On the first night of Kung Fu’s fourth annual Toys of Toys Holiday Spectacular at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT, the band will perform Steely Dan’s The Royal Scam in its entirety with legendary Steely Dan guitarist Jon Herington and drummer Bernard Purdie. The celebrated Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists will join Kung Fu playing hits like “Kid Charlemagne” and “Green Earings” in this incredible once-in-a-lifetime collaboration.
Also added to the bill is special guests Consider the Source and Gubbulidis (Mihali & Zdenek of Twiddle). Fans that arrive by 9pm will be entered to win two weekend camping passes to Gathering of the Vibes taking place July 30-August 2, 2015 or to Kung Fu & Deep Banana Blackout – Equifunk Escape New Years Eve Party at the Full Moon Resort on December 31, 2014.
Special guests for Saturday, December 20th will be announced soon!
Since launching the annual event, the band has helped to collect and donate more than $13,000 in new and unwrapped toys to area hospitals and organizations. This year, Kung Fu has extended the event to a two-night run taking place Friday, December 19 & Saturday, December 20. They hope to collect an entire box truck full of toys to be donated to US Marines’ families, local hospitals and families in need this holiday season.
“Nothing compares to the feeling of delivering a thousand toys, four days before Christmas, to the families of children who might not receive a gift during the holidays,” says Todd Stoops, Kung Fu keyboard player. “For the fourth year running, our band has the opportunity to give back to the community that fostered our creative efforts and dreams, while at the same time creating a forum for our hometown fans, friends, and family to do so as well. I couldn’t be more proud of this event!”
“This is a night to celebrate and give back,” says Tim Palmieri, Kung Fu guitarist. “It’s incredible, really. We have the time of our lives during the show and then when you think it can’t get any better, we get to play Santa to children who really need something to smile about. It’s truly something special, and we are so grateful to everyone who helps to make it a success.”
Tickets can be purchased through Toad’s Place at the box office or online at www.toadsplace.com. Guests can receive half price admission before 9pm on day-of-show tickets by bringing a new and unwrapped toy, but tickets may be sold out by then so fans are encourage to purchase tickets in advance.
Friday, December 19 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 20 at 8 pm
$20 per day ADV
$25 per day DOS | Half price before 9 pm with a new and unwrapped toy
BIO: With a tight headlock on the nu-funk movement, Kung Fu is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution to the music scene. Blurring the lines between electro-jazz-fusion and ‘70s-style street fighter funk, Kung Fu merges early Headhunters and Weather Report mentality with contemporary electronic ideology like yin and yang. Although the ensemble cast enjoys a seasoned pedigree that reads like an all-star jam, Kung Fu has gained a rabid following that has led to sold out club shows around the US and sets at major music festivals. The powerhouse quintet’s live show has been described as “lethal funk,” “explosive,” “jaw dropping,” and “musically mesmerizing.” Kung Fu’s second album, Tsar Bomba, dropped in March 2014 and can be heard on regular rotation on SiriusXM Radio’s JamOn. Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri on guitar, Robert Somerville on tenor sax, Todd Stoops on keyboards, Christopher DeAngelis on bass guitar, and Adrian Tramontano on drums/percussion.
“Suddenly, you’re bombarded with heavy-hitting guitar solos, cosmic keyboard endeavors, and blaringly triumphant saxophonery. It’s funkin’ groovy.” – Live for Live Music
“Vastly talented would be an understatement regarding this band and their musical abilities. Kung Fu’s music is fresh, downright nasty, creating an electrified atmosphere that leaves no one in their seats.” – Upstate Live