There's usually room each year in the Lowell Summer Music Series lineup for a local band.
Last year, it was Ryan Montbleau. Two years ago, it was Guster. Three years ago, it was Lake Street Dive. The year before that, it was Howie Day.
Joining that group of local musicians is Lettuce when the Boston-based funk band makes its Lowell Summer Music Series debut Saturday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m., at Boarding House Park. Tickets are $35 in advance, $135 for premium seating, and go on sale Thursday, April 12, at 9 a.m., at www.lowellsummermusic.org.
Lettuce has been around since 1992. There's some crossover with another well-known local group, Soulive, as guitarist Eric Krasno is in both bands. Its founding members attended a music program at Berklee College of Music as teenagers. They spent the summer jamming together, inspired by Tower of Power, Herbie Hancock and Earth, Wind and Fire before going their separate ways.
They regrouped in 1994 as undergrads at Berklee and became famous on the local music scene for their endless attempts to get booked in Boston jazz clubs. They would ask the club to "let us play," which is how the band got its name. (Get it?)
While the band continues to record and tour, their band members have also toured and recorded with Britney Spears, The Game, John Scofield, Wyclef Jean, Lady Gaga, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
Two Lettuce albums have reached the top 10 of the Billboard jazz albums chart, 2012's "Fly!" and 2015's "Crush," reaching No. 6 and No. 1, respectively.
Expect another Lowell Summer Music Series announcement tomorrow (Tuesday), so stay tuned!