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For LMT Connection, Funk is the Final Frontier

It begins…

Veteran soul group LMT Connection has been turning music fans into full-blown funkateers for more than a quarter century, playing over 5500 shows, helmed by a front man on the cusp of his 70th birthday. True masters of their craft, they’ve toured internationally and released five self-produced albums independently, without the support of a record company.

Born in Atlanta and raised in Detroit, singer/guitarist Leroy Emmanuel was not only an active member of Motown’s thriving music community at its height, supporting the likes of Marvin Gaye, Bohannon, and Bettye Lavette, but an influential artist in his own right, earning a significant cult following with his group The Fabulous Counts (Westbound Records). Not long after a serendipitous relocation to Niagara Falls, Canada, Emmanuel founded LMT Connection with drummer Mark Rogers and bassist John Irvine. The year was 1989 and the newly formed trio hit the ground running.

Right from the start, they adhered to a philosophy of playing every show with stadium concert intensity, regardless of attendance. This mantra manifested many opportunities for the band along the way, sharing the stage with Al Green, Tower of Power, jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, and blues legend BB King on his 80th birthday tour. In time, their original music found its way into the hands of producers, promoters and distributors in Europe, which opened new doors overseas, and connected LMT with the world-renowned Chops Horns.

The New Jersey-based horn section already had an impressive resume of their own; they had just come off the road with Alicia Keys and were known for having played with The Police, The Rolling Stones, and George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic, to name a few. In 2005, they joined LMT Connection for a month-long tour of Europe, adding keyboardist Joel Parisien to the mix, and doubling the original line-up to a now expanded six-piece. (As another note of interest, the same personnel, with Parisien up front, would go on to form a highly successful side project called Newworldson, garnering four Juno© nominations – the Canadian equivalent to a Grammy© – for Gospel Album of the Year in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013).

For LMT Connection, funk is truly the final frontier; the expedition progresses unabated, and the borders continue to be explored and re-drawn.

Over 0 Shows Played!

Recently Performed International Festivals:

Great Wall Of Funk Tour China 2013,2014,2015,2016
Catfish Festival Louisianna 2015
Festival One New Zealand 2015
Midi Festival Shanghai 2014
Midi Festival Beijing 2014
Big Church Day Out England 2014,2016
Parachute New Zealand 2014 (w Newworldson)
Seaside Festival Norway 2013
Gulibranna Festival Sweden 2013
BB King’s 80th Birthday Tour
Berlin (Germany) Jazz Festival
Easterfest Australia 2013 (w Newworldson)
Gronau (Germany) Jazz Festival
Wendelstein (Germany) New Orleans Festival
Detroit – Windsor 300th Birthday Celebration
Szigit Festival Budapest Hungary
Vienna Austria
Baden Switzerland
NAMM (Anaheim, CA)
Innsbrook Austria
Munich Germany
Rotterdam, Holland
Toronto Jazz Festival
Belgrade Beer Festival Serbia
Lithuania
Brugnera Italy (Northern Soul Nights)
Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival
Cologne Germany Northern Soul Festival




tour

APR 29-MAY 23 “GREAT WALL OF FUNK TOUR VI” CHINA
29/04 Shanghai JZ 
30/04 Shanghai JZ 
02/05 Beijing East Hotel (casual) 
03/05 Beijing Art Gallery 798
04/05 Beijing DDC 
06/05 Hangzhou 杭州黄楼爵士俱乐部,上城区柳营路6
07/05 Hefei- Anhui. Feng Life风生活音乐现场,合肥市蜀山区金大地1912西街。
09/05 Nantong 南通無二音乐现场 青年中路173广场院内無二音乐
11-12/05 Guangzhou 爵士广州俱乐部广东省广州市海珠区阅江西路珠江啤酒博物馆大酒桶
13/05 Shenzhen 
14/05 Zhengzhou MJ 
15/05 Xi An
16-17/05 Langzhou 甘肃省兰州市城关区民主西路228,国府一品酒店,5F 嗨!布鲁斯俱乐部
18-19/05 Yinchuan 演出地址在银川市金风区康平路悦海新天地A10凉缘音乐餐厅
20/05 Guiyang 
21/05 Chongqing 重庆音乐房子(南滨路店),
22/05 Chengdu 成都音乐房子(汇锦城店)
23/05 成都音乐房子(玉林店)

Sat May 26 Big Church Day Out UK (south) w NWS
Sun May 27th Wels, Austria Alter Schlachthof 
Tue May 29th Korneuburg, Austria Gwölb
Wed May 30th Budapest, Hungary Kobuci kert
Fri June 1 Big Church Day Out UK (north) w NWS
Sun June 3 Copa Cabana Niagara Falls 7-11PM 
Wed June 6 Orbit Room Toronto