Kung Fu

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Catskill Chill is a music festival held towards the end of the summer music festival season. Most people are burnt out, broke, or unable to take anymore time off to attend another music festival. If you had an excuse for why you couldn’t attend this year’s Catskill Chill at New Minglewood, you won’t be making those same excuses next year after learning about their extremely successful transition to a new campground.

Jam. Band. Apart, these two words are innocuous. Put them together, and they somehow become polarizing. Whatever your perceptions may be, there are a few characteristics that help give meaning to this loosely defined genre. First and foremost, the artists are expert musicians, masters of their instruments and playing styles. These bands are also marked by their relentless touring schedules, which naturally lend itself to the improv that is a hallmark of the live setting.

Kung Fu has announced their fall tour dates and Halloween weekend shows! Following several August and September festival performances, the band will hit the Northeast US, Colorado and California. Over Halloween weekend the five-piece will play Massachusetts and New York with Consider The Source.

It has been raining on us in Colorado unusually much this spring, but that has not stopped or even slowed down the festival scene in this beautiful state. Parking was easy, and as I approached the festival, I heard the sounds of Vine Street Vibes as I strolled down the trendy neighborhood that we now call the Highlands (formerly known as the North side). Vine Street Vibes play instrumental electro-funk, and they were a nice way to begin a very diverse lineup.

What a magical weekend it was indeed at the Dark Star Jubilee. Each year is just as good as the last if not better. I had the honor of attending this festival for the fourth year in a row out at Legend Valley, Ohio over Memorial Day weekend. There are so many positive things to be said about this festival. It is a world of its own filled with beautiful music, positive people, smiles in every direction, and of course Grateful Dead Tunes.

Two of the most buzzed about bands on the scene, Kung Fu and Twiddle, are joining forces for a twelve night co-headlining run that kicks off tonight in Buffalo, NY, and Buffalo.FM will be offering a free live audio stream of the show staring at 9pm.

Few genres of music have stood the test of time unblemished such as funk. Though there have been progressions, evolution, and certainly fusion, the fundamentals are all in order. Grandfathers George Clinton, James Brown, and The Meters created a percussively punchy style of playing that was a liberating new form of music distinct in character and approach. Many bands will be described as funky, which is synonymous to loose, rhythm driven and interactive with an audience.

Two of the most buzzed about bands on the scene, Kung Fu and Twiddle, are joining forces for a twelve night co-headlining run kicking off April 1 in Buffalo, NY. The bands will take turns closing each night but to keep things interesting, it will not be announced in advance. Fans will have to arrive early to find out who takes the stage first.

On the first night of Kung Fu’s fourth annual Toys of Toys Holiday Spectacular at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT, the band will perform Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam in its entirety with legendary Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington and drummer Bernard Purdie. The celebrated Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists will join Kung Fu playing hits like “Kid Charlemagne” and “Green Earings” in th

unk-fusion quintet Kung Fu is excited to announce plans for their fourth annual Toys for Tots Holiday Spectacular at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT. Since launching the annual event, the band has helped to collect and donate more than $13,000 in new and unwrapped toys to area hospitals and organizations.

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