Bringing The Funk Back To Sunset Blvd.

The Roxy is scheduled to re-open their esteemed doors at the end of the month – February 28, 2014 to be exact, with a Capital Cities two night run that sold out in less than an hour.  While certainly the pop vein — Capital Cities’ Spencer Ludwig and his trumpet will be portending the brass and funk infusion that is set to hit the Boulevard come March.



Particularly – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, supported by Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, on March 13th and the funk gods known as Lettuce on March 26th.  Both acts could have gone to larger venues (KDTU played El Rey Theatre recently and Lettuce rocked Club Nokia as part of the Royal Family Ball) – but Goldenvoice wisely corralled them for more intimate experiences at The Roxy.   LA funk fans can rejoice as there may be another venue in the scene fixed on helping recruit some funk favorites to the City of Angels important Boulevard.

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe routinely deliver a set of material that spans over a decade and features diesel Denson’s signature saxophone and flute.  Rolling Stones and/or Beastie Boy covers are not uncommon – and Denson’s vocal talents have only improved over time.  Touring in support of their February 4th release New Ammo (out on Stoopid Records), the Tiny Universe will be joined by the always exceptional Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk.  The chemistry of Neville and his dual bass family that’s backed by Nikki Glaspie‘s drums is both raw and palpable.

Less than two weeks later, with barely enough time to cool down, Lettuce is going to turn Sunset Strip into one heady salad of the funk variety.  L.A. local @edangerous Erick “Jesus” Coomes on bass will be raging in the middle, along with Break Science‘s Adam Deitch on drums and his Berklee College of Music brethren that include other kings of their trade like Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff on guitar, Ryan Zoidis on saxophone,  Eric Benny Bloom on trumpet, Neal Evans (Hammond B3; keys) and Eric Krasno (guitar) of Soulive fame, and Nigel Hall on vocals (and more).   If you like rhythm and funk – look no further. I f you’re not familiar, but you grew up with parents that played Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire and/or Herbie Hancock — do yourself a favor and grab a ticket.   If you’re none of the above – at least enter our ticket giveaway (see other options for entering on our giveaways page) because Lettuce are one of the few acts where I can honestly guarantee you’ll have a good time and leave impressed.

For both Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk as well as Lettuce, you can enter by emailing or tweeting out @theroxy @goldenvoice @supergoodmusic and either @karldenson @dumpstaphunk or @lettucefunk @edangerous @realdeitchbeats!






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