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Lettuce toss you up

Hot band out of Boston plus special guest RDGLDGRN get set to rock the mesa

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Toss your head and have some funk with Lettuce. Get down to the Washington, D.C.-inspired go-go drumbeats of RDGLDGRN (pronounced “red, gold, green”). Like a Boss Productions brings the two bands together for a night of hip-hop-influenced rhythm.

Lettuce and special guest RDGLDGRN throw down their feel-good vibes Friday (Oct. 20) from 7-10 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewing’s Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west.

Lettuce was formed back in 1992, when several of the band members were teenagers and attending a summer program at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Inspired by funk artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Tower of Power, the teens founded Lettuce that summer. A couple of years later, they reunited as undergraduates at Berklee.

“Our original goal was just to find gigs and spread love through funk music,” commented Lettuce drummer Adam Deitch. “We didn’t have any shows, so we would just sit in with local bands.”

The story goes that the band’s name came from its members’ habit of walking up to club owners and asking them to “let us play.”

Eventually, the band did get its own shows, and Lettuce’s fan base now extends far beyond the Boston area, to U.S. and international cities.

Lettuce is drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and trumpet player Eric Bloom.

The band has recorded a number of albums: “Outta Here” (2002), “Rage!” (2009), “Fly” (2012) and “Crush” (2015). The group’s EP, “Mt. Crushmore,” was released in November 2016 as a follow-up to “Crush.”

“‘Mt. Crushmore’ was the missing piece of our album, ‘Crush,’” said Deitch. “It’s a funky record!”

Over time, the band has been able to embrace all of the influential styles that have informed its sound, Deitch noted, “from funk to hip-hop, Eastern music, go-go, psychedelia and more.”

Lettuce has been lauded by The New York Times, National Public Radio and Billboard, among others.

This year, Lettuce has been busy with touring, writing and recording yet another record. The band is excited to be coming to Taos as part of its “Mt. Crushmore” tour.

“Tell everyone to come hang! We’re bringing the classiest funk party in the world to your doorstep,” Deitch asserted. He added, “We try to spread love through the universal beat that makes us all groove together as humans on earth.”

Touring with Lettuce and opening for the band is RDGLDGRN. Hailing from Washington, D.C., the band plays what it calls “hip-hop-infused punk and indie rock” featuring a go-go drum beat. The three members of the band identify themselves as Red, Gold and Green, hence their name. Their influences include Chuck Brown, Vampire Weekend and Outkast. The release of their song, “I Love Lamp,” on YouTube resulted in more than 100,000 views in just a few weeks.

Tickets are $25. For more information, call (575) 758-1900.

The Friday night show with Lettuce and RDGLDGRN is part of Like a Boss Production’s series of autumn concerts in Taos. Fall series passes are available for all four Like a Boss shows: Lettuce and RDGLDGRN (Oct. 20), Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck (Oct. 24), Kung Fu (Oct. 29) and Liver Down the River (Nov. 10).

All shows take place at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership. Fall passes and some advance tickets are available through taosmesabrewing.com. For more information, visit lettucefunk.com and rdgldgrn.com.

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