RECIPE FOR TURTLE SOUP
On lead guitar and vocals, Jeff “Mudd” Mahajan is the guitar player’s guitar player. When he unpacks his Paul Reed Smith… it is clear he means business. On Jam Cruise, Mudd found instant acceptance from the other pros. Mudd played two sets with Michael Franti, and jammed in the “Jam Room” with members of Galactic, Dumpstafunk, New Deal and more. He seems to shift effortlessly between musical styles with a truly progressive spirit.
On keyboards and vocals we have Ben Feld. You might not be able to tell that he could ably sit in on guitar or drums; or that he could verbally dissect you with a freestyle rhyme, but he will. His wit transfers ably to his performance. When Mudd plays guitar behind his back, Ben is throwing his Korg over his shoulder to rip an original key solo.
Mike “The Derminator” McDermott baits the hook and reels you in. Mike appears to be transported to that place that great musicians go when they stop thinking and just play. When you get hooked on Mike’s bass lines he takes you with him on some cosmic roller coaster ride. It’s ok to close your mouth.
We have a rock and roll drummer that moves seamlessly through transitions, and is the driving force behind the band’s overall dynamics. Fans get on their feet and stay there, a testament to Andy Meyer's rhythmic energy.
“Dark” Mark is our OCD Muppet percussionist. We don’t even know what he is going to do. He might strap on a marching triplet and drum around the audience. Slapping the skins, or playing a triangle solo, Mark can be found busily adding a range of sonic flavor to Turtle Soup’s sound.