Tickets on sale Fri 6/13
Featuring members of RAQ, Deep Banana Blackout and The Breakfast, KUNG FU is blurring the line between intense electro-fusion and blistering dance arrangements. Drawing on influences such as Herbie Hancock's early Headhunters, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever, band mates Tim Palmieri (guitar), Robert Somerville (tenor sax), Todd Stoops (keyboards), Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar) and Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion), merge those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. They are quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution and in the process, they're making fusion "cool" again, maintaining the essence of the "ancient" jam dynasties. The quintet's live show has been described by critics and fans alike as "lethal FUNK", "explosive", "jaw dropping" and "mesmerizing". This "all-star" group of musicians is currently touring in support of their debut album, "Tsar Bomba" and for the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON!
ORGONE ENERGY: "A universal life-force that can come together to create organization on all scales from the smallest microscopic unit to galaxies."
It started with a southern California boardwalk, a bar and two teen-aged kids, keyboardist Dan Hastie and guitarist Sergio Rios, united in a passion for raw 60's and 70' FUNK and soul recordings. For over a decade, ORGONE, a synergy of eight musicians including new powerhouse vocalist Adryon de Leon, has been steaming up stages of venues including the biggest music festivals all over the country. "The present state of the band reflects the honesty and authenticity that we've always strived for in out music," says Rios. Their sound is a blend of deep soul, rare FUNK and afro-disco with a raw rock star edge. Their music is tough and uncluttered, moving from slinky to seismic effortlessly.
Members of ORGONE have collaborated/performed with The Roots, Al Green, Gil Scott Heron, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, The Monophonics and more. They've been the backing band for a number of major label recordings, most notably, Alicia Keys "As I Am" album and Cee Lo Green's Grammy Award winning track "Fool For You." During this tour they'll be tantalizing crowds with tastes of new material from their upcoming new album and delivering music that, as always, grabs you by the collar, pulls you to your feet and shoves you onto the dance floor!
Vermont's SOULE MONDE is instrumental, organ driven FUNK in it's purest form erupting from the minds of monster drummer Russ Lawton and Hammond B3 organ wizard Ray Paczkowski both members of the TREY ANASTASIA BAND for over a decade.Their sound originated with Booker T and Jimmy Smith yet is highly influenced by redeveloped grooves crafted by Medeski, Martin and Wood and The Beastie Boys. They are the ideal union of swagger and talent melded into an indestructible groove whose bold improvisational flights by either are met with telepathic response from the other. This is fluid FUNK, crafted to make you shake your ass off on the dance floor but supported by an extensive grasp of jazz improvisation. This is the jazz-duo your parents warned you about:) Mike and Russ have collaborated with a number of with a number VT artists over the years including Mike Gordon, Strangefolk and Viperhouse. Russ co-wrote the Grammy nominated song "First Tube" recorded by Phish in 2000 and Ray toured and recorded with Dave Matthews and Friends for 3 years.
The FUNKY DAWGZ BRASS BAND is exploding onto the live music scene not just in their home state of Connecticut but way down deep in NEW ORLEANS and across the region. This 10-piece FUNKY groove machine is loaded with high-energy horns and a driving, deep backbeat that is "killer" FUNKY. They've blown audiences away at Gathering of the Vibes and at many well-known venues in New York City, Boston, Providence, Hartford, and New Orleans. FDBB has immersed themselves in the music and culture of New Orleans, performing with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Rebirth Brass Band, Glen David Andrews, the TBC Brass Band, and members of the Soul Rebels Brass Band, playing traditional NOLA R&B, rocking their original music and adding a brass twist to today’s top hits. If you have the opportunity to catch one of these eye opening performances, do it because once you jump on that groove train you wont be able to stop grooving. From the first beat of the bass drum to the last stroke on the snare, the FUNKY DAWGZ BRASS BAND will always "Shut It Down".