Undoubtedly, many a booty was shaken on a recent Friday at Irving Plaza in NYC. Primal groove masters Turkuaz set it off for slick and soulful Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds who brought the boogie ‘til the wee morning hours.
From first to last, Turkuaz absolutely positively assassinated it. Their distinct high-energy funk blast of a sound falls somewhere between The Talking Heads and Lettuce; they are a grande funk ensemble with babes on the side.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this Brooklyn power funk act is their ability to create a wall of sound – without drowning out any one member. They fit together like a puzzle instead of a pile of jumbled pieces. Not only that, their sultry backup singers double as swaggy dancers who add the perfect amount of heat.
After Turkuaz’ solid set of power filth, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds took the stage. The crowd erupted. Sparrow and the fellas picked up where Turkuaz left off keeping the energy high and the feet shuffling until the third song, when they made the first of many decrescendos of their set. Sister Sparrow and the Dirty birds are undeniably funky, but with a serious dose of bluesiness. They’re not afraid to slow things down and change up the energy in the room.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds’ “Millie Mae”
Some highlights of their set included a higher-tempo version of their single “Long Way” and a fantastic cover of Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” featuring a fiery harmonica solo just after everyone’s favorite part: “Get on your backs and ride!”
No doubt both these acts put on a helluva show, and they’re both bands worthy of keeping your eye on.
Written by Peter DeStefano
Photos by Tiffany Harris (to see more photos from this show just click here!)
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