Rock On! Concerts Presents
Kung Fu @ Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge MA
Otis Grove, The Chroma Concept
472 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Through discipline, practice & study KUNG FU has sought excellence in the art of improvised dance music. Schooled by the masters, The Headhunters, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Frank Zappa, the quintet of masterfully seasoned musicians blends electro-jazz-funk with an EDM informed danceability at the highest level of skill & inspiration nightly. The resulting "NU-SION" is "captivating", "explosive", "jaw-dropping" and "musically mesmerizing. Prepare yourselves for a devastating, LETHAL FUNK to be rained down on you by a BAD-ASS BLACK-BELT BACKBEAT. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON!
Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri (guitar), Robert Somerville (tenor sax), Todd Stoops (keyboards), Chris DeAngelis (bass guitar), and Adrian Tramontano (drums/percussion).
There’s a new sound taking over the town known as Boston. If you’re by the banks of the Charles River as the moon glows over the muddy waters you very well may hear some thick, groovy beats banging out a trail for raw guitar licks and a soul-drenched Hammond organ. Yes indeed, ladies and gentleman who are down with the funk, the rock and the soul, you have your new favorite band: Otis Grove. And it just feels so good doesn’t it?
Otis Grove began as a collective experiment in crossing the traditional jazz sound with funk and Hip-Hop rhythms. It was the beginning of a sound based in groove, free in improvisation, yet rooted in songwriting and soulful melodies. Based out of Boston, the band began spreading their sound to New England clubs in 2002. The music, which has since evolved into a unique blend of soulful organ funk and garage rock, pays tribute to the masters while consistently pushing itself in new directions.
Six years, over 500 national shows, and one UK tour later, Otis Grove is hitting it harder then ever. The trio - known for their high-energy, dance inducing, dynamic live perfomances - signed with Ropeadope Digital records in early 2008 and is currently promoting their 2nd studio album, "Crank It UP".
The Chroma Concept
The Chroma Concept was formed shortly after New Year of 2011. They met at Berklee College of Music, where they developed their vision and honed their sound. The group seeks to combine instrumental music with electronic styles. Centered around improvisation, they mix grooves such as Funk, Drum'n'Bass & Trip Hop freely within the framework of their jazz-influenced compositions. The group is currentl
y Ezra Platt (guitar/efx), Mike Clairmont (bass/synth bass/efx), Ben Atkind (drums) and Joao Nogueira (keys). They have already performed at many of New England's premier nightclubs during their first year, including the Middle East Upstairs & Corner (Summer '11 residency), The Wonder Bar, Johnny D's, Church Boston, Stone Church NH, Parima Burlington, Sullivan Hall NYC, Mill St. Brews and Copperfields. In January of 2012 the band released The Escape, an EP that musically illustrates the first chapter of their musical journey. During the summer of 2012, The Chroma Concept was featured on music festivals such as Uphoria, Camp Coldbrook, Freak Jazz On Great Bay and Wormtown Music Festival. Now approaching their third year, The Chroma Concept is poised to unveil the next chapter. This is a band that is in the midst of infiltrating the US creative music scene with their mind-bending, powerful music.
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