Lettuce Biography & News
Seven-man ensemble is a real band of brothers (Updated May 30, 2013)
Celebrating more than two decades as a band ruled by old school funk, the Brooklyn-based Lettuce is the seven-member ensemble of Eric Krasno, Neal Evans, Adam Deitch, Erick "E.D." Coomes, Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff, Sam Kininger, Ryan Zoidis, and Nigel Hall. They are hailed for energetic live shows and unrivaled chemistry, often referring to themselves as a true band of brothers.
Lettuce was founded in 1992 when all of its members attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. They cited influences of various other funk bands including Earth, Wind and Fire and Tower of Power, and eventually began playing together in Boston jazz clubs in the fall of 1994. The band's name stems from asking club owners and other musicians if they would "Let us play?", spawing the name Lettuce.
Thanks to a true grass roots effort and word of mouth advertising, Lettuce had developed a following in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Tokyo by the time they released their first album. The 2001 effort, "Outta Here," was followed by "Live in Tokyo" in 2003, while "Rage" bowed in 2008 and included covers of Charles Wright's "Express Yourself" and Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up."
The band's latest project, "Fly!" was released in 2012, with the title track recorded all analog to two-inch tape, dubbed out with reverb and delay. Other tracks like "Madison Square" and "Ziggowatt" are more futuristic, while "Bowler" is said to be well-suited for a live audience. The band toured coast-to-coast in 2011, then conquered the east coast of the U.S. in late 2012. They kicked things off with a date at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 20, then visited select cities like Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. in early November.
Lettuce played with the Soul Rebels Brass Band on Jam Cruise 2013, and recently performed at the Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois' Three Sisters Park. They'll also play the All Good Music Festival in Thornville, Ohio on July 18, the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan on July 26 and the Catskill Chill Music Festival in Hancock, New York on September 6.
|Album name||Release date|
|Live in Tokyo||2004|
Top 10 Lettuce Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|2||King of the Burgs||2,300||1,134|
|3||Need to Understand||1,895||1,034|
|5||Move on Up||2,218||978|
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Lettuce Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 02/21/2015 Toronto ON Danforth Music Hall 02/20/2015 Detroit MI Saint Andrews Hall 02/19/2015 Urbana IL Canopy Club 02/18/2015 Madison WI Majestic Theatre 02/17/2015 Minneapolis MN First Avenue 02/13/2015 Telluride CO Telluride Conference Center 02/12/2015 Aspen CO Belly Up Aspen 02/11/2015 Park City UT Park City Live 02/10/2015 Missoula MT The Top Hat 02/08/2015 Boise ID Knitting Factory - Boise 02/07/2015 Seattle WA Neptune Theatre 02/06/2015 Portland OR Wonder Ballroom 02/05/2015 Crystal Bay NV Crystal Bay Club Casino 02/04/2015 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 02/03/2015 Solana Beach CA Belly Up Tavern 01/18/2015 Winston-Salem NC Ziggy's 01/17/2015 Charleston SC Music Farm 01/16/2015 Athens GA Georgia Theatre 01/15/2015 Jacksonville FL Mavericks 01/14/2015 Orlando FL House of Blues Orlando 01/13/2015 Saint Petersburg FL State Theatre 01/11/2015 Fort Lauderdale FL Revolution Live
Lettuce Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 12/31/2014 San Francisco CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 12/30/2014 San Francisco CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 12/06/2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 12/05/2014 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 11/13/2014 Live Oak FL Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park 11/01/2014 Philadelphia PA Electric Factory 10/31/2014 New York NY Terminal 5 10/30/2014 Washington DC 9:30 Club 10/29/2014 New Haven CT Toad's Place 10/28/2014 Clifton Park NY Upstate Concert Hall 10/26/2014 Montreal QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre 10/25/2014 South Burlington VT Higher Ground 10/24/2014 Boston MA House of Blues Boston 10/23/2014 Rochester NY Water Street Music Hall 