Please join us as we pay homage to city legend Ralphy "Tatu" Perez,founder of XMental Inc., a non-profit that fights for the at-risk children of our city. There will be a raffle with the chance to win amazing prizes and to own a one of a kind pier of art donated by over 50 of the top artists in the graffiti and street-art scene (past and present)! All proceeds raised go directly to Ralphy to help with his overwhelming medical bills.
Howardian is a New York City based art rock group fronted by Ian Vanek (Japanther). Howardian is thick with technical poly rhythms, sticky piano driven melodies and sly lyrics. The resulting hip-hop informed pop-rock songs are intended to get crowds moving and butts shaking. Howardian's tracks feature fuzzy, distorted walls of sound and plenty of samples, all with a scuzzy garage-rock vibe.
Bunnie England And The New Originals are NYC's hardest-working and hardest-partying live rock'n'roll karaoke band, and were the house band at Magnetic Field (R.I.P.). From The Replacements to The Ramones, from Cheap Trick to The Cure, from the Stooges to the Stones, they've got over 175 songs in their catalog for you to sing and turn yourself into a rockstar!
With an inherent distaste for pretty much everything, Re-Animadores strip power-pop of its sheen to expose a cynical side of rock'n'roll. The Puerto Rican outfit is wary of the tropical motif; rather than squint at the sun, these guys give it the side-eye. The twangy glee in frontman Ahmed Abizu's riffs is lobotomized by his decidedly flippant vocal tone, while rhythm guitarist Giancarlo Cervoni (Davila 666) gives the four-piece the unchecked punk grit they need to trudge on.
Guitar Lightnin' Lee, a multi-talented rhythm&blues purist, has defied all rational logic by assembling his band with a bunch of veteran rock'n'rollers half his age. His talent, lyrics, powerful voice, and boisterous personality match perfectly with his backup band. Thus, creating a supercharged blown out style of New Orleans rock'n'roll and blues. The youthful exuberance from all members, especially Lightnin’, keeps the music exciting and gives it the vibrancy it had in it’s heyday.
Raised in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans over 60 years ago, Lightnin’ had music all around him. After learning from New Orleans blues great Boogie Bill Webb, Lightnin’ went to Chicago to find his inspiration Jimmy Reed. When Jimmy Reed wasn’t throwing Lightnin’ out of his house and telling Lightnin’ to go back to New Orleans, he was showing Lightnin’ his style of Delta Blues via electrified Chicago. After moving back to New Orleans, Lightnin’ played with and around such New Orleans legends as Earl King, Fats Domino, Ernie K-Doe, Little Freddie King, and scores of other brilliant New Orleans musicians. Lightnin’s ears were wide open to the sound around him and he soaked it up like a sponge. For years he listened, learned, and honed his playing and song writing skills in the best of company.
In 1997, Lightnin’ found a young drummer, Paul Artigues (Die Rotzz). They played together for years working on their sound. With the addition of slideman Ted Mathews and bassist Marvin Hirsch they formed the Thunder Band. Guitar Lightnin’ has released two 7-inch records on die Slaughterhaus Records and a self-released CD.
Black. White. Rock. Soul. The next siren of popular music has arrived. Hailing from the Lower East Side of NYC, The Liza Colby Sound is all things rock'n'roll. Matched with a trio of seasoned virtuoso's, this is a sound born in the '70s and too infrequently carried by a young woman of today. Liza personifies this baton of a rare tradition when she stands amongst these outstanding men. Her beauty remarkable, her arms outstretched and when her mouth opens, there is a distinct sound. A sound that is the youthful rage and lust of garage-rock, a sound that is the temperance and timeless dignity of soul. A sound that is a refined alloy of all the great artists who’ve proceeded her. A sound that demands to be heard. The Liza Colby Sound.
Dead Flowers got its start as a celebrated music-centered online platform for its writers' passions and obsessions. It was a place to read about the classics reconsidered, the obscure brought into the spotlight, the lost re-found, and the so-called "marginal" made to matter... Those elements animate Dead Flowers Productions, an enterprise devoted to managing, booking, and promoting bands and projects that ignite those same passions.