Written by Alan Hirtzel
Calling all cabbage heads! Saturday at Red Rocks was a solid night of funk and all around jamming with some pretty awesome talent. Lettuce returned to host their 2nd installment of Rage Rocks here in Colorado. DJ J Rocc of The Beat Junkies started off the night with a chill set of reggae and R&B. The Russ Liquid Test was up next performing a live set. I was pleasantly surprised by how different and unique their sound was. I would describe it was a combination of electronic, funk, electro, and even some dubby elements thrown in. It was a great way to warm up the crowd for the next and highly anticipated act; Turkauz. As they filed onstage you could tell they were just as excited as the audience was for the performance. They played an fun, uplifting funky set filled with dancing and high energy, setting the pace for the rest of the night.
After another 30 minute intermission Lettuce was up! They played 2 sets, during which they cycled through the various special guests featured. First up was Marcus King on the keyboard, and boy can he play! Combined with Lettuce keyboardist Neal Evans, the two went all out in a display of talent. Following King was legendary guitarist John Scofield, who went to town on playing “Back in Effect” and “The Flu, showcasing his amazing guitar virtuosity. Going back to back on guitar riffs and solos with Eric Krasno and Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff resulted in some pretty epic jams before their first 15 minute intermission.
After the break, the lights came on to reveal the entire band clad in black cloaks, and an ominous figure in the front. The music started, and Ghostface Killah was out and immediately told the crowd to throw up the Wu Tang “W”. Together they performed “Requiem” and “Mighty Healthy” with flawless rapping from the legend. He thanked the band for a flawless performance, further showcasing their versatility with playing not only funk but branching into hip-hop. Next up was the famous New Orleans vocalist and percussionist Cyril Neville. His energy and presence on stage was infectious, as it got the whole crowd excited and jamming to his voice to “Gossip”. Then they announced the final guest, the world famous bassist George Porter Jr. who laid it down along Erick “Jesus” Coomes in playing “I Need More Time/Africa.”. The two bassists seemed to feed off the other’s energy, resulting in a frenzied duel that was epic to say the least. The two left the stage and it was up to just the band to close out the night. They played a couple more classics and slower jams to lay the crowd down.
Overall, an incredible night full of funk hip-hop and soul, and inspiring talent and passion.
Photos by Phierce Photo by Keith G.