Martial arts may not be a team sport, but when it comes to the world of funk music, Kung Fu and their friends support each other.
The New Haven area group is putting on a benefit show for their friend Kevin Shea this Friday, Aug. 23, at Toad’s Place.
About a month ago, Shea was struck by a drunk driver while riding his motorcycle in the Elm City. The married father of two was in a coma until late last week.
“Kevin is a friend since pre-high school, and he’s been friends with everyone in the band since the 90’s,” said Josh Kroop, manager of Kung Fu. “Of course nobody has any real money and couldn’t offer more than moral support, so we asked what we could do to help.”
Kung Fu will be joined by fellow electro funk group FiKus, Like Violet, and the 13 year old blues phenom Bobby Paltauf.
Tickets to the benefit are $20, though attendees are encouraged to donate more. Toad’s Place is donating use of the venue, all the bands are playing for free, and all the profits from the event being donated to the Shea family.
“No one expects us to really put a dent in the hospital bill, this is mostly to create normalcy for the family to help pay their bills, not lose their home, and keep food in the refrigerator,” Kroop said. “These are the things [Kevin's wife] shouldn’t have to worry about.”
A website is being established for anyone who wants to contribute to donate. The site is expected to be live by Tuesday night.