words + photos by Joe Cortez
East coast funk band Lettuce stopped by LA's Club Nokia this past Friday night for a date as part of the band's co-headlining tour with performance artists and electronic beat-makers Beats Antique. The pairing seemed may have seemed like strange bedfellows on paper but the night proved to be one of the most outright fun and enjoyable times I've had at a show thus far this year.
Formed in Boston back in 1992, Lettuce has been crafting its own brand of soulful and hip hop-infused funk, honing their live chops by building fervent fan bases in New York, San Fran, Chicago and even Tokyo. Their most recent album, "Crush" (available now via Lettuce Records) moves the band's sound into a more polished realm of pop grooviness, showing the band has no intentions of letting up in its quest for the funkiest beats.
So captivating were the boys in Lettuce that they managed to keep the typically laid back LA crowd moving for the length of the band's hour plus set, which included a special appearance by vocalist Nigel Hall for the last few songs of the night.
Check out my photos from the night, also featuring Beats Antique and opener Lafa Taylor, below. For more on Lettuce, including upcoming dates, be sure to head over to lettucefunk.com and follow @lettucefunk on Twitter.
Lettuce Photo Gallery
Beats Antique Photo Gallery
Lafa Taylor Photo Gallery