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Kung Fu / Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas / Julie Rhodes

Kung Fu / Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas / Julie Rhodes
Friday, February 16
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
$18 Members / $20 ADV / $23 DOS
21+ / Standing


Kung Fu

In the vanguard of the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution “NU-SION”, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making funk fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters, Weather Report, & Mahavishnu Orchestra, and merges those ideas with technical fireworks and a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. The ensemble, a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam has been described by critics and fans of Galactic & Umphrey’s McGee alike as “lethal funk”, “explosive”, “jaw dropping”, and “musically mesmerizing”. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON!

Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri on guitar (The Breakfast), Robert Somerville on tenor sax (Deep Banana Blackout), Beau Sasser on Keyboards (Alan Evans Trio, Ryan Montbleau, The Z3, Beau Sasser’s Escape Plan), Christopher DeAngelis on bass guitar (The Breakfast) and Adrian Tramontano on drums/percussion (The Breakfast).

MATTHEW STUBBS IS A BOSTON BASED GUITARIST AND SONGWRITER. IN 2016, MATT FORMED MATTHEW STUBBS & THE ANTIGUAS, AN ALL ORIGINAL, INSTRUMENTAL PSYCH ROCK PROJECT. WITH THE ANTIGUAS, THE FOCUS IS ON THE SONG, AND THE VIBE AND ENERGY OF LIVE PERFORMANCE AND SOUND EXPERIMENTATION. MATT IS INSPIRED TO BRING BACK THE LOST ART OF POPULAR INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, COMBINING THE SPIRIT OF PAST INSTRUMENTAL GIANTS LIKE DUANE EDDY, LINK WRAY AND BOOKER T, WITH FUZZ, PSYCHEDELIC TEXTURES, AND DOSES OF GARAGE ROCK, BLUES, AFROBEAT, CINEMATIC AND ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDSCAPES. THE ANTIGUAS LIVE SHOWS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY PSYCHEDELIC VISUAL PROJECTIONS TO CREATE AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE FOR THE AUDIENCE. SINCE ITS VERY RECENT INCEPTION, MATTHEW STUBBS & THE ANTIGUAS HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR A 2016 BOSTON MUSIC AWARD.
MATT HAS A STRONG GUITAR PEDIGREE, SERVING AS THE GUITARIST FOR GRAMMY AWARD WINNING BLUES LEGEND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE SINCE 2007. STUBBS HAS ALSO RELEASED TWO SOLO INSTRUMENTAL RECORDS IN THE MEMPHIS SOUL/BLUES TRADITION, “SOULBENDER” (2008) RELEASED ON THE VIZZTONE LABEL GROUP, AND “MEDFORD AND MAIN” (2010) FROM CHICAGO-BASED BLUE BELLA RECORDS.

 

“Part of 'Bound to Meet the Devil's' charms come from the production and the players, but Rhodes' songwriting completes the spell. Her songs seem to rise from the ghosts of '50s blues and '60s soul greats."      

- Boston Herald