KONG!, UV Hippo

KONG is a five-piece group from Boston, Massachusetts.

Rooted in the hard funk grooves of the last three decades the sound is armed with electro funk, tight percussive rhythms, and a whiff of world beat.

KONG is not afraid to melt your face with high-energy jams (think Band Of Gypsies meets Santana on steroids). But they also know enough to break it down with a touch of M.J., Maze, or Roy Ayers. KONG strives to move the crowd and is committed to bringing 110% . . . THUNDERFUNK.

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus is an explosive five-piece progressive improvisational band with a rapidly growing fan base across the U.S. and, more recently, Europe. Described as "brightening the future of the jam band scene," Ultraviolet Hippopotamus mixes tight, funky jams with new dance beats, heartfelt lyrics, compelling composition, eccentric effects and a vibrant light show for an incredible, one-of-a-kind musical experience. Known for its on-stage musical alchemy – cultivated from years of relentless touring – the band performs an eclectic selection of technically demanding compositions and improvised material along with unconventional and fun covers.
The group deftly journeys between funk, jazz, livetronica, space rock, reggae, bluegrass, and progressive rock within a single show and, sometimes, within a single song. Exploring new ground and taking risks make every performance unique, and fans are never sure what exactly the band will deliver each night; other than exceptional music.

Anyone remotely familiar with the 'jam band sound' will immediately recognize Ultraviolet Hippopotamus' influences and genre-mixing musical objectives, but the band adds a level of talent, intricacy and polish that truly sets it apart. Tight, energetic jams and outstanding vocals — a true rarity among the band's peers — coupled with the act's spontaneity and strong songwriting add to its appeal. The word is out, and the band is quickly developing into an international sensation.

Ultraviolet Hippopotamus' highly praised third album, "Square Pegs, Round Holes," reached No. 3 and spent much of the year in the top 25 of the Relix Magazine/Jambands.com National Radio Chart and was voted "2011 Studio Album of the Year" at the Home Grown Music Network. It also received similar nominations from several radio programs, among other acclaim. The album continues to sell steadily and receives airplay across the U.S. as well as internationally in Italy, Brazil, France, Switzerland, England, Spain, Germany and other countries.

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KONG!, UV Hippo

Tuesday, June 18 · Doors 8:00 PM at Church