Brighter Shade of Roots



THE ROCKSTEADY 7
Play the Roland Alphonso songbook
Plus: DJ 100dBs on the wheels of steel

Saxophonist Roland Alphonso was one of the major figures of early ska and reggae on several fronts: his recordings as a soloist and bandleader, his work as a member of the Skatalites, his prolific log of session appearances on 1960s Jamaican recordings, and his role as arranger for Studio One. (The Skatalites backed everyone from Jimmy Cliff, Ken Boothe and Toots and the Maytals, to Lee Perry, Marcia Griffiths and Bob Marley and the Wailers.) Although his roots were in the jazz he played as a teenager and young man, he adapted to the emerging Jamaican popular music so well that he became one of its defining innovators. Certainly he was one of reggae's most accomplished instrumentalists — Alphonso's tone was in a league with American jazzmen and R&B players. His versatility allowed for a wide scope of recorded material, from up-tempo ska novelties and ballads that showed his skill at jazz improvisation to numbers with an R&B/soul base. Alphonso died in 1998 when a blood vessel burst in his neck just after he had completed a solo while playing live with the reformed Skatalites.

The Rocksteady 7 is an influential American ska and jazz band from NYC. Since the early '90s the group has consisted of tenor saxophonist and band leader David Hillyard (of Slackers fame) as well as percussionist Larry McDonald (Afro Jamaicans, Bob Marley, Taj Mahal, Gil-Scott Heron). In live performances, they are supported by a rotating cast of musicians, including drummer Eddie Ocampo and Dave Wake on keys among others. Given reggae's globally reaching influence, the Rocksteady 7 holds true to the genre's roots and the self-described "Jamaican Jazz" sound combines ska, rocksteady and reggae with extended jazz improvisation, intricate melodies, and complex harmonies. The group incorporates many diverse elements of world music with rocksteady rhythms, including ska, jazz, calypso, as well as early African and American jazz influences.

100dBs is a producer and DJ living in Brooklyn whose signature style blends performance and selection: astral echo pedal on a wild crate-digger's chase through the genealogy of a tune. He came up listening to Kraftwerk and Giorgio Moroder, thanks to the bootleg cassettes his mother managed to bring with her from Cold War Romania. An adolescent encounter with a Lee Perry record flipped his whole world and led to formative dub experiments on an old four-track. He got his start spinning hip hop nights on the Lower East Side and has toured the world since. He's rocked parties for burners, breakers, Berlin artists and Brooklyn's reggae revivalists.

Friday, January 27th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

Rock'N'Roll Reunion


NO VALENTINE • THE WHORES
HYMEN HOLOCAUST • DRAG SOLDIER

Saturday, January 21st at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. Cover TBD. 21+ with ID.

A Benefit For Punk Island



Punk Island (P.I.) is led by a collective of artists, curators, musicians, and educators whose goal is to bring the vitality, diversity, and intensity of the NYC punk scene into the light of day. We are a community of punks who love music, musicians and the fans, friends, and family that participate throughout the year to keep our culture true to the lives we want to live. We aim to support a philosophy of creativity, rebellion and work to feed those who are hungry for a world where passion is valued over profit. We promote a counter-culture through our collective, art, music, writing and events. Punk Island's efforts culminate annually as a free, all age's Music Festival, as a not for profit organization we are funded by Make Music New York, the collective and the community

Friday, January 6th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 7PM. $10 cover. 21+ with ID.

Hank-O-Rama XIII


Hank-O-Rama is coming to Hank's Saloon — celebrate Hank on the 64th anniversary of his death, with all yer fave country/rockabilly artists from the NYC/NJ country scene! Sean Kershaw & The New Jack Ramblers start things off with their Honky Tonk Brunch from 12:00-3:00, and then The Lonesome Prairie Dogs and special guests take the stage until 6pm.

Sunday, January 1st at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at noon. No cover. 21+ with ID.

January Action!



  • 1/1: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 3pm)
  • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
  • (After-party with FIDDLER & THE CROSSROADS BAND, 4pm - 6pm)
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/1: Hank-O-Rama! (3-6pm)
  • with LONESOME PRAIRIE DOGS and special guests
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

1/5: JARED MANCUSO
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/6: Punk Island Benefit!
  • THERE ARE FOR LIGHTS / EX BY V
  • TRASHY / LIBRARY / DEADNAME
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/8: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
  • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/11: Devour Comedy Hour
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/14: TALKING DOGS / DOUG BLEEK
  • PLUM DUMPSTER / LAKEWHALES
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/15: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
  • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/18: SLIM KINGS
  • SASHA DOBSON (Puss N Boots)
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/19: GALAPAGOS NOW!
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/21: CBGBs Reunion Show
  • HYMEN HOLOCAUST / THE WHORES
  • NO VALENTINE / DRAG SOLDIER
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/22: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
  • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/27: A Tribute To Roland Alphonso
  • DAVID HILLYARD & THE ROCKSTEADY 7 / DJ 100dBs
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/28: RUNNY and RISK/REWARD
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 1/29: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
  • SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
  • (After-party with CANNIBAL RAMBLERS, 4pm - 6pm)
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

Photo of The Rocksteady 7 live at Hank's by J. Schultz © 2016

Under Over Down Sideways


A BUNCH OF GIRLS
JIGGERS IS KING

Born from the ashes of Saint Bastard, A Bunch Of Girls rose like a phoenix and continue to proffer unpretentious and noisy New York rock and/or roll to the masses!

