Focused on mashing up Led Zeppelin and Parliament Funkadelic tunes, Turkuaz drummer Michelangelo Carubba brought a cast of all-stars together late night on Sunday for an amazing performance at New Orleans’ Maison on Frenchmen Street. Along with his Turkuaz bandmate Shira Elias, Carubba tapped Roosevelt Collier, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Rob Walker (The Main Squeeze), Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Elise Testone, Jessica Jones, Joanna Teters, Papa Mali, Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), and Khris Royal for the special tribute show.
The Maison was rocking ’til around 4:30 a.m. with this wild and woolly tribute to the two musically different but culturally similar bands, and fans were still begging for more after the last notes and band’s introductions had finished. With highlights like Carruba’s own thunderous take on “Moby Dick”, Collier and Taz’s back and forth throughout the show, Papa Mali’s and Eddie Roberts’ fiery respective sit-ins, and the vocal fireworks of the front four—Shira Elias, Elise Testone, Jessica Jones and Joanna Teters—throughout the night, it was hard to blame fans wanting the music to continue. Oh, and as always, Steveland Swatkins was easily the most energetic and purely happy musician that has ever stepped on a stage, and his enthusiasm was clearly contagious to his fellow players.
We’ve got some video highlights from the Z-Funk tribute for you below, including the closing mash-up of “Give Up The Funk”, “Ramble On”, and “Whole Lotta Love”, that shows exactly why this show was so special. Enjoy!
Setlist: Z-Funk: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin & Parliament Funkadelic | Maison | New Orleans, LA | 4/29/2018
Set: Song Remains the Same, P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up), Mothership Connection, Flashlight > Trampled Under Foot > Immigrant Song, Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication, Red Hot Mama, No Quarter, When The Levee Breaks, Moby Dick, Unfunky UFO, Handcuffs, Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) > Ramble On > Give Up The Funk > Whole Lotta Love
“Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)” > “Ramble On” > “Give Up The Funk” > “Whole Lotta Love”
“When The Levee Breaks”