15th Groove Brno Festival features the biggest names in funk and Grammy nominees – Brno Daily
In 2022, the Groove Brno festival celebrates its 15th anniversary, and has just announced the first artists for this year’s line-up. Metro Music Bar and Sono Centrum will host funk and soul music from Oakland’s Tower of Power, New York’s Spyro Gyro and Boston’s Grammy-nominated Lettuce. Photo: Lettuce / Credit: Jeremy Elder.
“For fifteen years, we have had the privilege of becoming a concert destination for many stars. We’ve had several firsts every year, like Dirty Loops, Judith Hill, and the Kennedy administration. I dare say that we are the only national festival dedicated solely to funk and soul. The energy of the musicians and their fans motivates us to do better and better, despite the sluggishness of the past two years. We are ready to dance in clubs for the next 15 years,” said festival director Josef Buchta.
On November 9, Sono Centrum will host the funk sounds of Tower of Power and Spyro Gyra. International funk legends Tower of Power, hailing from Oakland, Calif., will perform hits from their career spanning more than 50 years. The Oakland mayor’s office has even declared May 31 as a day to celebrate this historically significant ensemble. From their first recording in 1970, they were adopted by Bill Graham, manager of Jefferson Airplane and promoter of the Grateful Dead and other big names in the scene. The band’s horn section added groove to the studio work of Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Elton John and Santana. New York quintet Spyro Gyra will perform a selection of their more than 30 albums, many of which have been certified platinum and gold.
Lettuce members have worked with Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and John Scofield. Founded on the campus of Berklee College of Music, the world’s largest independent school of contemporary music, the group has topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart and the iTunes Top R&B Albums Chart, in addition to a recent nomination. at the Grammys for the year’s contemporary instrumental album. Their concert at the Metro Music Bar on October 8 will be their first in the Czech Republic.
“Funk is a living, breathing thing with many subgenres,” said Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch. “We seek to add our own flavors by mixing jazz chords, psychedelic passages, powerful blasts and elements of the instrumental side of hip-hop. We are also expanding the funk base with on-site improvisations. It forces us to react, to pay attention and to listen to ourselves. By combining everything, we try to add something more to the culture that we love so much.
More than a dozen Grammy winners have visited Brno in the past as part of Groove Brno, led by Ernie Watts, Kurt Elling and Candy Dulfer. One of James Brown and Prince’s closest bandmates, saxophonist Maceo Parker, also played in the town. Many festival artists were making their national or at least regional debuts. Besides international artists, the program also featured stars from Czech, B-Side Band with Vojtěch Dyk, Ochepovsky Project and Ondřej Havelka’s Melody Makers.
Between now and the end of the year, BUJOART, the organizing agency of Groove Brno, is planning eight more concerts, with dates and artists to be announced gradually. Tickets for the festival can be purchased from the GoOut sales network or at the Brno tourist office.
The project is supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture, the South Moravian region and the city of Brno.
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