TURBO STREET FUNK
NEW ALBUM COMES OUT JULY 6, 2016
• Buy their CDs
CD Release Party with opening act Kunlé
The Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St W, Toronto, ON | (416)-598-4226
Wednesday, July 6 - Doors @ 8:30 pm / Opening act: 9-9:45 pm / Turbo – 10-11:15 pm
TICKETS: $10 – Purchase advance tickets here
TORONTO – Toronto’s own high-energy, horn-band sensation TURBO STREET FUNK accelerate their forward motion with their new, sophomore album, MOMENTUM. Known for their explosive, infectious live performances, that have consistently drawn huge crowds – from their beginnings busking on the streets of The Six, to intimate club dates, and massive festival stages – the band will bring their hyper-engaging live show to The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern as they release the new album on Wednesday, July 6th.
• The doors open at 8:30 pm, opening act Kunlé starts at 9:00 pm, and Turbo Street Funk hits the stage at 10:00 pm.
Momentum is a very apt name for the new Turbo Street Funk album: most of the self-penned songs encourage forward motion through our lives, and the recording captures the epic thrust and drive of their live show. Most of the players in the band are music school graduates and they’re all skillful, talented musicians, but it never gets in the way of their musical fun – or ours. If this album doesn’t make you want to smile, laugh, or dance, you might wanna check your vital signs. This is lease-breaking music at its best.
The title track "Momentum,” with its climactic chorus and stadium-friendly refrain, is an inspirational, feel-good anthem that lives up to the band’s turbo-charged name.
“If I Think Twice” finds ska and klezmer mixing it up in the alley with gypsy rock, with a surprisingly funky tuba, fun backing vocals and a crazy-ass guitar solo.
Although one of the songs is called “Never Been To New Orleans,” judging by the performance on this song, it sure sounds like they have. It showcases double-time tempo for the featured bluesy harmonica and sax solos, as well as the party finish, replete with growling horns and cheering crowd.
"Seven" – an instrumental mashup of The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)," and Grieg's "In The Hall of the Mountain King" – employs a ska rhythm to get to the funky soul of these classic, and classic-rock gems. It takes great verve and imagination to pull this inventive medley off, but Turbo Street Funk does.
Their cover of the Ghostbusters’ theme – perfectly timed to coincide with the blockbuster reboot movie of the summer of 2016 – rides an ultra-rhythmic beat and a wailing sax solo to end the album on a high.
All of the songs on Momentum were produced by Chris Birkett and engineered by James Finnerty at Revolution Recording in Toronto, except track four “Whoever You Are,” which was produced and engineered by Ross Hayes Citrullo at Media One Creative in Toronto.
Musicians on the Album:
Casey Van: Vocals, Guitar & Harmonica / Juan Manuel Arce: Alto Saxophone / Joel Eric Szabo: French Horn / Camilo Gallon: Drums / Ian Feenstra: Sousaphone
Upcoming Tour Dates
May 27 – Mississauga, ON – Failte Irish Pub
June 3 – Orangeville, ON – Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival
June 4 – Toronto, ON – Riverside Eats & Beats Festival
June 4 – Streetsville, ON – Streetsville Bread & Honey Festival
June 11 – Midland, ON – Butter Tart Festival
June 18 – Burlington, ON – Sound of Music Festival
June 19 – Toronto, ON – Princess Margaret Journey to Conquer Cancer
June 24 – Ajax, ON – Pickering Village JAMFest
June 25 – Ajax, ON – Pickering Village JAMFest
June 26 – Toronto, ON – Royal Conservatory of Music’s Wide Open House
July 1 – Toronto, ON – Canada Day At Mel Lastman Square
July 2 – Gravenhurst, ON – FunkFest
July 6 – Toronto, ON – CD RELEASE at Horseshoe Tavern
July 8 – Kincardine, ON – Lighthouse Blues Festival
July 13 & 14 – Mont Tremblant, QC – Tremblant International Blues Festival
July 16 – Sackets Harbor, NY, USA – CAN AM International Festival
July 23 – Orillia, ON – Downtown Orillia’s Summer Block Party
July 29 - 31 – Clarendon, ON – Blue Skies Music Festival
Aug 6 – Ottawa, ON – Upper Ottawa River Race and Paddle Festival
Aug 13 – Owen Sound, ON – Avalon Jazz Lounge
Aug 14 – Owen Sound, ON – Harbour Nights
TURBO STREET FUNK perform "TO THE STREET" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Beaches Jazz Festival "Street Fest" on July 23, 2015.