In celebration of Talking Heads' iconic 1980 record, Remain in Light, which peaked at 19 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release, Turkuaz is hitting the road with Talking Heads co-founder, Jerry Harrison, and longtime collaborator and touring guitarist, Adrian Belew, for a handful of dates this summer. Named fondly after the record to commemorate its 40th anniversary, the upcoming "Remain in Light" performances will feature songs from Remain in Light, as well as other tunes from the Talking Heads songbook over a 90-minute set of music.
"Remain in Light and Talking Heads have been part of the soundtrack of our lives, and a huge inspiration to us as a band since day one," Turkuaz frontman Dave Brandwein shares fondly. "It’s certainly not every day you get a chance to collaborate with the very people who inspired you. These shows, and this chance to work with Jerry and Adrian is a dream come true. More than anything, all parties involved are excited to bring this music back to life, and back to the stage in a way that hasn’t been done for many years."
The celebratory performances kick off on May 2nd at the Joy Theater in New Orleans as part of the Jazz Fest late-night series. On May 22nd, Red Rocks in Morrison, CO is in for a treat, as Remain in Light heads that way and shares a bill alongside The Motet and Rubblebucket.
From there, Turkuaz, Harrison and Belew will perform together at a slew of festival dates, including appearances at BottleRock Festival over Memorial Day Weekend, Bonnaroo Music & Art Festival and Electric Forest in June, and July's Peach Music Festival and FloydFest.
Upon seeing Turkuaz perform their own show live this past December, Belew shared, "Turkuaz came in town to play the Exit/In. Jerry Harrison flew in and he and I went to see the show. It was super funky and joyous! After two songs we looked at each other and said 'this is gonna work beautifully!'"
Harrison adds, ”What a joy it is to be playing music with Adrian Belew again. Having recently produced music for Turkuaz, it was like I was introducing close friends who had never met. We all left the rehearsal very excited.“
Tickets and more information on specific dates are available at turkuazband.com.