|This article relies on references to primary sources. (December 2011)|
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|Years active||1992 – present|
|Labels||Royal Family Records, Velour Recordings|
Sam Kininger Band
|Past members||Jeff Bhasker|
Lettuce is a funk band that originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992. Its members consist of guitarists Eric Krasno and Adam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff, Neal Evans (Keyboards, Hammond B-3 Organ, Piano), Adam Deitch (Drums/Percussion), Erick "E.D." Coomes (Bass), Sam Kininger (Saxophone), Ryan Zoidis (Saxophone), Nigel Hall (Vocals), and partial-member Rashawn Ross (Trumpet). They are known for their energetic live shows.
Lettuce began in the summer of 1992, when all of its members attended a music program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA as teenagers. Brought together by the influence of various funk bands including Herbie Hancock, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the band jammed throughout that summer before going their separate ways.
In the fall of 1994, the band reconvened as undergrads at Berklee and attempted to play at various Boston jazz clubs, walking in and asking the club owners and other musicians if they would "let us play", giving birth to the name Lettuce.
Mainly from word of mouth, Lettuce began developing strong followings in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Tokyo. They released their first CD, "Outta Here" in 2001, followed by their "Live in Tokyo" album recorded at the Blue Note in 2003.
In 2008, Lettuce released their sophomore effort, entitled "Rage!" Drawing heavily from many of funk's forefathers, Rage! features covers of Curtis Mayfield's "Move on Up" and Charles Wright's "Express Yourself."
In 2011, Lettuce played on the Royal Family Ball tour with their brother band, Soulive and accompanied on select shows by Rashawn Ross of the Dave Matthews Band. During this tour, they began playing new songs that would be featured on the upcoming Lettuce album coming out in 2012.
Many of Lettuce's members have had success in other areas of the music industry. Krasno and Evans are members of the jazz/organ trio Soulive along with Kininger and Zoidis who play with Soulive as the Shady Horns. Zoidis is also a member of the Rustic Overtones. Coomes is a studio and touring bass player for such acts like Britney Spears and The Game. Deitch is a producer who has worked with the likes of John Scofield and Wyclef Jean, and Smirnoff tours with Robert Randolph and the Family Band. In addition to playing with Lettuce, Ross, has been a full time member of Dave Matthews Band since 2010.
|Outta Here||2002||Velour Recordings|
|Live at Blue Note Tokyo||2004||KUFALA Recordings|