A benchmark in U.S.-made funk vitality, Lettuce continues to sell out venues in their home country. Known for their energetic live performances, the band continues to tour the world and deliver vibrant tracks.
Formed in 1992 by Berklee College of Music alumni, the Boston-based band is now a six-piece collective. For the anecdote, this atypical name was found in 1994, when the group approached Boston clubs to let them play ("let us play"). The band stands out with a groovy sound and rhythms directly inspired by hip-hop, jazz and rock. Founding members of the band include Adam Deitch [drums, percussion, arrangement], Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff [guitar], Erick "Jesus" Coomes [bass], Ryan Zoidis [alto, baritone, tenor sax, Korg X-911], Eric "Benny" Bloom [trumpet, horns], and Nigel Hall [vocals, Hammond B-3, Rhodes, clavinet, keyboards]. The band's first album, Outta Here, was not released until 2002, 10 years after the band's formation. Rage! was released in 2008 and paid tribute to 1970s funk with a cover of Curtis Mayfield's Move on Up and Charles Wright & The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band's Express Yourself.
In addition to playing in this band, members have also made a name for themselves by producing or backing up other artists. Coomes is a studio bassist and has performed with Britney Spears and The Game. Deitch is a producer who has worked with John Scofield and Wyclef Jean. As for Smirnoff, we could see him with Lady Gaga or Dave Matthews Band. In the albums Elevate (2019) and Resonate (2020), recorded by the legendary Russ Elevado D'Angelo, (The Roots, Erykah Badu), the band explores its funk and blues/soul roots. There are also trip-hop sounds, proof that the band is always ready to explore a plurality of sounds.
Whether it is in their different albums or on stage, it emanates a federating joy, a powerful and unbridled sound. Not to be missed!
Adam Deitch [batterie, percussion, arrangement], Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff [guitare], Erick « Jesus » Coomes [basse], Ryan Zoidis [alto, baryton, sax ténor, Korg X-911], Eric « Benny » Bloom [trompette, cors], et Nigel Hall [voix, Hammond B-3, Rhodes, clavinet, claviers]