10/22/2014 Millvale PA Mr. Small's Funhouse 10/21/2014 Cleveland OH House Of Blues Cleveland 10/20/2014 Bloomington IN Bluebird Nightclub 10/17/2014 Memphis TN Minglewood Hall 10/16/2014 Nashville TN Cannery Ballroom 10/15/2014 Atlanta GA Egyptian Ballroom at Fox Theatre - Atlanta 10/14/2014 Jackson MS Duling Hall 10/11/2014 Austin TX Emo's Austin 10/10/2014 Austin TX Zilker Park 10/10/2014 Dallas TX House of Blues Dallas 10/09/2014 Baton Rouge LA Varsity Theatre 10/09/2014 Baton Rouge LA Varsity Theatre 10/08/2014 Tuscaloosa AL Dixie on the Strip 10/03/2014 Austin TX Zilker Park 09/06/2014 Saint Louis MO Central Field Forest Park 08/29/2014 Chicago IL Union Park 08/29/2014 Chicago IL Union Park 08/29/2014 Chicago IL V Live 07/11/2014 Macungie PA Luna Light Music & Arts Festival 07/10/2014 New York NY Le Poisson Rouge 07/03/2014 Quincy CA Plumas Fairgrounds 06/05/2014 Ozark AR Mulberry Mountain 06/05/2014 Ozark AR Mulberry Mountain 05/23/2014 Chillicothe IL Three Sisters Park 05/17/2014 Morrison CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 05/01/2014 New Orleans LA Mardi Gras World 04/04/2014 Houston TX Fitzgerald's 04/03/2014 Austin TX Emo's Austin 04/02/2014 Dallas TX Granada Theater 04/01/2014 Albuquerque NM Envy Nightclub Albuquerque 03/30/2014 Las Vegas NV Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas 03/28/2014 Phoenix AZ Margaret T. Hance Park 03/28/2014 Phoenix AZ Crescent Ballroom 03/28/2014 Phoenix AZ Margaret T. Hance Park 03/27/2014 Solana Beach CA Belly Up Tavern 03/26/2014 West Hollywood CA The Roxy Theatre 02/22/2014 Toronto ON Phoenix Concert Theatre 02/21/2014 Buffalo NY Tralf Music Hall 02/20/2014 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall 02/19/2014 Asheville NC The Orange Peel 02/17/2014 Tuscaloosa AL The Dixie 02/16/2014 Chattanooga TN Track 29 02/15/2014 Athens GA Georgia Theatre 02/14/2014 Charlotte NC The Chop Shop 02/13/2014 Raleigh NC Lincoln Theatre 02/12/2014 Wilmington DE World Cafe Live at The Queen 02/09/2014 Syracuse NY The Westcott Theater 02/08/2014 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Wolf Den 02/07/2014 Portland ME Port City Music Hall 02/06/2014 Providence RI Fete 01/18/2014 London Wsm Ronnie Scott's 01/17/2014 London Wsm Ronnie Scott's 01/16/2014 London Wsm Ronnie Scott's
Lettuce Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/21/2013 Port Chester NY The Capitol Theatre 12/20/2013 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 12/19/2013 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 12/18/2013 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 12/14/2013 San Francisco CA The Fillmore 12/12/2013 Chicago IL Concord Music Hall 09/21/2013 Pittsburgh PA The Rex Theater 09/20/2013 Washington DC 9:30 Club 09/19/2013 New Haven CT Toad's Place 09/18/2013 New York NY Stage 48 09/04/2013 Boston MA Paradise Rock Club 08/24/2013 Atlanta GA Terminal West 08/23/2013 Nashville TN Cannery Ballroom 07/18/2013 Thornville OH Legend Valley 06/27/2013 Rothbury MI Double JJ Ranch 06/01/2013 Denver CO Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom 05/31/2013 Denver CO Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom 05/24/2013 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 05/24/2013 Chillicothe IL Three Sisters Park 05/18/2013 Baltimore MD Baltimore Soundstage 05/16/2013 Philadelphia PA The Blockley 05/02/2013 New Orleans LA Howlin Wolf 04/12/2013 Weert LI De Bosuil 01/07/2013 Fort Lauderdale FL MSC Poesia 01/07/2013 Miami FL Jam Cruise
Lettuce Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/13/2012 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 11/03/2012 Washington DC 9:30 Club 09/06/2012 Norwalk CT Rhythm Nightclub 07/23/2012 Boston MA Berklee Performance Center 07/19/2012 Bridgeport CT Seaside Park 07/19/2012 Thornville OH Legend Valley 06/09/2012 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 06/08/2012 Saratoga Springs NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center 03/11/2012 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl 03/04/2012 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl
Lettuce Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 11/05/2011 Philadelphia PA Theatre of Living Arts 10/22/2011 Portland ME State Theatre 10/21/2011 Boston MA House of Blues Boston 09/03/2011 Chicago IL Union Park 09/02/2011 Chicago IL Union Park 03/02/2011 Brooklyn NY Brooklyn Bowl