Written by Jennifer Seifert
On the tenth stop of their winter tour, Connecticut funk quintet Kung Fu joined forces with Talking Heads cover band, Psycho Killers on February 10 at Rams Head Live in Baltimore, MD.
Kung Fu got the night started with a set full of smooth segues and ear-pleasing electro jazz and funk/rock fusion. The crowd started grooving almost instantly as the band kicked off their set with the smooth and soulful “Sfvendago,” seamlessly transitioning straight into “Hollywood Kisses” showcasing Tim Palmieri’s guitar skills and the vocal talents of the band.
“Joyride” > “Cars” > “Caught Up” > “Joyride” was undoubtedly the highlight of the set. This ultimate jam sandwich was executed flawlessly as if Kung Fu had fused all four songs together into one funky super beast that was almost impossible to distinguish one from the next. This band has definitely mastered the art of the segue.
Every member of the band equally stood out showcasing their individual talents. Kung Fu definitely lives up to their “extreme funk” genre, reaching beyond the contemporary boundaries of jazz fusion and crossing over into other genres live to create a multifaceted, one-of-a-kind musical experience.
Kung Fu Setlist :: Rams Head Live :: February 10
Kung Fu will conclude their winter tour with two shows; Febraury 16 at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH and February 17 at Higher Ground in Burlington, VT.
You can also catch the band performing at the following venues this spring:
3/09 – The Hollow Bar + Kitchen, Albany, NY
3/10 – Stratton Mountain Resort, Stratton Mountain, VT
3/13 – Boathouse Live, Newport News, VA
3/14 – The Blind Tiger, Greensboro, NC
3/16 – Southbound Brewing Company, Savannah, GA
3/23 – Hudson Valley Resort & Spa, Kerhonkson, NY
3/31 – Martyrs’, Chicago, IL
4/13 – The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL
4/14 – The Funky Biscuit, Boca Raton, FL
Baltimore’s own Psycho Killers closed out the night by performing a compilation of jammed out Talking Heads songs featuring Mario D’Ambrosio on saxophone and Danny Davis on trumpet for the entirety of the show. Along with Talking Heads tracks, the cover band sextet showcased their versatility by performing “I Can’t Go For That” by Hall & Oates, “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones, “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson and “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis.
Psycho Killers Setlist :: Rams Head Live :: February 10
I Can’t Go For That#>>
Burning Down The House
Road To Nowhere
Girlfriend Is Better>>
Love Is The Drug%>>
Houses In Motion>>
Crosseyed & Painless
Nothing But Flowers
And She Was
This Must Be The Place>>
Rock With You*
The Great Curve>>
Power of Love@
E: Once In A Lifetime
# – Hall & Oates
% – Roxy Music
^ – Rolling Stones
* – Michael Jackson
@ – Huey Lewis