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Live Report : Lettuce feat. Chaka Khan, Peach Festival (Scranton, PA) 08/11/2017

For the first time, Chaka Khan paired with the powerhouse funk band Lettuce, for a night that transported the audience back to the 1970’s and 80’s.  Chaka Khan and Lettuce complemented each other immensely and should strongly consider joining forces in the future.  For those who came to The Peach Festival looking to dance the night away, they received more than they expected.

Lettuce is primarily an instrumental group that relies heavily on their two piece horn section, continuous drum beats, and synthesizers. Prior to Chaka’s appearance on stage, Lettuce warmed up the crowd and got their blood pumping with non-stop funk jams.  The band does not shine the spotlight on just one member as each musician contributes equally to the performance, creating sounds with the likes of James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Zapp & Roger.

As Chaka Khan took the stage, it sounded as if Lettuce transformed into Chaka’s former group, Rufus.  Chaka was full of energy and joy throughout the entire performance as she belted out her iconic hits that left concert goers with their jaws hanging on the ground. The sound of her voice is stupendous and her vocal range is incredible.  Chaka hasn’t lost a beat since she first entered the music scene.  Funk is very important to both Lettuce and Chaka and their goal is to keep it relevant.  In a world where music Icons are growing sparse, Chaka Khan sets the bar high for what it truly means to be one.

Adam Kita


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