Jefferson Center Presents

Lettuce: VIbe Tour

with support from Cimafunk

Shaftman Performance Hall
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LETTUCE is a genre-busting six-member musical collective formed in 1992 by four alumni of the prestigious Berklee College Of Music that both feeds the rich history of funk and combines it with strains of hip-hop, rock, psychedelia, jazz, soul, jam, go-go, and the avant-garde.

The GRAMMY® Award-nominated six-piece is comprised of Adam Deitch [drums, percussion, arrangement], Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff [guitar], Erick“Jesus” Coomes [bass], Ryan Zoidis [alto, baritone, tenor sax, Korg X-911], Eric “Benny” Bloom [trumpet, horns], and Nigel Hall [vocals, Hammond B-3,Rhodes, clavinet, keyboards].  To date, their discography includes OuttaHere [2002], Rage! [2008], Fly [2012], Crush [2015], the EP Mt.Crushmore [2016], the live album WitchesStew [2017], Elevate [2019], Resonate [2020], Unify [2022], and now VIBE– a single 48 minute continuous session of pure, free-flowing improvisation, available digitally for the first time.

With VIBE, Lettuce cement their status as boundary-pushing innovators three decades into their lauded career, blurring lines and smashing up jazz chords, psychedelic passages, big horns, strains of soul and go-go, hip-hop elements for an uplifting, improvisational sound all their own. Ryan Zoidis explains, “we got into a vibe and hit record. 48 minutes went by like a blink of an eye. This is our first purely improvised recording. Nothing planned, nothing edited or overdubbed. This is a true spontaneous musical expression captured in its entirety.”

All together now… Lett us VIBE.

CIMAFUNK

Cimafunk is a Grammy-nominated, Afro-CubanRockstar. His name refers to his heritage as a "cimarrón," Cubans ofAfrican descent who resisted and escaped slavery, as well as to the essence ofhis music that aims to subvert classical Cuban rhythms with innovative mixes offunk, afrobeat and hip hop. Cimafunk has received overwhelming praise touringthe U.S. and Europe, making a name for himself as one of today's great showman,performing an electric live show with La Tribu, his 9-person band from Havana.His live show is a celebration of groove and an unforgettable sonic and bodilyexperience. Cimafunk is redefining contemporary Cuban music as well asAfro-Latin identity and the fusion of black cultures. His latest album, ElAlimento, was nominated at the 2023 GRAMMY Awards for Best Latin Rock orAlternative Album.

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