Tuxedo perform a cool, funky set in The Current studio

Tuxedo perform 'The Tuxedo Way' from their 2019 release, 'Tuxedo III,' live in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • Tuxedo - The Tuxedo Way (Live at The Current) 03:24
  • Tuxedo - On A Good One (Live at The Current) 03:13
  • Tuxedo - Vibrations (Live at The Current) 03:27

"I think people know if they're coming to the Tuxedo show," Mayer Hawthorne says, "they're coming to dance."

You could say the same for a studio session. In the Twin Cities for a show at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Tuxedo stopped at The Current for a cool, funky set hosted by Mary Lucia. With choreography and several band members wearing matching blinged-out shirts, it felt like a club gig right in our own studio.

One of the recent innovations of Tuxedo is the bright-red "Ho!" button. "The 'Ho!' button kind of started when we were doing our DJ gigs," Jake One explains. "Whenever we were probably getting too drunk and having too much fun and we liked the song too much, we would hit the 'Ho!' button a lot on the computer. It got a little dangerous because we were hitting the computer so much all the time that we thought it would be a good idea to have something [else]."

"We wanted a way to bring that element of our DJ sets into the live show," Hawthorne adds, "and Jake was like, 'What if we just make a big red button that just goes Ho!?' And I was like, 'Wow — that sounds just stupid enough to be amazing.'"

The "Ho!" button has a very fancy case of its own, and it is equally flummoxing to airport security and to engineers at sound checks. But as Jake One says, "It's a sixth member of the group, pretty much."

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session with Tuxedo … and be ready to dance.

Songs Performed


"The Tuxedo Way"
"On A Good One"
"Vibrations"
All songs from Tuxedo's 2019 release, Tuxedo III, available on the Funk on Sight label.

Hosted by Mary Lucia
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Nate Ryan
Web feature by Luke Taylor

External Link

Tuxedo - official site

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    Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Jake One and Christian Wunderlich of Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Guitarist Christian Wunderlich of Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Mayer Hawthorne of Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Sam Wish and Nariah Francois of Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Mayer Hawthorne of Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Sam Wish of Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One of Tuxedo performing in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    The 'Ho!' button at the ready as Tuxedo perform in The Current studio. (Nate Ryan | MPR)