Members: Eric Krasno (guitarist), Adam Smirnoff (guitarist), Neal Evans (keys/organ player), Adam Deitch (drums, percussion), Erick Coomes (bass), Ryan Zoidis (sax), and partial-member Rashawn Ross (trumpet), Eric Bloom (trumpet)
Biography: Lettuce is a funk band that originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992. The original members all went to Berklee College of Music in Boston for a music program as youngins. Their love for funk brought them together to jam all summer long. Eventually they felt they were capable of playing in front of crowds, so they approached bars and jazz lounges and asked to perform, they would say, "Let us play," which is where there funking name comes from because if you were too much of an invalid to figure it out, Let us sounds like Lettuce, kinda.
Major Discography:2002 Outta Here, 2008 Rage!, 2012 Fly!, 2015 Crush
SOUNDS LIKE: Genre: Funk, Jam, Jazz-ish Similar Artists: Galactic, The Motet, Soulive, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
SUGGESTED LISTENING: First Song I've ever heard from Lettuce, instantly made me a fan!
An awesome example of their ability to merge Funk and Jazz
Here is a full hour and a half long Live Performance:
I think this sounds better than Mayfield's Original version:
Physical Reaction/Live Performance: I saw Lettuce at Catskill Chill 2015, and their performance was the best set of the day. Nigel Hall came out and lead the stage with Lettuce backing him to perfection. This is the type of set where you dance and dance and then when the show is over, you still continue to dance and you feel funk wherever you may be. They are one of my most looked forward to sets of Bonnaroo, they definitely deserve to get a late night tent, because they can keep it going for hours and hours with their somewhat large discography but also ability to cover and pay homage to some of the greatest funking artists of all time. InterestingFacts: Eric Krasno played in the Superjam! last year as one of the guitarists, it was dope.
Personal Notes: I started listening to Lettuce after I heard their song, Madison Square on Jam-On on sirius radio in 2011. My friend, his fiancee, and myself were all driving down to Arizona to start a new life when it came on. I kept the song on repeat for about 2 hours straight funking out and making my ride that much more enjoyable. Lettuce holds a special place in my heart, and my sister, someone whose not one to dabble in the funk genre, saw them live and enjoyed the show so much, she said she hadn't had that much fun in a long time. If you have nothing to do during their set, if you do have something to do during their set, cancel that shit and go see Lettuce. The only reason why you should miss Lettuce is if Dead n Co is playing at the same time, but they aren't so don't miss this fucking set.