Written By: Kiki Ferguson
For the first time ever we got the chance to see our hometown funk brothers Kung Fu perform a show not local to CT or NY. Kung Fu hails from CT and was touring down south making a couple stops on their way down to Jazz fest including shows in DC, VA, GA, NC and FL. Fu was joined by many talented bands like; Zoogma, The Motet and Future Rock. Kung Fu had a great nine show run before making their way to New Orleans to play along side; Rebirth Brass Band, Anders Osborne and Particle.
The Southern is a nice 300 capacity music hall and café that filled out nicely on a Thursday night. Kung Fu started the night off with their popular track “Bobcorn” which turned things up as the crowd started to let loose. The crowd knew what they were in for once Fu dropped the funky and heavy hitting “Hammer”.
Keeping the room funky, they played a couple tracks off their latest album “Tsar Bomba” (2014), including the title track and “Do the Right Thing.” Kung Fu then took it back a couple years with a serious jam on the track “Samurai.”
The show wasn’t over before playing two ragers off their recent album, featuring fan favorite “Hollywood Kisses” and ending with “Loose.” Kung Fu is extremely funky in any condition and always has the crowd moving and grooving on the dance floor.
Kung Fu Set List: Bobcorn > Hammer > Kissing My Love > Tsar Bomba > Do The Right Thing > One For Stern > Samurai > Hollywood Kisses > Loose
Next, it was time to be taken on a musical journey with the electric, up beat, dance party brought on by Zoogma. With their piercing light show and one-of-a-kind sound, Zoogma pushes boundaries as they unify sound you wouldn’t expect to mix together. Their live improvisation sets cover multiple genres ranging from; electronica, jazz, and rock, to drum and bass, and hip hop. They even bring it back to psychedelic jams and instrumental solos.
Starting off the night with a classic off KC and the Sunshine band’s “Get Down Live!”(1995), Zoogma blended their own style into the song “That’s The Way I Like It” getting the crowd on their feet early. After that they went right into “Elevated,” a track with an Egyptian psy-trance vibe that builds up and combines perfectly with the lights.
Going right into the glitch-funk track “Classified” off their recent album Anthems 4 Androids (2013), Zoogma followed it up with their most recent release, a remix of Young Buck’s “Shorty Wanna Ride.” Throughout their set, Zoogma played a handful of tracks off Anthems 4 Androids and even one off Recreational Vehicles (2010) “Syllepsis.” They ended the set with “Mirage,” a high-energy trance-electro jam. After a cheering crowd begging for more, they came back out for an encore and destroyed the dance floor with their take on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” It was an amazing night accompanied by two astonishing bands that take total control of the crowd from start to finish.
Zoogma Set List: That’s The Way > Elevated > LYSYW > Classified > Let My Shorty Ride > Apophis > Psychohistory > Circuitbored > DnB Jam > Jaguar > Syepsis > Hotel Crunkifornia > Head In The Sand > Mirage > E:Thriller