LACONIA — Tower Hill Entertainment, located at 264 Lakeside Ave, Laconia, will host the touring act Funktapuss on Saturday July 20 at 7 p.m. For ticketing info visit www.towerhillClub.com or call (603) 366-9100
Returning to Laconia after a packed-house performance in May, Funktapuss is a five-piece band with roots in traditional Soul, R&B, and James Brown-era funk, and is currently touring the nation in support of their original debut album. Their lineup of musicians, which draws directly from the lineage of great American funk musicians, includes: bassist Brian Vanderbeek (a protégé of Victor Wooten); keyboardist/saxophonist Ryan Tivey (student of Fred Lipsius from Blood, Sweat and Tears); drummer Chris Santos (Zach Deputy Band); Boston-area guitarist Tom Davis; and the celebrated Gospel-trained NYC vocalist Latez Crawley.Founder Brian "Beek" Vanderbeek founded Funktapuss in 2007 when he landed back in the states after a six-year deployment with the United States Navy. His active duty included several years in the Iraq War, and since returning home he's committed his work to making people celebrate life and "get down."
Located on Lakeside Ave at Weirs Beach, the Tower Hill Entertainment Complex is host to several regional and national performing artists each week. With three club spaces, each with a distinct atmosphere, including: the Tower Hill Tavern (Blues), Tower Hill Club (Rock, Funk, Tributes), and the Jazz Bar (Jazz), the venue offers fun food, great drinks, and positive vibes.
Funktapuss (Courtesy photo)