Former Turkuaz horns Josh Schwartz, Greg Sanderson, and Chris Brouwers have signed onto the North Beach Music Festival lineup as The Horn Section. The respective baritone saxophonist, tenor saxophonist, and trumpeter will act as artists-at-large, sitting in during sets throughout the festival December 10th and 11th at the North Beach Bandshell in Miami Beach, FL.
This news comes after seven members of Turkuaz announced their departure from the Brooklyn funk nonet on November 2nd. In an open letter to fans, guitarist/keyboardist Craig Brodhead, Brouwers, drummer Mikey Carubba, vocalist Shira Elias, vocalist Sammi Garett, Sanderson, Schwartz, and touring crew member Zach Fichter revealed they will no longer perform with the group. This was followed two days later by a message from frontman Dave Brandwein, who responded by opening up about his own personal struggles with addiction, though he did not outright say that Turkuaz was dissolved.
The Horn Section joins the existing North Beach Music Festival lineup of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, TAUK, Spafford (x2), The Motet, Marco Benevento, Aqueous, Ghost-Note, Eric Krasno & The Assembly, Holly Bowling, and many more. Additionally, former Turkuaz vocalist Shira Elias will take part in a guest-filled set with The Motet, featuring additional support from Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident) and Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), the latter of whom will also perform a duo acoustic set with Brendan Bayliss (Umphrey’s McGee).
Tickets for the inaugural North Beach Music Festival in Miami Beach, FL December 10th and 11th are on sale here. Scroll down to see a full lineup.