Tiger Party, Dopapod & Kung Fu 2.1.14
The 1up Colfax
Words By Brad Yeakel
Photos By Justin Gardner & Brad Yeakel (Opti Mystic Outlooks)
When the set ended, we grabbed a bite and meandered over to Cervantes Other Side to see the Recovery Act get the room warmed up. I've seen the group a number of times and even attended their first ever show. The style they have created has been consistent since the first time they played, but their delivery has simply sharpened. It seems they have trimmed out anything that hasn't worked, leaving them a driven, nostalgic, soul-funk ensemble with chops and sensibility to boot. Their original work had such authentic soul, it comfortably sat amidst the covers of Stevie Wonder, Tedeschi-Trucks, and more. As much as I was enjoying the show, it was time to scoot back over to the 1up to catch alternating Dopapod and Kung Fu sets.
During one of Dopapod's improvisational passages, members of Kung Fu started to appear on stage, gradually taking over for Dopapod while maintaining the established groove. When both of the bands had traded spots, Kung Fu hit a break and launched their attack. This was my second time seeing Kung Fu and I was similarly impressed as the first time. At the first show, I was convinced that their show was like watching funk break a board. After their second show I decided to do a little more research. I read up on the term "Kung Fu." According to Wikipedia, "Kung fu/Kungfu or Gung fu/Gongfu is a Chinese term referring to any study, learning or practice that requires patience, energy and time to complete..." With this new definition to ponder, the band made even more sense. The amount of work that went into Kung Fu's performance seemed deserving. Their "chops" were lethal, their compositions- complex, and their enthusiasm overflowing. I loved watching their show for the permanent smile on key player Todd Stoop's face. Watching such an excited and overjoyed musician always adds to my experience, and this time was no different. Their enthusiasm was just as contagious and fun to catch as an STD, but there wasn't an itchy feeling when it was over.
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