It was billed as an appreciation and decompression party following this year’s Hangtown Music Festival. On Sunday night, the New Mastersounds and Kung Fu entertained a funky, lively crowd at the Vinyl showroom at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe.
The New Mastersounds have been delighting audiences with their infectious brand of funky soul-jazz since they formed in Leeds, UK, in 1999. Though they have collaborated over the years with such musical luminaries as Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Art Neville, Quantic, and Lou Donaldson, they are at their best on stage as a tightly-packed quartet – bass, drums, guitar and Hammond organ – firing scorching funk grooves off each other and feeding off the energy of the joyful dancers in the front row. Band members are Eddie Roberts on guitar, Simon Allen on drums, Pete Shand on bass guitar and Joe Tatton on organ and piano.
Kung Fu hails from New Haven, Connecticut, and is known for its electro-fusion jams of jazz and funk, inspiring congertgoers to head to the dance floor. The band is Tim Palmieri on guitar and vocals, Robert Somerville on tenor sax and vocals, Beau Sasser on keyboards and vocals, Chris DeAngelis on bass guitar and vocals and Adrian Tramontano on drums/percussion.