Band: Lettuce, Jaw Gems
Date: Wednesday, Jan 18, with doors at 7 p.m.
Venue: Soul Kitchen, 219 Dauphin St., www.soulkitchenmobile.com
Tickets: $18 advance/$22 day of show; available at venue, its website, Mellow Mushroom (both locations) or by calling 1-866-777-8932
While the rest of the country was getting grungy, Lettuce spent the early ‘90s studying at Berklee College of Music and crafting its jammed-out brand of funk. As years passed, this band gathered a nationwide following for its classically inspired grooves.
In 2002, Lettuce released its debut album “Outta Here,” which featured Mobile native Fred Wesley as well as legendary jazz guitarist John Scofield. The album also contained Lettuce’s unforgettable “Squadlive.” With the release of 2012’s “Fly!,” Lettuce made its presence known at the No. 6 spot on Billboard’s jazz chart.
Lettuce’s latest offerings are 2015’s “Crush” and its 2016 EP companion, “Mt. Crushmore.” Both of these releases prove Lettuce hasn’t changed its delicious formula, riddled with classic funk orchestrations pulled straight from the early days of funk. Plucky string work accents waves of bright horns and epic keys. Lettuce’s Soul Kitchen set should mesmerize Azalea City jam fans.