Friday, December 23rd at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $6 cover. 21+ with ID.

Words In The Air


THE BRITEMORES
LES SANS CULOTTES
HEARTTHROB CHASISFLOWERED GNOMES

A supergroup nearly 30 years in the making, The Britemores is a collaborative effort featuring long-time Detroit musical allies Johnny Chan (New Dynasty 6/Split Signals), Jeff Meier (Detroit Cobras/ Compulsive Gamblers/Rocket 455/Nathaniel Mayer/Gino Washington), Jerry Barterian (Onset/Hysteric Narcotics) and Will Lorenz (aka "the kid"). Comprised of myriad styles and influences, The Britemores’ music gives a thoughtful, greasy nod to Detroit garage/punk legends through memorable guitar hooks while cleansing their audience’s musical palate with soft-spoken, heartfelt ballads that even their mothers (wouldn't) approve of. The Britemores’ debut album is out soon on Jett Plastic Recordings.

The "seven-headed beast from the hard-scrabble streets of Menilmontant" and "those frilly Parisian underthings," Les Sans Culottes borrowed their name from the ill-clad (i.e., long-trousered) citizen-soldiers of the French Revolution. The band's sound is a melange of Francophone '60s girl group and the Kinks... "We are the masters of the French rock'n'roll; all others are but the slave!"

Saturday, December 17th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

Return To Me


ANDI RAE & THE BACK RIVER BULLIES
JEFF LITMAN • JESSIE KILGUSS

"Healy’s vocals are at once potent, powerful, fragile, beckoning, vulnerable yet guarded. She writes like someone who has tasted her share of life; has been hurt; has been exhilarated; has found and lost her faith. There is a dare in this music... -BuddyHollywood

Friday, December 16th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $5 cover. 21+ with ID.

I Could Feel The Whole World Turn Round


Modern Needs is a listening and dance party with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, held every month at Banter, located in scenic Brooklyn U.S.A. The December edition features special guest DJ Ursa Major (Legio SPQR). Ursa Major and your Modern Needs host and boss DJ, Mr. Lee (Going In Style Sound System) will be spinning top-flight sounds until the wee small hours.

Friday, December 16th at Banter
132 Havemeyer, Brooklyn U.S.A.
Kicks off at 10PM... No cover!

L'chaim!


This month's Devour Hour features Jordan Myrick (UCB TourCo), Rae Sanni (Comedy Central), Josh Johnson (Jimmy Fallon), Maria Wojciechowski (Seeso), and Ryan Schutt (2 Dope Queens).

Food of the month: Latkes!

Wednesday, December 14th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. No cover. 21+ with ID.

Ways Of Escape



GREAT LAKES
AMERICAN SPIRIT
ARTANKER CONVOYRAY RIZZO

Founded in Athens, Georgia in 1996, Great Lakes are a psychedelic-tinged indie pop/indie folk band led by songwriter Ben Crum. The first edition of the group was assembled by Crum and Dan Donahue, two musically inclined friends who met in high school; they began writing songs together, with Donahue concentrating on lyrics and Crum contributing melodies. The two songwriters teamed up with multi-instrumentalist James Huggins, also a member of the group Of Montreal, to form the first edition of Great Lakes. After issuing a debut single on the Happy Birthday to Me label, the band's self-titled first album was released by Kindercore Records in 2000. As Huggins was busy with Of Montreal and a variety of other projects, he soon dropped out of Great Lakes, and the lineup became something of a revolving door, with Crum and Donahue overseeing the many players who performed with the group on-stage or in the studio. Crum and Donahue relocated to Brooklyn, New York and released the second Great Lakes album, The Distance Between, on Orange Twin in 2002. Diamond Times followed in 2006, but in 2009, Donahue opted to return to Athens, and Crum became the band's primary creative voice, writing both the music and words while fronting a group that had swelled to nine members. Ways of Escape, the first album from Great Lakes' Crum-led lineup, was released by Orange Twin in 2010. Crum began work on Great Lakes' next album in 2011, but the project was set aside for several years before he teamed with keyboardist Joe McGinty, vocalist Suzanne Nienaber, bassist David Lerner, and drummer Kevin Shea to complete the recordings. The album, Wild Vision, was released through the group's own Loose Trucks label in January 2016.

Saturday, December 10th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $5 cover. 21+ with ID.

Born Strange



THE MANIMALS
BAD CITIZEN • WOODHEAD
THIS CRIMINAL SOUL

Introspective but tough-as-nails, Haley Bowery is a fiery frontwoman who has a tight as hell backing group in the Manimals who channel the steady churn of new wave but with a hard rock level aggression.

