Turkuaz and Aqueous at Beachland Tavern: Concert Review

Turkuaz at Beachland Tavern
  • Turkuaz at Beachland Tavern
Last night's show at Beachland Tavern, attended by a dedicated crowd of Cleveland's jam scene loyalists, brought together the best strands of funky improv, sky-high rock 'n' roll and jazzy, ambient interludes.

Bedecked in full-body painter coveralls, the 10 members of Turkuaz transformed the tiny tavern into a massive party with their energetic set. The rapid-fire lyrical delivery of "Smarter than the Speaker," for instance, dizzied up the room as the backing music pounded melodic funk into the atmosphere.

It's clear that the band draws on a wide spectrum of influences, including James Brown, Talking Heads and John Brown's Body. From the first note of their set, the band made sure the whole room was gettin' down and enjoying the night.

There are a lot of things happening onstage during a Turkuaz show. The brass section, held down by Greg Sanderson, Josh Schwartz and Chris Brouwers, applied a killer combo of robotic dance moves and soulful washes of tone. On the other side of the stage, Geneva Williams and Sammi Garett laid down some sultry, feminine vocals to balance frontman Dave Brandwein's funk swagger.

In all, the show was incredible, and people both in the crowd and outside catching a quick smoke were quick to point out the band's talents.

Aqeuous, a Buffalo-based jam band that has made several appearances in Cleveland recently, once again brought the heat to Beachland's stage. Highlights of their set included titanic versions of "They're Calling for Ya" and "Warren in the Window," as well as a progged-out cover of Radiohead's "Just."

Be sure to catch them April 19 when they team up with Broccoli Samurai for a unique "hybrid" show at Grog Shop.

Aqueous Setlist:

Eon Don >
Timmy's Blades >
They're Calling for Ya
All In
Warren in the Window