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Embrace the funk of Turkuaz

At the Night Lights Music Festival in early September, you would have been hard-pressed to encounter a band that wasn’t tearing it up on stage, playing like its very life depended on it, and summoning a stellar blend of funk, jazz, jam-band, prog-rock and R&B. But even among such stellar company as Consider the Source, Snarky Puppy, Lazlo Hollyfeld, Rhubarb and Smackdab, the Brooklyn-based funk collective Turkuaz stood out.

Tearing a page from the Sly & the Family Stone/Parliament Funkadelic “extended family on the stage throwing a house party” playbook, Turkuaz – whose drummer, Michelangelo Carubba, is a Buffalo boy – plays funk like a house on fire, and summons a distinctively joyous vibe. The nine-piece ensemble has been fine-tuning its slamming live act over the past few years through near-constant touring and some decidedly high-profile festival appearances. The band returns to Buffalo, scene of more than a few memorable evenings in the past, to celebrate Halloween in style at 8 p.m. Friday in the Waiting Room (334 Delaware Ave.) with guests Jimkata. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door (box office, Ticketfly.com).

– Jeff Miers

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