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Lettuce conquers Bear Creek Music Festival with 2 nights of face melting psychedelic funk

Over the course of two cold November nights in the Florida swamp, psychedelic funk super group Lettuce provided the soundtrack for an epic multi-night rage. Keeping the crowd in their palm with “classic” Lettuce tunes and busting out several new ones, the band was as fresh as ever, and primed to hit the recording studio just a few weeks later. The performance at these sets was so spot on that I’ve heard rumblings of a possible live release bonus disc to coincide with their forthcoming new album.

Here I bring you 74 minutes of video culled from both nights, including sit-ins by George Porter Jr. and Nigel Hall. This should get everyone primed for Bowlive III this week. Enjoy!

Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ Bear Creek Music Festival
(1 of 2) Blast Off, Ziggowatt, Sam Huff’s Flying Ragin’ Machine:

Sunday, November 13, 2011 @ Bear Creek Music Festival
(2 of 2) Need To Understand (w/ George Porter Jr), Nyack, Break Out > Relax:

Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ Bear Creek Music Festival
(1 of 2) Madison Square, By Any Shmeeans Necessary, Jack Flask:

Lettuce (w/ Nigel Hall)
Saturday, November 12, 2011 @ Bear Creek Music Festival
(2 of 2) Move On Up (after this video ends, they go into Joy & Pain, a Maze tune, then back into Move On Up to conclude an epic 18 minute Move On Up):

Big thanks to JB @ microcosmologist blog for sharing some of his up close Krasno footage, and thanks to Bob Adamek for the top photo.

Lettuce at Jam Cruise & Brooklyn Bowl 2011

Lettuce – Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield cover) 1/18/11 Brooklyn Bowl

Lettuce is a funk band that features Eric Krasno (of Soulive) and Adam Deitch (of Break Science). They are funky and have a killer horn section. They’ve been tearing up the live shows lately from Bear Creek (with the JB Horns) to the Caribbean Ocean to NYC.

Full pro-shot video of their Jam Cruise set can be viewed over at Iclips.net: http://www.iclips.net/watch/lettuce-1-6-201
I recommend clicking on the next to last song, Hang Up Your Hangs Ups [a Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters cover] as well as Break Out > Relax.

Barely a week later, on January 18, 2011, Lettuce played a Haiti benefit at the Brooklyn Bowl with Dr. John & Maceo Parker. It was rumored that Prince might show up after his Madison Square Garden gig, but that unfortunately didn’t happen. However, Questlove & Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce’s live drummer) both showed up and luckily there was a second drum kit set up for some extended break beat jams around some James Brown covers.

My friend Scott Bernstein recorded audio of the Brooklyn Bowl show and its one of the best recordings to come out of that room since it opened as a venue just over a year ago. It’s available to stream and/or download at the Live Music Archive in both 16-bit and 24-bit.

The track i’ve shared above is a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Move On Up” with a scorching guitar solo from Eric Krasno. See if you catch the three line quote from Bilal’s All That I Am (it’s at 3min6sec).