Since their beginning around 2004, New York City’s Turbine have evolved from a blues-folk duo into an exploratory quartet that is never predictable. Bonnaroo’s Troo Music Lounge will be the secret hotspot of the day on Saturday, with Turbine opening up the beer-laden tent at noon and the aforementioned Russian Circles set later in the evening.
Bonnaroo is just one of several key gigs for the band this summer as they ride the last swells of success from their wonderful 2007 album Reward. According to their website, there’s a new album in the works and they’ll be playing two shows at Bonnaroo, with Saturday’s Troo Music Lounge show confirmed and a second show TBA. They’ll also perform at the always interesting Wakarusa festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s “NightGrass,” and a Phish aftershow party in Knoxville.
Don’t dismiss Turbine as another “jam” act just because they happen to be orbiting Phish for a few days. These seasoned performers bring an anything-goes intensity and unmistakable sound to the stage. Position yourself in front of them for a while and you’ll hear sounds as varied as dark, bluesy rock, crisp vocal harmonies, frenetic guitar work, scientific electronic funk, energetic improvisations, and traditional American music, all performed with a down-and-dirty NYC edge. Adding to their distinct sound is the oft-synthesized harmonica of Ryan Rightmire, who plays guitar while adding all manner of sonic colors via the hooked-up harmonica.
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