental-improvs, smooth vocals from lead singer Mihali, and plenty of funky rhythms. Have fun head-bopping to this one, we sure did. Make sure you add to your “My Stash” soon because this free offer ends on February 12, 2019.

ASSEMBLY OF DUST – TERRAPIN CROSSROADS – SAN RAFAEL, CA – 04/23/16

Assembly Of Dust is led by former Strangefolk frontman Reid Genauer. This particular show has a smooth, laidback vibe that showcases the group’s rich melodies and meaningful lyrics.

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – TRAVELOGUE – BEST OF 2018

The String Cheese Incident decided to offer fans this free show because it features the best live tracks of 2018. Highlights include special guests Jennifer Hartswick, John Kadlecik, and members of the Motet. Make sure you add to your “My Stash” soon because this free offer ends on February 17, 2019.

THE DISCO BISCUITS – CAMP BISCO – SCRANTON, PA – 07/14/18

In a headlining performance at their own festival, Camp Bisco, this show was picked by the band as one of their favorites from 2018 and it truly showcases their diverse range, melding electronic and jam as only they can. Among a monstrous 3 sets this show features songs done in their unique ‘perfume’ and ‘tractorbeam‘ styles along with a fan favorite ‘wheel set’.

REID GENAUER & FOLKS – NEW ALBUM – CONSPIRE TO SMILE

Reid Genauer, the frontman of Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust, worked with two dozen acclaimed musicians including Jennifer HartswickLEBO, Scott Metzger, and more to create his latest album, Conspire to Smile. A collection of covers and originals, this album contains songs about compassion and positivity, universal messages of love and strength.

AQUEOUS – TWO SHOWS FROM 2018

From Jam Cruise to Summer Camp, 2018 was an epic year for Aqueous and we have two of the bands favorite shows for you.

Crowbar – Tampa, FL – 11/10/18

Mile High Music Hall – Frisco, CO – 12/06/18

Both of these shows truly highlight their unique groove-rock stylings and exploratory jams. Check out the Frisco show then dig into their catalog to explore Tampa and more.

LETTUCE – THE ANTHEM -WASHINGTON D.C. – 11/03/2018

Lettuce brings a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop inspired urgency and hard-hitting rhythm. This recent show features the extraordinary talents of guest guitarist Marcus King along with a host of special guests from the DC area flexing their unique ‘go-go’ style of funk.

FREE MUSIC THIS WEEK

THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT – TRAVELOGUE – BEST OF 2018

The String Cheese Incident decided to offer fans this free show because it features the best live tracks of 2018. Highlights include special guests Jennifer Hartswick, John Kadlecik, and members of the Motet. Make sure you add to your “My Stash” soon because this free offer ends on February 17, 2019.

LOTUS – MISHAWAKA AMPHITHEATRE – BELLVUE, CO – 9/21/18

This show is the first night of an epic two night run at Colorado’s beautiful Mishawaka Amphitheatre, featuring in the pocket beats, constant teases, and non-stop grooves to keep the party going. Make sure you add to your “My Stash” soon because this free show offer ends on January 29, 2019.

LEFTOVER SALMON – FARMSTEAD AT LONG MEADOW RANCH – ST. HELENA, CA – 1/15/17

Leftover Salmon hand-picked this special acoustic show to give out to their fans. The 13-minute rendition of “Whispering Water’s” is a highlight of the show, along with an amazing cover of Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue.” Make sure you add to your “My Stash” soon because this free show offer ends on January 29, 2019.

THE DISCO BISCUITS – CAMP BISCO – SCRANTON, PA – 07/14/18

In a headlining performance at their own festival, Camp Bisco, this show was picked by the band as one of their favorites from 2018 and it truly showcases their diverse range, melding electronic and jam as only they can. Among a monstrous 3 sets this show features songs done in their unique ‘perfume’ and ‘tractorbeam‘ styles along with a fan favorite ‘wheel set’.

REID GENAUER & FOLKS – NEW ALBUM – CONSPIRE TO SMILE

Reid Genauer, the frontman of Strangefolk and Assembly of Dust, worked with two dozen acclaimed musicians including Jennifer HartswickLEBO, Scott Metzger, and more to create his latest album, Conspire to Smile. A collection of covers and originals, this album contains songs about compassion and positivity, universal messages of love and strength.

AQUEOUS – TWO SHOWS FROM 2018

From Jam Cruise to Summer Camp, 2018 was an epic year for Aqueous and we have two of the bands favorite shows for you.

Crowbar – Tampa, FL – 11/10/18

Mile High Music Hall – Frisco, CO – 12/06/18

Both of these shows truly highlight their unique groove-rock stylings and exploratory jams. Check out the Frisco show then dig into their catalog to explore Tampa and more.

LETTUCE – THE ANTHEM -WASHINGTON D.C. – 11/03/2018

Lettuce brings a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop inspired urgency and hard-hitting rhythm. This recent show features the extraordinary talents of guest guitarist Marcus King along with a host of special guests from the DC area flexing their unique ‘go-go’ style of funk.