Kick The Cat with Zoofunkyou & Alabaster
(Friday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Epiphany Center For The Arts: The Sanctuary
201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
Date: Friday, October 27, 2023 Doors: 5PM for Golden Hour Showtime: 7:30PM Tickets: $20 - Advanced | $25 - At door About Kick the Cat: Based in Chicago and Nashville, Kick The Cat is an
Date: Friday, October 27, 2023
Doors: 5PM for Golden Hour
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.
Picture credit: Michael Weintrob
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.
Described as "Snarky Puppy meets Led Zeppelin", Alabaster is Chicagoland's hidden gem of bands. Since 2015, Alabaster has been steadily performing at festivals and venues across America, growing and developing a unique sound that attracts music fans from all around. Alabaster takes the principles of jazz improvisation and melts them with grooves from around the world with a rock and roll attitude.
The band points a focus on composing interesting, thought-provoking music and danceable grooves, while exploring uncharted territory through improvisation every night, assuring no performance is ever the same. The band knows no boundaries. Alabaster has shared the stage with members of the Grateful Dead, Parliament Funkadelic, Billy Strings and more.
In 2019, the band released the first single on their self-titled debute EP and was featured as an honorable mention in NPR’s Tiny Desk competition. Alabaster released their single "Excellent Idea" in December, 2022. A new series of singles are slated to come out for the rest of 2023. Alabaster is available for performances and would enhance any show in the rock/fusion/jamband/jazz genres
Stop by Epiphany for our live music series concerts, and be sure to hit Golden Hour before-hand for drinks and lite-bites! Doors open at 5pm Wednesday - Saturday for Golden Hour with 1/2 priced bottles of wine and other specials!
Come early to EXPLORE and DISCOVER your own EPIPHANY… our art galleries are open and there is free entertainment before the show!