Recap: LaMP and Fungkshui at Lark Hall in Albany, NY
Photos: Tammie Birdwell
On Saturday, March 25th, Albany, NY was delighted to host one of the most prolific trios to ever have been created — LaMP at Lark Hall. Including musical icons Russ Lawton on drums, Ray Paczowski on keys, and Scott Metzger on guitar. They call themselves a high-energy jazz trio but honestly they are so much more than that — it’s almost beyond words.
The most surprising thing about the opening band was the fact that there isn’t a lot of buzz about them — yet. Fungkshui, hailing from Asbury Park in New Jersey, took the stage and immediately took everyone’s breath away. It would be impossible to try to attempt to tell you what genre they played because this band seems to have created their own. Their high-energy set was unlike anything I had heard before.
If you missed them last night, don’t fret. They are working on a new album now and they will be announcing a tour of the northeast — including a stop at the Rye Bread Festival.
Since watching this entirely instrumental band perform last night, I have been trying to find the words to describe the experience. I have failed. For well over an hour, three musicians at the top of their games had the time of their lives up on that stage — and it was infectious. If you ever get a chance to see this band live, don’t sleep on it next time. It will be one of the best sets of music you will ever get the chance to experience live.
If you did miss last night’s show, and you want to catch them, they have two more dates coming up — March 30th at Brooklyn Bowl and March 31st and April 1st at Nectar’s in Burlington, VT.