Friday, December 9th at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $8 cover. 21+ with ID.

One Day Too Late


THE KNEELING DRUNKARDS
JUNIOR BROTHERS • AIR LINE RAIL

Saturday, December 3rd at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $7 cover. 21+ with ID.

Photograph by Otto Bettmann

Rushing To The Scene


COMBAT JAZZ
MOLLY TIGRE

Led by sax player John McQueeney, a longtime world music and reggae music business vet, Brooklyn based combo Combat Jazz investigates the nexus between world music, garage-rock and modal jazz, with an emphasis on improvisation.

Thursday, December 1st at Hank's Saloon
46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
Doors at 8PM. $6 cover. 21+ with ID.

December Action!



12/1: COMBAT JAZZ / MOLLY TIGRE
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 12/2: CASTLE BLACK / UNKNOWN NOBODIES
  • THE CIRCUIT / CUSTARD WALLY / MOLTEN
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

  • 12/3: THE KNEELING DRUNKARDS
  • AIRLINE RAIL / JUNIOR BROTHERS
  • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/4: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
    • with SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
    • (After-party with FIDDLER & THE CROSSROADS BAND, 4pm - 6pm)
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/8: THE NEW BROOD
    • THE UNION SUITS / PLASTIC HAG
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/9: THE MANIMALS / WOODHEAD
    • BAD CITIZEN / THIS CRIMINAL SOUL
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/10: GREAT LAKES
    • ARTANKER CONVOY / AMERICAN SPIRIT
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/11:  Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
    • with SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
    • (After-party with ARON BLUE & THE BOOTLEGGERS, 4pm - 6pm)
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/14: Devour Comedy Hour
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/15: LEAGUE OF PITY / THE BITS / HOUSE DIVISION
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/16: Modern Needs
    • with DJs MR. LEE and URSA MAJOR
    • Banter, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/16: ANDI RAE & THE BACKRIVER BULLIES
    • JEFF LITMAN / JESSIE KILGUSS
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/17: THE BRITEMORES / LES SANS CULOTTES
    • HEARTTHROB CHASIS / FLOWERED GNOMES
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/18: Honkeytonk Brunch (noon - 4pm)
    • with SEAN KERSHAW & THE NEW JACK RAMBLERS
    • (After-party with JACK GRACE, 4pm)
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/23: A BUNCH OF GIRLS / JIGGERS IS KING
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/28: Psychic Rodeo Night
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    • 12/30: EL SILVER CABS / THE CREEPS
    • THE SHARP SHADOWS / SIRS AND MADAMS
    • Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn U.S.A.

    Photo of Jack Grace live at Hank's by Lee Greenfeld © 2016

    Burn It Down!


    WFMU's DJ Nate K. spins r&b, soul, garage and more! Strictly vinyl!

    Friday, November 25th at Hank's Saloon
    46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
    Doors at 9PM. No cover. 21+ with ID.

    Our Love Lingers On


    BILLY MILLER
    Rest In Peace

    Thank you for your unbridled love of music and a good story (and man did you have the best stories!); your generosity and your big heart; thank you for all that you did for Dead Flowers Productions. We will truly miss talking with you about rock'n'roll and our beloved Mets. All of our love goes out to your sweetheart Miriam Linna, and everyone that you touched through your music, label, and words.

    Pictured left to right: Lee Greenfeld (Dead Flowers), Billy Miller (Norton Records/
    A-Bones), and Todd-O-Phonic Todd (Telstar Records/WFMU). Photo by Miriam Linna

    It's A Helluva Town!


    THE CUTS (Queens)
    CASH REGISTERS (Manhattan)
    LEAGUE OF PITY (Staten Island)
    BEDPAN FIGHT (Brooklyn)
    ALMOST AIMLESS (Bronx)

    Saturday, November 19th at Hank's Saloon
    46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
    Doors at 8PM. $10 cover. 21+ with ID.

    Let's Submerge


    Modern Needs is a listening and dance party with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, held every month at Banter bar, located in scenic Brooklyn U.S.A. The November edition features special guest DJ Anna Anabolic (Party Lights). Anna and your Modern Needs host and boss DJ, Mr. Lee (Going In Style Sound System) will be spinning rocking sounds until the wee small hours.

    Friday, November 18th at Banter
    132 Havemeyer, Brooklyn U.S.A.
    Kicks off at 10PM... No cover!

    United Forces


    MIGHTY HIGH
    THE GOLDEN GRASS

    The Mighty High are Brooklyn's #1 regressive-rock act... No ballads. No keyboards. No acoustic guitars! 100% stone get-off guaranteed! The Golden Grass is free-wheelin, good-time rock'n'roll band. They play a soulful mix of heavy-country-funk-boogie and progressive-psychedelic-freakbeat inspired by groups like Cactus and The Move. Their music is bursting with a feel-good energy, inspiring with an earnest vibe, and classic in a modern time. 

    Friday, November 18th at Hank's Saloon
    46 Third Avenue (at Atlantic), Brooklyn, U.S.A.
    Doors at 8PM. 21+ with ID.