This Friday, one of the pioneering bands in the New Funk movement, Kung Fu, is taking over New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl for two nights with support from one of our favorite up-and-coming groups, Sophistafunk (Friday), as well as SchwizZ (Saturday). Last year, Kung Fu shook up the composition of their group by replacing the infamous Todd Stoops with the equally infamous Beau Sasser on the keys. The change was a topic of speculation in the jam community, but the end result, based on the past three Beau Sasser-era Kung Fu shows I’ve attended, has been more than satisfactory. Just a few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of attending a Bernie Sanders rally in Brooklyn hosted by Kung Fu with support from Jon Fishman (drums, Phish), Oteil Burbridge (bass, Dead & Co.), Jason Hann (drums, String Cheese), Natalie Cressman (trombone, Trey Anastasio Band), and DJ Logic. Check out this clip (apologies for the quality) of Fu & Phriends covering “Fire on the Mountain” by the Grateful Dead:
If you didn’t catch our interview with Kung Fu, check it out here. We actually spoke with Tim Palmieri (lead guitar, Kung Fu) about Sophistafunk, so this upcoming night of funk ties the knot for us. For those not familiar with Sophiastafunk, they’re an up-and-coming hip-hop funk trio from Syracuse, New York. Comprised of Jack Brown (lyricist), Adam Gold (keys) and Emanuel Washington (drums), trust us when we say this is an opening act you do not want to miss. We caught their performance last summer at Backwoods Pondfest, and were caught completely off guard by the musicianship, energy, and lyrical power of the band. We’re actually wrapping up an interview with Sophistafunk before the show this Friday, so stay tuned, and reserve your ticket to one of the two shows here.