The Kung Fu Hustle
This past Monday, April 9, 2012 was the start of what’s turning out to be a great residency with Kung Fu at the Brooklyn Bowl. With Chuck Jones and Neal Evans of Dopapod, Wyllys, Jenifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman. It’s always a treat when these guys are around, and now we’ve got them for three more weeks. But it gets even better, Kung Fu with special guests.
Mom and Dad with Chuck Jones and Neal Evans started the night off with their experimental rock, not to be confused with Dopapod. I had never heard of this group before, but being a huge fan of Dopapod, I was excited to see what it was all about. Not only was the group on point, they brought a comedic flare to their act with members dressed literally as “Mom and Dad.”
Next up, Wyllys hit the stage for the always-fun disco-dance with some house and funk thrown in. With Jenifer Hartswick on trumpet and Natalie Cressman of the Trey Anastatio Band on trombone it was not hard to put on my dancing shoes.
AND finally, what we were all waiting for…KUNG FU! Once these guys hit the stage it was obvious that they were going to bring it hard. After seeing what they did Monday night I am more amped for the next weeks to come. Kung Fu welcomed Dopapod’s guitarist Rob Compa onto the stage at the beginning of the set. At one point guitarist Tim Palmieri passed his bass to Neal and Chuck in the crowd as well as other fans. Both Jenifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman joined the band for most of the night for a great set of funk and jazz that had the whole crowd dancing.
Here’s a glance at what we can look forward to in the next few weeks:
4/16 – KUNG FU-EL – KUNG FU w/ Sonic Spank and BIO-Diesel featuring Johnny Rabb and Clay Parnell of Brothers Past!
more guests TBA very soon!
4/23 – KUNG RIGHT! – KUNG FU – Damn Right! and Jon Gutwillig on guitar! MORE VERY SPECIAL GUESTS TBA in a few weeks!
4/30 – KUNG WHAT? – KUNG FU – Juno What?(w/ Dave Watts and Joey Porter of the Motet) – ph Factor and special guests including Garrett Sayers of the Motet and Kyle Holingsworth Band and more TBA!! Stay tuned!