Kick the Cat w/ Zoofunkyou & Alabaster

Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 s Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL 60657


October 27th at 7:30 pm

Epiphany Center For The Arts: The Sanctuary 201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607

AGE REQUIREMENT Must be 21+ Tickets: $20 - Advanced | $25 - At door

About Kick the Cat: Based in Chicago and Nashville, Kick The Cat is an internationally renowned fusion quartet. Musically, the band falls within the virtuosic lineage of classic fusion and prog ensembles like Return to Forever and Weather Report but draws on contemporary groove elements, electronics, and a healthy dose of humor. The result is a heady, yet approachable, combination of mind-bending rhythms, harmonies, and kaleidoscopic textures. The band formed while in college in the late 1990s, performing one another’s unique and challenging compositions. At the time, the four musicians lived together and worked on their music while also individually making names for themselves in the Chicago music scene. Over the last twenty years Kick The Cat has released three full length albums of original material and has performed hundreds of shows, headlining and opening for national acts such as Umphrey’s McGee, Vital Information, Oz Noy, Jazz Mandolin Project, John Novello, Stu Hamm, and more. KTC has long been noted as being one of the most engaging ensembles to emerge from Chicago’s richly varied scene.

About Zoofunkyou: Zoofunkyouis a genre-bending blues-funk phenomenon who have brought their quick-witted sonicexpressionism and meaningful melodic lyrics to audiences all around the country.Based in Chicago,Zoofunkyou’s gumbo of finely crafted musical elements is a recipe that they’ve been working to perfectsince 2013 with different ingredients and instrumentalists interspersed along the way. Zoofunkyou (or “Zoofü”) is dedicated to spreading love through music and creating inclusive events wherepeople from all walks of life can feel safe and bring the emotional gratitude the band exudes from thestage home with them. In the current iteration, founder Derek Dare, Matthew Coglianese, and JakeHennessy lead an epic ensemble consisting of a total of 5-9 members depending on the performance. Asof late, they are typically joined by James Kries on Keys, and Nathan Reider on Alto Saxophone, andwhen they go for the “full band sound” they are joined by Connor Bernhard on Trumpet, Matt Kowalski onTrombone and Alex Santilli on Percussion. With a wide repertoire of both gripping original music andtasteful covers, their live shows have proven time and time again to enthrall, grow and inspire a vibrantfan base affectionately known as the Zoofü Crew.