On Friday, Lettuce kicked off their two-night stand at Playstation Theater in the heart of New York City’s iconic Times Square. Fresh off the release of their new EP Mt. Crushmore this week, the band was at the top of their game, featuring their full arsenal of talented musicians: Adam Smirnoff, Jesus Coomes, Ryan Zoidis, Eric “Benny” Bloom, Neal Evans, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno, and now-permanent member Nigel Hall.
At the band’s Playstation Theater run last November, Nigel Hall was just a featured guest, coming in to sing a pair of soulful covers ahead of the release of his debut solo album, Ladies and Gentleman…Nigel Hall. This time around, now a regular member of the lineup, Hall and the rest of the band shined, delivering fan favorites new and old–cuts from the new release, jazzy, focused improv, and some sing-along covers, including “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by British 80’s pop act Tears For Fears.
For the encore, the band had a trick up their sleeve: Fresh off a performance of School Of Rock down the block, guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer joined the band to help them “crush” their Crush anthem “Sounds Like A Party”. Watch fan-shot video of the encore sit-in below, thanks to YouTube user Nick Fitanides:
Lettuce is connecting right now–firing on all cylinders–and they’ve never sounded better. And with one more night in Times Square tonight, the party is just getting started.
Check out photos from Lettuce’s night one dance party below courtesy of Capacity Images.