Why Kung Fu Sophie?

A long time ago, when Sophie had just begun playing live for human audiences, her friend and fellow singer-songwriter Neil Greene suggested she create a stage name. Leery of this earthling idea, Sophie was stumped. One night shortly thereafter, Neil announced at his birthday party: "We need to think of a stage name for you, man."....the crowd quieted and a pause ensued. Then he busted out with "I got it: 'Kung Fu Sophie' because your songs kick ass, man!" The crowd erupted in laughter. Sophie was not keen on the idea. However, one party goer of the evening took the name and ran with it...to the printing press. Twice. Dylan Riley, once the contributing writer of Scene and Heard - a fun blurb about local music in the alternative newspaper - listed Sophie as Kung Fu Sophie for two of her upcoming performances. Defiant of taking on that name, she introduced herself at those performances as "The Artist Formerly Known as Kung Fu Sophie"...some people caught on, others were like, "Huh?" For several years afterwords she stuck to just Sophie. Then after an Oh-What-The-Hell-Sophie-By-Itself-Isn't-Cutting-It moment, she officially adapted the stage name Kung Fu Sophie. After all, traditionally, Kung Fu essentially means discipline. According to Wikipedia:

"Kung fu/Kungfu or Gung fu/Gongfu is a Chinese term referring to any study, learning, or practice that requires patience, energy, and time to complete. In its original meaning, kung fu can refer to any discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice, not necessarily martial arts. The Chinese literal equivalent of "Chinese martial art" would be 中国武术 zhōngguó wǔshù.[1]" - Wikipedia

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*This event is being held to honor the life of friend and fellow musician, Reverend Biff a.k.a. Carl Vancil (1956-2015). If you were a friend of Carl and you would like to attend, please contact me for details: sophie@sophiesongs.com

3rd Annual Biggest Little Music Festival w/The Note-Ables

Biggest Little Music Festival 2015, Wingfield Park Amphitheater, Reno, NV

Kung Fu Sophie plays 3:40 - 4:10 PM!

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Presented by Note-Able Music Therapy Services July 26th, 2015 / Wingfield Park / 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. MARK YOUR CALENDARS Join us for our third annual Biggest Little Music Festival! This is the only music festival in Reno that features not only your favorite local bands, but also showcases the talents of people with disabilities in our community. We will have music throughout the day and activities for the family so come down for a couple of hours to see your favorite bands or join us for the entire day. This event is free and open to the public with a suggested $5 donation at the gate. So make sure to be at Wingfield Park on July 26th for a day celebrating everything that makes Reno awesome – local music, local food, local brews, and more! Performances by: Robert Hemmenway Backstage Pass Nicole Orbitsch Michelle Pappas Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus Electric Catfish Kung Fu Sophie Slide Mountain Band The Note-Ables Pretty Unknown   Food, beverages and desserts available for purchase from: Java Ship Coffee Organic Taste of Chicago Brother’s BBQ Still Rollin Sweet Creams Cheesecakery Icecycle Creamery   Adult beverages available for purchase from:

The Biggest Little Music Festival is part of Artown, a month-long summer arts festival featuring more than 500 events produced by more than 100 organizations and businesses in nearly 100 locations throughout Reno.