New Artist Feature: Kung Fu

Words By Greg Molitor (ReMIND Photography)

Attention grasshoppers...there’s a new master of martial arts coming to your town. No, I’m not talking about the traveling Chuck Norris bowflex demonstrations. As amazing as that sounds, you should really be checking out Kung Fu, Connecticut's new funk / jazz outfit. Featuring an all-star cast of the area’s finest musicians, Kung Fu has been crushing since late 2009 and has proven itself to be a serious force on the American jam scene...

Kung Fu Promo SD from Kung Fu on Vimeo.

This dangerous supergroup that formed out of a Monday night jam session is comprised of The Breakfast’s Tim Palmieri (guitar) and Adrian Tramantono (drums), Raq’s Todd Stoops (keys), Jazz is Dead’s Dave Livolsi (bass), and Deep Banana Blackout’s Rob Somerville (sax). Fusing rock, jazz, and funk, Kung Fu gives a nod to Herbie Hancock, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Weather Report as its inspiration to destroy us all, and by all indications, the band rolls with enough karate chops to get the job done. All summer long, Kung Fu will be making appearances at music festivals such as The Big Up, Mountain Jam, Some Kind of Jam, and Gathering of the Vibes as well as multiple gigs up and down the east coast. Go check these guys out, but be prepared...if you don’t start training now, they’re bound to make quick work of best get familiar with Kung Fu!

Kung Fu Live at Sully's Pub on March 12, 2011.


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