Oyster Bay, N.Y, must be a funky town. I’ve never been there, but if Tauk emerged from that southern Long Island Nassau County town, it must be playing Bootsy Collins and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters to residents while they’re still in the womb.
Tauk – guitarist Matt Jalbert, bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist A.C. Carte, and drummer Isaac Teel – has been building its reputation and stoking its buzz through constant touring and prominent festival appearances over the past several years. Most of the band’s following is comprised of jam band fans at this point, but don’t be misled. Tauk’s music is funky at its core, and routinely draws from jazz fusion pop, hip-hop, soul, alternative, trance, prog rock and organic dance music, employing an all-instrumental canvas to create narrative-based pieces that live and breathe and move.
Strong in the recording studio, Tauk’s music is writ largest in the live concert setting, as a stop at the Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.) in 2014 made plain. The band returns to the same venue for a show at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 with After Funk. Tickets are $12 advance (Ticketfly.com) or $15 at the door.
- Jeff Miers