I had no idea what to expect. Going to a show blind (never really listening to the band before) is a very risky endeavor to partake in. We have all heard the horror stories of people going to shows and absolutely hating the music. But how many times do we get to hear someone praise to the heavens for the opportunity they were given to see a new band or type of music? Honestly, this does not happen enough, but I was lucky enough to have this amazing feeling the other night as I watched Kung Fu rip through The Fox Theater like fresh key lime pie. Yummmmy!
How hard did they rip it? Let’s just say that my feet still haven’t stopped moving! Kung Fu is a super group of sorts combining the powers of RAQ, The Breakfast, and Deep Banana Blackout into one giant funktastic groove machine. Each member of the band plays an integral role in almost every song, and there are absolutely no breaks or sit-down periods allowed. The music is high energy, fast paced, and best of all really fucking good. From improved jams to funky compositions Kung Fu killed it on all levels… and I am especially happy that I was exposed to them. The real question for me is, “How have I not heard of them before now???”
The band known as Kung Fu seems to be something of a well-kept secret. Not many people know who they are or what type of music they play, but their name seems oddly familiar. Popping up from time to time here in Colorado Kung Fu brings a raging party with them each and every show. As I stood in the Fox with my best buddy Steve watching the keyboardist and saxophone player go back and forth with funky lick after funky lick, only one thing could come out of our mouths “Damn, this is awesome.” This is the honest truth… I highly recommend going to see Kung Fu whenever possible, and make sure to bring your dancing shoes!
Black Rock City, NV Words & Photos by Andrew Wyatt The first time I was born again, I was no more than a 12-year-old tadpole of a kid wriggling his way through chilly baptismal waters of my father’s tiny, rural Southern Baptist church. The first time I was born into the narrow confines of evangelical religion. The second time I was born again, I was a gangly young man born into the big, wide, roiling sea of the infinite universe. And it all happened on a pirate ship and a wacky dance club at Burning Man. In 2002, I was a self-doubting preacher unsure whether to continue a fledgling career calling, when a voluptuous mountain guide neighbor asked if I would join her on a week-long experience at Burning Man. “After the week is over, and you still want to preach. Then great. If not, then you’re welcome!” she piped up. Hesitantly I agreed. “Burning Man,” wrote journalist Daniel Pinchbeck in his book, Breaking Open the Head , “is more decadent than Andy Warhol’s Factory, more glamoro
Hill Auditorium University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Words & Photos by J. Picard In the early 1970s the music world shifted with the coming of a transformative collaboration between John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain. The result was a relatively short-lived but incredibly impactful project that grew from the chance encounter. Shakti, from its inception, was destined to change not only the sound of Indian music and jazz, but the possibilities of musical collaboration as a whole. Nearly fifty years later, the impact of this project that began in 1974 and concluded in 1978, is immeasurable and spans generations of listeners. 2023 marked the return of Shakti, the release of a new album ( In This Moment ) and an extensive tour that wrapped around the globe from Europe to the United States. From the announcement of the American tour dates, it was decided that we would be making the long journey from Denver, CO to Ann Arbor, MI for a show at Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan
Bank of NH Pavilion Gilford, NH Words & Photos by Arlene Brown What happens when you have 9,000 people attending the biggest group therapy session of our lives? You get almost every single person at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in tears for an experience none of us will never forget. Disturbed’s “Take Back Your Life” tour swept through Gilford, NH with so much raw and honest emotion led by the breathtaking David Draiman, vowing to each and every person there that our lives matter and that our lives are important. Mental health affects everyone; either ourselves or someone we know who is living with depression, anxiety, and/or other debilitating issues. “We are not alone.” Disturbed’s night started with their normal “Hey You,” “Stupify,” and the pyro backed “Ten Thousand Fists” in which everyone was pumping their fists (not phones) in the air. Every single person was singing every single word to every single song. The whole night. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve seen a crowd
Deschutes County Fairgrounds Redmond, OR Words by Ryleigh Hutson & Alexander Fornes We are counting down the days to the first-ever, Cascade Equinox Festival taking place September 22-24th. As we close out the summer months and welcome in the fall, we come to the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond, OR & explore a diverse and eclectic blend of music including Jam, Electronic, Funk, Bluegrass, and Soul acts. With so many artists and genres to explore, it may be overwhelming to plan which are a must-see, and which sets you’ll spontaneously stumble upon. This could be one of the greatest line-ups Central Oregon has yet to see. The following are 5 artists not to miss at Cascade Equinox! 1. Pretty Lights Electronic music pioneer Derek Smith (Pretty Lights) is following a five year hiatus and Cascade Equinox is boasting its headliner as his only Pacific Northwest performance on his Soundship Spacesystem Tour . Pretty Lights took the hiatus at the top of his game after his 10th ye
Joy Hill Denver, CO Words by J. Picard Photos by Nancy Isaac Photography The MusicMarauders Residency at Joy Hill on South Broadway in Denver is something that we look forward to monthly. There is something about the space, the vibe, the staff, the food and the drinks that never waivers. It's been just over a year since we started doing music in the funky and comfortable space and it was time to expand to a Sunday afternoon. I started my day on-air on KWPPR with the Sunday Morning Jazz Show, where I played a full show of Miles with John McLaughlin from Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI in 1970. Needless to say I was excited for what was to come! It was a mid 70s day on Joy Hill's rooftop patio and as the band loaded in they caught up with one another and joked around. The mood was light as it always is though the material would be heavy. Initially when the conversation came up between Pete and I and was brought to Blake, he seemed unsure. It was great to see a professional like