When Lettuce come to town, you know you’re in for a funk-filled night.
The funk ensemble formed at Berklee College of Music in Boston more than 25 years ago has been performing without guitarist and founding member Eric Krasno of late, but that hasn’t slowed it down by any means. In the meantime, they’ve added another funk master in Nigel Hall, formerly of The Nth Power, as their primary vocalist/secondary keyboardist, and more than a year ago we saw how well Hall fits in when the group played in Los Angeles on a bill that included ethnotronic trio Beats Antique strangely enough (read our show review here).
Hitting the road in support of their fifth LP, 2016’s Mt. Crushmore, Lettuce headlined the Fox Theater in Oakland on St. Patrick’s Day for the Bay Area stop on their latest tour. With Adam Smirnoff (guitar), Erick Coomes (bass), Adam Deitch (drums), Neal Evans (keyboards), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone), Eric Bloom (trumpet) and Hall firing on all cylinders like they’ve shown before with and without Krasno, they kicked off a three-night run through California in style.