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Lethal funk alert!

Man, I am truly psyched for the Kung Fu show in Nietzsche's (248 Allen St.), which kicks off at 11 tonight, and is the official after-party destination following the EOTO gig in the Town Ballroom.

If you are unfamiliar with the band -- as I was, until very recently -- visit the group's Facebook page, which has music and video galore. After you stop hyperventilating, realize that this ensemble is like a modern jazz-funk-jam-fusion supergroup with more chops in-house than a butcher shop.

Kung Fu is comprised of two members of the Breakfast, erstwhile guitarist Tim Palmieri and drummer Adrian Tramantono; Raq keyboardist Todd Stoops; John Scofield Band/Jazz is Dead bassist Dave Livolsi; and Deep Banana Blackout sax player Rob Somerville.

The band is simply stunning, and its blend of playful delivery and dead-serious musicianship is a winning one. Whether tackling a Steely Dan, Billy Cobham or Herbie Hancock cover, or jamming with members of Matisyahu and the Trey Anastasio Band, these guys are just killin' it from coast to coast.

And they are playing Nietzsche's. Tonight. 'Nuff said. See you there.


Gig picks

Phish-heads and Trey Anastasio Band lovers, here's a heads up -- Tony Markellis, bassist supreme with the TAB, and a musician whose influence upon Phish and "phriends" is immense, will be in town this week. Markellis -- who seems to keep a super-full datebook, gigging around his home in Saratoga Springs when he isn't touring with Anastasio or knocking off another in a long stream of studio dates -- is part of uber-virtuosic acoustic blues trio No Outlet. The band performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Sportsmen's Tavern (326 Amherst St.). Admission is a mere $3!

While you're there, welcome Mr. Markellis back to the neighborhood -- he went to junior high in Orchard Park and high school in Warsaw. Search and you'll find some cool information on Markellis. YouTube has a bunch of videos that will testify to the man's skills as well.

Sonic Garden plays a special happy hour "Music of the Grateful Dead" gig in Duke's Bohemian Grove Bar (253 Allen St.) beginning at 6 tonight.

A special "house concert" featuring Buck Quigley of the Steam Donkeys opening for New York City songwriter Karen Hudson, takes place at 5 p.m. Sunday in the home of Marty Boratin and Susan Tanner (7341 Nelson Drive, Hamburg). A suggested donation of $5 to $10 will be accepted at the door.

The Albrights -- fresh from its run providing a live score for MusicalFare's production of "Oliver" -- plays a 9:30 p.m. show Saturday in the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery (76 Pearl St.).

Admission is $4 and portions of the show's proceeds will benefit Drop-In Nation Education, which "maintains and designs programs to support out-of-school youth and underemployed and unemployed adults." The show is an all-ages gig.


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