Return of The Ball Drop – Annual New Years Celebration To Hit Rams Head Live with Pimps Of Joytime


“Grooving basslines, soaring horns, and roaring guitars.”

— Entertainment Weekly


“Turkuaz’s tightly arranged songs are built on thick grooves, driven by those powerhouse rhythm and horn sections, as well as the four distinct vocalists.”

–Los Angeles Daily News


“Take nine Brooklyn hipsters with horns, synths, a dadaistic approach to songwriting and a collective sound of Sly & the Family Stone-meets-Talking Heads and you’ve got Turkuaz.” –Syracuse News


Brooklyn, NY (September 12, 2017) — As the end of 2017 nears, Turkuaz is thrilled to announce The Ball Drop, their annual New Year’s Eve celebration.  This year’s event will take place in Baltimore, MD at Rams Head Live and also feature Pimps Of Joytime.  The celebration will mark the end of a benchmark year for Turkuaz that includes notable debuts throughout the year at Jam Cruise, Red Rocks, Bonnaroo, Wanee Festival and numerous highlight appearances throughout the United States.


A limited amount of lower fee, fan pre-sale tickets are available now ahead of the general public on sale this Friday, September 15 at 10:00am EST. Discounted early bird VIP option available too.

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In addition to unveiling New Years plans, today marks the start of a massive Fall Tour for the group in Arcata, CA.  Consisting of just short of fifty stops and covering ground from coast to coast, the extensive run maintains the band on a busy schedule through December.  In addition to Sinkane, who joins throughout the already announced West Coast leg, other hand picked special guests include Con Brio, The Suffers, & Pimps Of Joytime.  Amidst the many club and theater plays, including a hometown show at the newly opened Brooklyn Steel, are a handful of festival appearances including Whale Rock Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, LEAF Festival and Hangtown Music Festival.  Turkuaz will be teaming up with Live for Live Music throughout the tour to provide behind-the-scenes coverage, real-time recaps, and more updates from the road.

They’ve become one of Brooklyn’s freshest exports, nine charismatic men and women brightly outfitted to have their colorful nature match their expressive voice, playing sounds that blend genuine soul and a potent funk that can’t be forced.  It’s been a quickly addictive pulse and a reputation for a distinct, heavy footed “Powerfunk” that continues to steadily grow their presence.  Since hitting the road hard in 2012, Turkuaz have a released a handful of albums, canvassed the US more times over, and continued to gather devoted listeners along the way.  The band has made impactful appearances at Bonnaroo & Red Rocks, and filled rooms east to west from Terminal 5 in New York to The Fillmore in San Francisco.  Balancing the conventional wisdom that has sparked their flame and using its heat to forge their own sword, Turkuaz is a band that can make anyone appreciate the side that feels familiar, yet remain intrigued by it’s ability to explore its own complex character comprised of nine striking personalities.



Live, Turkuaz is a rock band at the core, yet conjures up sweaty dance parties with the flick of an on-switch, a synchronized dance palette of vibrant colors, and eargasms that deliver pleasing punches one song at a time.  That combination is a spectacle that’s hard to miss and hard to leave feeling anything short of quenched.


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2017 Tour Dates

09/12 Arcata, CA: Humboldt Brews

09/13 Ashland, OR: The Historic Ashland Armory

09/14 Chico, CA: Lost On Main

09/15 Santa Cruz, CA: The Catalyst Atrium

09/16 San Francisco, CA: The Fillmore*

09/17 Templeton, CA: Whale Rock Music Festival

09/20 Missoula, MT: Top Hat Lounge*

09/21 Spokane, WA: Knitting Factory*

09/22 Seattle, WA: Neumos*

09/23 Portland, OR: Wonder Ballroom*

09/24 Bend, OR: Domino Room*

09/27 Salt Lake City, UT: The State Room*

09/28 Aspen, CO: Belly Up*

09/29 Boulder, CO: Fox Theatre*

09/30 Denver, CO: Ogden Theatre*

10/03 Phoenix, AZ: Last Exit Live*

10/04 Solana Beach, CA: Belly Up*

10/05 Los Angeles, CA: Teragram Ballroom*

10/06 Las Vegas, NV: The Yard @ Top Golf

10/07 Joshua Tree, CA: Joshua Tree Music Festival

10/18 Charlottesville, VA: The Southern Music Hall**

10/19 Richmond, VA: The Broadberry**

10/20 Raleigh, NC: Lincoln Theatre**

10/21 Black Mountain, NC: LEAF Festival

10/27 Placerville, CA: Hangtown Music Festival

10/28 Placerville, CA: Hangtown Music Festival

11/01 Cleveland, OH: Beachland Ballroom

11/02 Pittsburgh, PA: Rex Theater^

11/03 Philadelphia, PA: TLA^

11/04 Providence, RI: Fete Music Hall^

11/05 Portland, ME: Port City Music Hall^

11/07 Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Iron Works^

11/08 Syracuse, NY: Westcott Theater^

11/09 Northampton, MA: Pearl Street^

11/10 Woodstock, NY: Bearsville Theater^

11/11 Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Steel^

11/29 Minneapolis, MN: The Cabooze^

11/30 Madison, WI: High Noon Saloon^

12/01 Chicago, IL: Concord Music Hall^

12/02 Covington, KY: Madison Theater^

12/03 Morgantown, WV: 123 Pleasant Street^

12/06 Charleston, SC: Pour House^

12/07 Atlanta, GA: Terminal West^

12/08 Nasvhille, TN: Exit/In^

12/09 Indianapolis, IN: The Vogue Theatre^

12/29 Boston, MA: Paradise Rock Club ^^

12/30 New Haven, CT: College Street Music Hall ^^

12/31 Baltimore, MA: Rams Head Live ^^

*w/ Sinkane

** w/ Con Brio

^ w/ The Suffers

^^ w/ Pimps Of Joytime


Turkuaz is:

Dave Brandwein — Lead & Backing Vocals/Guitar

Taylor Shell — Bass

Craig Brodhead — Guitar/Keys

Michelangelo Carubba — Drums

Josh Schwartz — Baritone Sax/Lead & Backing Vocals

Greg Sanderson — Tenor Sax

Chris Brouwers — Trumpet/Keys

Sammi Garett — Lead & Backing Vocals/Percussion

Shira Elias — Lead & Backing Vocals