Live for Live Music is proud to announce The Funk Sessions, a new monthly residency based in Denver, CO at Cervantes’ Other Side. The Funk Sessions will feature a rotating cast of players from across the funk and jam scenes playing in unique and creative lineups. Each month will center around a host artist and a hand-picked, curated lineup of colleagues, friends, and musicians they admire.
The first edition of this new residency will take place on Tuesday, January 29th and will be hosted by Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, guitarist for the iconic modern funk band, Lettuce. He’ll be joined by a cast of hand-picked all-star players. Staying true to the Denver music scene, local heroes Joey Porter and Garrett Sayers from The Motet will hold down keys and bass respectively. Fellow Lettuce member Eric “Benny” Bloom will make his way to Denver to add his trumpet to the mix, and high-energy drummer and sometimes-vocalist Isaac Teel from TAUK will also be in the house. The band will be rounded out by special guest Casey Benjamin, saxophonist and vocalist from GRAMMY-winning Jazz/R&B fusion group the Robert Glasper Experiment.
A somewhat recent transplant to Denver, Shmeeans is one of the most versatile guitarists in live music today. Having toured with Lettuce for years, as well as everyone from Robert Randolph & The Family Band to Lady Gaga and beyond, Shmeeans is one of the most respected guitarists in live music, and his wide-ranging musical knowledge makes him the perfect fit for the first-ever version of The Funk Sessions.
This unique lineup, playing as a group for the first time ever, is sure to rock the foundations of the Other Side with deep funk and jazz grooves. All six players are masters of their instruments and improvisational wizards, and their collaboration should be nothing short of special.
Tickets for this show are on sale NOW, with a very limited amount of specially-priced holiday tickets available.
We cannot wait to see all of our Denver friends at The Funk Sessions!
Date: Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
Show: THE FUNK SESSIONS w/ host Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (Lettuce), featuring Joey Porter (The Motet), Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Eric “Benny” Bloom (Lettuce), Isaac Teel (TAUK), and special guest Casey Benjamin (Robert Glasper Experiment)
Venue: Cervantes’ Other Side – 2637 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205
Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
Tickets: $10 Holiday Pre-Sale / $15 Advance / $20 Day Of Show