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 as well as percussionist Larry McDonald. 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.
Modern Needs is listening and dance party with special guest DJs and monthly musical themes, held the third Friday of every month at the great Banter bar, located in scenic Brooklyn U.S.A.
The December edition features special guest DJ MARK YOSHITOMI. Mark and your Modern Needs host and boss DJ, MR. LEE (Going In Style Sound System/Dead Flowers Productions) will be spinning scorching vinyl sounds until the wee small hours!
Tired of hearing so much fascist speech in the news? Sad that xenophobia is giving the letter 'X' a bad rep? Despairing that the world is getting uglier than you can handle? Compañeros — TAKE BACK YOUR COUNTRY!! Music, that is. Scotch Bonnet will set Hank's on fire then give you a peppermint candy cane to soothe your inflamed passions. They'll thrill your soul, refill your tanks, rev your engines, then send you off to battle monstrous combovers! Come hear them burn through Emmylou jams, Rodney classics, Waylon and Tammy tunes, and top it off with a sweet creamy dollop of Sir Douglas Quintet.
Kings Destroy, NYC’s hybrid of stoner rock, doom and hardcore, unites musicians from many of the genres’ most prolific bands. Hailing from the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, KD features guitarists Carl Porcaro and Chris Skowronski from NYHC legends Killing Time, vocalist Steve Murphy from Uppercut, drummer Rob Sefcik formerly of Man's Ruin, The Begotten, Uppercut and Electric Frankenstein, and bassist Aaron Bumpus. With influences like The Melvins, Yob and Cro Mags, KD describes their sound as "brutal Sabbath heaviness with hardcore outbursts and disturbed vocals verging on the demented."
Funky. Latin. Soul. Coming from and inspired by the five boroughs of New York City, Fulaso is an 11-piece party band spanning the genres of funk, boogaloo, and soul with a Latin edge. This bi-lingual and multi-cultural collaboration, led by the sensational Erica Ramos, brings exceptional energy, love and soul to every performance. For those who love to groove, dance, and boogaloo!
Blu Cha Cha is a Latin-jazz band featuring three driving trombones and a Cuban flute on top of a hot rhythm section!
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.