Turkuaz at Moonshiner’s Ball: ‘It’s bright, it’s colorful, it’s a musical joy machine!’

By Matt Wickstrom


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Folk by day, funk by night. That’s been the mantra for the Moonshiner’s Ball, which continues to hold true in year five with Friday night headliners Turkuaz, a nine-piece group out of Brooklyn known for its color-coordinated outfits, infectious beats and impeccable improvisation.

Comprised of Dave Brandwein on guitar and vocals, bassist Taylor Shell, Craig Brodhead on guitar and synths, drummer Michelangelo Carubba, saxophonists Greg Sanderson and Joshua Schwartz; trumpeter Chris Brouwers and vocalists Sammi Garrett and Shira Elias, Turkuaz represents how the sum is greater than any one part. While each player has their own style and ability to more than hold their own solo, collectively the nonet adds another dimension to their music, which is particularly intriguing in a live setting where the band feeds off the crowd’s energy to turn back time to that of a 70s-era funkified disco with multi-layered harmonies, a boisterous horn section and groove-setting guitars.

According to Brandwein, the group tried to deliberately replicate its live energy in a studio setting on early efforts, later altering their focus to a more perfected studio sound on 2015’s Digitonium and Life in the City, which came out September 28.

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